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PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 16:  Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on September 16, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday’s action

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It’s almost the end of September, so everyone’s eyes are on the standings. Wednesday night will feature two games between division rivals: Red Sox/Orioles and Giants/Dodgers.

The Red Sox have taken the first two games of their four-game set against the Orioles at Camden Yards, widening their NL East lead to four games over the Blue Jays and five games over the Orioles, now in third place. Clay Buchholz, who has had a miserable 2016, will make the start tonight against Ubaldo Jimenez at 7:05 PM EDT. Buchholz returned to the rotation earlier this month and two of his three starts since have been solid. Jimenez has had a similar season as Buchholz: struggling, getting demoted to the bullpen, then returning to the rotation in strong fashion. In five starts since getting moved back into the Orioles’ starting rotation, Jimenez has a 3.28 ERA.

Meanwhile, the Giants and Dodgers have split the first two games of their three-game set. Matt Moore will toe the rubber tonight against Kenta Maeda at Dodger Stadium in a 10:10 PM EDT start. The Dodgers hold a five-game lead with 11 games left to play, so it’s a lead that seems safe.

Other games with playoff implications tonight: Braves/Mets, Royals/Indians, Yankees/Rays, Nationals/Marlins, Tigers/Twins, and Pirates/Brewers. Now’s a good time to get if you don’t have it already.

The rest of Wednesday’s action…

Boston Red Sox (Clay Buchholz) @ Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez), 7:05 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff), 7:05 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Ryan Weber) @ New York Mets (Bartolo Colon), 7:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy) @ Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Alex Cobb), 7:10 PM EDT

Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer) @ Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler), 7:10 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Robert Stephenson) @ Chicago Cubs (John Lackey), 8:05 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver) @ Texas Rangers (Derek Holland), 8:05 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Buck Farmer) @ Minnesota Twins (Jose Berrios), 8:10 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Chad Kuhl) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson), 8:10 PM EDT

Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Greinke) @ San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo), 9:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Matt Moore) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Kenta Maeda), 10:10 PM EDT

Aledmys Diaz dealing with waning arm strength after thumb injury

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 15: Aledmys Diaz #36 of the St. Louis Cardinals looks to throw a runner out against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Busch Stadium on July 15, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz missed about six weeks after suffering a hairline fracture in his right thumb. He returned on September 12 but manager Mike Matheny says Diaz’s throwing motion was off and that he’s been dealing with waning arm strength, ESPN’s Mark Saxon reports.

Diaz was given Tuesday night off to receive treatment. The club is hoping he can return on Wednesday.

In 426 plate appearances this season, Diaz has hit .303/.368/.516 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI. He was a candidate — and still is — for the National League Rookie of the Year Award prior to the injury.

Video: Trey Mancini homers for his first major league hit

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 20: Trey Mancini #67 of the Baltimore Orioles looks on as he flied out to right against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 20, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Orioles rookie Trey Mancini, making his major league debut on Tuesday night, broke up Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez‘s no-hit bid with two outs in the fifth inning, slugging a solo home run to left field. It marks the first hit of his big league career.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Mancini is one of two Orioles — the other being Jonathan Schoop — in the last 50 years to homer for his first major league hit. Mancini flied out to right field in his first at-bat in the third inning.

Mancini, 24, is considered to be the Orioles’ fifth-best prospect by MLB¬†Pipeline. Spending most of the season with Triple-A Norfolk, he hit .280/.349/.427 with 13 home runs and 54 RBI in 536 plate appearances.