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Evening Shade: Hamels on the sidelines for Mets-Phillies tilts

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Each weekday evening, Big League Stew looks at five approaching games worth monitoring. Feel free to discuss the night's happenings as they occur in the comments below.

Mets at Phillies, 7:05 ET If Cholly Manuel sticks with the Phillies rotation as scheduled, the Metros will miss Cole Hamels, so we won't see who chokes first in a direct confrontation.

That doesn't mean we can't have fun with a fun little TV advertisement an enterprising fan recorded from a WPIX preview of the series. C'mon Manuel, bump up Hamels a day and cure that l'il ankle affliction so he pitches Sunday. What could it hurt? It's not like he's getting over a series of unfortunate injuries this spring, or anything.

Thank you, Meech of the Fightins, for letting us know about this:


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Red Sox at Rays, 7:38 ET Which tactics will the Red Sox try in Game 2 of the ALCS re-reboot? Activate Wally the Monster and have him pinch hit? Terry Francona probably prefers straight-up moves a night after he was reduced to using Jonathan Van Every on the mound and Javier Lopez in right field during Thursday night's Rays romp.

Padres at Dodgers, 10:10 ET Despite a sickly start to the season, Jake Peavy seems as likely as anyone to end the Dodgers dominance at home. Peavy is 13-2 with a 2.39 ERA in his career against the Dodgers, though one of the losses came on opening day, and Peavy's 5.74 ERA is very much less than Jake. Mannywood is 7-0 at Chavez Ravine, which was just a big hole in the ground the last time (1947) the Dodgers started so well at home.

Indians at Tigers, 7:05 ET There's a good chance that either Armando Galarraga will improve to 4-0 for the Tigers, or Carl Pavano will drop to 0-4 for the Indians, or BOTH. How can you, baseball fan, take the chance of missing some, all or none of these things from happening? You CAN'T risk it.

Cardinals at Nationals, 7:05 ET The Cardinals are the hottest team in baseball; the Nationals are merely the funniest. However, with phenom Jordan Zimmerman on the mound, they have a fighting chance. And there's always the comedy factor — jersey misspelling, outrageous fine, etc. You just never know when the Nats will make a funny.

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