Sunday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles (5-1, 4.15)
Britton threw seven shutout innings to earn the win over Toronto on Tuesday. The lefty has racked up four consecutive quality starts and is 4-0 with a miniscule 0.94 ERA during that stretch. He takes the hill at Camden Yards in a key matchup versus the Yankees on Sunday.
James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays (13-8, 3.88)
Shields surrendered three runs and five hits in a victory over the Yankees on Monday. The righty has now allowed three runs or less in each of his last seven starts and takes the mound at the Trop against the high-powered Rangers next.
Carlos Villanueva, Toronto Blue Jays (7-5, 3.42)
Villanueva allowed a season-high six runs across 6 2/3 innings as Toronto fell 12-0 to Baltimore on Tuesday. The right-hander has served up nine of his 13 home runs allowed this season over his past nine appearances, going 3-5 with a 4.09 ERA. He toes the rubber at Fenway Park against the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon.
Tommy Hanson, Atlanta Braves (12-8, 4.40)
Hanson gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings as Atlanta was beaten by Colorado on Tuesday. “Big Red” is 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA in four starts since returning from the DL due to a back strain. He hurls at Citi Field against the Mets next.