On random 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 comments below.
Twins at Orioles, 7:05 ET After spending the past 10 weeks on the disabled list — that's all but four games of the season — O's leadoff man Brian Roberts(notes) has been penciled into the starting lineup. Sidelined because of a herniated disc in his back, Roberts went 6 for 14 in three rehab games.
"I think he played nine innings at second base, he's swinging the bat very well," manager Juan Samuel said. "Like he stated, he's ready to go."
Having Roberts won't propel the O's into the pennant race, but he at least gives them a dimension to fight the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays. And, for a series, the Twins. If only they had Roberts on Thursday night, maybe he could have helped them catch this guy before midnight.
"The bottom line is that we still don't know these answers," Moyer said. "I have every intention of pitching again and am starting a rehab program today. When we have a more complete diagnosis, I will work with the Phillies' training and medical staff to put together a plan for getting back on the mound."
Royals at Yankees, 7:05 ET Please be nice and welcome back A.J. Burnett(notes) in his first start since his hands started bleeding
miraculously suspiciously. Not to mention the return of Kansas City's Alex Gordon(notes), who probably can't wait to see how the Royals are going to mess with him next.
• Messin' with DeJesus: Bad news about outfielder David DeJesus(notes): Word from Bob Dutton of the KC Star is, he's out for the rest of the season with a complete ligament tear in his right thumb. Surgery is scheduled for Monday. He injured it on Derek Jeter's(notes) inside-the-park home run on Thursday.
Red Sox at Mariners, 10:10 ET Josh Beckett(notes) has got to be dying; Not only has he been out since May 19 because of a lower back strain, he's had his ERA stuck at 7.29 since that time. But what kind of challenge will the Mariners' offense present?