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Most weekday evenings, Big League Stew looks at five approaching games worth monitoring. As they occur, feel free to discuss the night's happenings with other Stewies in the comment section below.

Nationals at Yankees, underway (rescheduled) Yes, that's a shot of a tarp covering the field at Yankee Stadium, as it did all afternoon. However, after rain delay before the first pitch of about 5 1/2 hours, the Nationals and Yankees are playing at the new Stadium.

Five. And a half. Hours.

How many stuck around for the actual 6:30 p.m. first pitch, considering the time printed on tickets was 1:05?

Pete Abraham of the LoHud Yankees Blog makes a salient point about the fans:

"Back in the day, when George Steinbrenner ran the team, anybody who stuck this one out would have received a free ticket for a future game when available or something like that. We'll see what the Yankees do tonight. Anybody who waited 5.5 hours deserves something."

The Nats, if they can beat Joba Chamberlain(notes), can win their first series in about six weeks. No Jeter, still out with the sore ankle.

UPDATE: Nats 1, Yanks 0 in the foist.

Astros at Rangers, 8:05 ET The Rangers can sweep the Lone Star series for the first time since it started in 2001. Ivan Rodriguez(notes) can continue to put distance between himself and Carlton Fisk for the most games caught in major league history. You know, in case Pudge I decides to return and try to take back his old record.

D-backs at Royals, 8:10 ET Is Luke Hochevar(notes) getting it?

Tigers at Cardinals, 8:15 ET Prediction: Albert Pujols(notes) someday will become the first player in major league history to be intentionally walked and hit a home run in the same plate appearance.

Athletics at Dodgers, 10:10 ET The A's have figured out what their defensive problem is: they're sharing the same glove in the field.

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