Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

D-backs, Tribe look to stay hot on MLB.TV

Arizona goes for 14 in a row; Indians have 15-game winning streak
MLB.com

Two of baseball's hottest teams, the D-backs and Indians, return to the field today, each looking to extend franchise-record winning streaks. The Tribe has won each of its last 15 games and returns to Cleveland for a three-game series against the Orioles, while the D-backs, riding a 13-game winning streak, take on the Padres in a weekend series at Chase Field.

You can catch their games and all the action around MLB as the stretch run continues on MLB.TV.

Two of baseball's hottest teams, the D-backs and Indians, return to the field today, each looking to extend franchise-record winning streaks. The Tribe has won each of its last 15 games and returns to Cleveland for a three-game series against the Orioles, while the D-backs, riding a 13-game winning streak, take on the Padres in a weekend series at Chase Field.

You can catch their games and all the action around MLB as the stretch run continues on MLB.TV.

Watch every out-of-market regular-season game live on MLB.TV Premium. With nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact, including the best picture quality at 60 frames per second, choice of home or away broadcasts, live game DVR, and multi-game viewing, MLB.TV is supported by more than 400 devices. Monthly and Single Team subscriptions are also available.

What to watch for today (all times ET):

Video: ARI@COL: Corbin strikes out Murphy swinging

D-backs eye 14th straight win: SD@ARI, 9:40 p.m.

Fresh off a sweep of the Dodgers, the D-backs look to push their franchise-record winning streak to 14 games today against the Padres. Left-hander Patrick Corbin (13-11, 3.83 ERA) takes the mound for Arizona, while San Diego gives the ball to right-hander Jordan Lyles (0-2, 6.71 ERA).

During the D-backs' win streak, the club has hit 25 homers and is averaging 6.2 runs per game, both best in the National League in that span, which began on Aug. 24. Though he's batting just .248 since the Tigers traded him to Arizona in mid-July, J.D. Martinez is slugging .660 and has belted 18 homers -- including four in one game against the Dodgers last Monday.

Meanwhile, Arizona's pitching staff has posted a 1.91 ERA with 127 strikeouts to 43 walks during the 13-game win streak.

Tribe looks to keep streaking: BAL@CLE, 7:10 p.m.

With their franchise-record 15-game winning streak, the Indians are surging to an American League Central title and also gaining ground on the Astros for home-field advantage throughout the American League playoffs. After Thursday's win over the White Sox in Chicago and the Royals' loss to the Twins, Cleveland's magic number to clinch the division fell to 12.

The Indians return home after an 11-0 road trip through Chicago, New York and Detroit to host the Orioles, who are coming off a series loss vs. the Yankees. Southpaw Wade Miley will start for Baltimore, while righty Mike Clevinger goes for Cleveland.

Video: CLE@CWSW: Tribe belt five homers vs. the White Sox

Stanton hopes to smash on in Atlanta: MIA@ATL, 7:35 p.m.

Giancarlo Stanton is back at the site of his longest home run of 2017, a Statcast-projected 477-foot shot at SunTrust Park back on Aug. 4. Stanton, sitting on 53 home runs with a sensational second-half surge, will face Mike Foltynewicz (10-11, 4.75 ERA) as the Marlins and Braves continue their four-game series.

Stanton has already homered this season off Foltynewicz, sending a 446-foot blast off the right-hander to left-center at SunTrust Park on Aug. 5. Five of Stanton's 53 homers have come at the Braves' expense.

Video: MIA@ATL: Stanton smashes his 36th home run to left

The Marlins will counter with right-hander Jose Urena (12-6, 3.71 ERA), who has pitched well in three starts against the Braves this season: He's given up five earned runs in 18 innings (2.50 ERA), with 11 strikeouts and six walks.

Crew looks for bounce back against champs: MIL@CHC, 8:05 p.m.

The race for a division crown in the NL Central is far from over, and the defending World Series champion Cubs open a crucial series with the Brewers at Wrigley Field -- the first regular-season game to be played on a Friday night at the Friendly Confines. It'll be the first of seven remaining games between the two clubs the rest of the season, which will go a long way toward determining not only who wins the division, but who wins an NL Wild Card spot.

Video: CHC@MIL: Lackey fans seven over six innings

Jimmy Nelson (11-6, 3.59 ERA) starts for the Brewers, who are coming off a sweep in Cincinnati at the hands of the Reds. Since giving up nine runs over 3 2/3 innings against the Reds back on Aug. 11, Nelson has only yielded eight runs in 25 innings (2.88 ERA) over four starts.

John Lackey (11-10, 4.74 ERA) gets the nod for the Cubs. In two starts against Milwaukee this season, the veteran right-hander has given up six runs in 12 innings (4.50 ERA), including four homers.

Brewers hitters look to rebound after scoring just eight runs in the three-game series at Great American Ball Park, going 18-for-59 (.194). Meanwhile, several Cubs hitters hope to continue having success against Milwaukee pitching this weekend, led by Kris Bryant, who is slashing .383/.463/.660 with four doubles and three homers over 12 games.

Video: KC@MIN: Santana sticks out glove to rob Escobar

Central stage in AL Wild Card race: MIN@KC, 8:15 p.m.

As they continue to battle each other and several other clubs in a tight American League Wild Card race, every game is critical for the Twins and Royals, especially each game between these AL Central foes.

The Twins will give the ball to ace Ervin Santana (14-7, 3.35 ERA), who gave up four runs in a start for the first time since July 26 last Sunday. That outing was also against Kansas City, at Target Field.

Right-hander Ian Kennedy (4-10, 5.37 ERA) is slated to take the hill for the Royals in a rematch of last Sunday's pitching matchup. Kennedy gave up two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Twins.

Eric Hosmer will be the hitter to watch in this one for Kansas City: he's 10-for-32 (.313) lifetime against Santana, with two doubles and four homers. For Minnesota, Eduardo Escobar is a career .421 (8-for-19) hitter with two homers against Kennedy.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.