What’s on Tap: Previewing Tuesday’s action

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The Dodgers enter play Tuesday just one game out of first place in the NL West behind the Giants. They’ll host the Phillies for game two of a three-game series while the Giants take on the Marlins. If the Dodgers win and the Giants lose tonight, the Dodgers will be back in first place (tied, of course) for the first time since May 14.

If the Dodgers are to retake control of the division and put some distance between themselves and the Giants, the next two weeks will be the time to do it. After the Phillies skip down, they’ll host the downtrodden Pirates for three games before heading out to the East coast for three more games with the Phillies followed by four with the Reds. Then they’ll return home for a three-game set with the Giants. The Giants, meanwhile, will tussle with the Orioles, Pirates, and Mets after completing their series with the Marlins.

Tonight, Kenta Maeda will take on the Phillies’ Vincent Velasquez in a 10:10 PM EDT start.

The rest of Tuesday’s action…

Cleveland Indians (Trevor Bauer) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 7:05 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Chad Kuhl), 7:05 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Drew Smyly) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Marco Estrada), 7:07 PM EDT

Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Greinke) @ New York Mets (Steven Matz), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (Luis Severino) @ Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello), 7:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Matt Moore) @ Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler), 7:10 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver) @ Chicago Cubs (John Lackey), 8:05 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Tyrell Jenkins) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Wily Peralta), 8:10 PM EDT

Houston Astros (Mike Fiers) @ Minnesota Twins (Hector Santiago), 8:10 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale) @ Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez), 8:15 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Finnegan) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Mike Leake), 8:15 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Wade Miley) @ Oakland Athletics (Zach Neal), 10:05 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Daniel Norris) @ Seattle Mariners (Wade LeBlanc), 10:10 PM EDT

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.