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What’s on Tap: Previewing this afternoon’s action


Wednesday means day games and we’ve got seven of them this afternoon.

The Cubs and Padres day tilt is a makeup from the rainout the other night. They’ll go again at 8pm Eastern tonight. Beyond that there are some nice head-to-heads here, with the surprising Mat Latos taking on Cole Hamels. Chris Archer vs. Taijuan Walker is pretty spiffy as well. Maybe the best is Marcus Stroman vs. Madison Bumgarner. The Giants could use a stop from their stopper against a heating up Jays club.

Go home “sick” from work. Watch baseball.

San Diego Padres (Colin Rea) @ Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks), 1:05 PM EDT, Wrigley Field

Baltimore Orioles (Tyler Wilson) @ Minnesota Twins (Phil Hughes), 1:10 PM EDT, Target Field

Chicago White Sox (Mat Latos) @ Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels), 2:05 PM EDT, Globe Life Park in Arlington

Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar) @ Houston Astros (Doug Fister), 2:10 PM EDT, Minute Maid Park

Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray) @ Colorado Rockies (Chad Bettis), 3:10 PM EDT, Coors Field

Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer) @ Seattle Mariners (Taijuan Walker), 3:40 PM EDT, Safeco Field

Toronto Blue Jays (Marcus Stroman) @ San Francisco Giants (Madison Bumgarner), AT&T Park

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.