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1B Garrett Jones, Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves (May 30-June 1)
Surprise: The Fish are one of the best batting squads at home, despite Marlins Park's rep as pitcher-friendly. Also hitting .319 in May, Jones (.296 with a .835 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in South Beach) fits that trend. A platoon specialist, he still surrenders some plate appearances to Jeff Baker. Luckily, the lefty stick looks like he'll miss the Braves' Mike Minor during this series. He tees off on right-handers (.304-6-21 this year, .200-0-2 against southpaws).
SP Phil Hughes, Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees (May 30-June 1)
Most memories of the right-hander pitching in the Bronx elicit winces; complete with a 4.82 ERA in this launching pad, he gave up plenty of home runs (1.30 per nine innings, in fact) overall during his years in Pinstripes. Of course, his peripherals were solid during that time (7.56 K/9, 2.82 BB/9). He's enjoyed his time as a Twin so far, even posting a lower ERA on the road (2.52) than he has at Target Field (3.68) through nine starts (54 1/3 innings). Fly-ball allowance remains a big part of his game, but this Yankees lineup hasn't been at full strength for some time, which makes his outlook sunnier than most expect.
SS Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Oakland Athletics (May 30-June 1)
Boring old Aybar is having another such season (.260, two homers, 22 RBI through 173 AB). His trip to O.co Coliseum should be much more exciting. For one, he's hitting .325 away from Angel Stadium compared to .208 near Disneyland. This will also be his first trip to the American League Bay Area in 2014. In 196 career AB there, he boasts a .332 batting average, .370 on-base percentage and a .459 slugging percentage, with four homers and 21 RBI. The Halos' leadoff hitter is also welcoming Kole Calhoun back to this lineup, plus perhaps Josh Hamilton soon.
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