Tonight in MLB: Zimmermann tries for 10th win

Tonight in MLB: Zimmermann tries for 10th win
June 15, 2013, 10:15 am
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The Phillies showed some grit on Friday night by rallying back from a big deficit to claim an 8-7 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field (see story).

Also, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel echoed Cliff Lee's sentiments on winning and said no one in baseball wants to be a winner more than him (see story).

Now, here are a few MLB games to watch for on Saturday:

Nationals at Indians, 7:15 p.m.
Though he may not attract as much attention as some of the game's other top pitchers, Jordan Zimmermann has been as consistent as they come.

Zimmermann tries to build on another stellar outing Saturday night as the visiting Washington Nationals face the Cleveland Indians, who appear to be back on track.

Among the major league leaders in wins and ERA, Zimmermann (9-3, 2.00 ERA) has allowed two runs or fewer in all but two of 13 starts. The right-hander has gone at least seven innings in 10 of those outings and is holding opponents to a .205 average.

"It means I'm pitching pretty well, I'm going deep in the ballgame," he told MLB's official website. "I'm giving the team a chance."

Zimmermann had everything working Sunday in a 7-0 win over Minnesota, striking out a season high-tying eight over seven innings of two-hit ball. He showed up wearing a heating pad due to a stiff neck but didn't appear to be hindered at all (see full preview).

-The Associated Press

Yankees at Angels, 7:15 p.m.
The Los Angeles Angels are showing signs of regaining their hitting stroke but could have a difficult time keeping their bats going if David Phelps can continue his recent resurgence.

Phelps will try to deliver another superb outing while helping the New York Yankees avoid a season high-tying fifth straight loss Saturday night.

Los Angeles (29-38) has produced 14 runs and 25 hits in its second set of back-to-back victories since the end of an eight-game win streak May 27. The Angels had 13 hits - their most in 16 games - in Friday's series-opening 5-2 victory over the Yankees (37-30).

Albert Pujols registered his second three-hit effort in as many games and four other players contributed two or more hits (see full preview).

-The Associated Press

Giants at Braves, 4:05 p.m.
The Atlanta Braves will face a tough decision when one of their pitchers returns from injury in the near future, but it's hard to imagine Mike Minor being removed from the rotation.

Looking to stay unbeaten against NL opponents, Minor tries for a sixth consecutive victory as the slumping Braves try to avoid a season-worst fifth consecutive loss Saturday against the visiting San Francisco Giants.

Already three wins away from matching his career high set last season, Minor (8-2, 2.44 ERA) has thrived in his fourth year in the majors. The left-hander, whose only two losses came against Kansas City and Detroit, is 7-0 with a 1.94 ERA over 10 starts against the NL.

Minor has been especially good over his last seven starts overall, going 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA while striking out 47 over 46 innings. He turned in another solid showing Sunday, allowing one run and six hits over six innings during an 8-1 road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers (see full preview).

-The Associated Press

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