Games to watch today: 15 scheduled
Baltimore (Tillman, 0-0) at New York Yankees (Burnett, 2-0), 7:05
The Orioles (6-3) are the unlikely early leader atop the American League East, and they enter this three-game series one game ahead of the Yankees (5-4). Baltimore starter Chris Tillman pitched 6.0 shutout innings in his first start of the year against Tampa Bay, but didn’t make it out of the fifth inning in his second start against the Tigers. New York starter A.J. Burnett won his first two starts of the year after dropping seven of his last eight decisions at the end of last season.
Tampa Bay (Price, 0-2) at Boston (Lester, 0-0), 7:10
The struggling Tampa Bay offense finally erupted in a 16-5 win Monday, but runs could be hard to come by Tuesday in a matchup of elite lefties. David Price takes the mound for the Rays, looking for his first win of the season after mediocre outings his first two times out. Jon Lester gets the ball for the Red Sox, also looking for his first win after he pitched 7.0 shutout innings but didn’t earn a decision in his last start.
Oakland (Cahill, 1-0) at Chicago White Sox (Jackson, 2-0), 8:10
White Sox right-hander Edwin Jackson struck out a career-high 13 Rays in his last start Thursday, and now faces an Oakland team that ranks in the bottom half of the American League in nearly every major offensive category. Trevor Cahill makes his third start of the season for Oakland after allowing just one earned run in each of his first two starts.
Games you should have seen
Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run home run to give the Rockies a 7-4 lead in the top of the eighth, and Colorado withstood a Mets rally in the bottom of the inning to hold on for a 7-6 win. David Wright homered for the Mets, and Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each had three RBI for the Rockies. Mets starter Mike Pelfrey continued to struggle for New York, but dropped his season ERA to 10.80 after allowing three earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched.
Kurt Suzuki hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the 10th inning to lift the A’s past the White Sox. Oakland tied the game in the top of the ninth after an error by Chicago left fielder Juan Pierre. The late-inning comeback spoiled an excellent start by White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle, who allowed just two hits over eight shutout innings. Brent Lillibridge hit his first home run of the year earlier in the game for Chicago.
Stat you should know
Rockies closer Huston Street moved into a tie for the major league lead when he recorded his fifth save of the season Monday against the Mets. Street has allowed one run in 8.0 innings pitched, and has allowed one run or fewer in 21 consecutive appearances dating back to last August.
Star of the night
Texas right-hander Alexi Ogando pitched 7.0 shutout innings in the Rangers’ 2-0 win over the Tigers, allowing two hits and striking out four. In his first two Major League starts, Ogando has not given up a run in 13.0 innings.