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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 06/29/2011

Leading off: Brewers, Marcum face uphill climb against Yankees

Game of the day: Brewers at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. This is a matchup of division leaders, but all signs point to a definite advantage for the Yankees (46-31). Despite leading the NL Central, the Brewers (44-36) own the worst road record in the National League at 15-25. Milwaukee starter Shawn Marcum is coming off of two straight short starts, coming out of a June 17 game against the Red Sox in the first inning with a strained left hip and pitching just three innings in his next game against the Rays on Wednesday as a precautionary measure. On top of this, Marcum is just 1-4 with a 6.55 ERA in his career against the Yankees. New York has had the hottest lineup in baseball over the past three weeks, averaging 6.2 runs a game while posting a 13-4 record. One piece of good news for Milwaukee: Yankees starter A.J. Burnett (7-6, 4.15) hasn’t fared well against the Brewers in his career either, going 1-2 with a 6.39 ERA.

Other games to watch

Reds at Rays, 12:10 p.m. As we’ve previously mentioned, James Shields (8-4, 2.28) has been on quite the roll for Tampa Bay and will go for this third shutout in four starts today against the Reds.

Nationals at Angels, 7:05 p.m. Jordan Zimmermann and Dan Haren have been going in opposite directions. Zimmermann (5-6) has posted a 3-0 record with a 1.05 ERA, lowering his ERA from 3.88 to start the month to 2.85 now. Haren (7-5), on other hand, has seen his ERA shoot up from 2.29 to start the month to 3.05 now as he’s posted a 5.87 ERA in four starts in June, allowing a .330 opponents’ batting average.

Games you should have seen

Phillies 5, Red Sox 0: Cliff Lee (9-5, 2.66) two-hit the Red Sox in pitching his third consecutive shutout. Lee didn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning and now has pitched 32 straight scoreless innings. Check out his stats for his last three starts: 27 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 12 SO, .118 OBA, .137 OBP, 0.556 WHIP. As if that wasn’t enough, he’s only allowed one run in the entire month, for a 0.21 ERA in 42 innings.

Rockies 3, White Sox 2: Troy Tulowitzki scored from first on Ty Wigginton’s bloop single with two outs in the bottom of the 13th. Tulowitzki took off as Wigginton’s hit dropped in shallow centerfield. Chicago center fielder Brent Lillibridge was playing deep to guard against an extra-base hit. “We’re playing no doubles at one of the biggest ballparks in this league,” he told the Associated Press. “To see he bloops it right in there behind second base — the first thing I’m doing is sprinting in there but I can’t go on a barehand sprint and miss the ball, so I made sure to get it. It was a good call by the third base coach, because he knew I had to break down and get the ball. He knew where we were playing. It’s just a weird, weird play that I’ve never seen or definitely haven’t been a part of.”

Diamondbacks 6, Indians 4: Wily Mo Pena hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth after the Indians had scored two runs in the top of the inning off J.J. Putz to tie the game. Dan Hudson pitched eight innings for Arizona, allowing six hits and two runs.

Chatter

“I’m obviously smart enough to know that the guy was out. That was not my argument whatsoever.” - Tigers Manager Jim Leyland, ejected after an animated argument Monday night after an umpire’s call at first base was reversed, leading to a Detroit player being called out.

By Christopher Rukan  |  10:57 AM ET, 06/29/2011

 
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