Game of the day: Seattle at Los Angeles Angels, 3:35 p.m. The Angels continue to put the pressure on the division-leading Rangers in the American League West. With seven wins in their last eight games, they’ve moved within a game of Texas. But if Los Angeles (49-42) hopes for a share of the division lead at the all-star break, it will have to beat Seattle ace Felix Hernandez on Sunday. The reigning AL Cy Young winner turned in one of his best performances of the season last time out, allowing just one run in eight innings with 10 strikeouts against Oakland. The Angels — who have received a boost this week with the arrival of outfield phenom Mike Trout — send out Danny Haren. The right-hander has flashed his former all-star form in recent weeks, winning three straight starts with no runs allowed in his last two. If Haren can keep it going against the light-hitting Mariners, the Angels have a good chance to head into the break with a series sweep.
Other game to watch:
Tampa Bay at New York Yankees, 1:05 p.m. While fans will surely still be talking about Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit, this weekend series concludes with a buzz-worthy pitching battle. Tampa Bay starter James Shields earned a trip to his first all-star game with an exceptional first half that includes six complete games, but he’ll be ineligible to pitch in the Midsummer Classic because of Sunday’s start. Instead of readying to throw in Arizona, Shields — who lost his only other start against the Yankees this season — will look to earn his ninth win. C.C. Sabathia takes the hill for the Yankees in search of his 11th win in 12 starts. Sabathia can become the first big-league pitcher to 13 wins this season when he makes his first start against the Rays in 2011.
Games you should have seen:
Los Angeles 1, San Diego 0: The Dodgers didn’t get their first hit of the day until Juan Uribe doubled with one out in the ninth inning, but that didn’t stop Los Angeles from walking off with a win a few minutes later. On a pitcher-friendly Saturday afternoon, catcher Dioner Navarro singled home Uribe with the game’s only run. Dodgers starter Rubby De La Rosa and three relievers combined to shut out San Diego on one hit, but until late, that was a secondary story line. Padres starter Aaron Harang turned the game over to the bullpen after six hitless innings, and the relievers continued to put down the Dodgers offense until Luke Gregerson ran into trouble in the ninth. With the performance, the Dodgers have posted three consecutive shutout wins for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Atlanta 4, Philadelphia 1: For the second straight day, the National League East rivals played into extra innings, but this time, Atlanta came through in the clutch. Braves shortstop Alex Gonzalez hit the go-ahead RBI single in the 11th before all-star catcher Brian McCann added some insurance with a two-run home run. The Phillies — winners on Raul Ibanez’s walk-off home run on Friday night — wasted another superb home start by Cliff Lee. The left-hander gave up just one run in eight innings and accounted for his team’s only run with his first career homer but ended up with a no-decision. The Braves pulled back to within 2 1/2 games of the division-leading Phillies with the win.
Stat you should know: 31. The number of home runs Toronto’s Jose Bautista has hit this season after blasting two more in Saturday’s 5-4 extra-inning win at Cleveland. Bautista came through with his fourth multi-homer game this season, highlighted by his 10th-inning shot off Indians closer Chris Perez. The slugger — whose talents will be on display in Monday’s All-Star Home Run Derby — has six more home runs than anyone else in the majors.
Star of the night: Jeter entered Saturday needing a pair of hits to become the 28th player to reach 3,000 for his career. The shortstop achieved that milestone with a third-inning home run off Rays starter David Price and didn’t stop there. He finished with five hits, including the go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth, in New York’s 5-4 win. The 37-year-old captain became the second player whose 3,000th career hit was a home run, joining former teammate Wade Boggs. Jeter’s march to the mark was delayed a bit by a recent calf injury, but he made sure Saturday was even more memorable with his outstanding performance in the win. He registered the first five-hit game in the history of the new Yankee Stadium, ended up a triple shy of the cycle and managed to get the ball from his historic homer back thanks to a gracious fan.
Chatter: “It would have been really, really awkward to be out there doing interviews and waving to the crowd after the game if we had lost. So that was going through my head in my last at-bat today. If we didn’t win, it definitely would have put a damper on things.” - Jeter on driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to help the Yankees beat the Rays on the day he collected his 3,000th career hit.