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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 06/15/2011

Leading off: Tampa Bay Rays cool off Boston Red Sox

Game of the day: Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. The Rays finally cooled off the streaking Red Sox on Tuesday, and they’ll try to do it again with another strong right-hander on Wednesday. Jeremy Hellickson (7-4) will get the ball for Tampa Bay, hoping to bounce back from his worst start of the year in his last outing against Baltimore. Before he gave up five earned runs in 5.2 innings on Friday, Hellickson had allowed three earned runs or less in eight straight starts. Right-hander Josh Beckett (5-2)will start for Boston, sporting a major league-best 2.06 ERA.

Florida at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. In the second game of a double header, two of the National League’s best starters will go head-to-head. Right-hander Anibal Sanchez (6-1) has been one of the few bright spots lately for the Marlins, who entering Wednesday had lost 14 of their last 16 games. Sanchez has a 3.06 ERA, and Florida has won six of his last seven starts. Right-hander Roy Halladay (9-3) will go for his fifth straight win for the Phillies. Halladay has thrown at least 7.0 innings in 10 consecutive starts.

Games you should have seen:

Chicago Cubs 5, Milwaukee 4 (10 innings). The Cubs erased a three-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning then completed their comeback in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off RBI single by Starlin Castro. Aramis Ramirez tied the game at 4-4 with a two-run homer in the eighth after Castro hit an RBI double earlier in the inning to cut Milwaukee’s lead to 4-2. The Brewers remained in a first-place tie in the National League Central with the Cardinals, who also blew a lead and lost 8-6 to the Nationals.

Toronto 6, Baltimore 5 (11 innings). Adam Lind hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the Blue Jays to an extra-inning win over the Orioles. Matt Wieters hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth for Baltimore to tie the game at 5-5 and force extra innings. The win snapped Toronto’s four-game losing streak.

Stat you should know: 3. Shutouts this season for Rays right-hander James Shields after he dominated Boston in a 4-0 win Tuesday. Shields’s three shutouts are the most in the major leagues.

Star of the night: Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished with a two-hit shutout in Detroit’s 4-0 win over Cleveland. Verlander – who already threw a no-hitter this season on May 7 against Toronto – struck out 12, giving Detroit sole possession of first place in the American League Central.

Chatter: “If he wants to flick his bat when it’s 4-0 and they just got their first hit in the eighth inning, if that’s the type of player he is, that’s fine. You can’t worry about guys like that.” – Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, reacting to Indians second baseman Orlando Cabrera flipping his bat after Cabrera broke up Verlander’s no-hitter in the eighth inning.

By Greg Schimmel  |  10:54 AM ET, 06/15/2011

 
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