Game of the day: Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m. The American League West rivals enter this series tied for second place in the division, and both squads send their best starter to the mound Monday. Right-hander Trevor Cahill (5-0) has been dominant for the A’s, compiling a 1.79 ERA through seven starts this season. He shut down the Rangers for seven scoreless innings in a 3-1 Oakland win on April 29. Left-hander C.J. Wilson (4-1) has been almost as good for the Rangers, sporting a 2.92 ERA through his first seven starts. Wilson’s only loss of the season came in that April 29 game against Cahill and the A’s, when Wilson allowed two earned runs on nine hits in 7.0 innings pitched.
Other games to watch:
Philadelphia at Florida, 7:10 p.m. The Phillies take a two-game division lead over the Marlins into this three-game series, and while the pitching matchups will be much better on Tuesday and Wednesday, Monday’s opener is still big. Right-hander Joe Blanton (0-1) will start for the Phillies after he missed his last two starts with an elbow injury. Blanton is 5-2 with a 3.12 ERA in eight career starts against the Marlins. Veteran Javier Vasquez (2-2) is the scheduled starter for Florida. Vasquez has a subpar 6.39 ERA through six starts this season, but his 12 career wins against Philadelphia are more than he has against any other team.
Detroit and Toronto, 7:07 p.m. The Tigers and Blue Jays conclude their four-game series with a matchup of talented young right-handers. Tigers starter Max Scherzer (5-0) is coming off his best start of the season, when he allowed just four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings Wednesday against the Yankees. Toronto starter Brandon Morrow (1-1) didn’t make his season debut until April 23 because of elbow soreness, but he has been strong in each of his three starts this year. Morrow picked up his first win of the season his last time out Wednesday against Tampa Bay, allowing one run on five hits in 6.1 innings pitched.
Games you should have seen:
Chicago White Sox 5, Seattle 2, 10 innings. Paul Konerko went 5 for 5 and the White Sox scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning to beat the Mariners. Alexei Ramirez’s RBI double proved to be the game-winning hit. At 13-22, Chicago still owns the worst record in the major leagues, but in beating the Mariners in two out of three games, the White Sox won a series for the first time since April 7-10.
Florida 8, Washington 0. Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and improved to 6-0 in 15 career starts against the Nationals. Sanchez ended up allowing two hits and striking out 11 over 7.0 scoreless innings pitched. First baseman Gaby Sanchez went 4 for 4 with three RBI and three runs scored for the Marlins, while third baseman Greg Dobbs went 3 for 3. Livan Hernandez had his least effective and shortest start of the year for Washington, allowing six runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings pitched.
Pittsburgh 5, Houston 4. Ryan Doumit hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Pirates to their second straight win over the Astros. Pittsburgh is now 17-17 this season, the latest it has had a .500 record since it was 30-30 on June 11, 2005. Right-hander James McDonald threw six scoreless innings for the Pirates, while reliever Daniel McCutchen earned his first win of the season and closer Joel Hanrahan earned his career-high 10th save.
Stat you should know: 1,000. Career wins for Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia after the Angels’ 6-5 win over Cleveland on Sunday. The Angels’ skipper since 2000, Scioscia is the 23rd manager in major league history to win 1,000 games with one team. Scioscia is fifth in wins among active managers behind Tony LaRussa, Jim Leyland, Dusty Baker and Bruce Bochy.
Star of the night. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 4 for 6 with two home runs in New York’s 12-5 win over Texas. Before Sunday, Jeter had gone 62 straight games without a homer dating to Aug. 24 of last year.
Chatter: “Five minutes before the game, it slid out while I was in the cage. It goes in easy and goes out easy. When it’s there, it’s a pain.” – White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko on his chronic left wrist problems. Konerko went 5 for 5 Sunday.