Game of the day: Arizona at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Both the Diamondbacks and Tigers have roared toward the top of their respective division races after falling well behind early in the season. Arizona trailed in the National League West by 6 1/2 games at the end of April, and Detroit fell eight games back in the American League Central in early May. Rookie Josh Collmenter (4-3) will start for Arizona, looking to avoid his third consecutive loss. The right-hander allowed only four earned runs over his first six starts, but has allowed eight earned runs in his last two. Right-hander Justin Verlander (9-3) will go for his eighth straight win for Detroit. Verlander has pitched at least into the eighth inning in eight of his last nine starts, and has a 1.06 ERA in four starts in June.
Other game to watch: Oakland at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. There was a time when both the Athletics and the Phillies called Philadelphia home, and the A’s were usually the better team back then. Now it’s the Phillies who have the best record in baseball, and Oakland comes to town in last place in the mediocre AL West. Left-hander Trevor Cahill (7-5) will pitch for Oakland, looking to find the stuff that led him to a 6-0 start to the season. Cahill is 1-2 with a 6.55 ERA in June, but he allowed just one run in 8.0 innings in his last start Sunday against the Giants. Left-hander Cole Hamels (9-3) will pitch for Philadelphia, looking for his sixth straight start allowing two runs or fewer.
Games you should have seen:
Philadelphia 1, Oakland 0. Ben Francisco hit a walk-off single with two out in the bottom of the ninth to break a scoreless tie and send the Phillies past the Athletics. Both teams’ starters took no-hitters into the sixth, and rookies Vance Worley and Guillermo Moscoso both turned over a scoreless game to their respective bullpens. The Phillies are 14-5 since June 5.
Baltimore 5, Cincinnati 4 (12 innings). Derrek Lee hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Orioles a dramatic win over the Reds. Baltimore led 4-0 early, but Cincinnati eventually tied the game with RBI doubles by Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto in the fifth inning and an RBI single by Paul Janish in the sixth. Lee went 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.
Stat you should know: 3. Consecutive complete games for Tampa Bay starter James Shields after the right-hander went the distance again Friday in the Rays’ 5-1 win over Houston. Shields has allowed one earned run in 27 innings over his last three starts.
Chatter: “He can’t do anything with his legs.” – Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman on injured shortstop Derek Jeter, according to the New York Daily News. Jeter has not played since he strained his right calf June 13, the day he collected his 2,994th career hit.