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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/24/2011

Leading off: Josh Johnson of the Marlins looks to continue strong start

Game of the day: Rockies at Marlins, 1:10 p.m. Marlins starter Josh Johnson has flirted with no hitters in his last two starts, wins over the Braves and Pirates. In those two starts he has allowed only three hits and no runs in 14 1/3 innings, while striking out 18 and walking four. Johnson is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA on the season. His teammate Anibal Sanchez nearly no-hit the Rockies on Friday night, not allowing a hit until Dexter Fowler led off the ninth with a broken-bat single to right. Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who started the All-Star Game for the NL last season, is trying to get on track this year. He’s 0-1, allowing 10 runs (nine earned) and 13 hits in 11 innings.

Other games to watch

Royals at Rangers, 3:35 p.m. Starter Bruce Chen (3-0, 2.42) and the Royals (12-8) both look to continue their strong start. Chen went 12-7 with Kansas City last season. Chen has played for 10 teams in his 13-year career. His opponent, C.J. Wilson, is coming of a breakout 15-8 season and is off to a good start this year (2-0, 3.08).

Red Sox at Angels, 3:35 p.m. Boston’s John Lackey is off to a horrific start this season (1-2, 9.82), but he is 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA against his former team and looks to get the Red Sox one win closer to the .500 mark after their 2-10 start.

Games you should have seen

Tigers 9, White Sox 0: Brad Penny took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, until Brent Morel hit a one-out tough chopper down the third base line. Brandon Inge backhanded it behind the bag and made a throw in the dirt that first baseman Miguel Cabrera couldn’t field cleanly to attempt a tag on Morel. “I still don’t think I would’ve thrown a no-hitter,” Penny said. “My pitch count was getting up there. I’m sure I would’ve given up a hit at some point.” Penny (1-2) went seven innings, allowing a hit and two walks.

Cubs 10, Dodgers 8: The Dodgers scored seven unanswered runs to take an 8-5 lead before Chicago responded with a five-run eighth. The first three batters reached against Matt Guerrier (1-1), who hadn’t allowed a run this season. Starlin Castro then lined a two-run single into center field and Darwin Barney tied it with a fielder’s choice bouncer to shortstop Jamey Carroll. Guerrier bounced back to strike out Marion Byrd but left after Aramis Ramirez singled to put runners on first and third. Jeff Baker then hit a two-run double into the gap in right-center to give the Cubs the lead for good.

Reds 5, Cardinals 3: Miguel Cairo hit a two-out, two-run, go-ahead single, capping a three-run the eighth inning, to lift the Reds to a victory over the Cardinals. The slumping Reds had lost seven of nine before snapping St. Louis’s three-game winning streak.

Stat you should know

22: Career grand slams for Alex Rodriguez after his home run in 15-3 win over Baltimore, pushing him past Manny Ramirez into second place on the all-time list. He trails only Lou Gehrig, who has 23. Rodriguez also had six RBI, moving him past Carl Yastrzemski into 10th place all time with 1,847.

Chatter

“I was disappointed in myself. [Manager Joe] Maddon lets me go out there and try to finish, and I’ve got to be able to do it.” Rays LHP David Price , who settled for an eight-plus-inning, four-run performance in a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays, who led off the ninth with a single and two double

Star of the day

Tim Hudson, Braves: Went 8.2 innings to outduel Tim Lincecum in a 5-2 win over the Giants in San Francisco. Hudson (3-2) allowed nine hits, two runs and no walks while striking out four.

By Christopher Rukan  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/24/2011

 
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