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Friday, July 18 (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Dodgers (54-43) at St. Louis Cardinals (52-44), 8:15 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Dan Haren (8-6, 4.23) St. Louis - Lance Lynn (10-6, 3.14)

(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of teams involved in tight races atop their respective divisions open up a three-game set on Friday night as the St. Louis Cardinals play host to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers lead the NL West by a game over the San Francisco Giants after taking three of four from the San Diego Padres ahead of the All-Star break. They took the final two of that set by 1-0 scores and will try to pad their edge atop the division on a nine-game road swing.

Los Angeles will be able to take matters into its own hands at the end of the trek as it visits San Francisco for three games.

St. Louis, meanwhile has won five of its last seven but did drop an 11-2 decision to Milwaukee on Sunday. That put the Cardinals a game behind the Brewers for the top spot in a tight NL Central, and the Cincinnati Reds are only a half-game back of the Cards in the standings.

Right-hander Dan Haren will try to shut down the Cardinals tonight, but struggled in his final two outings before the break. Over those setbacks, Haren allowed 12 runs, 16 hits and three homers over 9 1/3 innings, lasting just four-plus frames versus San Diego on July 11.

"Dan just didn't get the ball where he wanted to tonight," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He wasn't as sharp as he's been. We gave them extra chances. We missed opportunities tonight. We have to learn from it and move forward."

Prior to the setbacks, the 33-year-old Haren beat Cleveland on June 30 with seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball and is 8-6 with a 4.23 earned run average on the year. He is 4-1 lifetime versus the Cardinals with a 3.86 ERA.

The Cardinals open this set with right-hander Lance Lynn on the mound. He is 4-2 over his last six starts, posting a 2.41 ERA and three scoreless outings over that span.

Lynn won his second start in a row on July 9 when he limited the Pittsburgh Pirates to a pair of runs over 6 2/3 innings. He improved to 10-6 on the year with a 3.14 ERA.

"He's one of those guys that I think gets overlooked a lot," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of Lynn. "Really threw a nice game for us."

Lynn, 27, is 2-1 with a 4.95 ERA in four career meetings with the Dodgers, who roughed him up for six earned runs over just two innings in L.A. back on June 28.

Cardinals rookie second baseman Kolten Wong comes out of the break with a hit in six straight, notching four homers and seven RBI.

The Dodgers took three of four at home versus the Cardinals from June 26-29 and have won five the last six encounters.

07/18 10:37:40 ET

  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Tomorrow at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

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    Tomorrow at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ECU 31
UCONN 21
Final
CHA 79
IND 88
Final
CAL 5
CAR 0
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
CAR
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
Final
CHA 79
IND 88
Final
DET 109
PHI 103
Final
NOP 88
DAL 85
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
DAL
 
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
NYK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
MIA
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
MIN
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
SAN
 
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UTA
PHO
 
10:00pm Tonight
LAL
SAC
 
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GSW
DEN
 
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LAC
POR
 
Final
ECU 31
UCONN 21
Final
VT 6
MIAMI 30
7:00pm Tonight
CIN
SFLA
7:30pm Tonight
SALABAMA
TROY
9:00pm Tonight
BSU
BYU
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CAL
OREG
Final
BOS 2
NYI 3
Final
DET 4
PIT 3
Final
MIN 2
ARI 0
Final
NAS 3
CHI 2
Final
STL 1
VAN 4
Final
CAL 5
CAR 0
Final
LOS 2
BUF 0
Final
SJS 4
CLB 5
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
DAL
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
TAM
9:00pm Tonight
COL
VAN
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
CAR
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
CLB
Final
DEN 35
SDC 21