Game of the day: Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. The White Sox may trail the Indians by 1.5 games in the American League Central standings, but they’ve dominated Cleveland head-to-head this season, taking six of the first seven meetings. It’s a trend to watch because as the teams chase front-running Detroit down the stretch, they’ll be a seeing a lot of each other. The divisionmates are slated to play 11 more games this season, beginning with a three-game set this week at U.S. Cellular Field. White Sox starter Gavin Floyd has six wins in 10 career starts against the Indians, and he’s already beaten them twice this season, allowing just one run in 14.2 innings. Ubaldo Jimenez, who picked up his first win as an Indian last time out, takes the mound for the visitors on Tuesday. Cleveland’s new ace has recorded 13 strikeouts in 13 innings since being added in a trade with Colorado on July 30.
Other game to watch: Arizona at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. With a weekend sweep of the Mets, the Diamondbacks have won six games in a row to take a 2.5-game lead in the National League West. That hot streak faces a swift test on Tuesday when they meet the team with the best record in baseball and reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies right-hander — who will be working on seven days’ rest — is 8-1 with a 2.26 ERA at home this season, and he’s won all three of his career starts against Arizona. Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter has had an uneven rookie season, prompting recent speculation he could lose his spot in the rotation, but the soft-throwing right-hander picked up his seventh win with seven strong innings on Wednesday against Houston.
Games you should have seen:
Atlanta 5, San Francisco 4 Freddie Freeman ripped a 3-2 pitch back through the middle for a two-out, two-run single to give the Braves their National League-leading 21st final at-bat win. Giants closer Brian Wilson entered the ninth with a two-run lead and quickly found trouble. The fire-baller allowed an RBI single by Martin Prado before striking out Dan Uggla with the bases loaded to move within an out of escaping with the road win. Instead, Freeman’s hit won the game for the Wild Card-leading Braves, sticking Wilson (6-4, 35 saves) with his fifth blown save of the season.
Milwaukee 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 0 Randy Wolf got some major help from his defense to toss eight scoreless innings as the National League Central leaders registered their 17th win in 19 games. The left-hander put men on base in seven of his eight innings, but the Brewers found some creative ways to keep the Dodgers off the scoreboard — including a second-inning triple play. They also turned four double plays and threw two runners out at the plate. Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Corey Hart provided all of the Milwaukee offense with solo home runs.
Stat you should know: 600 The number of career home runs for Twins designated hitter Jim Thome after he cracked a pair of opposite field home runs in Monday’s 9-6 win at Detroit. The left-handed hitting slugger became the eighth player in major league history to reach 600 home runs. He hit a two-run shot off Detroit’s Rick Porcello — his first since Aug. 4 — in the sixth inning, and an inning later, he launched a go-ahead three-run homer off reliever Daniel Schlereth to reach the milestone. Thome made it to 600 home runs in 8,137 at-bats, second-fastest in history behind only Babe Ruth.
Star of the day: Pittsburgh’s Ryan Doumit tied a career high with four hits, including the go-ahead three-run home run, in a 6-2 win against St. Louis. The switch-hitting catcher’s fourth-inning shot off Jake Westbrook broke a 1-1 tie to help his team snap a three-game losing streak. The performance marked a rare highlight in a tough season for Doumit, who returned this month after missing more than two months with a broken ankle sustained in a late May home plate collision.
Chatter: “I’m not going to sit in a 30-minute cab ride. Now, I think it would be awkward if I took the team bus back.” — Outfielder Delmon Young on taking the Twins team bus to Comerica Park on Monday shortly after finding out he had been traded to the Tigers for minor league pitcher Cole Nelson and a player to be named later. Hours later, Young suited up for his new team and hit a home run off former teammate Francisco Liriano in a 9-6 loss.