Game of the day: 2011 Home Run Derby, 8 p.m. Eight of the game’s (best?) sluggers will take their hacks in the annual home run hitting contest at Chase Field in Arizona in advance of Tuesday’s All-Star Game. For the first time, the National League and American League will compete against each other in addition to every player simply hitting for himself. American League captain and defending champion David Ortiz selected Red Sox teammate Adrian Gonzalez, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista to hit for the AL. National League captain Prince Fielder selected Milwaukee teammate Rickie Weeks, Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp to hit for his squad. An individual winner will be crowned, and the team that collectively hits the most home runs will have a larger donation made in its captain’s name to the charity of his choice.
Games you should have seen:
Milwaukee 4, Cincinnati 3. Craig Counsell hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Brewers (49-43) to another wild win over the struggling Reds (45-47). Mark Kotsay, who delivered a walk-off single with two out in the ninth inning of the series opener on Friday, tied the game at 3 in the ninth inning Sunday with another clutch single. The late rally cost Reds starter Dontrelle Willis the chance to earn a win in his return to the big leagues. Making his Cincinnati debut after a prolonged stay at Class AAA Louisville, Willis allowed two runs over 6.0 innings in his first major league start since June 2010.
Los Angeles Angels 4, Seattle 2. Alberto Callaspo broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Angels completed a four-game sweep of the Mariners. Dan Haren allowed two runs on five hits in 8.2 innings for Los Angeles, which has won eight of its past nine games to enter the all-star break one game behind Texas in the AL West. The Rangers enter the break on a seven-game losing streak, while Seattle has lost five straight to fall 7.5 games behind.
Stat you should know: 20. Hits by the Phillies on Sunday in their 14-1 demolition of the Braves. The Phillies (57-34) will take the major league’s best record into the all-star break despite struggling at the plate all season, but they looked like the offense-oriented Phillies of old Sunday. The 20 hits were a season high, and surpassed the Braves’ three-game total of 15 during the NL East leaders’ weekend series.
Star of the day: New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia earned his major-league leading 13th win of the season Sunday in New York’s 1-0 win over Tampa Bay. Sabathia pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking one as the Yankees beat the Rays for the second straight day.
Chatter: “I’d have thrown him out of the game, too.” — Baltimore manager Buck Showalter on Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez, who was ejected along with Showalter from the O’s 8-6 loss at Boston on Sunday for throwing behind David Ortiz. Ortiz had charged the mound on Friday night against Baltimore reliever Kevin Gregg, starting an ugly brawl between the teams.