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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Leading off: Josh Johnson’s next no-hit bid

Game of the day: Marlins at Cardinals, 1:40 p.m. Florida’s Josh Johnson (3-0, 0.88) makes his next no-hit bid today against the Cardinals. He’s already taken one no-hitter into the eighth, one into the seventh and another into the sixth this season. He has a higher batting average as a hitter (.143) than the batters who face him (.130), also limiting opposing hitters to a .196 slugging percentage and a .195 on base percentage. Johnson is 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA against the Cardinals in his career. Jake Westbrook (2-2, 6.53 ERA) gets the start for the Cardinals.

Other game to watch

Nationals at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. Roy Halladay (4-1, 2.14) looks to continue his mastery over the Nationals. He is 9-1 with a 1.96 ERA against them in his career, including a complete game 3-2 win on April 13 in Washington. Nationals starter John Lannan (2-3, 3.78) hasn’t been so fortunate against the Phillies, going 0-9 with a 5.80 ERA.

Games you should have seen

Angels 5, Red Sox 3 (13 innings): Bobby Abreu hit a two-run, two-out single off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the 13th and the Angels closed out a 5-3 victory. The game, which ended at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, was delayed for two and a half hours by rain and featured 14 pitchers. Boston, hitless for the first 6.1 innings, tied the score with two runs in the ninth inning and nearly won it in the 12th against Trevor Bell, but Marco Scutaro was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on Kevin Youkilis’ double high off the wall in left.

Braves 8, Brewers 0: Tim Hudson pitched a one-hitter, facing only two batters above the minimum, and Atlanta ruined the Milwaukee debut of Zack Greinke, rocking the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner for five runs (all earned) in four innings to complete a doubleheader sweep of the Brewers.

Stat you should know

29: Double-digit stikeout games for Tim Lincecum in his career, breaking a Giants team record held by Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson, who pitched for the New York Giants from 1900-16. Lincecum struck out 12 over seven innings in a 2-0 win over the Mets Wednesday.

By Christopher Rukan  |  11:06 AM ET, 05/05/2011

 
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