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Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 06/13/2011

Leading off: Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians are tied atop American League Central

Game of the day: Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. The Tigers have pulled even with the Indians atop the American League Central, and each team will play one more game Monday before meeting head-to-head Tuesday in Detroit. The Tigers’ game Monday against Tampa Bay is a makeup from May 25. Left-hander Phil Coke (1-6) will start for Detroit, making only his second appearance since he left Detroit’s May 23 game against the Rays with an ankle injury. Coke is looking for his first win since April 14. Rookie Alex Cobb (1-0) will make his fourth career start for Tampa after earning his first major league win his last time out.

Other game to watch:

Cleveland at New York Yankees, 7:05 p.m. The Indians have fallen into a tailspin, and they have one more chance to gain some positive momentum heading into their trip to Detroit. Cleveland has lost four games in a row, nine of its last 10, and 13 of its last 17. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco will start Monday, coming off 8.1 scoreless innings in his last start Tuesday against Minnesota. Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett (6-4) had his worst start of the year in his last outing Wednesday against Boston. Burnett is 3-4 with a 4.97 ERA in eight career starts against Cleveland.

Games you should have seen:

Milwaukee 4, St. Louis 3. The Brewers scored four times in the sixth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit and complete a three-game sweep of the Cardinals. Milwaukee took over first place in the National League Central with the win. Prince Fielder hit a two-run home run in the sixth to put Milwaukee ahead.

Los Angeles Dodgers 10, Colorado 8. The Dodgers and Rockies combined for 18 runs, 28 hits and 7 home runs in an old-fashioned Coors Field slugfest. Seth Smith put Colorado ahead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, but James Loney answered with a grand slam for the Dodgers in the top of the third. Los Angeles opened up a 9-3 lead before Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton all homered late for Colorado to make it a game. The teams combined to score 63 runs in their four-game series.

Stat you should know: +47. Run differential for the Red Sox during their nine-game winning streak after they pounded, Toronto 14-1, on Sunday. Pushing their 2-10 start to the season further and further into the past, the Sox are two games ahead of the Yankees atop the American League East and lead the majors in runs scored with 350.

Star of the night: Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano kept a perfect game through 6.1 innings pitched and a no-hitter through seven innings in Minnesota’s 6-1 win over Texas. Liriano, who already pitched a no-hitter earlier this season, ended up allowing one run on two hits with nine strikeouts in eight innings.

Chatter: “You’re talking about God now, you’re not talking about a baseball player, you’re talking about God. Besides Jim Thome, he represents this game better than anybody. That guy is a baseball icon, great player, a winner, never been in trouble, and dates beautiful women.” – White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, talking about Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Guillen had randomly been talking about White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko as a Hall of Fame candidate, and the conversation drifted to Jeter.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:05 AM ET, 06/13/2011

 
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