Last Update on September 02, 2015 14:56 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- San Francisco and Los Angeles wrap up their three-game series in LA tonight. The home team won the first two games of the series to take a 5 1/2-game lead over the Giants in the National League West. Tonight's pitching matchup has Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers against Mike Leake.
The Giants and Dodgers meet one more time this year, in the last week of the regular season Sept. 28-30 in San Francisco.
There's an excellent pitching matchup this evening in St. Louis as the Cardinals play host to Washington. On the mound for the Nationals, who start the day 6 1/2 games back of first-place New York in the NL East, is Max Scherzer. The Cards, who top the Pirates by six games in the NL Central, send Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh) to the hill.
The East-leading Mets are home to the Phillies tonight while the Pirates, who have lost two in a row, are in Milwaukee. The Cards and Pirates open a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday.
Houston's lead over the Rangers in the American League West is down to three games. This evening the Astros are entertaining Seattle while the Rangers are in San Diego. After struggling in his first few outings with the Rangers, Cole Hamels has settled in with his new club and looks for a third straight victory tonight.
The closest race in baseball continues to be the American League East as the Blue Jays top the Yankees by 1 1/2 games. Each team won last night and this evening the Jays are home to Cleveland while the Yankees are playing the Red Sox in Boston this afternoon.
In other day games the Braves are home to the Marlins, the Reds at in Chicago playing the Cubs and the Angels are in Oakland.
The remainder of the night schedule has Tampa Bay at Baltimore, the Twins home to the White Sox, Detroit at Kansas City and the Rockies hosting the Diamondbacks.
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