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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 05/28/2011

Leading off: Phillies and Mets face off in National League East battle

Game of the day: Philadelphia at New York Mets, 7:10 p.m. The National League East foes have gone in opposite directions since the peak of their recent rivalry in 2007, but it’s still fun to watch when they get together. The Mets have lost five of their last six games, and they need a strong start from right-hander Mike Pelfrey (3-4) on Saturday. The former first-round draft pick has a 5.25 ERA in 15 career starts against the Phillies, and hasn’t made it past the fifth inning in two rough starts against Philadelphia this year. Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels (6-2) hasn’t pitched particularly well against the Mets, compiling a 2-9 record in 14 career starts.

Other game to watch:

New York Yankees at Seattle, 10:10 p.m. The Mariners won eight of their last 10 games entering their series opener against the Yankees on Friday night, and they send reigning Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez (5-4) to the mound Saturday. Hernandez is 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA in eight career starts against New York, and he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his last eight starts. Right-hander Ivan Nova will start for the Yankees in what will be his first career appearance against Seattle. The Yankees have won four of Nova’s last five starts.

Games you should have seen:

Washington 2, San Diego 1. Michael Morse hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to snap the Nationals’ five-game losing streak. The Nats blew a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth when Jason Bartlett homered off of Drew Storen. John Lannan pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings for Washington, allowing just two hits against a Padres offense that has scored just 13 runs in its last 10 games.

Los Angeles Angels 6, Minnesota 5. The Angels overcame a 5-0 deficit in the eighth inning to steal a win from the hapless Twins. Los Angeles tied the game with five runs in the top of the eighth on a three-run homer by Erick Aybar, an infield single by Alberto Callaspo and a sacrifice fly by Russell Branyan. Macier Izturis gave them the lead with an RBI single in the top of the ninth. Minnesota has lost six of its last seven games, and has a league-worst 16-33 record.

Stat you should know: 195. Career wins for Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, the most among active pitchers. The 44-year-old knuckleballer earned his second win of the season Friday night in Boston’s 6-3 win over Detroit.

Star of the night: Rays left-hander David Price struck out a career-high 12 in Tampa Bay’s 5-0 win over Cleveland. Price allowed four hits over seven scoreless innings, sending Cleveland to its third straight loss.

Chatter: “You have to slide into other bases. Why shouldn’t you have to slide into home plate?” – Giants general manager Brian Sabean after catcher Buster Posey said it is “highly likely I probably won’t be back” this season. Posey injured his leg in a gruesome collision at home plate Wednesday.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 05/28/2011

 
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