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Posted at 03:04 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Leading off: Tied atop AL Central, Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians will meet head-to-head

Game of the Day: Cleveland at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. The Indians and Tigers are in a virtual dead heat atop the American League Central as they open this three-game series in the Motor City. The division rivals will send powerful right-handers headed in different directions to the mound Tuesday in the series opener. Tigers starter Justin Verlander (7-3) has won his last five decisions, and has pitched at least into the eighth inning in six of his past seven starts. Indians starter Justin Masterson (5-4) has lost his past four decisions and hasn’t earned a win since he improved to 5-0 on April 26.

Other game to watch:

San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. The Giants are only a half-game ahead of the Diamondbacks in the National League West as they head to the desert Tuesday to face an Arizona team that is a season-high seven games above .500. Right-hander Matt Cain will start for San Francisco, looking for his third straight win after he allowed two runs over 16 innings in his past two starts. Right-hander Josh Collmenter (4-1) has been dominant since moving into the Diamondbacks’ rotation in May. Four of Collmenter’s six starts have been scoreless outings, including his past two, when he did not allow a run over 12 innings pitched.

Games you should have seen:

Detroit 2, Tampa Bay 1 (10 innings). Ramon Santiago hit a walk-off triple in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Tigers to an extra-inning victory over the Rays. Santiago’s hit into the gap in right-center field scored Victor Martinez from first base just ahead of the relay throw to the plate.

Chicago Cubs 1, Milwaukee 0. Ryan Dempster threw seven scoreless innings before the Cubs finally eked out a run in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Brewers. Randy Wolf also went seven scoreless for Milwaukee before the Cubs scored on an Aramis Ramirez fielder’s choice against reliever Kameron Loe. The loss sends Milwaukee into a first-place tie with St. Louis atop the National League Central.

Stat you should know: 38. Consecutive games in which Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon has reached base, setting a franchise record. Damon went 2 for 5 Monday in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 loss to Detroit.

Star of the night: Astros outfielder Hunter Pence went 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in Houston’s 8-3 win over Atlanta. The win ended the Astros’ four-game losing skid while snapping the Braves’ six-game winning streak.

Chatter: “When he walked off the field you could tell he was done. Obviously, we’re worried about him. We’ll just keep our fingers crossed and hope it’s not too serious.” — Yankees manager Joe Girardi on shortstop Derek Jeter. Jeter left New York’s 1-0 loss against Cleveland in the fifth inning with a strained right calf. Earlier, Jeter singled for his 2,994th career hit.

By Greg Schimmel  |  03:04 AM ET, 06/14/2011

 
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