Nationals' Zimmerman goes for 12 wins
UNDATED - A couple of major league baseball streaks are put on hold today with a limited schedule in the bigs.
Pittsburgh gets the day off to savor its nine-game winning streak, while Colorado's Michael Cuddyer puts his 27-game hitting streak on hold because the Rockies are idle.
That clears the spotlight for Washington's Jordan Zimmerman, who will try to become the National League's first 12-game winner when the Nationals host Milwaukee. Zimmerman sports and 11-3 mark with a 2.28 ERA in 16 starts. He's 13-0 when pitching at home dating back to May of last year.
Arizona hope a change of scenery improves their fortunes when the Diamondbacks open a series in New York against the Mets tonight. Arizona was swept in Atlanta over the weekend. The NL West leaders turn to Wade Miley to try to end a dismal streak by the Diamondbacks starters. They have gone 22 straight games without earning a win. Miley was the last to do so on June 5.
Jason Marquis (mar-KEE') tries to get back on track for San Diego when the Padres visit Miami tonight. He had his eight-game winning streak ended in his last start. The 9-3 Marquis has surrendered a major league-leading 53 walks this season.
Cincinnati hosts San Francisco in the only other National League game on the schedule.
Just three games are slated in the American League with the Tigers and Blue Jays leading things off in Toronto this afternoon to celebrate Canada Day. It's a chance for the Tigers to put some distance between themselves and surging, but idle, Cleveland. Detroit holds a percentage point-lead over the Indians for first the AL Central heading into today's play.
Tampa Bay's Matt Moore tries to join the ranks of 11-game winners when he starts at Houston tonight. The Yankees are at Minnesota.
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