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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/03/2011

Leading off: Jon Lester and Dan Haren set to face-off again

Game of the day: Los Angeles Angels at Boston, 7:10 pm. The Angels and Red Sox are in the midst of playing each other eight times over the course of two weeks. In the sixth meeting on Tuesday, two of the best pitchers in the American League will go head-to-head for the second time this season. Right-hander Dan Haren (4-1) will pitch for the Angels against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester (3-1) in a repeat of the pitching matchup on April 22. The Red Sox won that game, 4-3, behind six scoreless innings from Lester as part of Boston’s four-game sweep. Haren suffered his only loss of the season that night, allowing four runs in six innings pitched. In his 38 innings this season not against the Red Sox, Haren has allowed only four runs total.

Other games to watch:

Cleveland at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. The A’s climbed above .500 for the second time this season with their 5-4 win over Texas on Monday, and now they will host the league-leading Indians for a three-game series in Oakland. Cleveland is 13-2 at home this season but only 6-6 on the road. Inconsistent right-hander Fausto Carmona (2-3) will start for the Indians, coming off one of his better starts of the season his last time out Thursday against the Royals. Young right-hander Tyson Ross (1-2) will make his third start of the year for Oakland. Ross pitched seven shutout innings Wednesday in his most recent start against the Angels.

Florida at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. The Marlins and the Cardinals are among the hottest teams in baseball, and they continue their four-game series in St. Louis on Tuesday. Right-hander Anibal Sanchez (1-1) will start for Florida, sporting 1.93 ERA in two career starts against the Cardinals. Right-hander Kyle McClellan (4-0) will start for St. Louis, looking to remain unbeaten in his sixth start of the year. McClellan has a 3.23 ERA in his first season pitching primarily as a starter, but is coming off his worst start of the year when he allowed five runs in 5.2 innings pitched in an 11-7 win over Houston on Thursday.

Games you should have seen

Oakland 5, Texas 4, 10 innings. Hideki Matsui hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Athletics past their division rivals. Matsui’s blast to right field came on the first pitch of the inning off of Rangers reliever Darren Oliver, and was his first home run in Oakland as a member of the A’s. Oakland outfielder Josh Willingham hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to tie the game at 4-4. Athletics starter Brandon McCarthy did not allow an earned run in his 6.0 innings pitched, but his two errors led to all four Texas runs. The A’s are above .500 for the second time this season, one game behind both Texas and the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West.

New York Yankees 5, Detroit 3. The Yankees scored two runs in the top of the ninth to break a 3-3 tie and hand the Tigers their seventh consecutive loss. Nick Swisher hit an RBI single to center field to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead, and Alex Rodriguez added an insurance run when he scored from third base on a passed ball. Mariano Rivera earned his 570th career save to close to within 31 of Trevor Hoffman’s all-time record. Alex Avila hit two home runs for the Tigers, while Miguel Cabrera and Ramon Santiago each went 3 for 4. Detroit is now eight games behind the Indians in the American League Central after the Tigers were 1.5 games out just eight days ago.

Stat you should know: 6-1. The won-loss record this season for Angels pitcher Jered Weaver after he took his first loss of the season Monday in the Angels’ 9-5 loss at Boston. Had Weaver improved to 7-0, he would have become the first pitcher since Sadie McMahon in 1891 to go 7-0 by May 2 or sooner.

Star of the night: Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton went 3 for 5 with a game-tying home run and a game-winning triple in Florida’s 6-5 win over St. Louis. Thanks largely to Stanton, the Marlins improved to 18-9 and are tied with the Phillies atop the National League East.

Chatter: “We snapped the head off a chicken and, I don’t know, exorcised a demon.” – Braves third baseman Chipper Jones after the Braves beat Milwaukee and Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo, 6-2. Gallardo had been 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in five career starts against Atlanta before Monday.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/03/2011

 
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