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Leading off: Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals a worthy NL series during interleague play

Game of the day: Philadelphia at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. The only National League series on the mid-week schedule features two of the NL’s best teams. The Phillies own the best record in the major leagues even after they dropped two of three in Seattle over the weekend to halt their seven-game winning streak. Right-hander Roy Halladay (9-3) will start Tuesday, looking for his fifth consecutive win. Philadelphia has won each of Halladay’s last six starts, and is 12-3 this season in games he has pitched. Right-hander Kyle McClellan (6-3) will start for St. Louis, making his second appearance since he returned from the disabled list after suffering a hip injury. McClellan is 0-2 with a 10.00 ERA in his two most recent starts bookending his trip to the DL. St. Louis will be without slugger Albert Pujols, who will miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a fracture in his forearm on Sunday.

Other game to watch:

Tampa Bay at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. The Brewers entered this series with the best home record (25-9) in baseball while the Rays sported the league’s third-best road record (21-15). In the middle game of the series on Tuesday, talented young right-handers will pitch for both teams. Tampa Bay’s Jeremy Hellickson (7-5) dropped his last two starts when the Rays were shut out both times, but Hellickson has a very solid 3.09 ERA. Milwaukee’s Zack Greinke (6-2) snapped a string of six straight wins when he allowed six earned runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings Thursday against the Cubs. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner has a 5.23 ERA.

Games you should have seen:

New York Yankees 5, Cincinnati 3. The Yankees scored four runs in the top of the first and right-hander Ivan Nova allowed just four hits in eight innings as New York won for the ninth time in 11 games. The Reds had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but Mariano Rivera shut the door for his 18th save of the season and the 577th of his career.

Colorado 8, Cleveland 7. The Rockies scored six runs in the top of the fifth inning and held on to beat the Indians. Jason Giambi’s three-run home run was the big blow in the inning that gave Colorado a 7-4 lead. Colorado (36-36) can climb above .500 on Tuesday for what would be the first time since May 24.

Stat you should know: $3 billion. The reported worth of a proposed television deal between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the FOX network that Major League Baseball rejected on Monday. The money was considered vital to the failing financial stability of the Dodgers. Owner Frank McCourt might now be unable to meet his June 30 payroll obligations, which could lead to the league taking over the club and forcing McCourt to sell it.

Star of the night: Atlanta right-hander Tim Hudson pitched eight scoreless innings Monday, allowing just two hits and striking out eight in the Braves’ 2-0 win over Toronto. Hudson also hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning that knocked in the game’s only runs.

Chatter: “I’ve managed since I was 14 years old. I’ll probably manage until I’m 95.” – Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon, 80, who took over on Monday a day after former manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned. McKeon is the second-oldest manager in major league history after only Connie Mack, who managed the Philadelphia A’s at age 87 in 1950.


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