Game of the day: Philadelphia at San Francisco, 4:10 p.m. This four-game National League Championship Series rematch continues Saturday afternoon with a familiar pitching matchup that has favored the Giants in its recent history. Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and Giants right-hander Matt Cain went head-to-head in Game 3 of the NLCS last October, and again on July 27th this season. Cain (9-7) didn’t allow an earned run in either of those starts, winning 3-0 in the playoff matchup and 2-1 thanks to an unearned run last month. Hamels (12-6) allowed only four earned runs in 13 2/3 innings in those games, but took the loss both times. Philadelphia sits comfortably ahead of the pack in the National League East, but the Giants remain the Phillies’ biggest physical and psychological hurdle to capturing a third pennant in four years.
Other game to watch: New York Yankees at Boston, 4:10 p.m. The American League East grudge match continues with a matchup of arms that should favor the Yankees — but may not. Left-hander CC Sabathia (16-5) has won 13 of his last 16 starts, but Sabathia is 0-3 with a 6.16 ERA in three starts this year against the Red Sox. Boston right-hander John Lackey (9-8) has an ugly 6.23 ERA, but Lackey has won his last two starts against New York.
Games you should have seen:
New York Yankees 3, Boston 2 . Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher had RBI hits in New York’s three-run sixth inning as the Yankees won their eighth consecutive game to take sole possession of first place in the American League East for the first time since July 6. David Ortiz homered for the Red Sox, who lost for the second straight night. Mariano Rivera picked up his 588th career save for New York — and his 52nd against the Red Sox.
St. Louis 3, Florida 2 . The Marlins loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but Lance Lynn struck out Florida’s RBI leader Mike Stanton to shut the door. Lance Berkman broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double in the top of the eighth inning for St. Louis. Stanton was 3 for 4 with an RBI triple before his game-ending strikeout.
Stat you should know: 16. Consecutive starts to begin this season in which Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto has allowed three earned runs or fewer. Cueto (7-4) will try to make it 17 straight on Saturday against the Cubs.
Star of the night:White Sox right fielder Carlos Quentin went 2 for 4 with two home runs and four RBI in Chicago’s 5-3 win Friday over Minnesota. Quentin’s fourth multi-homer game of the season helped snap the White Sox’ six-game losing streak.
Chatter: “The guy’s tough, though. He got a base hit with a broken finger. Pretty impressive. ... Wish there was more guys like this on the team.” — Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison, describing teammate Omar Infante, whom the Marlins placed on the disabled list Friday with a broken right middle finger. Infante broke the finger diving for a ground ball in the third inning Thursday, then singled to left field in the fourth.