Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Shaw powers Red Sox's outburst vs. Rays

Travis Shaw tied a career high with five RBIs and fell a triple shy of the cycle to fuel the Red Sox's 8-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.
Shaw got the Red Sox's offense started with a leadoff home run off Chris Archer in the second. RBI doubles by David Ortiz in the third and Jackie Bradley Jr. in the fifth pushed the lead to 3-1. They added three more in the seventh on an RBI single by Hanley Ramirezand a two-run double by Shaw for a 6-1 lead. Shaw added a two-run single in the ninth to complete his big night.
The Red Sox had lost six out of eight entering this one.
"We needed it," said Ortiz. "We haven't been able to do much this road trip, but a win is a win."
The Rays' offense hardly resembled the crew that scored 13 runs on 18 hits Monday night.Nick Franklin drew a bases-loaded walk from Red Sox starter Rick Porcello to force home a run in the fourth and Brad Miller hit his 10th home run of the season in the seventh that cut Boston's lead to 6-2.
"I know the game got separated there at the end," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Obviously, it was a closer ballgame. … We didn't get it done when we had an opportunity."
Despite striking out nine, Archer took his Major League-leading 11th loss of the season after allowing four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. Porcello allowed one run on five hits to move to 9-2 on the season.
"He's been everything we could've hoped," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "You look at a starting pitcher that can go out and be consistent every fifth day, he's been a model of that for us."
Escape artist: Porcello, who hadn't walked more than two in a start all season, ended that streak by walking three batters in a 39-pitch fourth inning. The third walk to Franklin forced in a run. But to Porcello's credit, he got through the inning with just one run allowed, striking out Miller looking on a 92-mph two-seamer. Catcher Christian Vazquez pumped his fist emphatically as he ran back to the dugout.
"The fourth inning was a grind," said Porcello. "I dug myself a hole and had to find my way out of it, but we were able to survive and guys swung the bats well and we were able to get a win. It was good." More >
Scoreless first: Archer entered the game with a 10.69 ERA in the first inning, having allowed 19 earned runs in 16 innings. He got off to a good start Tuesday night by allowing none, though he did have to escape a mini jam after walking Ortiz with two outs and then allowing a single to Ramirez. Archer recovered to strike out Bradley swinging on a 90-mph slider.
Shaw's moonshot: Getting a day of rest on Monday did Shaw some good. The third baseman's towering homer in the second snapped an 89 at-bat power outage for the left-handed hitter. Shaw's homer was projected by Statcast™ to land 449 feet away and an exit velocity of 107 mph. Ramirez is the only Boston player to hit a longer home run this season.
"It felt good," said Shaw. "A month or I don't know how long it's been, but to not hit any in June, that doesn't really sit well with me. It feels good to get that one." More >
Romero can't hold: Enny Romero relieved Archer with one on and one out in the seventh and was not able to get the job done. Romero, who got hit on his left hand in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles, allowed three runs to score -- though one of the runs was charged to Archer -- on three hits. The score was 3-1 when the Rays took the field to play defense in the seventh and 6-1 when they returned to the dugout to hit. Romero said that the hand felt fine.
"Things hadn't been going too well lately. I agreed with the timing of it, especially after last night. The past couple of weeks hadn't been good for us, so it was good to get back on the right track tonight." -- Shaw, on Monday's team meeting and the win on Tuesday
"Overall, I pitched somewhat deep in the game. I felt like I left with a chance to win, or at least keep the game close. But there was some minor things I could have done better, and that's just the game sometimes." -- Archer
Miller's home run made him the first shortstop in Rays history to reach 10 before the All-Star break. Tuesday night's homer broke a tie with Julio Lugo, who hit nine before the All-Star break in 2006.
The Red Sox and Indians are the only two teams in the Majors without a losing streak as long as four games this season.
Red Sox: Lefty David Price will pitch on the mound he's most familiar with in Wednesday's 12:10 p.m. ET matinee against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Rays: Matt Moore (3-5, 5.04 ERA) makes his 16th start of the season and his first against the Red Sox. He is 3-4 with a 5.40 ERA in eight career appearances against Boston.

Miggy, Tigers rally with 3-HR 5th to sink Marlins

Miguel Cabrera haunted his old team for a three-run homer as part of a seven-run fifth inning, lifting the Tigers out of their three-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
Detroit entered the fifth with a 3-0 deficit and more errors (three) than hits (two) against Miami starter Adam Conley (4-5), who struck out nine of the Tigers' first 16 batters, but gave up five consecutive baserunners from there to end his outing. Jose Iglesias' two-run homer put Detroit on the scoreboard before Ian Kinsler's double and Cameron Maybin's walk set up Cabrera for his 17th home run of the season. Nick Castellanos added a two-run homer off Nick Wittgren.
"It just shows how fast this game can snowball on you," Conley said. "I got away from my strengths. I feel like I should have thrown a lot more fastballs at that point in the game. It was almost like I was picking at the zone with offspeed stuff, like I was trying to trick them or something. That's not my game. I'm not here to trick anybody."
The rally earned Mike Pelfrey (2-7) his first win since June 4. He tied a season high with 12 hits allowed, but limited the damage to four runs, escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second inning after Giancarlo Stanton lined a two-run homer into the center-field shrubs.
"It could've been a lot worse tonight," Pelfrey said. "I guess it could've been better, too, but we won. I think that's the most important thing."
Cabrera finally feasts on Fish: Cabrera had homered off every Major League team in his career, except his original one. He finally got the Marlins on Tuesday, just as Conley seemed to have him flummoxed. A pitch away from his first three-strikeout game since Max Scherzer's gem last month at Washington, Cabrera worked a 1-2 count full before pouncing on an elevated changeup for a three-run homer.
"I think it's bigger that we got the lead that inning with the home run," Cabrera said. "It was more special because of that. We win the game."
Quick turn for Conley: From dominant to out after 4 1/3 innings, things escalated quickly for the Marlins' lefty, who struck out six of the first seven he faced to start the game. But a couple of walks in the fifth inning led to his undoing in what was shaping up as an impressive outing. The Tigers broke through in the fifth after Conley fanned James McCann to open the frame. But a walk to Mike Aviles started a stretch of seven straight Tigers reaching, with five against Conley. The lefty's line was a head-scratching 4 1/3 innings, five hits, five runs, three walks and nine strikeouts.
"As good as my stuff was at the start of the game, I feel like that stuff diminished when I got away from throwing good extension fastballs," Conley said. "That's basically what I build everything I throw off of. When I went away from that, and wasn't as consistent in the zone with my secondary stuff, those guys are pros. They beat me."
Pelfrey pulls out of predicament: Pelfrey had the bases loaded and nobody out in the second, allowing three straight singles after Stanton's homer -- one of them an infield grounder after Cabrera ranged toward second base with nobody to cover first. Cabrera helped Pelfrey out of the jam with two plays, starting a home-to-first double play on anAdeiny Hechavarria grounder before fielding an Ichiro Suzuki short hop and getting to the bag to end the threat.
"That was the turning point, I think," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "If we don't get that double play right there and they get a hit or get a run, I think it's a completely different game."
Stanton snapping out: Stanton continues to show signs that he is getting back on track. The slugger crushed a two-run homer in the second inning, and he added an RBI single. Stanton's blast to center was projected by Statcast™ at 442 feet with an exit velocity of 115 mph and a launch angle of 17 degrees. Stanton had three hits on the day, with his RBI single coming against a drawn-in infield in the fifth inning. At the time, it put Miami ahead by three runs.
"It's nice to see him get going again," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously, he's been swinging better for a while.
"What kind of hitter is Miguel? Obviously, he's one of the best right-handed hitters that I've ever seen. He's extremely dangerous. The thing they've got going over there is you've got Victor [Martinez] right behind him." -- Mattingly, on the Tigers' three-four punch
Conley fanned nine, matching his career high (done three times). But the lefty had little to show for it because of Detroit's seven-run fifth inning. The Marlins' record for strikeouts in a loss came earlier this season, against the Tigers. Jose Fernandez fanned 13 Tigers on April 6 at Marlins Park, but he suffered the lone loss of his career at home.
Cabrera became the 12th active player, and the 50th overall, to homer against all 30 Major League teams in his career.
Ichiro moved closer to the 3,000-hit milestone, and in the process, climbed into 30th place on MLB's all-time hits list. With two singles on Tuesday, Ichiro now has 2,986, passing Sam Rice (2,985), according to Elias, the Official Statistician of Major League Baseball.
Marlins: The two-game Interleague series wraps up on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. ET at Comerica Park. Tom Koehler (6-6, 4.07 ERA) will make his 16th start. Koehler has faced Detroit once in his career, in 2013, when he picked up a win at Marlins Park.
Tigers: Daniel Norris (0-0, 4.50) makes his second start of the season for Detroit in Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins. He allowed three runs on six hits over five innings last Thursday against the Mariners, striking out five in a no-decision.

Suarez hoping for more success at home vs. A's

The Giants and Athletics wrap up their set of games at AT&T Park on Tuesday night before heading to the Oakland Coliseum for the remainder of the home-and-home series. Albert Suarez, who continues to pitch in place of Matt Cain in the Giants' rotation, will make his first start at home since June 13.
He's proved to be much more effective at AT&T Park, posting a 2.12 ERA, compared to a 5.03 mark on the road. Giants pitchers have received plenty of run support for the most part recently. The team entered the series with the A's averaging six runs per game in its last seven contests.
Right-hander Kendall Graveman will be on the mound for the A's. Despite owning a 3-6 record with a 4.68 ERA on the season, Graveman has allowed just three earned runs in his last two starts, both of which were against the Los Angeles Angels.
Things to know about this game
• Josh Reddick will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday. He has been on the DL since May 20, after fracturing his left thumb.
• Suarez is 2-0 when pitching at AT&T Park this season.
• Brandon Crawford received Monday off because of "general soreness," according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy. He's expected to start Tuesday.

Niese, Iwakuma square off in series opener

The Mariners and Pirates open a two-game series at Safeco Field on Tuesday night. Seattle leads Pittsburgh all time 5-3. The Interleague series will be the fourth series between the two teams and the first since 2013.
Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will take the mound for the home team in his 16th start of the season. He and Nathan Karns are the only Mariners on their injury-ridden pitching staff with 15 starts under their belts.
"He's a very good competitor," manager Scott Servais said of Iwakuma. "You can even see it, if he gets off to a rough start in a game he will make an adjustment, and he will really ramp it up and compete. Because he knows that's his job, to give us six innings and make it competitive."
Pittsburgh will send left hander Jonathon Niese to the hill. Niese is looking to snap his two-game losing streak. In his past two starts combined, Niese allowed 12 runs on 17 hits over 10 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old has not lost three consecutive games since May 2015.
• There's a chance the Pirates could recall a position player from Triple-A Indianapolis for the series if they send down right-hander Chad Kuhl, who was added to the roster to make a start Sunday against the Dodgers. They also could use the DH spot this series with John Jaso, David Freese and Jung Ho Kang, or to rest outfielders Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco.
•The Mariners will likely put switch hitter Ketel Marte at the top of the order against Niese and move left-handed batter Leonys Martin to the eight hole. Martin leads all players with at least 50 at-bats as the leadoff hitter, batting .400 in that spot. Even so, the Mariners often lead off with Marte against left-handed pitchers to pressure them with right-handed hitting from the get-go. Servais said he thinks that batting order "flows better."
•The Mariners will not get another off-day between Tuesday's game and the All-Star break. Iwakuma's ability to work late into games will be that much more important as Seattle tries to maintain a fresh bullpen over a 13-game stretch. He is coming off of a rare 4.2-inning loss in Detroit, the first game in six starts that he lasted fewer than seven innings.

Johnson, Jimenez look to spark seasons in opener

On Tuesday, Padres starter Erik Johnson will try to begin getting his 2016 season on the right track against Baltimore, which won't be an easy task for the 25-year-old right-hander.
Since the Padres acquired him from the White Sox on June 4, Johnson has posted a 9.82 ERA in three starts. His real problem has been the home run ball, allowing seven over his last 14 2/3 innings. Johnson faced the Orioles in his last outing as well, giving up six runs in a season-low four innings, including two home runs.
"He's run into a little bit of tough luck. If you look at his last outing, we didn't do some things defensively behind him that we should've done, in Baltimore, some balls found holes," Padres manager Andy Green said. "I think number one thing for him is we've got to keep the ball in the ballpark, give our defense an opportunity to make plays. If he does that, he's going to have the opportunity to be successful."
That's where things get difficult for Johnson facing the Orioles. Baltimore's offense is hitting home runs at a prolific rate, hitting 120 through its first 75 games, putting the team on pace to hit the third most in a season in Major League history.
Making things worse for Johnson, the O's bats have been doing much of their damage of late, with a Major League leading 48 homers in June, which is 41 percent of their season total. They're also hitting a league leading .298 this month.
Things to know about this game:
• The O's will counter Johnson with Ubaldo Jimenez (4-7, 6.97 ERA). Jimenez started out with a hot April for Baltimore, but he has an 8.44 ERA since May 1 with 30 walks over 48 innings. Jimenez is coming off of one of his better starts since April against the Padres, allowing two runs over six innings with seven strikeouts, although he did walk four batters, which ties his season high.
• Matt Kemp is expected to return to the Padres' lineup on Tuesday. The outfielder received a regular day of rest on Sunday against the Reds, just his third day off of the season and first since May 20, a game that saw him appear as a pinch-hitter. Kemp is hitting .337 in June with three homers but finished Saturday 0-for-4 and didn't reach base for the first time since June 10. Kemp is a career .341/.426/.610 hitter against Jimenez over 41 at bats.
• The Orioles were without their own Matt on Sunday, but catcher Matt Wieters should return to the lineup Tuesday. Wieters caught the second game of a double header Saturday and hit two homers, giving him nine on the season. Including Sunday, Wieters has had three of the last seven games off in the midst of a 14-game slump in which he hit .213 prior to Saturday's performance.

Lincecum looks to rebound vs. Astros

Houston right-hander Scott Feldman (4-3, 3.07 ERA) will make his return to the starting rotation in the place of Lance McCullers on Tuesday, matching up against Angels right-hander Tim Lincecum (1-1, 5.00 ERA) in the second of a three-game set.
Lincecum will look to rebound after a disappointing home debut Thursday against Oakland. He lasted just three innings, giving up four runs in a 5-4 loss. Lincecum said he's still working on finetuning his mechanics on his surgically repaired left hip, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he's liked what he's seen so far.
"He's fit in seamlessly," Scioscia said. "He's mixed very well in the clubhouse, and on the mound there's no doubt that his stuff looks like he can really contribute for us. He's pitching better than we saw a couple of years ago in San Francisco, so from a physical standpoint, I feel like he's fine."
Lincecum has performed well against the Astros in his career, going 5-0 with a 0.99 ERA in nine starts. Each of Lincecum's first three starts as an Angel have come against American League West division opponents. 
Feldman will make his first start since April 24 against Boston. He's gone 0-2 with a 4.58 ERA as a starter this season, and will be asked to take over as McCullers (3-2, 3.91) deals with a blister on the tip of his right index finger.
"He deserves the first crack at it," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Feldman. "It's a spot start and he'll be able to be stretched out a little bit depending on how efficient he is. He's pitched a lot in his career as a starter. It's not going to spook him at all. I'm glad we have Scott Feldman available to take on this role when something like this comes up."
Feldman has gone 6-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 29 career appearances against the Angels. He's worked against them twice in relief this season, tossing a scoreless frame each time.
Things to know about the game
• Hinch said McCullers stopped his throwing program simply as a precautionary measure with Feldman's availability and the All-Star break just two weeks away. McCullers could return to the rotation this weekend in Houston against the White Sox, or he could throw Monday, which would have been his normal day to pitch had he been able to make his Tuesday start.
• Scioscia said Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar is "making progress" in his return from a bone bruise in his left knee, but did not say whether or not he expects him to be back in the lineup on Tuesday. He hasn't played since suffering the injury in the seventh inning on Thursday. Jefry Marte has been the main replacement at third base, with right fielder Kole Calhoun assuming leadoff duties.
• Astros second baseman Jose Altuve extended his career-long on-base streak to 30 consecutive games with a third-inning single in Monday's series opener at Angel Stadium. He's the first Astros player to reach in 30 consecutive games since Willy Taveras a decade ago. It's the longest active streak in the Majors.

Greinke, Eickhoff square off at Chase Field

Tuesday's matchup between the Phillies and D-backs features a pair of right-handed starters that are putting together impressive months of June. Philadelphia's Jerad Eickhoff and Arizona's Zack Greinke go head-to-head for the second time in 10 days in the second of the three-game set at Chase Field.
Greinke (10-3, 3.61 ERA) is 4-1 with a 1.47 ERA in five starts this month. He had won seven starts in a row prior to his last outing -- a no-decision at Colorado where he allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings. The D-backs' ace has allowed more than three runs just once in his last seven starts.
Eickhoff (5-9, 3.36) is 3-2 with a 2.01 ERA in five June starts. He has won three of his last four outings -- including his last one when he allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings at Minnesota. Eickhoff has given up more than three earned runs just once in his last 11 starts.
Three things to know about this game
• Greinke beat the Phillies -- and Eickhoff -- on June 18 with eight innings of one-run ball. In his career, he is 7-1 with a 2.47 ERA against Philadelphia in nine games (eight starts).
• Only four Philadelphia players have more than eight career at-bats against Greinke -- and their numbers aren't good. Ryan Howard is 4-for-18, Cody Asche is 2-for-14, Carlos Ruiz is 0-for-14, and Freddy Galvis is 0-for-11.
• Eickhoff has faced the D-backs once, and it was his worst outing this month. He allowed three runs in 5 2/3 nnings and took the loss on June 18.

Happ, Butler square off in Jays-Rox series

The Blue Jays and Rockies continue their three-game Interleague series on Tuesday night with two starting pitchers -- J.A. Happ and Eddie Butler -- trending in opposite directions.
Happ's 3.42 ERA is his lowest in six seasons. He has held opponents to six earned runs in his last three starts spanning 19 innings, all of which earned him wins. On the road, where he has a 2.63 ERA, he has held opponents to three runs or fewer in seven of eight starts.
Butler, however, has allowed six earned runs in his last two outings and is a candidate to return to a long-relief role soon. Most of his struggles have come at home, where he has allowed 23 runs in 21 1/3 innings.
The Rockies rallied with a six-run seventh inning to win the series opener, 9-5, Monday night. It was shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's first game in Coors Field as a visitor, and he was cheered loudly after spending nearly 10 seasons with Colorado.
Things you should know about this game
• The Rockies' top hitters have struggled against Happ, who previously pitched in the National League for the Phillies and Pirates. Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado are both 1-for-6 against Happ, and Carlos Gonzalez is 2-for-9.
• After hitting just .145 (8-for-55) in his first 15 games since coming off the 15-day disabled list to start the season, Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis is hitting .412 (21-for-51) with 10 extra-base hits and 12 RBIs in his last 13 games.
• Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak has been dealing with a sore left knee in recent days but has been cleared to play. He isn't expected to start this series, with Edwin Encarnacion taking the field with no DH in the NL ballpark, but Smoak is available off the bench. He's a career .254/.389/.407 hitter as a reserve.

Ventura set for return in I-70 Series rematch with Cardinals

After serving an eight-game suspension, Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura returns to the mound and will face Cardinals righty Michael Wacha on Tuesday in the second game of the I-70 Series at Kauffman Stadium.
In his two outings prior to the suspension, Ventura was dominant, allowing one run and one walk with 15 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings. Royals manager Ned Yost said he had Ventura throw about 30 pitches during a session last Friday to stay sharp between outings.
"Eight games is not that huge a layoff," Yost said. "We try to provide an opportunity where he can face hitters."
As for Wacha, he'll be looking to close out June with another solid outing after a fairly disappointing May. He is sporting a 3.08 ERA for the month, having pitched three consecutive quality starts. He's also pitched well against the Royals historically, posting a career 1.80 ERA with three quality starts.
Wacha will also look to continue to perform favorably on the road, where he's posted a sub-4.00 ERA in 2015 and '16.
Things to know about this game
• Ventura and Wacha have squared off twice in the past. On June 5, 2014, Ventura got the best of the matchup, giving up two earned runs to Wacha's three. About two weeks shy of a year later, Wacha returned the favor, going seven innings against the Royals without giving up an earned run.
• The Cardinals have a better record this year in the last game of a road trip (3-2) than in the first game of a homestand (1-4). Tuesday will mark the last day of the team's current eight-game road trip before heading home for nine in a row.
• Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales is hitting .444 (20-for-45) with four home runs and 15 RBIs over his last 12 starts. However, he's managed just one hit in four at-bats against Wacha over the last five years.

Twins turn to Gibson in opener vs. White Sox

The Twins will look to improve on their 5-19 division record when they take on the White Sox on Tuesday to open a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Minnesota will turn to right-hander Kyle Gibson on five days' rest following Monday's scheduled off-day. Gibson is still searching for his first win of the season. He finished with a no-decision in his last outing, in which he allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings against the Phillies.
Chicago will counter with left-hander Jose Quintana, who was one of the best pitchers in the Majors for two months before falling off in June, during which he is 0-2 with a 5.61 ERA in four starts. He is coming off arguably his worst outing of the season, in which he allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Red Sox, walking six and striking out just one.
Things to know about this game
• Gibson is 10-2 with a 3.55 ERA lifetime on five days' rest; he's 12-22 with a 4.77 ERA when pitching on four days' rest.
• Quintana is 6-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 15 career starts against the Twins. The Royals are the only team he has started against more (20).
• Gibson is 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA in seven career starts against the White Sox, with 36 strikeouts and only nine walks in 48 innings.

Brewers, Dodgers to open set at Miller Park

A week after playing a four-game series jam packed with close games in Los Angeles, the Brewers and Dodgers will do it again, opening up a three-game series at Miller Park on Tuesday.
During the June 16-19 series, three games were decided in the winner's final at-bat. The Brewers took the first game on a Jonathan Villar two-run home run before the Dodgers walked off twice.
Chase Anderson is expected to make his return to the rotation for the Brewers. Manager Craig Counsell utilized the team's three off-days during an eight-day stretch, giving Anderson additional rest by skipping his turn in the rotation last week.
Rookie Julio Urias will make his seventh big league start for Los Angeles, looking for his first win. He threw a season-high 94 pitches in his most recent start on Wednesday against the Nationals.
Three things to know about this game
• Brewers pitching may be a welcome sight for Justin Turner. The Dodgers' third baseman went 7-for-14 with three homers and seven RBIs in the last series between the teams.
• Anderson was on a roll on the mound before the team's recent road trip, when he gave up 11 runs in 7 1/3 innings. In his start at Dodger Stadium, Anderson gave up seven runs in just 2 1/3 innings. The right-hander was 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA over his previous five starts before running into problems.
• Urias faced the Crew on June 17 and delivered his best start to date. The left-hander went five scoreless innings, scattering five hits and fanning eight.

Conley to lead Marlins into Detroit series

Fresh off taking three of four from the mighty Cubs, the Marlins open a nine-game road swing against the Tigers on Tuesday night at Comerica Park. Detroit nabbed a pair of wins as the two clubs squared off to open the season in Miami.
Adam Conley (4-4, 3.56 ERA) takes the hill coming off the deepest outing by any Marlins pitcher this season. The left-hander twirled eight innings of scoreless, four-hit ball. He's 2-1 with a 3.83 ERA on the road this season and has never faced Detroit.
The Tigers send right-hander Mike Pelfrey (1-7, 4.91 ERA) to the bump on three days' rest. The 32-year-old was solid in an emergency relief outing Friday, as he yielded three hits over 4 1/3 scoreless innings vs. the Indians. He allowed a season-high six earned runs on 12 hits in his last start against the Mariners on June 20.
Things to know about this game
• Marcell Ozuna did not play in the final two games of Miami's series vs. the Cubs because of a sore left wrist. Marlins manager Don Mattingly opted to give the outfielder three days of rest with an off-day Monday.
• Pelfrey, who spent seven seasons with the Mets, is very familiar with the Marlins. He's 1-9 with a 5.40 ERA in 18 career starts vs. Miami. Pelfrey's .100 winning percentage is lowest among teams he's faced five or more times.
• Giancarlo Stanton is 9-for-19 (.474) with two home runs, two doubles, three RBIs and one strikeout lifetime against Pelfrey.

Kluber aims to extend Tribe's win streak to 11

After throwing 115 pitches in a complete-game shutout against the Rays on June 21, the Indians decided to give Corey Kluber an extra day of rest.
The 30-year-old right-hander, who recorded nine strikeouts in the 6-0 win, will take the mound to face the Braves on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Kluber (7-7, 3.59 ERA) has gone 3-1 in June and is 5-2 in his last seven starts.
Matt Wisler (3-7, 4.22 ERA) will get the ball for Atlanta, facing the Indians for the first time in his career. Last time out, Wisler delivered his second straight quality start, despite issuing a season-high four walks against the Mets on Thursday.
The 23-year-old right-hander yielded three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. The Braves came out with a 4-3 win, thanks to Adonis Garcia's two-run, go-ahead homer in the bottom of the eighth.
Things to know about this game
• Wisler has struggled at home, going 1-5 with a 4.45 ERA over nine starts this season at Turner Field, where he has given up 18 walks.
• Several Braves have faced Kluber in the past with limited success. Erick Aybar is 4-for-9 against Kluber, and A.J. Pierzynski is 4-for-15 with a double and a home run.
• With the Indians in a National League park, Mike Napoli got the start at first base over Carlos Santana in the series opener without the option of a designated hitter in the lineup. Santana did appear as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning on Monday night, delivering an RBI single.