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Leading off: Zach Britton looks to end Baltimore’s skid

Game of the day: Baltimore at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. After two dominant starts to being his career, Orioles left-hander Zach Britton (2-0) will be back on the mound in Cleveland on Friday night. Britton has allowed one run and seven hits over 13.2 innings this season, and has been one of the more surprising featured attractions for the suddenly-relevant O’s. Baltimore dropped its fourth straight game Thursday to fall out of first place, and it will be interesting to see if Britton can be the stopper. Justin Masterson (2-0) gets the ball for the Indians, and he has also been impressive so far this season. Masterson has given up just two runs in 13.1 innings this year, but has a 6.14 ERA in eight career appearances against the Orioles.

More games to watch

Texas at New York Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

The Yankees have taken over first place in the American League East, and now they open a three-game set with the American League West-leading Rangers. This rematch of last year’s ALCS will feature two young pitchers, as right-hander Ivan Nova (1-0) takes the hill for the Yankees while left-hander Matt Harrison (2-0) will start for Texas. Neither pitcher appeared in the championship series last year. This series will feature five of the American League’s top seven home run hitters so far this year, as Jorge Posada and Nelson Cruz each have five home runs, and Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Ian Kinsler all have four.

Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Jered Weaver (3-0) has been one of the best pitchers in the American League so far this season, and he will be on the mound again Friday to face the White Sox. Weaver has a 0.87 ERA this season, and the Angels have won seven of his last eight starts dating from last season. The Angels’ 2.83 team ERA is second-best in the league. Journeyman Philip Humber (1-0) will start for the White Sox, hoping to build off his previous start when he earned his first win of the season in a 4-2 victory over Tampa. White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is tied for the American League lead with 12 RBI.

Games you should have seen

New York Yankees 6, Baltimore 5, 10 innings

The Yankees came back from an early 5-0 deficit to beat the Orioles for the second consecutive night and take sole possession of first place in the American League East. Nick Swisher’s walk-off sacrifice fly brought in Mark Teixeira with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Jorge Posada tied the game at 5 with a solo home run with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth. Nick Markakis went 3 for 5 with a home run, double and three RBI for the Orioles.

Tampa Bay 4, Minnesota 3, 10 innings

On the day the Twins placed catcher Joe Mauer on the disabled list, Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon hit a walk-off, two-run home run to beat Minnesota in the bottom of the 10th. The Rays came from behind twice in what could have been their last at-bat. Matt Joyce hit a two-run double to tie the game at 2 in the bottom of the ninth, but Minnesota took the lead again in the top of the 10th when Danny Valencia hit an RBI single. Joe Nathan and Matt Capps both blew saves for the Twins, spoiling eight shutout innings from starter Carl Pavano.

Stat you should know

Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf struck out 10 Pirates on Thursday in Milwaukee’s 4-1 win over Pittsburgh. Wolf, never thought of as a power pitcher, has now struck out 10 or more hitters 14 times in his career.

Star of the night

Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee bounced back from a rough outing last week against the Braves to pitch a three-hit shutout in Philadelphia’s 4-0 win over Washington. Lee struck out a season-high 12 Nationals, and his 26 strikeouts this season lead the National League.

Chatter

“All anybody wants, and that’s the umpires and us, is to make sure we get the call right,” Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire in response to an Associated Press report that Major League Baseball is leaning toward expanding replay for the 2012.

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