Game of the day: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels, 9:05 p.m. In a series between the major league team with the most home runs against the American League team with the most hits, Saturday’s matchup will feature a battle of great pitchers. Left-hander CC Sabathia (6-3) will start for the Yankees, going for his fourth consecutive win. Angels right-hander Dan Haren (5-3) allowed a season-high 10 hits in his last start Sunday against Minnesota, but his 2.29 ERA is still third-best in the American League.
Other games to watch:
Oakland at Boston, 1:10 p.m. Another great pitching matchup pits starters with two of the five-best ERAs in the American League. Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett (4-2) leads the AL with his 1.80 mark, and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine of his last 10 starts. Oakland left-hander Trevor Cahill (6-3) is fifth in the league with a 2.31 ERA, but the A’s have lost his last four starts after they won five straight from April 17 through May 9.
Atlanta at New York Mets, 7:10 p.m. Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens (7-1) has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his nine starts this season after opening the year on the disabled list. Mets right-hander Dillon Gee (5-0) has started seven times this season, and New York has won all of them.
Games you should have seen:
Pittsburgh 2, Philadelphia 1, 12 innings. Jose Tabata hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th to give the Pirates a gutty win against the Phillies. Philadelphia starter Cole Hamels allowed just one hit over eight innings, but he was matched by Pirates right-hander Jeff Karstens’s four-hit effort. Hamels also went 2 for 3 at the plate for the Phils, who have lost three games in a row for just the second time this season.
Milwaukee 6, Florida 5. Ryan Braun hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the top of the ninth to lift the Brewers past the Marlins. Braun, resting a shoulder injury, had not even taken any swings in the batting cage before stepping to the plate. Gaby Sanchez and Mike Stanton each homered earlier in the game for Florida, while Prince Fielder also hit a home run for Milwaukee. The Marlins have lost four of their last five games.
Stat you should know: 7. Wins this season for Angels right-hander Jered Weaver after he earned the victory in Los Angeles’s 3-2 win Friday over the Yankees. Weaver won his first six starts of the season, but was 0-4 in his last six starts and hadn’t earned a win since April 25.
Star of the night: Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas pitched a four-hit shutout in Seattle’s 7-0 win over Tampa Bay. Vargas had allowed 11 earned runs in just 7.2 innings over his previous two starts.
Chatter: “I do believe, however, that the play was clean and totally within the rules of the game. Explaining over and over that I would never intentionally hurt another player for any reason won’t change the minds of those who doubt my sincerity or intent.” – Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins, in a statement released Friday. Cousins is still dealing with the fallout from his home plate collision with Buster Posey on May 25 that ended the Giants catcher’s season.