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Leading off: Rangers look to regain first place against Angels

Game of the day: Los Angeles Angels at Texas, 4:10 p.m. The Rangers have closed to within a half-game of the Angels in the American League West, and on Saturday they will aim to take back first place outright for the first time since April 30. Right-hander Dan Haren (4-2) will start for Los Angeles, sporting a 1.87 ERA that is second best in the American League. Left-hander Derek Holland (3-1) will pitch for Texas, looking for his first win since April 22.

Other games to watch:

St. Louis at Cincinnati, 4:10 p.m. Cincinnati has moved to within a half-game of the Cardinals atop the National League Central, and with a win Saturday the Reds would be in first place in the division for the first time since April 23. Kyle McClellan (5-0) will start for St. Louis, still undefeated through the first six starts of his career. McClellan had his best start yet his last time out, allowing one run on four hits in eight innings Sunday against Milwaukee. Right-hander Johnny Cueto will make his second start of the year for the Reds after he started the year on the disabled list with irritation in his right biceps. Cueto threw six scoreless innings in his first start against the Cubs.

Boston at New York Yankees, 7:10 p.m. The archrivals continue their three-game series with a matchup of star power pitchers. Right-hander Josh Beckett (2-1) will pitch for Boston, coming off two straight scoreless starts. Beckett pitched eight scoreless innings against the Yankees in a 4-0 Boston win on April 10. Left-hander CC Sabathia (3-2) is the scheduled starter for New York. Sabathia has had an up-and-down year, and has a 6-6 record with a 3.35 ERA in 16 career starts against Boston. In his last home start on April 28, Sabathia threw seven scoreless innings against the White Sox.

Games you should have seen:

Cleveland 5, Seattle 4. Travis Hafner hit a walk-off two-run homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth to send the Indians past the Mariners. Cleveland trailed 4-2 entering the ninth inning before Asdrubal Cabrera hit an RBI double to set up Hafner’s winning home run. Seattle right fielder Carlos Peguero hit his first career home run in the fifth inning. The Indians’ last five home wins have come in their final at-bat.

Cincinnati 6, St. Louis 5, 10 innings. Joey Votto’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning capped an important come-from-behind win for the Reds. Cincinnati trailed 5-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Edgar Renteria hit a two-run double in the seventh and Brandon Phillips sent the game to extra innings with an RBI single in the ninth. Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday went 3 for 5 to boost his season average to .398, while third baseman Scott Rolen went 3 for 5 for the Reds.

Stat you should know: 2.86. Combined ERA of Philadelphia relievers after five combined to throw three scoreless innings Friday as the Phils came from behind to beat the Braves 5-4. Even with Brad Lidge and Jose Contreras on the disabled list, the Phillies have the fourth-best bullpen ERA in the National League.

Star of the night: In his first start since throwing a no-hitter last Saturday, Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander did not allow a hit through 5 2/3 innings against Kansas City on Friday. Verlander allowed one run on two hits in eight innings, and Detroit won 3-1 to take over second place in the American League Central.

Chatter: “I don’t know the reason why and I don’t really care what the reason is, but I went there today and attacked the strike zone and got after guys.” – Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster, who struck out a season-high 11 Giants in Chicago’s 11-4 win over San Francisco


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