Game of the day: Philadelphia at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Beloved former Blue Jay Roy Halladay (10-3) will make his second career start against Toronto in this Saturday matinee. Halladay, who became a star in his 12 seasons with the Blue Jays, tossed seven scoreless innings against Toronto last season, his only other appearance against his former team. The Phillies have won Halladay’s last eight starts this season. Right-hander Carlos Villanueva (5-1) will make his eighth start of the season for the Blue Jays after beginning the year in the bullpen. Villanueva has allowed just two earned runs in each of his last two starts.
Other game to watch:
Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels, 9:05 p.m. The next installment of the Freeway Series will feature the best pitching matchup of the day. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (8-3) will start for the Dodgers, coming off consecutive complete-game wins in which he struck out 11 hitters. Right-hander Jered Weaver (9-4) will pitch for the Angels, sporting an AL-best 1.97 ERA. Weaver has thrown eight straight quality starts and hasn’t taken a loss since May 18.
Games you should have seen:
Washington 2, Pittsburgh 1. Matt Stairs hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Manager Davey Johnson his first win with the Nationals in his home debut. Roger Bernadina homered earlier in the game for the Nats to support starter Tom Gorzelanny, who did not allow an earned run in seven strong innings.
Philadelphia 7, Toronto 6. Ryan Howard hit a two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Phillies to a come-from-behind win over the Blue Jays. Jose Bautista hit his 25th home run of the season to give Toronto a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning after Philadelphia had gone ahead 5-4 in the top of the seventh. The Blue Jays have hit 15 home runs over their last nine games, but are just 4-5 in that span.
Chatter: “They have the world’s greatest player playing shortstop over there, and the most exciting. I turn on the TV every time I get a chance to watch him.” – Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, according to ESPNNewYork.com. Reyes has a .352 batting average this season including 15 triples.