Games to watch today (15 scheduled)
Los Angeles Angels (Haren, 0-0) vs. Tampa Bay (Hellickson, 0-0), 1:10 p.m.
Electric rookie Jeremy Hellickson makes his first start of the year for Tampa Bay (0-4) against Dan Haren and the Angels (2-3). Both teams have struggled out of the gate, but the pitching matchup makes this a game worth following. Hellickson went 4-0 with a 3.47 ERA in 10 appearances late last season for the Rays, and is set to join the Tampa rotation full-time this season. Haren has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his last nine starts dating back to last August.
San Francisco (Lincecum, 0-1) vs. San Diego (Stauffer, 0-0), 6:35 p.m.
Tim Lincecum makes his second start of the year for the defending champion Giants (1-3) against the division-rival Padres (3-1). Lincecum didn’t allow an earned run in 7.0 innings pitched on opening night last Thursday, but was outdueled by Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw in a 2-1 Los Angeles win. Lincecum has a 2.08 ERA in 13 career starts against the Padres. Tim Stauffer starts for San Diego, who went 12-6 against the Giants last season, including 7-1 in April and May.
Minnesota (Pavano, 0-1) vs. New York Yankees (Garcia, 0-0), 7:05 p.m.
The Twins (2-3) and Yankees (3-2) continue their four-game series in a matchup of veteran pitchers with inconsistent pasts. Twins starter Carl Pavano is a former all-star, but allowed 7 earned runs in 4.0 innings in his first start of the season Friday against Toronto. He compiled a 5.00 ERA in 26 starts over three injury-plagued seasons for the Yankees from 2005-08. Freddy Garcia made two all-star teams early in his career, and makes his Yankees debut after going 12-6 in 28 starts for the White Sox last season. Garcia had only 5 wins in 23 starts over the previous three seasons.
Games you should have seen
Minnesota 5, New York Yankees 4, 10 innings
Joe Mauer’s RBI single in the top of the 10th inning propelled the Twins (2-3) to a 5-4, extra-inning win over the Yankees (3-2). Minnesota scored four runs in the 8th inning off of New York’s expensive new set-up man Rafael Soriano (signed for 3 years, $35 million this offseason), spoiling 7.0 shutout innings from Yankees starter CC Sabathia. Mark Teixeira hit his fourth home run of the season in the first inning for the Yankees.
Toronto 7, Oakland 6, 10 innings
Yunel Escobar’s two-run home run in the top of the 10th inning lifted the Blue Jays (3-1) to a dramatic 7-6 win over the A’s (1-3). Former Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham had given Oakland a 6-5 lead with a solo home run in the top of the 10th, but newly-acquired reliever Grant Balfour couldn’t hold the lead. Willingham is 5-for-15 (.333) with two home runs and five RBIs in his first four games with the A’s.
Kansas City 7, White Sox 6, 12innings
The Royals (4-1) won in their final at bat for the fourth straight game as Melky Cabrera singled in Chris Getz from second in the bottom of the 12th inning to beat the White Sox (2-2). The four-game winning streak is the longest for the Royals since September, 2009.
Stat you should know
Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels made his 150th career start Tuesday night against the Mets, and allowed six earned runs on seven hits in just 2.2 innings pitched. In Hamels’ 149 previous starts, he never allowed six or more earned runs in three or fewer innings. New York won 7-1.
Star of the night
Milwaukee righthander Yovani Gallardo pitched a two-hit shutout to lead the Brewers to their first win of the season, a 1-0 victory over the Braves. Gallardo also scored the only run of the game when Ryan Braun knocked him in with an RBI single in the third inning.