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Leading off: Cole Hamels and Tim Lincecum set to duel in Philadelphia

Game of the day: San Francisco at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Tim Lincecum’s illness forced the Giants to juggle their rotation for the three-game set that serves as a rematch of last season’s National League Championship Series, and the result may be one of the top pitching matchups of the season. If Lincecum is feeling good enough to go Wednesday night, he’ll square off against Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels. Lincecum — who won the opening game of last season’s NLCS at Citizens Bank Park — has allowed just one run in each of his last three starts, although the two-time Cy Young award winner dropped a pitcher’s duel to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers last Wednesday. Hamels has pitched in his share of tight, low-scoring contests this season, including a 3-1 win against San Diego his last time out when he struck out a season-high 10 batters.

Other game to watch: Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 2:05 p.m. After winning two against Cleveland over the weekend, the White Sox can continue to climb in the American League Central standings by knocking off the front-running Tigers on Wednesday in the rubber game of their series. The White Sox — currently 4.5 games back of Detroit — will send out John Danks in the afternoon contest. The left-hander threw seven scoreless innings his last time out in his first appearance after nearly a month on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Detroit starter Max Scherzer (11-5) won at Minnesota last week and has allowed two runs or less in six of his past eight starts. If the right-hander can win another road outing on Wednesday, he’ll tie his career high in wins.

Games you should have seen

Minnesota 9, Texas 8: Joe Mauer’s pinch hit double drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to cap Minnesota’s rally against Rangers closer Neftali Feliz. Jim Thome also added a pinch hit double against Feliz — who blew his fifth save of the season — and Joe Nathan closed the door with his eighth save as the Twins cooled off the streaking Rangers.

Los Angeles Angels 2, Cleveland 1: Poised to blow his eighth save of the season — and second in as many nights — Angels rookie closer Jordan Walden wiggled out of trouble to preserve his team’s fifth win in seven games. The Indians loaded the bases in the ninth with nobody out before Matt LaPorta to hit into a 4-2-3 double play. Walden then struck out Jason Kipnis — who delivered the game-winning walkoff hit on Monday — to end the game. Jered Weaver pitched seven strong innings to earn his 14th win, and Mark Trumbo’s two-run double in the seventh proved just enough offense.

Number you should know: 23. Games in Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s career-best hitting streak after finishing with four of the Red Sox’s 16 hits in Tuesday’s 13-9 win against Kansas City. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound spark plug batted in the cleanup spot for the third time this season and delivered, finishing a triple shy of the cycle with three runs scored. It was his 11th multi-hit game during the streak, which ties the longest ever for a Red Sox second baseman.

Star of the night: Only a pair of rain delays could slow down Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia’s domination of the hapless Mariners in a 4-1 win on Tuesday night. The ace retired the first 19 batters he faced — 12 via strikeout — before allowing a seventh-inning single to Brendan Ryan shortly after the first rain delay. Following another brief delay, Sabathia walked the first three batters to start the eighth and was pulled from the game. He still earned his 15th win of the season — while sending Seattle to its 17th straight loss — with a sparkling pitching line that included one run on one hit in seven innings with a season-high 14 strikeouts.

Chatter: “I think I’m figuring how to pitch now.”Philadelphia pitcher Vance Worley after tossing his first career complete game on Tuesday against the Giants to win his fifth straight start. The rookie right-hander allowed just three hits as the Phillies cruised to a 7-2 win. He has allowed two runs or less in 11 of his 13 career starts.


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