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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Leading off: Indians and Royals could run up the score

Game of the day: Indians at Royals, 8:10 p.m. Expect some runs in this matchup of AL Central leaders. The teams entered Wednesday’s games tied for second in the majors in scoring with 90 runs apiece. Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin (3-0, 2.75) is off to a good start, but he has struggled against the Royals in his brief career, with a 2-1 record and 5.68 ERA in 19 innings against Kansas City. Royals starter Sean O’Sullivan (1-1, 5.00) also has struggled against Cleveland, with a 1-1 record and a 6.30 ERA in 10 innings.

Other games to watch

Red Sox at Angels, 10:05 p.m. Josh Beckett has looked strong in his past two starts, both wins, allowing only five hits and one run in 15 innings. Boston is also on a hot streak, having won four of five after starting the year 2-10. The bad news for Boston and Beckett is that he has fared poorly in his career against the Angels, with a 3-4 record and a 4.52 ERA. He’ll face rookie Tyler Chatwood (1-1, 3.75), who picked up his first career win in his last start by limiting the White Sox to one run on five hits over seven innings.

Braves at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m. The teams are both sub-.500, and the Dodgers organization is in bad enough shape that Major League Baseball needed to step in, but the pitching matchup here looks pretty good. Clayton Kershaw is 2-2 with a 2.96 ERA for the Dodgers, although he struggled in his last start, giving up five runs in 4 2/3 innings in a 9-2 loss to St. Louis. Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens looked good in his only start of the year, shutting out the Mets over seven innings, allowing only two hits.

Games you should have seen

Cubs 2, Padres 1 (10 innings): Reed Johnson homered in the 11th for a 2-1 triumph in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field. The Padres tied the game in the ninth against closer Carlos Marmol, when Cameron Maybin walked, stole second and went to third on a bunt single by Will Venable. Maybin scored on Josh Barlett’s sacrifice fly. Run support has been lacking for Padres starter Dustin Moseley, who left after six innings. He hasn’t had a run scored on his behalf in 25 2/3 innings.

Angels 4, Rangers 1: Jered Weaver became the major leagues’ first five-game winner with eight strikeouts and no walks in a complete game, pitching Los Angeles over Texas. It was the fifth career complete game for Weaver (5-0), who limited Texas to one run on six hits to lower his ERA to 1.23 this season. The right-hander threw 80 of his 119 pitches for strikes. The defending American League champion Rangers have lost six of eight, including three consecutive series.

Phillies 4, Brewers 3: One night after beating Roy Halladay, the Brewers took a 3-0 lead into the sixth against Cliff Lee and were trying to complete their first sweep in Philadelphia. But Placido Polanco hit a three-run home run off starter Chris Narveson to tie it in the sixth. and Shane Victorino hit a long drive to deep right-center off Brandon Kintzler in the eighth to put the Phillies up 4-3.

Chatter

“It is interesting to me as a Cubs fan and a historian of Chicago that both teams could be involved in back-to-back years.” — Peter Alter, Chicago History Museum archivist who examined a 1920 court deposition in which Eddie Cicotte, a member of the 1919 White Sox, vaguely suggested a Cub or Cubs were offered $10,000 to throw the 1918 Series

Stat you should know

18: Consecutive games Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun has reached based to start the season. The team record to start a season is 23 and was set by Robin Yount in 1983. Braun, who is hitting .359, went 1 for 5 in the Brewers’ 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday.

By Christopher Rukan  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/21/2011

 
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