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Leading off: Yankees look to close the gap against Rays

Game of the day: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay, 6:40 p.m. The Yankees are in pursuit of the Rays atop the American League East, and they can stay close with a successful two-game series at Tampa Bay. A.J. Burnett (4-2) will start for New York, sporting a 12-7 record and a 3.15 ERA in 25 career starts against the Rays. Left-hander David Price (5-2) is the scheduled starter for Tampa Bay. Price has won five of his past six starts, and is 7-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 10 career starts in the month of May.

Other games to watch: Philadelphia at St. Louis, 7:05 p.m. Phillies pitchers have allowed the fewest runs of any team in the major leagues this season, while the Cardinals lead the majors in runs, hits and OPS. Left-hander Cliff Lee (2-3) will start for Philadelphia, seeking his first win since April 14 despite throwing four quality starts since then. The Phillies have scored one run or fewer in three of Lee’s past four starts. Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook (2-3) has struggled to a 6.92 ERA through his first eight starts this season, and he allowed four earned runs in five innings pitched last year in his only career start against the Phillies.

San Francisco at Colorado, 8:40 p.m. The Rockies have lost 10 of their past 13 games to fall into second place in the National League West, but they can make up ground against the first-place Giants during this quick two-game set in San Francisco. Right-hander Clayton Mortensen (0-0) will make his second start of the season for Colorado. Mortensen also started against the Giants on May 7, and allowed one earned run in six innings in San Francisco’s 3-2 win. Staff ace Tim Lincecum will go for his third straight scoreless outing for the Giants. Lincecum hasn’t allowed a run in his last 17 2/3 innings pitched.

Games you should have seen:

Texas 5, Los Angeles Angels 4. Chris Davis hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Rangers past the Angels and to within a half game of Los Angeles atop the American League West. Davis also hit a solo home run earlier in the game. Shortstop Erick Aybar went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBI for Los Angeles. Ian Kinsler went 4 for 4 for Texas, which won a series for the first time since April 22-24.

Cincinnati 9, St. Louis 7. The Reds withstood a five-run Cardinals rally in the top of the ninth to extend their lead in the National League Central to 1 1/2 games. Cincinnati led 9-2 through eight innings, but Reds relievers allowed four walks and a hit by pitch in the ninth and St. Louis had the go-ahead run at the plate with one out. Ramon Hernandez and Chris Heisey both homered for the Reds, who scored eight runs in 6 1/3 innings against Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter. Carpenter had won 10 straight decisions against the Reds before Sunday.

Stat you should know: 6. Complete-game losses for Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay since 2009 after he went the distance Sunday in Philadelphia’s 3-2 loss to Atlanta. No other pitcher has more than three complete game losses in that span. Halladay also pitched a complete game in a loss to Florida in his previous start.

Star of the night: Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista hit three home runs Sunday in Toronto’s 11-3 win over Minnesota. Bautista leads the major leagues with 16 home runs this season after he led the majors with 54 home runs last year.

Chatter: “It’s ridiculous, it feels like a dream right now. Sometimes I can’t really believe it myself, but I keep seeing the good pitches.” – Bautista on his power surge since the beginning of last season


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