Friday's games to watch
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All of this will require at least one loss by Philadelphia to the lowly Nationals, who are trying to avoid joining Seattle in the 100-loss club this season, and avoid the franchise's first 100-loss campaign since 1976. One week ago it looked like the Nationals would be safe from that fate, but six defeats in their past seven games (and 11 in the last 14) have them right up against the century mark and at the butt of every baseball joke, including a
The next game was the last of the season, the now-infamous affair in which Glavine made the worst start of his career, giving up seven runs while getting just one out. Ramirez began the carnage by walking to lead off the game. "His approach to that at-bat was the kind you see in a big game -- he really worked at it. That told me that these guys weren't here just to get it over with and go home. They had come to play," Glavine said in
The Brewers put it off as long as they could, pushing him back two straight days, but tonight they will have to give the ball to Suppan, who has been their worst starter this year. Suppan has not pitched since last Friday, when he was bombed by Cincinnati, and over his last four starts has given up 20 runs in 16 1/3 innings. Dempster, meanwhile, lowered his ERA below 3.00 with his last outing, a win over St. Louis, and has gone 4-0 in four starts against the Brewers this year, giving up just eight runs in 25 innings. With
The Twins now get to play Kansas City at home in their final three games, a team they have dominated this season by going 11-4 against them, while Chicago has to play Cleveland, which is playing very good baseball in the second half. Then again, playing Kansas City right now might not be so easy, for the Royals enter the Twin Cities as the hottest team in baseball, having taken 11 of their last 13, a span in which they are hitting .322/.382/.512 with a 2.69 RA. Kansas City won both of the last two times Davies took the mound, his best pair of starts this season: eight shutout innings against the Mariners, and then a seven-inning, two-run performance against the White Sox last Saturday. After entering this season with a 6.68 RA and 1.72 WHIP in 287 major league innings, Davies has taken a step forward in his first full season wearing Royals blue. The 24-year-old right-hander has improved chiefly through limiting the home run -- he has given up 10, the same amount as he allowed last season in less than half as many innings (50) after coming over to Kansas City from Atlanta.