Preview Roundups
September 12, 2017
Chi. White Sox at Kansas City 1:15 PM ET
Jose Abreu is in the midst of a tear and looks to record his fourth consecutive stellar performance when the Chicago White Sox visit the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday for the middle contest of their three-game set. Abreu recorded four hits and two RBIs as the White Sox rolled to an 11-3 victory in the series opener and is 10-for-13 with three homers and eight RBIs over his last three games.
Atlanta at Washington 7:05 PM ET
The Washington Nationals are National League East champions for the fourth time in six years after clinching the division title Sunday, and now begin a three-game home series Tuesday with the Atlanta Braves aiming for home-field advantage in the postseason. The Nationals, who despite their regular-season success have yet to advance out of the NL Division Series, started Monday four games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the race for best record in the NL.
Miami at Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Giancarlo Stanton owns 12 home runs in 50 career games at Citizens Bank Park, including two this season, and will try to add to that total when the Miami Marlins visit the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game series on Tuesday. Stanton's 54 home runs lead the majors and are the most since Jose Bautista hit 54 for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010.
Baltimore at Toronto 7:07 PM ET
The Baltimore Orioles need to break out of their funk if they intend to remain in contention for a wild card in the American League. Baltimore looks to halt its five-game losing streak when it visits the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday for the middle contest of their three-game series.
Detroit at Cleveland 7:10 PM ET
The Cleveland Indians will try to become the fourth team in baseball history to win 20 consecutive games when they continue a three-game series with the visiting Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. The red-hot Indians had no issues pushing their remarkable run to 19 straight with an 11-0 rout of the Tigers in the series opener, riding six scoreless innings from Carlos Carrasco and another big night from Francisco Lindor.
NY Yankees at Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
The New York Yankees continue to march toward a playoff spot and can give themselves even more cushion when they go for their eighth victory in 10 games Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field in New York. Todd Frazier belted a three-run homer in Monday’s 5-1 victory in the series opener as the Yankees crept within three games of first-place Boston in the American League East.
Oakland at Boston 7:10 PM ET
The Boston Red Sox sit atop the American League East with three weeks left in the regular season but don't have enough breathing room to absorb any sort of losing streak. The Red Sox will try not to let one loss turn into two when they host the Oakland Athletics in the opener of a three-game series on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee 7:40 PM ET
The Milwaukee Brewers are showcasing an odd pattern of beating up on good teams and struggling against bad ones, a trend they hope to reverse Tuesday night in the second game of three straight against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. After taking three of four from National League East champion Washington, the Brewers were swept three straight at last-place Cincinnati.
Seattle at Texas 8:05 PM ET
The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners both are in need of a late-season push, and it was the former that delivered the opening salvo in the four-game set. The Rangers are two games behind Minnesota for the American League's second wild-card spot entering Tuesday's contest against the visiting Mariners after posting a 5-3 victory in the series opener.
NY Mets at Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET

The Chicago Cubs have watched their National League Central lead shrink to two games and, with 11 contests remaining against the two teams chasing them, they need as much cushion as they can get. The Cubs will try to bolster their advantage when they host the struggling New York Mets for a three-game series starting Tuesday. 

San Diego at Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Even in the cluttered American League wild-card picture in which most of the teams chasing them are no better than .500, the Minnesota Twins understand they have little margin for error if they want to make the postseason for the first time since 2010. The Twins will try to increase their one-game cushion in the wild-card race Tuesday when they begin a six-game homestand with the first of two against the San Diego Padres.
Cincinnati at St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
One good week pulled the St. Louis Cardinals within two games of the division-leading Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. With another good week, beginning on Tuesday when they host the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series, the Cardinals could find themselves back on top.
Colorado at Arizona 9:40 PM ET
The Colorado Rockies took the first step toward overtaking the Arizona Diamondbacks for the first wild card in the National League and hope to take another when they visit their NL West rivals on Tuesday for the second contest of their four-game set. Colorado held on for a 5-4 victory in the series opener that drew it within four games of Arizona in the wild-card standings.
Houston at LA Angels 10:07 PM ET
Instead of maintaining their hold on the best record in the American League following a three-game sweep of Seattle to begin a 10-game road trip, the Houston Astros were humiliated by the worst team in their division over the weekend. The Astros will attempt to turn the page beginning Tuesday when they send the last starting pitcher to steer them to a victory to the mound in the opener of a three-game set versus the host Los Angeles Angels.
LA Dodgers at San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
Clayton Kershaw has been moved up a day in the Los Angeles rotation and seeks his 17th victory of the season when the Dodgers visit the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday in the middle contest of a three-game series. The left-hander will be seeking to help the Dodgers halt their 11-game slide, and their lone win in the past 17 games was a 1-0 victory with Kershaw on the mound.