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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 09/06/2011

Leading off: Philadelphia’s Worley tries to continue streak against rival Braves

Game of the day: Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Last October, Philadelphia right-hander Vance Worley flashed potential in his second career start when he pitched five scoreless innings as the Phillies beat Atlanta on the second-to-last day of the regular season. The rookie enters his latest start against the rival Braves as one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. Worley, who pitched an inning of relief in his only appearance against Atlanta this season, sports a 10-1 record with a 2.85 ERA. Philadelphia has won Worley’s past 13 starts — the longest such streak by a rookie since 1970. Right-hander Tim Hudson (14-8) takes the ball for the Braves, trying to stop Worley’s historic run. The veteran is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts against the Phillies this season.

Other game to watch: Detroit at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Friday’s 4-2 loss dropped the Indians a season-high 7.5 games behind the Tigers in the American League Central with 24 left to play, increasing the urgency for Cleveland to take the final two games of the series. Luckily, the Indians have had plenty of success against Detroit’s Tuesday starter — right-hander Rick Porcello (12-8) — this season. In three starts against Cleveland, Porcello has surrendered 15 runs in 14.1 innings. Right-hander Fausto Carmona (6-13) takes the hill for the Indians, hoping to salvage an uneven season. He’s gone at least six innings in nine straight starts but won just two of them.

Games you should have seen:

Toronto 1, Boston 0: With two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie slammed a walk-off solo home run for the game’s only run. The clutch hit off Boston’s Dan Wheeler was the latest accomplishment in the 21-year-old phenom’s impressive one-month career. Lawrie, who made his debut on Aug. 5, has 19 extra base hits, including eight home runs, in 30 games. Henderson Alvarez and four Blue Jays relievers combined on the shutout.

Chicago White Sox 2, Minnesota 1: A day after giving up 18 runs to the Tigers, the White Sox got seven shutout innings from Philip Humber to beat the Twins in the first game of a doubleheader at Target Field. Minnesota pushed across its lone run in the ninth inning, forcing the White Sox to use three pitchers in the frame to escape with the one-run win. Alejandro De Aza and Alexei Ramirez knocked in Chicago’s runs.

Star of the day: James Shields tossed his major league-best 11th complete game of the season on Monday to lead Tampa Bay to a 5-1 win against Texas. The right-hander limited the American League West leaders to one run on four hits with six strikeouts. While earning his 14th win of the season, Shields became the first American League hurler since Randy Johnson in 1993 to have at least 200 strikeouts and 10 complete games in the same season.

Stat you should know: 41 Saves this season for Detroit closer Jose Valverde in as many chances after pitching a perfect ninth in the first-place Tigers’ 4-2 win against the Indians on Monday. The right-hander tied Brad Lidge (2008) for the second-most consecutive saves to start a season behind only Eric Gagne, who saved 55 straight in his perfect 2003 season. Dating back to last season, Valverde has converted 43 consecutive opportunities.

Chatter: “I’m not 100 percent, but I don’t know if you are ever 100 percent. There’s going to be a little rust, but I want to go out and help.Indians center fielder Gray Sizemore on his return from abdominal surgery in time for a crucial three-game series against the division-leading Tigers. Sizemore, who has been limited to 62 games so far this season by a pair of trips to the disabled list, batted leadoff in Monday’s 4-2 loss and went 0 for 4 with an RBI groundout.

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