Tigers to host Athletics

Two first place teams in the American League jump start a series tonight in Detroit as the Tigers entertain the Athletics. The visiting A's start the day with the best record in baseball at 51-30. They lead the Angels by 5 1/2 games in the AL West. The Tigers are 44-34 with a 3 1/2 game lead over the Royals in the AL Central. Nine-game winner Scott Kazmir is on the mound for the A's while the Tigers are countering with Anibal (AH'-nih-bahl) Sanchez, a five game winner.

Cincinnati's Reds have the longest current winning streak at five in a row. Tonight they open up a series with the Padres in San Diego.

The rest of tonight's schedule features the Yankees at home to the Rays, Texas at Baltimore, the Nationals hosting the Rockies, Chicago's Cubs in Boston, the Braves playing host to the Mets, Kansas City at Minnesota, the Angels in Chicago to face the White Sox, Houston home to Seattle and Cleveland in Los Angeles to meet the Dodgers in the opening game of a series.