Game of the day: Boston at New York Yankees, 7:05 p.m. The Red Sox make their first trip to New York this season to face a Yankees team that finds itself out of first place for the first time since April 10. Right-hander Clay Buchholz (3-3) will start for Boston, coming off his best start of the season in his last outing against Minnesota when he pitched five scoreless innings even with a rain delay during his outing. In his previous start against the Yankees on April 9, Buchholz didn’t make it out of the fourth inning of a 9-4 loss. Right-hander Bartolo Colon (2-1) will make his fifth start of the year for New York.
Other games to watch:
Kansas City at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. The surging Tigers have won five straight games and eight of their last nine, and they enter this three games series with Kansas City a half game behind the Royals for second place in the American League Central. Staff ace Justin Verlander will pitch for Detroit in his first start since he threw a no-hitter against Toronto on Saturday. Verlander (3-3) has thrown eight straight quality starts to open the season. Former No. 1 overall pick Luke Hochevar will start for Kansas City. Hochevar is 3-3 with a 4.40 ERA in his career against Detroit.
St. Louis at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. The Reds trail the Cardinals by 1 1/2 games in the National League Central as they open a three-game series in Cincinnati. Veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo (3-3) will start for Cincinnati, coming off perhaps his best start of the season when he allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings Saturday against the Cubs. The Cardinals will counter with right-hander Kyle Lohse, who took the loss in his last start Saturday against Milwaukee despite allowing just one run over eight innings. Lohse has allowed one run or fewer in three of his last four starts.
Games you should have seen:
Baltimore 2, Seattle 1, 12 innings. The Mariners and Orioles remained in a scoreless tie until the 12th inning when both teams broke through. After Mariners catcher Miguel Olivo hit an RBI single in the top of the 12th, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy hit a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the inning to give Baltimore the win. Both starting pitchers threw nine scoreless innings, as Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas scattered seven hits and Orioles left-hander Zach Britton allowed only three. The Orioles won their third straight game after they lost the previous four.
Atlanta 6, Washington 5, 10 innings. Braves outfielder Martin Prado hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game before catcher Brian McCann won it with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th. A pair of aging potential future Hall of Famers homered, as Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez hit the 311th home run of his career and Braves third baseman Chipper Jones hit his 440th.
Stat you should know: 6. Consecutive wins for the San Francisco Giants after their 3-2 win Thursday against Arizona. With the win and Colorado’s loss, the defending World Series champions are alone in first place atop the National League West for the first time this season.
Star of the night: Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran belted three home runs and had six RBI in New York’s 9-5 win over Colorado. Beltran became the first Met to homer three times in a game since Jose Reyes in 2006.
Chatter: “I beat Cleveland, at Cleveland. I got one more on my bucket list.” – Tampa Bay pitcher James Shields after the Rays’ 7-4 win over the Indians. Cleveland had won 14 straight games at home before the Rays beat the Tribe two days in a row.