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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/20/2011

Leading off: Interleague play begins Friday

Game of the day: Texas at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Interleague play opens Friday, and this series features the last two World Series runners-up. Each team’s ace will pitch in the series opener Friday, with left-hander C.J. Wilson going for the Rangers and right-hander Roy Halladay on the mound for the Phillies. The Phillies have scored two runs or fewer in five straight games, but Wilson has just a 4.37 ERA in 35 career interleague appearances. Halladay, who spent the vast majority of his career in the American League, has a 3.24 ERA in 39 interleague games, the sixth-best ERA among pitchers who have thrown at least 100 innings in interleague play.

Other game to watch:

Cincinnati at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. The first installment of this year’s all-Ohio battle features a matchup of talented young pitchers making their first interleague starts. Reds left-hander Travis Wood has had three of his best outings this season in his last three starts, allowing two runs or fewer each time. Right-hander Alex White (1-0) will make his third career start for Cleveland, sporting a 3.75 ERA through his first two. Cincinnati leads this all-time matchup 35-34.

Games you should have seen:

Boston 4, Detroit 3. Carl Crawford delivered a bases-loaded, walk-off single to send the Red Sox to their sixth straight win and their third one-run win in a row. David Ortiz went 3 for 4 with a home run for the Red Sox, while Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs for the Tigers to tie the game at 3 in the top of the eighth. Boston is now a season-high three games above .500.

Seattle 2, Los Angeles Angels 1. Angels center fielder Torii Hunter lost a ball in the sun with two outs in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth to give Seattle a bizarre walk-off win. Jack Cust scored from third after Hunter couldn’t track Carlos Peguero’s flyball, sending the Angels to their fifth straight loss. Los Angeles is now under .500 for the first time since April 8.

Stat you should know: 144-102. The Yankees’ all-time record in interleague games, the best of any team in the major leagues. New York opens its interleague schedule Friday night against the Mets.

Star of the night: Rockies first baseman Jason Giambi hit three home runs in his first three at-bats knock in all seven runs in Colorado’s 7-1 win over Philadelphia. The 40-year-old — who made his first start since May 8 — had just three hits all season before Thursday, and entered the game with one home run and four RBI.

Chatter: “I saw it off the bat and ran after it till its highest point and didn’t see it anymore. I just battled, tried to find it, stand there as long as I could, put my glove where I thought it would fall in. I just couldn’t see it. You can’t catch what you can’t see.” – Angels outfielder Torii Hunter describing the lost flyball that cost Los Angeles its game Thursday against Seattle.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/20/2011

 
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