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What to watch for in today's games

Cole looks to continue surge; Sale, Simon to duel in AL Central clash
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Settle in early and stay late for a full day of baseball today that features all 30 teams in action. Here are four things to watch for:

Cole streaking: CIN @ PIT, 7:05 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has won his last eight decisions dating back to September 2014 and has only lost one of his last 14 PNC Park starts since August 2013. Mike Leake and the Reds will need to bring their A-game to PNC Park.

Settle in early and stay late for a full day of baseball today that features all 30 teams in action. Here are four things to watch for:

Cole streaking: CIN @ PIT, 7:05 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole, the National League Pitcher of the Month for April, has won his last eight decisions dating back to September 2014 and has only lost one of his last 14 PNC Park starts since August 2013. Mike Leake and the Reds will need to bring their A-game to PNC Park.

Video: SEA@HOU: Deduno delivers four solid innings

Top to bottom in Texas: TEX @ HOU, 8:10 p.m. ET
It's a topsy-turvy world in Texas and the American League West, with the Astros on top of the division and the Rangers chasing from the cellar. Veteran right-hander Colby Lewis will take the mound today against Houston's Samuel Deduno, who gets a second chance in the Astros' rotation after impressing on Friday.

Clash at The Cell: DET @ CWS, 8:10 p.m. ET
After an uncharacteristic bad start in his last outing against the Twins -- a career-high nine runs allowed over three innings, including seven in one inning -- Chris Sale will try to rebound against the defending division champs. Alfredo Simon, who missed the Sox in Detroit two weeks ago, gets the start for the Tigers.

Video: MIL@CHC: Lester shuts out Brewers over seven

Has Lester arrived? CHC @ STL, 8:15 p.m. ET
The Jon Lester the Cubs were hoping to get when they signed him this winter showed up in his last start, tossing seven scoreless innings against the Pirates for the longest outing of his season. And games like today's are why they signed Lester. With the Cardinals looking like division favorites once again, the Cubs need their ace to come up big at Busch Stadium.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.