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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/30/2011

Leading off: Red Sox try to salvage final game in Philadelphia

Game of the day: Red Sox at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. A series billed as a possible World Series preview, with the Phillies winning the firt two as Cliff Lee and Vance Worley have beaten Boston 5-0 and 2-1, respectively. Jon Lester (9-4, 3.66) tries to salvage the final game for the Red Sox as he faces Cole Hamels (9-4, 2.49) in a matchup of two of baseball’s top lefthanders. Each has fared well against the opponent in the few times they have faced them. Lester is 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA allowing eight hits and striking out 16 in 14 innings. Hamels is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings, striking out 21.

Other games to watch

Mets at Tigers, 1:05 p.m. Irresistible force, meet immoveable object. The Mets have scored 52 runs during a four-game winning streak, including a 16-9 win over the Tigers Wednesday when they had 20 hits. But today they run into Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.38 ERA), who tossed his second career no hitter earlier this season and has allowed four or fewer hits nine times in 17 starts. But watch out: In his only career start against the Mets, on June 22, 2010, he surrendered five runs (all earned) on five hits and three walks in just two innings of a 14-6 Mets’ win.

Brewers at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. CC Sabathia went 11-2 with an 1.65 ERA with the Brewers after being acquired in a trade from Cleveland in 2008, finishing fifth in the NL Cy Young Award voting despite making just 17 starts in the senior circuit. Today Sabathia (10-4, 3.25) faces Milwaukee for the first time since signing with the Yankees as a free agent that offseason. Since arriving in New York, Sabathia has led the AL in wins the past two seasons with 19 and 21, respectively and is also leading the league in wins so far this year. Sabathia did pitch against Milwaukee as a memeber of the Indians before he was traded, going 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA in 13 innings.

Game you should have seen

Cubs 2, Giants 1: Pinch hitter Aramis Ramirez drove in Tony Campana with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Cubs the win after the Giants tied the game in the top of the inning. Ryan Dempster (5-6, 4.99) and Tim Lincecum were locked in a pitchers’ duel most of the game, with Dempster giving up one run on three hits in eight innings and Lincecum allowing one run on five hits in seven innings.

Chatter

“I didn’t know if somebody threw it or somebody shot it.” - Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, after a strong-armed Wrigley Field fan in the left field bleachers at Tuesday’s game threw Miguel Tejada’s home run ball back onto the field — and nearly all the way to the San Francisco dugout on the first base line

Stat you should know

132: Pitches thrown by Chris Carpenter in his second complete game of the season, giving up seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in a 5-1 victory over the Orioles

By Christopher Rukan  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/30/2011

 
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