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Preview: Braves at Phillies

The Atlanta Braves are taking advantage of an unscheduled day off to give rookie David Hale a chance to bolster a shaky bullpen. Julio Teheran will pitch for Atlanta on Wednesday in Philadelphia after Tuesday’s contest between the Braves and Phillies was rained out, allowing Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez to slide Hale from his starting spot Tuesday to a bullpen role for the next few days. The Phillies are anxious to return to the field after rallying with a five-run eighth in Monday’s series opener only to lose on Dan Uggla’s ninth-inning grand slam 9-6.

Preview: Cubs at Yankees (2nd)

New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka is thriving amid the hoopla surrounding the start of his major league career but faces a different challenge - a start pushed back because of a rainout - when the Yankees host the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. Two of the most storied franchises in baseball get together for a day-night doubleheader at Yankee Stadium after Tuesday's game was postponed as the Japanese superstar tries to record a third quality start in three outings. "He's adjusted really well so far, for me," Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters.

Preview: Cardinals at Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers’ recent nine-game winning streak seems like a distant memory heading into Wednesday’s series finale against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers have lost the first two games of the series while being outscored 10-1, and failed to advance a runner past first base after the fourth inning of Tuesday’s 6-1 loss. Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun has just two extra-base hits in seven games since hitting three home runs and collecting seven RBIs April 8.

Preview: Mariners at Rangers

Two of the top pitchers in the major leagues square off when Seattle’s Felix Hernandez duels with Texas’ Yu Darvish as the Mariners and host Rangers clash on Wednesday. Hernandez has been sensational over his first three starts, winning each while striking out 30 in 21 1/3 innings. Darvish has yet to allow a run this season and gave up just one hit in eight innings of a no-decision against Houston in his last outing.

Preview: Indians at Tigers

The Detroit Tigers were able to claim their third straight American League Central title a season ago due in large part to their domination of the Cleveland Indians. The Tigers, who went 15-4 against the Indians in 2013, look to repeat that success starting Wednesday when they host Cleveland for the first of two games following Tuesday’s postponement. Detroit used its advantage over the Indians last year to go 47-29 inside the division, allowing the Tigers to finish one game ahead of Cleveland.

Preview: Rockies at Padres

The Colorado Rockies are playing a different brand of baseball on the road, with five consecutive one-run contests kicking off a seven-game trek. Colorado looks to even its trip 3-3 when it visits the San Diego Padres on Wednesday in the third contest of a four-game series. Including two of their four games in Miami to open the season, the Rockies are 3-4 in one-run games among their nine contests away from Coors Field, where the average margin of victory in six games is seven runs.

Arizona Diamondbacks - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH PHOENIX -- General manager Kevin Towers went to lengths to dispel the notion that the Diamondbacks are keeping Archie Bradley in the minor leagues to limit his service time. They were prepared to open the season with Bradley in the rotation, Towers said, had he shown the fastball command and secondary pitches in his final two spring outings that he had in his first two.

St. Louis Cardinals - PlayerWatch

RF Allen Craig hit second in Mike Matheny's lineup Tuesday as the Cardinals' manager tried to get Craig out of an early-season slump. Craig came into the game batting .133 but made good contact and hit an RBI double in the third inning of St. Louis' 6-1 victory at Milwaukee. INF Mark Ellis was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. He went 0-for-3 with a sac fly and two RBIs in his first game with the Cardinals. Ellis is expected to serve mainly as a pinch-hitter this season with St. Louis.

New York Mets - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - New York Mets - INSIDE PITCH PHOENIX -- Center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis packed his "A" game on his flight from Las Vegas to the major leagues Tuesday.

Minnesota Twins - PlayerWatch

SS Pedro Florimon's second-inning triple was his first since Sept. 10, 2012, against the Cleveland Indians. 1B/OF Chris Colabello's RBI double in the bottom of the first gave him 15 RBIs this season, which leads the American League. He also had three hits Tuesday, which is a career high.
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