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Evening Shade: Colby Lewis returns to the western world

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Most weekday evenings, the Stew looks at a few approaching games that will be worth monitoring and mixes it with some light baseball reading. Discuss the night's happenings in the comment section below.

Mariners at Rangers, 8:05 ET RHP Colby Lewis(notes), an Occidental Japanese living in America ... wait, I got his bio mixed up with the character Sean Connery played in "Rising Sun." Anyway, Colby Jack is back from the Far East, finally trying to make good on his previous top prospect status in America. No idea if this is gonna work. Let's watch his first MLB start since 2007 and see.

• Josh Levin thinks you should take a peek at your favorite player's rump while watching tonight's game. You might just learn something. Slate

Yankees at Rays, 7:10 ET Javier Vazquez(notes), back in the American League — where they can swing the bat a little. Will the Yankees do their job and put butts in the seats at the Tropicana? They face one of their toughest tests in St. Petersburg, where there always seems something better to do than watch a Rays game.

• The Rays are trying to eliminate the smoke that hangs in The Trop after the pregame fireworks, but it doesn't look like they're succeeding. The Heater

Athletics at Angels, 10:05 ET Holy reversals! The A's are 3-1 and the Angels are 1-3. Can Matt Palmer(notes) restore order to the standings universe, or will Gio Gonzalez(notes) keep the revolution a-turnin'? Just as long as it's televised.

Jack Cust(notes) isn't saying whether he'll accept his assignment to Triple-A, but there are 2,650,000 reasons why he will. San Francisco Chronicle

Phillies at Astros, 8:05 ET Like a puppy waiting underneath the dinner table for fallen scraps, ‘Stros' GM Ed Wade will attend this series in case any Phillies play their way onto the waiver wire.

• Let the Rob Thomas references begin! Indians catching prospect Carlos Santana(notes) hit two home runs in his Triple-A debut. Hardball Talk

Cubs at Reds, 7:10 ET Carlos Silva(notes) is trying to rehab his career and did pretty well in his final spring training appearances. Homer Bailey(notes) is a rehab project himself, a top prospect trying to show something in the bigs. He gave off good vibes in spring training. Plus, Homer Bailey saved the lives of every man on that transport and won the Medal of Honor!

(Can't ever resist the "It's A Wonderful Life" reference.)

Have a good weekend everyone!

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