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Leading off: Cardinals look to stay hot against Dodgers

Game of the day: Cardinals at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. After struggling to begin the season, St. Louis (5-7) has won three of four while compiling a .356 batting average with 15 doubles, nine homers and 37 runs. Over their first eight games, the Cardinals hit .216 with seven doubles, and three homers while being held to fewer than four runs in all but one contest. St. Louis is sending Jaime Garcia (1-0) to mound tonight against the Dodgers (6-6). Garcia hasn’t needed much scoring help so far, though, compiling a 0.60 ERA while striking out 18 in 15 innnings of work. Hiroki Kuroda (2-0) has also been strong so far for Los Angeles, with a 1.72 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in 15.2 innings of work.

Orioles at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Phil Hughes won 18 games for the Yankees (6-4) last season and looked primed to step into the No. 3 spot in the rotation that was vacated when Andy Pettitte retired. But Hughes (0-1) has struggled so far this season, allowing 11 runs and three homers among 12 hits over six innings. The Orioles (6-4), who share the AL East lead with New York, allowed only 16 runs in the season’s first seven games, starting 6-1. But they have given up 16 runs in their past three games, all losses.

Phillies at Nationals, 7 p.m. Cliff Lee (1-1, 7.84) will try to rebound from a shellacking against Atlanta (3.1 innings, 10 hits, six runs) when he opposes Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 3.18) and Washington (5-6). Lee is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA lifetime against Washington. He threw a six-hit shutout and struck out nine during his last start against the Nationals, Sept. 15, 2009.

Games you should have seen

Marlins 5, Braves 1: Josh Johnson (2-0) took a no-hit bid into the eighth before Freddie Freeman doubled with one out for the Braves (5-7). Johnson, who also had a no-hitter through six innings on opening day, has a 1.35 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 18 strikeouts in 20 innings this season for Florida (6-5).

Tigers 3, Rangers 2: Brandon Inge homered in the bottom of the ninth as Detroit (5-7) defeated the defending AL champion Rangers (9-3) in the its final at bat for the second straight day. The previous day, Detroit beat the Rangers 5-4 on a ninth-inning single by Miguel Cabrera.

Yankees 7, Orioles 4: New York (6-4) tied Baltimore (6-4) for first place in the AL East as Yankees starter A.J. Burnett improved to 3-0 on the season (and 8-0 in the month of April since joining the Yankees).


“There comes a moment when you have to have the dignity and the sense to recognize that something is not functioning.” — Carlos Delgado, who hit 473 career homers and retired Wednesday, nearly two years after a hip injury sidelined him.


Derek Jeter tied Barry Bonds for 32nd on the all-time hits list with 2,935 the same day that the all-time home run leader was convicted of obstruction of justice for his role in the PED scandal.


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