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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

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
3rd
CLE 71
MEM 66
 
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
1st
BRK 0
DET 0
 
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
1st
ORL 0
PHI 0
 
1st
WAS 2
PHO 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
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OKC
NOP
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
2nd
NICST 49
TROY 53
 
2nd
BRAD 47
UCI 51
 
1st
UGA 14
SHU 4
 
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
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UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
1st
DET 0
COL 0
 
1st
EDM 0
DAL 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
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NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
3rd
STL 13
NYG 27
 
Half
OAK 13
BUF 10
 
3rd
DAL 28
IND 0
 
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA