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Evening Shade: Rockies and Marlins will party like it's 1993

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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.

Rockies at Marlins, 7:10 ET Actually, because they lost a combined 193 games as expansion brothers that year, maybe they won't be partying exactly like David Nied and Charlie Hough did in 1993.

The truth is that Colorado and Florida are actually in much better spots and this weekend's series is surprisingly a big one. Both teams are chasing NLCS participants in their respective divisions and the Rockies currently lead the Marlins by three games in the NL wild card standings (with the Giants sandwiched halfway between).

No, it's not quite Red Sox-Yankees, Cardinals-Cubs or Dodgers-Giants — heck, you might be able to name 50 better rivalries — but it should be a good weekend matchup down in the south Florida heat, anyway. Josh Hammel and Josh Johnson(notes) kick off the festivities tonight.

Red Sox at Rangers, 8:05 Neftali! Here's a fun weekend fact to surprise and amaze your friends: The Rangers are second in the American League with a 4.12 ERA after being dead last in the entire MLB last year. They'll need strong efforts from Kevin Millwood(notes), Derek Holland(notes) and Dustin Nippert(notes) to rip the AL wild card from the hands of Boston.

Royals at Tigers, 7:05 Did the Mariners pull a fast one on the Tigers and send them a Jarrod Washburn(notes) lookalike? Since joining Detroit, Washburn is 0-2 with an 8.74 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. He'll get a little reprieve in Motown tonight upon facing the Royals, though his fellow starter — Zack Greinke(notes) — should severely reduce Washburn's margin for error.

Phillies at Braves, 7:05 Philadelphia brings its NL East title defense to Hotlanta, where there are presumably fewer beer tossers than Chicago, but more ballplayers set on mounting a challenge. The Bravos are five games back of the WFCs and want to make a move.

Dodgers at D'Backs, 9:40 Clayton Kershaw(notes) + Dan Haren(notes) + being able to sleep in on Saturday (for those of us back east) = Yes, please

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