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Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Leading off: Streaking Texas Rangers look to pull away from Los Angeles Angels

Game of the day: Texas at Los Angeles Angels, 10:05 p.m. The Rangers (55-41) are riding an incredible 11-game winning streak that started on July 4, but the Angels (51-45) are 15-6 in their last 21 games and are trying to stay close in the American League West. Even after the Angels dropped three of four to Oakland over the weekend, they enter this three-game series only four games out of first place. Right-hander Alexi Ogando (9-3) is the scheduled starter for Texas, and he is looking for his third straight win in July after he lost his last three starts in June. Ogando’s 2.92 ERA is higher than it has been entering any of his other 17 starts this season. Rookie right-hander Tyler Chatwood will pitch for Los Angeles, making his first start since July 6. Before the Angels decided to stretch him out around the all-star break, Chatwood allowed one earned run or fewer in three of his last four starts.

Other game to watch: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. The Rays have suffered devastating losses on back-to-back nights, and the American League East race is starting to slip away from them. Tampa Bay sits eight games behind Boston and 6.5 behind New York heading into the second game of this four-game series. Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (8-7) will start for Tampa Bay on Tuesday for the first time since July 3, looking for his second straight win after he lost his previous four starts. Bartolo Colon (6-5) will pitch for New York and hopefully bounce back from his last disastrous outing when he didn’t make it out of the first inning Thursday against Toronto.

Games you should have seen:

Boston 15, Baltimore 10. Less than a day after the Red Sox scratched across a run in the bottom of the 16th inning early Monday morning to beat Tampa Bay 1-0, Boston and Baltimore combined for 25 runs and 28 hits in this slugfest. RBI doubles by Dustin Pedroia and Darnell McDonald keyed an eight-run eighth innings for Boston. Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 4 with three runs scored for the Red Sox, who have now won 15 of their last 17 games.

Pittsburgh 2, Cincinnati 0. After a 1 hour 23 minute rain delay in the first inning, four Pirates pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as Pittsburgh moved into sole possession of first place in the National League Central. Right-hander Charlie Morton started and earned the win, while Tony Watson, Daniel McCutchen and Joel Hanrahan combined for 4.0 hitless innings out of the bullpen.

Stat you should know: 42. Consecutive starts in which Philadelphia right-hander Roy Halladay pitched at least 6.0 innings before he left Monday’s 6-1 loss to the Cubs after 4.0 innings because of the heat. The Phillies had won 10 consecutive Halladay starts before he suffered his first loss since May 15.

Star of the night: Diamondbacks right-hander Josh Collmenter pitched 8.0 scoreless innings Monday in Arizona’s 3-0 win over the Brewers. Diamondback starters have allowed three earned runs over 24.0 innings during Arizona’s current three-game winning streak.

Chatter: “A couple guys on, we might have taken a roll at them in the ninth. But they pitched a little bit better than we did tonight.” — Orioles Manager Buck Showalter, whose pitchers allowed 15 runs on 16 hits Monday night in Baltimore’s 15-10 loss to Boston. Red Sox pitchers allowed 10 runs on 12 hits.

By Greg Schimmel  |  06:31 AM ET, 07/19/2011

 
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