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San Diego at Miami – Padres LHP Clayton Richard (7-11, 4.17) vs. Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (6-7, 4.14): Richard allowed seven earned runs in his last start against the Giants, the most runs he’s allowed in a starts since he surrendered eight against the Dodgers on April 21. Richard had trouble locating his slider as he allowed four first-inning runs. … Johnson was nearly untouchable his last time out but had his night end prematurely with a cut on his middle finger. He carried a perfect game into the fifth before a two-out hit — the only baserunner he allowed. He fanned nine in six shutout frames.
Philadelphia at Atlanta – Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (4-5, 4.32) vs. Braves RHP Tim Hudson (9-4, 3.71): Halladay allowed six runs in six innings in Monday’s loss to the Brewers. Halladay has a 4.32 ERA this season. He has two more months to pitch, but he has not finished a season with an ERA higher than 3.71 since he had a 4.20 ERA in 2004. … Hudson has overcome the left ankle discomfort that plagued him earlier this year. He limited the Phillies to four hits in seven scoreless innings on July 6 and has lasted at least seven innings in his past two starts.
Pittsburgh at Houston – Pirates RHP James McDonald (10-4, 3.15) vs. Astros RHP Lucas Harrell (7-7, 4.07): McDonald was tagged for five runs on five hits and three walks across six innings as the Pirates were sunk by the Cubs on Tuesday. In his past three starts, McDonald is 1-1 with a 8.62 ERA, 2.17 WHIP, and 10:12 K:BB ratio in 15.2 frames. … Harrell hasn’t won in four July starts, but it’s not because of the way he’s pitched. In his past three starts, Harrell is 0-1 with a 1.42 ERA. He’s allowed 16 hits and struck out 16 batters in 19 innings in that span.
Washington at Milwaukee – Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (13-5, 3.13) vs. Brewers RHP Zack Greinke (9-3, 3.44): Gonzalez, who pitched in the American League for the first four seasons of his career, has never faced the Brewers but is on pace to well eclipse his previous season-high for wins (16). … Greinke faces a formidable opponent in his last scheduled start before the non-waiver Trade Deadline. He pitched great against Philadelphia in his last start, allowing just one run in seven innings. Many would be surprised if he actually pitches Sunday as the Brewers don’t want to risk an injury after the team’s GM guaranteed a Greinke trade.
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs – Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (8-10, 4.31) vs. Cubs LHP Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.88): Wainwright outdueled Clayton Kershaw to earn his eighth win on Tuesday. His 7 1/3-inning effort was his longest since tossing a complete game on May 22. Wainwright has pitched well for most of two months now but has run into his share of lousy luck. … Maholm is on quite a role. He’s posted five straight starts of at least six innings in which he’s given up one or no runs. That’s a first by a Cubs left-hander since 1918. He’s also won all five. And he loves pitching at Wrigley Field.
Cincinnati at Colorado – Reds RHP Mat Latos (8-3, 4.30) vs. Rockies LHP Jonathan Sanchez (1-7, 8.01): Latos sprained his left ankle during his start against the Astros on Monday, but should be ready to start Sunday. The right-hander gave up two runs on eight hits in five innings, throwing 95 pitches and earning his eighth win. … Sanchez’s Rockies debut didn’t go well, as the lefty allowed five earned runs over four innings and took the loss against the D-backs, 6-3. Sunday will be his first home game for his new team after being traded last week by Kansas City.
LA Dodgers at San Francisco – Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-6, 3.14) vs. Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (8-4, 2.26): Kershaw didn’t pitch as poorly as his most recent line from St. Louis appears (5 2/3 innings, eight runs). On the other hand, he did give up a lead for the eighth time this year, and that’s not how he won a Cy Young Award. … Vogelsong has been dominant at AT&T Park, leading the National League with a 1.41 ERA at home as of his last start, when he held the Padres to one run in seven innings last Monday. The Giants haven’t lost a Vogelsong start at home since May 3.
NY Mets at Arizona – Mets RHP R.A. Dickey (13-2, 2.97) vs. Diamondbacks LHP Joe Saunders (5-6, 3.51): Dickey allowed four earned runs in six innings against the Nationals on Tuesday, scattering eight hits in just his second loss of the season. In five starts in July, the knuckleballer has allowed 19 earned runs in 26 1/3 innings, for a 6.49 ERA. … Saunders has pitched well in three starts since coming off the disabled list. In those outings, he has a 3.79 ERA. In his last start against the Rockies, he allowed two runs over seven innings.