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Evening Shade: Will Wang wave good-bye or save his job tonight?

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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.

Nationals at Yankees, 7:05 ET One day after his wife gave birth to the couple's first child, Chien-Ming Wang(notes) (0-4 14.34 ERA) finds himself pitching for his Yankees career. One more horrendous outing, and you're out of here, Mr. Wang. You and your family! Baby, too.

Yeah, file it under: Life is unfair. Now produce!

"As I told him, it's important that he has a real good start," manager Joe Girardi said. "He needs to show us that he's back and that he's fully back. At some point, production is important. We told him that it's a very important start."

Did Girardi mention how important this start is?

Astros at Rangers, 8:05 ET As soon as the game becomes official, Ivan Rodriguez(notes) becomes the catchingest catcher in the history of catching, surpassing Carlton Fisk and a mark of 2,226 games behind the dish. How are the knees holding up, Pudge II?

"It's an unbelievable record to tie Carlton Fisk. I respect him a lot," Rodriguez said.

Pirates at Twins, 8:10 ET Joe Mauer(notes) can't possibly hit .400, can he? Yahoo! Sports' own Roto Arcade maps out the possibiliy. This we know: If he goes 2-for-5 against the Bucs, then Mauer will hit .400. Today.

D-backs at Royals, 8:10 ET Zack Greinke(notes) has a 5.12 ERA over his past three starts. He's also got an 8.74 career ERA against Arizona. Jeez, next you'll say there's no such thing as Santa Claus.

Athletics at Dodgers, 10:10 ET What can Jason Giambi's Mustache possibly do next?

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