MLB American League Capsules: Probable Pitching Matchups for August 10

By Jim Donahue

A rematch of the 2011 American League Championship Series begins Friday night in Arlington as the Rangers host Detroit. And Texas starts its best pitcher of late, who has shockingly been Scott Feldman. He is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA in his past three.

Boston at Cleveland – Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz (9-3, 4.48) vs. Indians LHP Chris Seddon (0-0, 7.71): Buchholz allowed one run in seven innings against the Twins in his last start with 16 outs on the ground. The right-hander owns a 1.20 ERA over his last four outings. He beat the Indians on May 11, allowing four runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. … Seddon will make his second start of the season after allowing four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in his debut against Detroit. The left-hander struck out two, walked three and allowed a home run in the outing.

Kansas City at Baltimore – Royals RHP Luke Hochevar (7-9, 5.04) vs. Orioles RHP Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 3.80): Hochevar had one really bad inning in his last start against the Rangers. He allowed five runs in the fourth inning, but only one was earned due to a throwing error by Billy Butler. Hochevar earned no decision in the game. … Gonzalez turned in the first scoreless start of his career on Sunday, allowing only two hits in seven innings against the Rays. Gonzalez has a 4.29 ERA in six starts since joining the rotation on July 6.

NY Yankees at Toronto – Yankees RHP Freddy Garcia (5-5, 5.00) vs. Jays LHP Ricky Romero (8-8, 5.47): Garcia worked around five hits and four walks Sunday, yielding just two runs in five innings as the Yankees handled the Mariners 6-2. Garcia recovered nicely from three losing efforts in a row as he tallied two strikeouts and avoided the long ball for the first time in four starts. Since joining the Yankees rotation on July 2, he is 3-3 with a 3.95 ERA. … Romero made good progress in his last outing against the A’s. Taking the mound in the pitcher-friendly confines of the Coliseum, the left-hander allowed one run over seven innings, helping save a bullpen taxed by a 15-inning game the night before.

Detroit at Texas – Tigers RHP Max Scherzer (10-6, 4.72) vs. Rangers RHP Scott Feldman (6-6, 4.52): Scherzer was roughed up for the second consecutive outing, yielding four runs on 10 hits and a walk across five innings, in Detroit’s comeback victory over Cleveland on Sunday. He has allowed four or more runs in three of his last five nods. … Feldman has won six straight decisions over six starts and one relief appearance after holding the Royals to two runs in 7 2/3 innings on Saturday. During that winning streak he has a 2.81 ERA.

Oakland at Chicago White Sox – A’s RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 2.54) vs. White Sox RHP Gavin Floyd (8-9, 4.43): This will mark McCarthy’s first start in the Majors since June 19, after dealing with the same right shoulder soreness that has plagued much of his career. In a rehab start Sunday, he struck out nine over six shutout innings. … After a miserable 41-pitch first inning, during which he threw only 20 strikes, Floyd settled down against the Angels and gave the White Sox a chance to win over 6 1/3 innings. Floyd fanned six and walked three, all in the first inning.

Tampa Bay at Minnesota – Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (6-7, 3.43) vs. Twins RHP Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.81): Hellickson gave up four runs in four innings on eight hits and four walks to go with four strikeouts in a 4-0 loss to Baltimore on Saturday at Tropicana Field. He snapped a streak of five straight quality starts. … De Vries was solid against the Red Sox in his first start at Fenway Park on Saturday, as he gave up just two runs on four hits and two walks over seven strong innings in his 10th career start. He also struck out five.

Seattle at LA Angels – Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez (10-5, 2.63) vs. Angels RHP Ervin Santana (5-10, 5.83): Over his past 10 starts, Hernandez is 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings, including a two-hit shutout of the Yankees on Saturday. His six-game win streak is tied for the third longest in his career. … Santana made progress in his last outing against the White Sox. He went six innings just one start after being held to a 15-out limit, giving up three runs. It was enough to ensure that his next turn in the rotation wouldn’t be skipped.

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