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What’s on Tap: previewing Friday night’s action

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Happy weekend. Here’s hoping you make the most of it. Especially if you’re bribing NBA officials in order to maximize the Game 7 ratings. I really do hope you get your money’s worth. Even if you’re not doing that, have fun anyway.

As for baseball, tonight’s action features Michael Fulmer and the Tigers trying to extend his 28 and a third inning scoreless streak against the Royals. Youth is likewise served in Los Angeles where the young Zach Davies and the Brewers takes on the younger Julio Urias and the Dodgers. Davies, by the way, has won four consecutive starts and five decisions overall since. He has a 1.35 ERA in his last four appearances. Urias is still figuring things out but he has improved in each start and it’s not crazy to think that one of these nights he’s going to give us a flash of the dominance he exhibited at Triple-A.

Trying to right the ship is Jeff Samardzija, who started the season out wonderfully but who has scuffled badly in his past three starts.  Same goes for Jose Quintana. That creep can roll, but he has lost six straight decisions last winning on May 8. His decline has mirrored the White Sox, and they’ll need to have a good series against the Tribe in Cleveland in order to stay in an AL Central race that is up for grabs for anyone but the Twins at this point.

Enjoy tonight’s action.

Pittsburgh Pirates (Francisco Liriano) @ Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta), 2:20 PM EDT, Wrigley Field

Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Adam Morgan), 7:05 PM EDT, Citizens Bank Park

Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @ Baltimore Orioles (Mike Wright), Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Atlanta Braves (John Gant) @ New York Mets (Matt Harvey), 7:10 PM EDT, Citi Field

Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Cleveland Indians (Trevor Bauer), 7:10 PM EDT, Progressive Field

Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray) @ Miami Marlins (Adam Conley), 7:10 PM EDT, Marlins Park

San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer), 7:10 PM EDT, Tropicana Field

Seattle Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma) @ Boston Red Sox (Roenis Elias), 7:10 PM EDT, Fenway Park

Cincinnati Reds (John Lamb) @ Houston Astros (Lance McCullers), 8:10 PM EDT, Minute Maid Park

New York Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka) @ Minnesota Twins (Pat Dean), 8:10 PM EDT, Target Field

Detroit Tigers (Michael Fulmer) @ Kansas City Royals (Yordano Venutra), 8:15 PM EDT, Kauffman Stadium

Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha), 8:15 PM EDT, Busch Stadium

Los Angeles Angels (Michael Shoemaker) @ Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman), 9:35 PM EDT, Oakland Coliseum

Milwaukee Brewers (Zach Davies) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Julio Urias), 10:10 PM EDT, Dodger Stadium

Washington Nationals (Joe Ross) @ San Diego Padres (Christian Frederich), 10:40 PM EDT, Petco Park

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.