Tonight in MLB: Zimmermann goes for 12th win

Tonight in MLB: Zimmermann goes for 12th win
July 1, 2013, 11:00 am
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Jordan Zimmerman will look to tie the major league lead with his 12th win Monday night. (USA Today Images)

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The Phillies came one out away from being shut out for the eighth time of the season on Sunday, dropping the series finale to the Dodgers, 6-1 (see story).

Kyle Kendrick suffered a concussion in the loss, and could miss his next start (see story).

The Phillies have Monday off.

Here are some games to watch tonight in MLB:

Brewers at Nationals, 7:05 p.m.
Looking to tie for the major league lead with his 12th victory, Jordan Zimmermann should feel very confident about his chances Monday night.

While trying to extend his dominance at home, the right-hander is facing a slumping offense and an opponent against which he's unbeaten as the Washington Nationals open a four-game series with the sinking Milwaukee Brewers.

This game also could mark the return of Washington star Bryce Harper, who has missed the last 31 games with a knee injury. When he got hurt slamming into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13, the 20-year-old Harper was leading the team in most offensive categories. He's hitting .287 with 12 homers and 23 RBIs.

"Anytime you can add a guy like that to your lineup, offensively and defensively, you're in good shape," catcher Kurt Suzuki said.

Zimmermann (11-3, 2.28 ERA), meanwhile, has a chance to match Detroit's Max Scherzer for the most wins in the majors following two dominant victories at Nationals Park. Six days after allowing an unearned run in eight innings of a 5-1 win over Colorado, he yielded two runs - both in the first inning - and three hits over seven frames in a 3-2 win over Arizona on Wednesday (see full preview).

Diamondbacks at Mets, 7:10 p.m.
Wade Miley is the last starter to win a game for the Arizona Diamondbacks, but that came nearly four weeks ago.

The offense isn't providing much help.

Miley may need to overcome the Diamondbacks' sluggish bats if he's going to help them win for just the second time in 10 tries on the road Monday night against the New York Mets.

Miley (4-7, 4.55 ERA) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 10-3 win at St. Louis on June 5, and that's the last time Arizona got a victory from a starter.

The rotation has since gone 0-10 with a 5.15 ERA in 22 games, the majors' longest streak without a starter winning since San Diego went 25 straight from April 17-May 14, 2009.

Those struggles continued over the weekend, with the starters compiling a 7.36 ERA while the Diamondbacks (42-39) were swept in a three-game series at Atlanta. Trevor Cahill was the culprit in Sunday's 6-2 loss, surrendering all of the Braves' runs in 4 1-3 innings (see full preview).

Giants at Reds, 7:10 p.m.
The San Francisco Giants' run to last year's World Series title nearly ended in the division series until they swept their road games against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Giants will have a more modest goal when they return to Great American Ball Park.

San Francisco will try to turn around what's so far been a miserable road trip while Cincinnati will seek to bounce back from its own woeful trek in Monday night's series opener.

After starting the playoffs with back-to-back home losses, the Giants staved off elimination in their next three games in Cincinnati. They then rallied from a 3-1 deficit to St. Louis in the NL championship series and swept Detroit for their second title in three years.

San Francisco (39-42) has hardly looked like a contender for much of this season. The Giants had dropped six straight - their longest skid in three seasons - and seven in a row on the road before Sunday's 5-2 win over Colorado (see full preview).

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