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Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 05/15/2011

Leading off: Red Sox look to reach .500 against Yankees

Game of the day: Red Sox at Yankees, 8:05 p.m. Boston tries to reach .500 for the first time this season and sweep the series at Yankee Stadium as Jon Lester (4-1, 2.96) faces Freddy Garcia (2-2, 2.61). The Red Sox (19-20) have had four opportunities to reach the .500 mark and lost them all. They are 17-10 after starting the season 2-10. Since April 24, Boston first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has hit .388 with eight home runs and 24 RBI in 19 games.

Other games to watch

Phillies at Braves, 1:30 p.m. It’s Roy Halladay (5-2, 2.05 ERA) vs. Tim Hudson (4-3, 3.09 ERA) in a matchup of top mound veterans as the NL East rivals finish a three-game set in Atlanta.

Mariners at Indians, 1:05 p.m. In a matchup of top young starters, Michael Pineda (4-2, 2.84) starts for Seattle against Josh Tomlin (4-1, 2.70). Pineda has lived up to the hype surrounding his arrival in Seattle, striking out 45 batters in 44.1 innings this season. Tomlin has been insturmental in Cleveland’s strong start. The Indians, at 24-13, have the best record in the American League.

Chatter

“You walk out there and you see zero and zero, if somebody says they’re not thinking about it, they’re lying.”Jair Jurrjens, Braves RHP, who retired the first 17 batters he faced and then beat the Phillies, 5-3, improving to 5-0.

Star of the day

Brad Bergesen, Orioles RHP: Threw a four-hitter to beat the Rays, 6-0, for his first major league shutout and first victory since Sept. 21 of last year. He entered the game 0-5 with a 9.13 ERA against Tampa Bay.

By Christopher Rukan  |  08:31 AM ET, 05/15/2011

 
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