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Posted at 06:05 AM ET, 07/05/2011

Leading off: New York Yankees’ CC Sabathia will pitch against Cleveland Indians, his former team

Game of the day: New York Yankees at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. This battle of first-place teams will feature a pitching matchup between Cleveland’s ace of the past and potentially its ace of the future. Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia (11-4) won 106 games in eight seasons pitching for the Indians, and his 11 wins this season are tied for the most in the major leagues. Sabathia has won eight of his last nine starts, and is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in four career starts against Cleveland. Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco (8-4) is coming into his own in his first full major league season. Carrasco has won seven of his last nine starts, and he is 4-1 with a 0.98 ERA in his last five.

Other game to watch:

Seattle at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. No team in the mediocre American League West seems willing to separate itself from the pack, and the pitching matchup makes this game worthwhile even as Seattle and Oakland lag behind. Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez (8-7) hasn’t been as strong as he was last season when he won the AL Cy Young Award, but Hernandez still has a solid 3.35 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. Left-hander Trevor Cahill (8-6) will pitch for Oakland, looking for his third win in his last four starts. Hernandez is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA this season against the A’s while Cahill is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in two starts this year against the Mariners.

Games you should have seen:

Chicago White Sox 5, Kansas City 4. Royals reliever Aaron Crow balked in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the White Sox rallied twice late to beat Kansas City. Struggling White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to give Chicago a 4-3 lead before Eric Hosmer tied the game at 4-4 with a solo homer in the top of the ninth. The White Sox (43-43) can move above .500 in their next game for the first time since April 15.

Washington 5, Chicago Cubs 4 (10 innings). Jayson Werth scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Nationals a series-opening win over the Cubs. Werth, who is hitting .224 this season, stole third before scoring on the wild offering from Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol. Laynce Nix tied the game at 4-4 when he drew a bases loaded walk for the Nationals in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Stat you should know:2. Total earned runs St. Louis right-hander Chris Carpenter has allowed in 24.0 innings over his last three starts after he pitched 8.0 scoreless innings in the Cardinals’ 1-0 win over Cincinnati on Monday. Carpenter (4-7) had allowed at least two earned runs in each of his previous 11 starts, and has lowered his season ERA from 4.47 to 3.74 over his last three.

Star of the night: Phillies rookie right-hander Vance Worley also pitched 7.0 scoreless innings Monday, allowing just two hits while striking out six and walking two in Philadelphia’s 1-0 win over the Marlins. In four starts since he was recalled from Class AAA Lehigh Valley on June 18, Worley has allowed two runs in 25 innings pitched.

Chatter: “I can’t wait to get back on the field. Hopefully, it can be tomorrow. If it’s not, whenever the time comes will be the right time to play.” — Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who may be well enough to come off the disabled list on Tuesday. The three-time MVP fractured his wrist on June 19, and was supposed to be out four to six weeks but has healed quicker than expected.

By Greg Schimmel  |  06:05 AM ET, 07/05/2011

 
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