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

Mariners at Angels, 10:05 ET New Halo pitcher Scott Kazmir(notes) did so well in his Los Angeles debut last Friday — 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 8 Ks against the Mariners in Seattle — that the Angels are asking him to prove that he can do it again in Anaheim. While the good news is that Kaz again gets to face the Mariners' offensive offense, the bad news is that he's again matching up against Felix Hernandez(notes), who earned the win in the first showdown. Not bad prep for the postseason, if you can get it.

Padres at Giants, 10:15 Tim Lincecum(notes) is likely going to get six starts over San Francisco's final 24 games and they won't set up any easier than this one against the Padres. And with nine games against Los Angeles (6) and Colorado (3) looming, these provide the very definition of must-win gimmes.

UPDATE: There's a reason why we use words like "likely" folks. Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Lincecum has been scratched from tonight's start with a sore back and prospect Madison Bumgarner will pitch in his stead ...

Reds at Rockies, 8:40 If you'd like to see either a sabermetrician or Cubs fan explode with rage before the end of the season, ask why Colorado pitcher Jason Marquis(notes) (14-10, 3.75) isn't getting more any hype for Cy Young. In your most serious tone, of course.

Rangers at Indians, DH (In progress) Last week, I said that sweeping a late-season doubleheader was a lot harder than it looks for contending teams. Texas then went out and swept the Blue Jays. Let's see if Ron Washington's boys can prove me wrong again.

Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 It's been two years and seven days since Clay Buchholz(notes) no-hit Baltimore at Fenway Park, but he hasn't fared well against the O's since. He's 0-2 with a 12.71 ERA in three subsequent starts against Boston's AL East competitor rival opponent.

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