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Posted at 01:32 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Leading Off: Red-hot Rangers set to face Verlander

Games to watch today: 10 scheduled

Texas (Ogando, 1-0) at Detroit (Verlander, 1-0), 1:05

The Rangers (8-1) have the best record in baseball, but they will have to face Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander in the first game of this three-game series against Detroit (3-6). Verlander is 6-1 with a 2.37 ERA in eight career starts against the Rangers, and his 17 strikeouts so far this season are third in the American League. Rangers starter Alexi Ogando pitched six shutout innings in his first career start Tuesday against Seattle.

Cleveland (Talbot, 0-0) at Los Angeles Angels (Chatwood, 0-0), 10:05

The Indians (7-2) have won seven games in a row after dropping their first two, and they send Mitch Talbot to the mound for their series opener against the Angels (5-4). Resurgent Cleveland second baseman Orlando Cabrera, who is hitting .375 through his first eight games as an Indian, played for the Angels from 2005 to 2007. Right-hander Tyler Chatwood will make his major league debut for the Angels. The 21-year old went 13-9 with a 2.84 ERA at three minor league levels last season.

Los Angeles (Kershaw, 1-1) at San Francisco (Bumgarner, 0-1), 10:15

The West Coast rivals open a three-game series with a matchup of talented young left-handers. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw held the Giants scoreless for seven innings in a 2-1 Dodgers win on opening night. Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner lasted only three-plus innings in his season debut last week against the Padres, but he had a 3.00 ERA in 18 starts during his rookie season last year.

Games you should have seen

Milwaukee 6, Chicago Cubs 5

Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Casey McGehee each hit two-run home runs for Milwaukee to lead the Brewers past the Cubs. McGehee’s pinch-hit blast off of Cubs reliever Kerry Wood in the bottom of the eighth inning was the deciding blow. Fielder is hitting .400 through his first 10 games of the season, and his 11 RBI are tied for the major league lead. The Brewers have won five out of six games after starting the season 0-4.

Arizona 10, Cincinnati 8

The Diamondbacks scored five runs in the fifth inning and four more in the eighth to come from behind twice to beat the Reds. Ryan Roberts and Chris Young each hit three-run home runs for Arizona, and Stephen Drew went 4 for 4 with three RBI. Joey Votto went 4 for 5 for the Reds, who lost for the third time in four games after starting the season 5-0. Cincinnati flamethrower Aroldis Chapman pitched around three walks to throw a scoreless seventh inning. Chapman hasn’t allowed a run in four innings this season.

Stat you should know

Tampa Bay fell to 1-8 Sunday, its worst start in franchise history, with a 6-1 loss against the Chicago White Sox. The Rays have scored 11 runs total in their eight losses this season, but nine runs in their lone win.

Star of the day

Angels right-hander Jered Weaver fanned a career-high 15 Blue Jays on Sunday in a 3-1 Los Angeles win. Weaver (3-0, 0.87 ERA) is the first pitcher in the majors with three wins and leads the league with 27 strikeouts.

Chatter

“Shane did real good.” – Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel assessing the performance of Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino after “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” went 3 for 4 with a home run in the Phillies’ 3-0 win over the Braves.

By Greg Schimmel  |  01:32 AM ET, 04/11/2011

 
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