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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Leading off: Reds battle Brewers as NL Central remains tight

Game of the day: Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. The Reds and the Brewers are in the middle of a five-team logjam atop the National League Central, and they continue their three-game series on Tuesday. Mike Leake (3-0) is the scheduled starter for Cincinnati, coming off his best start of the season Thursday against the Diamondbacks. The Reds seem to bring their bats every time Leake pitches, as he has received at least seven runs of support in each of his four starts this year. Right-hander Marco Estrada (1-0) will start for Milwaukee, as the Brewers continue to shuttle him between its bullpen and starting rotation. Estrada has a 3.75 ERA through his first two starts this season.

Other games to watch

Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. The Red Sox and Orioles are heading in opposite directions as they open a three-game series Tuesday in Baltimore. The Red Sox have won eight of their last nine games after starting the season 2-10, while the Orioles have lost 11 out of 13 after opening the year 6-1. Clay Buchholz (1-2) will start for Boston, looking to build off his first win of the season in his last start. Buchholz is 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA in nine career appearances (eight starts) against the Orioles, and threw a no-hitter against Baltimore as a rookie in 2007. Speaking of dominant rookies, left-hander Zach Britton (3-1) will start for Baltimore and make his first career appearance against the Red Sox.

Kansas City at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. These American League Central division upstarts begin their second series against each other in as many weeks with a matchup of powerful young right-handers. Luke Hochevar (2-2) will start for Kansas City six days after he allowed six earned runs in six innings pitched in his last start against the Indians. Hochevar’s strong WHIP (1.07) this season does not match his subpar ERA (5.12). Justin Masterson (4-0) will start for Cleveland, going for his fifth win of the season in as many starts. Masterson has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his starts this year, including last Wednesday against the Royals when he allowed two runs over 6.0 innings to best Hochevar.

Games you should have seen

Florida 5, Los Angeles 4. Omar Infante hit a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Marlins a dramatic win over the Dodgers. Los Angeles left fielder Jerry Sands misplayed Infante’s line drive to allow the winning run to score. An error on Dodgers shortstop Jamey Carroll earlier in the ninth extended the inning and allowed the tying run to score. Chris Coghlan hit two home runs earlier in the game for the Marlins.

Chicago White Sox 2, New York Yankees 0. White Sox journeyman starter Philip Humber took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and ended up allowing one run through seven innings pitched to earn the win against the Yankees. Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko each had RBI for Chicago, who won for just the second time in its last 12 games despite being held to just five hits. Sergio Santos picked up his second career save for the White Sox.

Stat you should know: 8. Number of home runs this season for Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, who is now tied for the major league lead after going yard Monday in Toronto’s 6-4 win over Texas. Bautista led the majors with 54 home runs last season, and is now on pace to hit 59 this year.

Star of the night: Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy pitched a three-hit shutout in Arizona’s 4-0 win over Philadelphia, snapping the Phillies’ five-game winning streak. Kennedy struck out 10 and walked none, outpitching Phillies starter Cliff Lee in the first complete game of his career.

Chatter: “I took a step and just tried to get there. It was hit pretty hard, I just tried to make a play on it and it got past me. It was probably a bad jump on my part.” – Dodgers outfielder Jerry Sands on the misplayed line drive that led to the Marlins’ winning run.

By Greg Schimmel  |  07:15 AM ET, 04/26/2011

 
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