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5.13.2007

Squeeze Play

Chris Capuano (5-0, 2.31 ERA) vs. Oliver Perez (3-3, 3.48 ERA)

Is there anything better than a baseball game on a Sunday afternoon? Didn't think so. To make today that much more awesome, players will be swinging pink bats for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in honor of Mother's everywhere to fight breast cancer and find a cure.

Unbeaten Chris Capuano and the rollin' Milwaukee Brewers (25-11) haven't dropped a road series all year. They'll look to stay that way when they face left-hander Oliver Perez and the New York Mets (22-13) in the finale of a three-game series at 1:10pm ET this afternoon.

Capuano is cruising on a 16-inning scoreless streak and is looking to beat the Mets for the first time in his career after going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts against them. The lefty shouldn't have any problems with the offense behind him, which includes the hot bat of Prince Fielder, who is hitting .400 with five homers and 12 RBIs in his last six games.

Perez is 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers, hoping his offense can heat up again. Jose Reyes is hitless in seven at-bats in two games while cleanup hitter Carlos Delgado is 1-for-8. New York's bullpen has seen better days as well, roughed up for a 14.21 ERA.

More NL Games Today...
  • Cubs (16-18) @ Phillies (17-19) 1:35pm ET

  • Braves (24-12) @ Pirates (15-20) 1:35pm ET

  • Marlins (16-20) @ Nationals (11-25) 1:35pm ET

  • Diamondbacks (20-18) @ Astros (17-19) 2:05pm ET

  • Giants (18-18) @ Rockies (16-21) 3:05pm ET

  • Cardinals (15-19) @ Padres (19-18) 4:05pm ET

  • Reds (15-22) @ Dodgers (22-15) 4:10pm ET


Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 4.64 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett (7-0, 2.51 ERA)

Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie and the Baltimore Orioles (18-19) will face unbeaten righty Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox (24-11) in the series finale at 2:05pm ET today.

Beckett is hoping to join Babe Ruth as one of only four Boston hurlers to win their first eight starts. He has molded into one of the game's best pitchers this year, surrendering only two home runs in 46.2 innings and is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two career starts against Baltimore.

Guthrie, who replaced the injured Jaret Wright in Baltimore's rotation, earned another start with a strong performance Tuesday in an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay - his first W in three career starts. He allowed one run and six hits in six innings, throwing 46 of his 67 pitches for strikes. His other big league victory came on April 16th, when he beat the Devil Rays with 2.1 innings of one-hit relief.

Yesterday, Julio Lugo had four of Boston's 15 hits and the red-hot Kevin Youkilis added two hits and two RBIs in the 13-4 win. The Red Sox, owners of the AL's best record, also received 3.2 scoreless innings from four different relievers.

Update: So much for Josh Beckett breaking any records for wins. He left after the fourth inning with a torn flap of skin on his middle finger. .

More AL Games Today...
  • Devil Rays (14-22) @ Blue Jays (15-21) 1:07pm ET

  • Royals (11-26) @ White Sox (18-15) 2:05pm ET

  • Angels (21-16) @ Rangers (14-22) 3:05pm ET

  • Yankees (17-18) @ Mariners (16-16) 4:05pm ET

  • Indians (21-13) @ Athletics (18-17) 4:05pm ET

  • Tigers (23-12) @ Twins (17-19) 8:05pm ET

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