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Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Leading off: Rubber match for Indians and Red Sox

Game of the day: Red Sox at Indians, 12:05 p.m. The resurgent Red Sox close out a three-game series with the Indians, who have the best record in the majors at 30-16. The teams have split the first two games. Boston entered May with an 11-15 record, last in the AL East but has gone a major league best 15-7 so far this month to pull into second place in the division, a half game behind the Yankees. Three Red Sox regulars have OPS’s (on base percentage plus slugging percentage) of at least 1.000 this month: Adrian Gonzalez (1.100), David Ortiz (1.048) and Kevin Youkilis (1.000). All that offensive support has been a boon for Red Sox starter Jon Lester (6-1, 3.68). He’s 3-0 this month, despite struggling on the mound, with a 5.55 ERA and .303 opponents’ batting average. Cleveland starter Mitch Talbot (1-0, 1.46) pitched eight scoreless innings in his last start, holding the Angels to just five hits and two walks in a 4-0 win. 

Other games to watch

Blue Jays at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. New York tries to maintain its lead in the AL East. Yankees starter Freddy Garcia (2-4, 3.12) has pitched well this season, with four quality starts, but he has struggled in his career against Toronto, going 6-6 with a 6.06 ERA against the Blue Jays. Toronto starter Jo-Jo Reyes (0-3, 4.07) has never faced the Yankees.

A’s at Angels, 10:05 p.m. Oakland starter Trevor Cahill (6-1, 1.79) and Los Angeles starter Ervin Santana (2-4, 4.18) have each been strong against their respective oppoenent in their career. Cahill is 4-1 with a 1.81 ERA against the Angels and Santana is 12-3 with a 1.99 ERA against the A’s.

Game you should have seen

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 4: CC Sabathia gave up eight hits and four runs in the first four innings but settled down to retire the final 16 batters and the Yankees scored two runs apiece in the eighth and ninth innings for the win. Curtis Granderson went 4 for 5, singled in the tying run in the ninth, then stole second and scored the game winning run on a Mark Teixeira single.

Star of the day

Carlos Quentin, White Sox: Hit three home runs and had five RBI in the White Sox’s 8-6 win over the Rangers.

Chatter

“It got unpleasant to the point where we left the game. The whole section was completely drunk and obnoxious.”

— Aaron Gross, Brewers season ticket-holder, on his family’s experience at a “College Night” promotion at Miller Park

By Chris Rukan  |  10:27 AM ET, 05/25/2011

 
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