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Posted at 02:43 AM ET, 05/24/2011

Leading off: Yankees and Blue Jays match aces

Game of the day: Toronto at New York Yankees, 7:05 p.m. The AL East rivals entered Monday first and second in the American League in home runs, but Tuesday’s game will feature a matchup of talented left-handed pitchers. Ricky Romero (4-4) has allowed one earned run in 15.2 innings pitched over his past two starts for Toronto, and has won three of his last four decisions. CC Sabathia (4-3) is coming off a scoreless outing for the Yankees after he didn’t allow a run over eight innings in New York’s 13-2 win Thursday in Baltimore.

Other game to watch: Florida at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. The Marlins and Giants have two of the four best records in the National League, and they will open a three-game series Tuesday. A pair of reliable right-handers is scheduled to pitch the opener. Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco (3-0) has thrown at least 6.0 innings in eight of his nine starts this season, and has allowed three or fewer runs in seven of nine. Giants hurler Matt Cain (3-2) has gone at least 6.0 innings in eight of his nine starts, and has allowed three runs or fewer eight times. The Giants have won seven of Cain’s nine starts this year, while the Marlins are 5-4 when Nolasco pitches.

Games you should have seen:

Houston 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 3.

The Astros scored three runs with two out in the bottom of the ninth to steal a win from the Dodgers. After Michael Bourn tied the game with a two-run double, Hunter Pence ended it with a walk-off RBI single. Bill Hall went 4 for 4 for Houston, who won consecutive games for the first time since April 30-May 3. The Dodgers have now lost eight of their last 10 games.

Cleveland 3, Boston 2. Asdrubal Cabrera broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth to send the Indians to a series-opening win over the Red Sox. Cleveland has now won four games in a row and is the first major league team to win 30 games this season.Cabrera went 3 for 4 a day after he went 5 for 5, and homered in the bottom of the fourth inning. Carl Crawford hit his second home run of the year for Boston.

Stat you should know: 10. Runs scored by the Phillies in their 10-3 win Monday over Cincinnati, despite second baseman Chase Utley going 0 for 5 in his first game this season. Philadelphia had scored 10 runs total in its previous seven games, and the seven runs the Phils scored in the third inning Monday were more than they had scored in any game since May 5.

Star of the night: Brewers right fielder Corey Hart hit three home runs and had seven RBI in Milwaukee’s 11-3 win over the Nationals. After starting the season on the disabled list, Hart had not homered in 21 games this season before Monday.

Chatter: “He has to beat the onion in the hot-dog race for us to consider activating him.” — Indians manager Manny Acta on injured outfielder Grady Sizemore, who will likely return this week from a bruised kneecap injury that has kept him off the field since May 10.

By Greg Schimmel  |  02:43 AM ET, 05/24/2011

 
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