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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Leading off: Weaver, Harrison off to hot starts

Game of the day: Angels at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. Jered Weaver is off the best start of his career, tied with Angels teammate Dan Haren for the best record in the majors at 4-0 and fifth in ERA at 1.30. His opponent, Matt Harrison, is also off to a good start with a 3-0 record and a 1.23 ERA.

Other games to watch

Indians at Royals, 8:10 p.m. Justin Masterson had struggled since being acquired by the Indians from the Red Sox two years ago, going 7-20 with a 4.66 ERA. But he is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA this year, and 6-3 with a 2.45 ERA since August of last season. Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar (2-1, 4.21) allowed only one rune and one hit in seven innings in has last start against the Mariners, a 6-5 win.

Twins at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Orioles starter Zach Britton was brilliant in winning the first two starts of his rookie season, going 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings. His last start, against Cleveland, was a different story: eight hits and five runs allowed in six innings of an 8-2 loss at Cleveland. He’ll be facing a Royals team that entered Tuesday as the fifth highest scoring team in the majors with 5.3 runs per game.

Games you should have seen

Marlins 6, Pirates 0: Josh Johnson lowered his ERA to 1.00 and his opponent’s batting average to .112 with seven shutout, two-hit innings against Pittsburgh. Johnson has pitched scoreless baseball in his last two starts, and has gone 17 innings without allowing a run.

Blue Jays 6, Yankees 5: Toronto scored twice off Mariano Rivera in the ninth before Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider doubled home the winning run in the 10th. Toronto trailed 5-3 to begin the ninth against Rivera, who hadn’t allowed a run in 19 consecutive April appearances.

Chatter

“Whenever the phone rings and they say, ‘Franklin, get up,’ I get up. However they want to put me out there. It doesn’t matter, I’m theirs.” -- Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Franklin, on being dropped as the team’s closer for the time being. He is 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA and one save in six appearances this season.

By Christopher Rukan  |  10:55 AM ET, 04/20/2011

 
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