Game of the day: Boston at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. This series has been generating buzz for weeks, and while the Red Sox’s recent skid deprives fans of a matchup of the teams with the two best records in baseball, this three-game set should still be a great one. Right-hander Josh Beckett (6-2) will start the opener for Boston, making his first appearance since he tossed a one-hitter on June 15. An illness has kept Beckett out of action since then. Left-hander Cliff Lee (8-5) will pitch for the Phillies, looking to continue a stellar month of June. Lee is 4-0 this month, and has allowed just one earned run in 33 innings pitched.
Other game to watch:
Atlanta at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. This late-night matchup will feature two second-place teams sending powerful right-handed arms to the mound. Tommy Hanson (8-4) will return from the disabled list to pitch for Atlanta, and it will be interesting to see if Hanson can pick up where he left off before he got hurt. Hanson hasn’t pitched since June 12 because of tendinitis in his shoulder, but in his last three starts before going on the DL Hanson was 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA. Rookie Michael Pineda will start for the Mariners, coming off two starts in which he allowed only one earned run in 13 innings pitched. In three interleague starts this season, Pineda is 2-0 with a 0.45 ERA.
Games you should have seen:
Detroit 4, Toronto 2. Johnny Peralta hit an RBI triple that broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth to lead the Tigers past the Blue Jays. Victor Martinez went 2 for 4 with two RBI for Detroit, connecting on run-scoring hits in both the second and third innings. Adam Lind hit his 16th home run of the year for Toronto. Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected after a prolonged seventh-inning tirade during which he argued with three of the four umpires and mocked first base umpire Ed Rapuano’s call.
Cleveland 5, Arizona 4. Orlando Cabrera hit a solo home run with two out in the top of the ninth inning to send the Indians to a road win in Arizona. Asdrubal Cabrera also homered for Cleveland, who remains within one game of Detroit atop the American League Central. Arizona lost its third game in a row to fall two full games behind streaking San Francisco.
Stat you should know: 24 Hits by the Dodgers in their 15-0 rout of the Twins on Monday night. Three different Dodgers — Tony Gwynn Jr., Matt Kemp and Trent Oeltjen — each finished the night with four hits, the same number managed by the entire Minnesota team.
Star of the night: Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez went 3 for 4 with two home runs, a double, three RBI and three runs scored in Chicago’s 7-3 win Monday over Colorado. Teammate Carlos Pena also hit two home runs in the game for Chicago, while Carlos Gonzalez went deep twice for the Rockies.
Chatter: “My goal from the outset has been to ensure that the Dodgers are being operated properly now and will be guided appropriately in the future for their millions of fans. To date, the ideas and proposals that I have been asked to consider have not been consistent with the best interests of Baseball. The action taken today by Mr. McCourt does nothing but inflict further harm to this historic franchise.” – MLB Commissioner Bud Selig in a statement responding to the Los Angeles Dodgers filing for bankruptcy on Monday. MLB is expected to contest the bankruptcy request filed by Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.