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Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 05/11/2011

Leading off: Cleveland Indians try to extend home winning streak

Game of the day: Rays at Indians, 7:05 p.m. Cleveland, which has the best record in the majors at 23-11, can extend its home winning streak to 15 games by beating the Rays tonight. That would be the longest home streak for the Indians since 1994. They face a Rays team that has improved dramatically since a 1-8 start, going 19-7 since then pull into second place in the AL East. Tampa Bay starter David Price (4-3, 3.26) is 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in his last five starts against the Indians.

Other game to watch

A’s at Rangers, 2:05 p.m. The Rangers offense busted out of a slump with 11 hits in a 7-2 win over Oakland last night, but today they’ll face A’s lefthander Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 2.68), who is 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA in his last five starts against the Rangers. Going to last night’s game the Rangers had scored three or fewer runs in eight of their last 15 games. They were 4-11 during that stretch. Matt Harrison (3-4, 4.35) starts for the Rangers.

Games you should have seen

Giants 1, Diamondbacks 0: Tim Lincecum pitched eight four-hit innings, striking out eight, and Cody Ross broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the ninth inning with a single down the third base line scoring Darren Ford from second. Lincecum took a no hitter into the sixth inning, before Ian Kennedy’s one-out single up the middle broke it up.

Orioles 2, Mariners 1: Matt Wieters singled home the winning run with two outs in the 13th inning, and the Orioles ended a four-game losing streak. After the Mariners got the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th, the Orioles scored twice in the bottom half against Brandon League, who blew his first save opportunity in 10 chances this season.

Chatter

“I’m kind of hoping he goes and plays somewhere else.” Roy Halladay , Phillies ace, who fell to 1-3 in his four matchups with Florida ace Josh Johnson after the Marlins’ 2-1 victory in Miami. The one Halladay win came in Miami on May 29 of last year, when he threw his perfect game.

Star of the day

Matt Kemp, Dodgers OF: Went 2 for 4 with a three-run homer, raising his average to .336, as the Dodgers broke out of a slump with a 15-hit attack. in a 10-3 win over the Pirates.

Stat of the day

.406: Derek Jeter’s batting average during his seven-game hitting streak, which he extended by going 2 for 4 in the Yankees’ 3-1 win over the Royals on Tuesday. During the streak he has raised his average from .242 to .283. Jeter is also has eight hits in his last 15 at bats, with two home runs and a double.

By Christopher Rukan  |  10:09 AM ET, 05/11/2011

 
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