Looking to return to top form, Kershaw headlines packed slate
By Joey Nowak
After an exciting schedule of Memorial Day baseball, all 30 teams are back in action again on Tuesday. Here are five things to watch for:
• Aces dueling: ATL @ LAD, 10:10 p.m. ET
Clayton Kershaw already has as many losses this year (three) as he did in his entire 2014 season, when he won the National League Cy Young and MVP Awards, but he's had much success against the Braves in his career, with Atlanta hitters batting just .151 against him. Dodgers hitters could also have their hands full against Julio Teheran, who has allowed just one earned run or fewer in three of his past four outings.
• Toronto power vs. Danks: CWS @ TOR, 7:07 p.m. ET
A handful of Blue Jays sluggers have had success against White Sox left-hander John Danks. Chris Colabello is 4-for-8 lifetime with a home run, Josh Donaldson is 4-for-9 with a home run and Danny Valencia is 8-for-23 with three doubles and a homer. The White Sox hitters will hope to put up those kind of numbers against Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
• Not so friendly: WAS @ CHC, 7:05 p.m. ET
Wrigley Field has been a house of horrors for Washington's Jordan Zimmermann, who has an 0-3 record and 6.27 ERA on Chicago's North Side. He'll be up against the Cubs' Kyle Hendricks, who tossed his first career complete game and shutout in his last start.
• Vargas returns: KC @ NYY, 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday was originally Danny Duffy's turn in the Royals' rotation, but he has been shelved with left biceps tendinitis. Rookie Brandon Finnegan was called up from Triple-A Omaha, but his stint may be short-lived, with Jason Vargas (left flexor strain) set to come off the DL to face the Yankees. Vargas is 3-1 with a 5.26 ERA this year.
• Waiting for a win: HOU @ BAL, 7:05 p.m. ET
It's been more than a month since Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman got a win, and he'll have his next chance on Tuesday against the American League West-leading Astros. Tillman has lost four of his last five starts and will be up against former O's right-hander Scott Feldman. The Houston righty is 4-2 with a 4.85 ERA in 14 career appearances against the O's.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.