Game of the day: Toronto at New York Yankees, 4:05 p.m. The Blue Jays won the first game of this three-game series Friday to close within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees (and within a game of second-place Tampa Bay) atop the American League East, and they will look to get even closer on Saturday. Kyle Drabek (2-0) is the scheduled starter for Toronto, and the Blue Jays have won all five games Drabek has started this season. A.J. Burnett (3-1) is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees, coming off his first loss of the season in what was his best start of the year. Burnett allowed just one run on three hits in eight innings Monday, but he was outdueled by White Sox pitcher Phil Humber in a 2-0 loss.
Other games to watch:
Florida at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson has arguably been the best pitcher in baseball over the first month of the season, and he will take the mound again Saturday against the Reds. Johnson is 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA so far, and he has not allowed more than four hits in any of his five starts. Cincinnati will counter with right-hander Edinson Volquez (2-1), who has struggled this year despite his explosive stuff. Volquez has a 6.35 ERA, and his seven home runs allowed so far are third-most in the National League.
Detroit at Cleveland, 6:05 p.m. The Indians have the best record in the American League, and now they are calling up former first-round pick Alex White to make his major league debut. The 22-year-old right-hander starred at The University of North Carolina, and was the 15th overall pick in the 2009 draft. White was promoted after right-hander Carlos Carrasco went to the disabled list with an elbow injury. The Tigers also will send a former first-round draft pick to the mound in right-hander Rick Porcello (1-2), the 27th pick in 2007. After struggling in his first two starts of the year, Porcello allowed only one earned run in each of his last two outings.
Games you should have seen
Cleveland 9, Detroit 5 Indians catcher Carlos Santana hit a walk-off grand slam with one out in the ninth inning to extend Cleveland’s home winning streak to 11 games. Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera had tied the game at 5-5 with a two-run home run in the seventh. Matt LaPorta also homered for the Indians, and Miguel Cabrera hit his sixth home run of the year for the Tigers. Every starting position player on both teams recorded at least one hit.
St. Louis 5, Atlanta 3, 11 innings Nick Punto hit a two-run triple in the top of the 11th inning to lead the Cardinals to their third straight win. St. Louis — which leads the league in runs scored, batting average and on-base percentage — scored five or more runs for the 14th time in its last 18 games. Atlanta took a 3-2 lead into the top of the ninth inning, but Cardinals third baseman Daniel Descalso tied the game with a sacrifice fly. The Braves had won five of their last six games before Friday.
S tat you should know: 138. Runs scored by Cleveland through 25 games this season, the highest total in the American League. Through its first 25 games last season, the Indians had scored only 86 runs, tied for the fewest in the American League.
Star of the night: Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and had six RBI to power Philadelphia to a 10-3 win over the Mets. Howard’s 27 RBI this season lead the major leagues, and his 259 career home runs tie him with Del Ennis for second on the Phillies’ all-time home run list behind Mike Schmidt’s 548.
Chatter: “Now I’m getting ready to defend the 21st crown of the Aguilas.” — Former Major League outfielder Manny Ramirez in a text message to ESPNdeportes.com. Ramirez, who announced his retirement on April 8 after violating MLB’s drug policy for a second time, is hinting he will play in a few months for the Aguilas Cibaenas, a winter league club in the Dominican Republic.