Game of the day: Mariners at Tigers, 1:05 p.m. Mariners super-rookie Michael Pineda is off to an excellent start, with a 3-1 record and a 1.78 ERA , while holding opponents to a .202 batting average. Tigers veteran Brad Penny hasn’t been strong so far this season, with a 6.35 ERA. But he’ll look to build on the momentum from his last start, when he one-hit the White Sox over seven innings in a 9-0 Detroit win.
Other games to watch
Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Heading into this series, Boston looked to be surging, going 5-1 on a West coast trip. The Orioles looked like they were heading in the opposite direction, fading after their strong start. But Baltimore won the first two games of this series, beating Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett. But Boston has Jon Lester (2-1, 2.59) on the mound today, and he owns a 13-0 career record against the Orioles, with a 2.33 ERA. Brad Bergesen (0-3, 5.40) gets the start for the Orioles.
Blue Jays at Rangers, 2:05 p.m. Texas right-hander Alexi Ogando looks to continue his strong conversion from reliever to starter. He went 4-1 with a 1.30 ERA in 44 appearances out of the bullpen in his rookie season last year. So far this year he’s 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. Brandon Morrow (0-1, 5.06) starts for Toronto.
Games you should have seen
A’s 2, Angels 1 (10 innings): Cliff Pennington opened the 10th inning with a triple that glanced off of left fielder Vernon Wells’ glove and scored on Connor Jackson’s groundout to give the A’s the win and help them avoid a sweep. Wells, playing left field this season after winning three Gold Gloves as a center fielder with Toronto, tried a sliding catch and the ball went off his glove as he nearly collided with center fielder Peter Bourjos. Both starting pitchers were excellent, though neither figured in the decision. Oakland’s Tyson Ross (1-2, 2.76) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits. Dan Haren (4-1, 1.23) also went seven innings, giving up just three hits and one unearned run.
Reds 7, Brewers 6 (10 innings): Drew Stubbs hit the game-winning solo home run in the top of the 10th for the Reds, who had blown leads of 4-0 and 6-4. Milwaukee’s middle of the order — Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee - finished a combined 0 for 12. Braun and McGehee both had 11-game hitting streaks end.
Stat you should know
24: Andre Ethier’s hitting streak in the month of April, a record. He went 2 for 5, including a home run in the 10th inning to help the Dodgers defeat the Marlins, 5-4.
“Colon was amazing. Colon was, wow!” — White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on veteran Bartolo Colon, who pitched eight strong innings in the Yankees 3-1 win over Chicago.