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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Leading off: Orioles at Yankees, take two

Game of the day: Orioles at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. The AL East-leading Orioles (6-3) try again to start their series at second-place New York (5-4) after yesterday’s game was rained out. Since Buck Showalter took over on July 29, 2010, Baltimore has the fourth best record in baseball (41-29, .586), behind only Philadelphia (49-22, .690), Cincinnati (42-28, .600) and Minnesota (42-28, .600). During that stretch, the Yankees have been just better than average (36-35, .509). Chris Tillman (0-0) for the Orioles and A.J. Burnett (2-0) for the Yankees are again the scheduled starters

More games to watch

Marlins at Braves, 7:10 p.m. Starters Josh Johnson (1-0, 2.13) of the Marlins (5-5) and Tim Hudson (2-0, 1.84) of the Braves (5-6) are both off to excellent starts. It’s not much of a surprise for either pitcher. Hudson has the second best pre-All-Star break ERA (3.28) among active pitchers, trailing only Dan Haren (3.22) of the Angels. Johnson led the majors with a 1.70 ERA in the first half of last season, but compiled a 3.50 ERA in just 10 starts after the break because of injuries. Still, his 2.30 ERA to end the season was good enough to lead the National League.

Phillies at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. Roy Halladay has been stellar in his first two starts for Philadelphia (7-3), allowing one run in 13 innings, striking out 13 and walking one. There’s a good chance that will continue today. Halladay is 3-0 in three career starts against the Nationals (5-5) with a 0.39 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 23 innings.

Games you should have seen

Tigers 5, Rangers 4: Miguel Cabrera hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth and gave the Tigers (4-7) a win over the Rangers (9-2). Less than two months after being arrested in Florida on suspicion of drunken driving, he’s batting .385 with four home runs and 10 RBIs. The Rangers lost Josh Hamilton for six to eight weeks because of a broken arm, but more on that in a little bit.

Angels 2, Indians 0: Remember what we said a few paragraphs ago about Dan Haren? He’s at it again, with a 3-0 record and a 0.73 ERA after one-hitting the Indians (8-3) Tuesday. In 24.2 innings, he’s given up only 11 hits and two runs while striking out 21 and walking two for the Angels (6-5).

Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2: Star prospect Michael Pineda picked up the first win of his Major League career, giving up just five hits and one earned run in 7.1 innings while striking out seven. He was clocked as high as 99 mph on the stadium radar gun, but also worked in nasty off-speed pitches as Seattle (4-7) topped Toronto (5-6).

Chatter

“It was just a stupid play. I definitely shouldn’t have done it. . . . I listened to my third-base coach. That’s a little too aggressive. The whole time I was watching the play I was listening. [He said] ‘Nobody’s at home, nobody’s at home.’ I was like, ‘Dude, I don’t want to do this. Something’s going to happen.’ But I listened to my coach. And how do you avoid a tag the best? By going in head-first and get out of the way and get in there. That’s what I did.” — Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, talking about how he broke his arm Tuesday against the Tigers.

By Christopher Rukan  |  10:14 AM ET, 04/13/2011

 
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