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Thursday, June 16, 2011
All eyes on the boys of summer

By Sarah Spain

MLB: The Indians and the Tigers close out their three-game set at Comerica with an afternoon rubbermatch. With a win Wednesday, Cleveland pulled back into the lead in the AL Central by the slimmest of margins, but Detroit can steal first place right back with a victory in the series finale today. It'll be Max Scherzer (8-2) on the hill for the Tigers opposite the Indians' Mitch Talbot (1:05 p.m.).

The Yankees have scored 12 runs in each of their last three meetings with the Rangers, dating back to the finale of their series in early May. Today the Bronx Bombers look for a fourth straight win overall against Texas, a sweep of their current three-game set and a fourth straight game scoring double digits against the same team (a feat they haven't accomplished in over 60 years). Lefty C.J. Wilson will try to stop the bleeding for Texas, while Brian Gordon, making his first-ever major league start, will take the bump for the Yankees (1:05 p.m.).

Cliff Lee gets the nod for the Phillies today as they look to stretch their season-long win streak to seven with another win over the miserable Marlins. The Fish have dropped six straight and 16 of their last 18 overall to plummet to 10 1/2 games back in the NL East. Javier Vazquez will take the bump for Florida, hoping to help them avoid a sweep (1:05 p.m.).

The Nationals will try for their sixth straight win today in Washington D.C., while the sputtering Cardinals look to get back on track with the expected return of slugger Matt Holliday. Kyle Lohse will take the hill for St. Louis opposite the Nationals' John Lannan (7:05 p.m.). ... The Giants will try to pad their first-place lead in the NL West with a sixth straight win and an eighth in nine games over second-place Arizona. The Giants' 4-1 Ryan Vogelsong will meet the Diamondbacks' 7-2 Ian Kennedy in the finale of a three-game set (9:40 p.m.).

WNBA: Just one game on the docket today in the WNBA, as the Mystics host the Sun, a team looking to avoid a fourth straight loss in Washington, D.C. These teams met less than two weeks ago, with Connecticut earning an 89-73 victory behind a balanced offensive attack (7 p.m.).