Game of the day: Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. The cross-town rivals have a long way to go to be independently relevant this season, but this is one of the matchups interleague play was designed to feature. Right-hander Carlos Zambrano (5-4) will start for the Cubs, looking to bounce back from two straight subpar starts in which he allowed 12 earned runs over 12 1/3 innings. Right-hander Gavin Floyd (6-6) will start for the White Sox, aiming to maintain stellar numbers in interleague play. Floyd is 5-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 11 career starts against teams from the other league.
Other game to watch:
Houston at Texas, 8:05 p.m . In an in-state matchup, last-place Houston will visit first-place Texas. This is the interleague rivalry that could spur Houston to move to the American League if the proposed realignment plan ever takes shape. Left-hander J.A. Happ (3-8) will start for the Astros, looking for his first win May 14. The former Phillie is 0-4 in his last six starts, all Houston losses. Left-hander Derek Holland (5-2) will pitch for the Rangers, coming off an ugly start in which he allowed six runs on seven hits and five walks in a 12-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.
Games you should have seen:
St. Louis 5, Kansas City 4. Skip Schumaker hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning to send the Cardinals to a wild win over their cross-state rival. St. Louis took a 4-3 lead into the top of the ninth before Alcides Escobar tied the game at 4 with his first home run of the season. Albert Pujols hit his 17th home run of the season in the fifth inning, but Pujols left the game in the sixth with a sprained wrist after a collision in the field at first base. All three games of the series ended in a 5-4 score, with Kansas City winning on Friday and the Cardinals taking the last two.
Minnesota 5, San Diego 4. Drew Butera hit a walk-off single in the ninth and the Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Padres. Minnesota trailed 3-1 in the seventh inning before RBI doubles by Rene Tosoni and Matt Tolbert gave them a 4-3 lead. Will Venable knocked in the tying run for San Diego on an infield single in the top of the eighth before Butera won it in the ninth. The Twins have won seven in a row and 14 of their last 16 games.
Stat you should know: 8. The number of games in June (out of 16) in which the Red Sox have scored eight or more runs after they dismantled Milwaukee 12-3 on Sunday. Boston is 13-3 in June, and is averaging 7.4 runs per game this month.
Star of the night: Rays right-hander James Shields pitched a four-hitter Sunday, allowing just an unearned run and striking out 10 in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win over Florida. Shields (7-4) tossed a shutout in his previous start, and not counting three runners inherited from Shields who scored on June 8, Shields has not allowed an earned run in 25 innings.
Chatter: “This was an extremely frustrated, proud man. This kind of caught us a little off guard. I know there’s been a lot of speculation, everything, but this is not something I thought was going to happen today.” – Larry Beinfest, Marlins president of baseball operations, on former Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez, who resigned Sunday morning in the middle of his first full season as manager. Florida extended its losing streak to 10 Sunday afternoon, and it has lost 18 of its last 19 games.