YAN­KEES AT IN­DI­ANS (July 12-15)

Af­ter sweep­ing three games against the In­di­ans at home in May, the Yan­kees travel to Cleve­land for a four-game se­ries that could be a post­sea­son pre­view. In their last game,

be­came the youngest player in Yan­kees his­tory to hit a walk-off homer, and Cleve­land’s and New York’s

com­bined for the first ma­jor league game since 1908 in which both start­ing pitch­ers recorded at least nine strike­outs and al­lowed one or no hits. The two teams split four games at Cleve­land last sea­son.


Mike Clevinger Domingo Ger­man DI­A­MOND­BACKS AT BRAVES (July 13-15) Gley­ber

Nei­ther team was the pre­sea­son di­vi­sion fa­vorite, but both found them­selves in first place at the Fourth of July. The Braves can credit some of their rise to the De­cem­ber 2015 trade that landed them cen­ter fielder and short­stop from Ari­zona, while the Di­a­mond­backs rose de­spite get­ting lit­tle to no re­turn from the pitcher they ac­quired in that deal. Both first base­men, of the Braves and of the Di­a­mond­backs, are MVP can­di­dates.

In­cia­rte Dansby Swanson Ver­lan­der

Shelby Miller,

Free­man Paul Gold­schmidt ASTROS AT TIGERS (July 13-15) En­der Fred­die Justin

right-han­der is sched­uled to pitch the fi­nale of the three-game se­ries in his first trip back to Comer­ica Park since the Tigers traded him Aug. 31. Ver­lan­der, who went on to help Hous­ton win its first World Se­ries ti­tle, spent the first 13 sea­sons of his ca­reer with Detroit and was the Astros Amer­i­can League MVP and Cy Young win­ner in 2011. The Astros won the sea­son se­ries 4-3 last year.


Af­ter lean years, the Bay Se­ries has bite again. The re­built Giants are rel­e­vant in the Na­tional League West, and Oak­land, af­ter fin­ish­ing last in the AL West three sea­sons in a row, is play­ing win­ning base­ball and has won three of its past four games at AT&T Park. San Fran­cisco catcher has a .424 bat­ting av­er­age against the A’s the last three years.

Buster Posey AN­GELS AT DODGERS (July 13-15)

The Dodgers get three home games be­tween two mul­ti­plecity trips. Their home win rate of .531 lags be­hind their stel­lar marks from 2013 to 2017 — .580, .556, .679, .654 and .704 — that were a key to their five con­sec­u­tive NL West ti­tles. Since al­low­ing a home run to the first bat­ter he faced this sea­son, Dodgers closer has given up one earned run in 232⁄3 in­nings at home, and

has 13 homers in 110 at­bats at Dodger Sta­dium this year, a rate of one ev­ery 8.5 at­bats.

Muncy Ken­ley Jansen CUBS AT PADRES (July 13-15) Max

The Cubs fin­ish the first half of the sea­son with a three-game se­ries against a neme­sis. Chicago is 9-9 against San Diego since 2015 de­spite mak­ing three con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ances in the NL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries dur­ing that span and even though the Padres lost an av­er­age of 91 games in those three sea­sons. The Padres won last year’s sea­son se­ries 4-2, in­clud­ing a three-game sweep in San Diego.

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