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Evening Shade: Life without ManRam begins for Dodgers

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

Nationals at Dodgers, 10:10 ET L.A.'s Manny Ramirez(notes), one of the great power hitters of our time, gets suspended for taking something to help him go all the way. What are the Dogs gonna do without him? Keep winning, of course. It's the Nationals. Don't you get it? Don't you see? Actually, Jordan Zimmermann(notes) gives the Nats an added dimensionnn — an actual chance to win.

If you think Manny actually gets off easy ("gets off" — get it?) with a 50-game suspension, then read this piece by Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. Actually, read it even if you don't agree. Read it if you have no opinion, as well.

Phillies at Mets. 7:10 ET Tough year for the Phillies. The Phamily now mourns the loss of Danny Ozark, 85, who managed the team in the 1970s and did a sound job, though his firing in '79 and the hiring of Dallas Green seems to correlate with the Phillies winning the World Series in '80. Maybe Ozark was Doug Collins to Green's Phil Jackson. Is Ozark significant enough to get a patch, a la Harry the K? I say, yes.

Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 ET Doubly worth the price of admission: Watching Tim Wakefield(notes) pitch and picking the right inning for the Indians bullpen to get jacked. I'm saying the fifth.

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Jays at Angels, 10:05 ET Toronto's Robert Ray(notes), who has two first names and no face according to Yahoo! Sports (right), will try to get it together for the 20-10 Canadian Juggernaut. I'd be 100 percent behind the Blue Jays' surge to first if they'd just wear the retro uniforms and ditch the hideously hideous duds they usually sport. Hid. E. Us.

Tigers at White Sox, 8:11 ET Good pitching matchup here, Galarraga vs. Buehrle, though the Chicago skies are threatening. Because that's what we need right now. More rain delays and such.

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