Here's what to watch for tonight.
Royals at Twins: A few months ago Francisco Liriano was pitching for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings and people wondered if he would ever make it back to the bigs and be the same dominant pitcher as he was in 2006. Now the left-hander finds himself starting for the big club once again, hoping that he can keep the Twins' momentum going. If last night's great start by Yovani Gallardo for the Brewers is any indication, Minnesota need not worry.
Tonight's pitchers: Kyle Davies (8-7, 4.21) vs. Liriano (6-3, 3.39 ERA) Davies has won his last two starts, going 15 innings and giving up just two earned runs in the process.
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Rays at Tigers: Just one more win Rays' fans ... just one more. The only thing that might stop the AL East clinching celebration tonight? Tampa Bay starter Andy Sonnanstine hasn't won a game in over a month. Have no fear though, neither has Tigers' starter Justin Verlander.
Tonight's pitchers: Sonnanstine (13-8, 4.27 ERA) vs. Verlander (10-17, 4.87 ERA) Someone has to win.
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Cubs at Brewers: Ryan Braun and company probably still haven't come down from the high they got off of last night's walk-off grand slam winner. Seeing Ryan Dempster on the mound and doing his little glove trick should bring them back down to Earth though. This'll be Dempster's last start before he kicks off Game 1 of the NLDS (Opponent TBD) so don't expect him to throw many pitches.
Tonight's pitchers: Ryan Dempster (17-6, 2.99 ERA) vs. Jeff Suppan (10-10, 5.06 ERA) Suppan last two starts: 0-2, five and 2/3 innings 13 hits, 11 earned runs. Why can't CC pitch again?
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Indians at White Sox: Loveable A.J. Pierzynski might have summed up the White Sox current state of affairs best. "It sucks, but we're still alive," said White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski. "Hopefully we go home and win four games and we kick (the Twins') (butt) on Tuesday. ... They found a way to get enough hits and scrape some across. (Stuff) happens."
Sox fans can take some solace in the fact that John Danks and his 3.20 ERA step out onto the hill tonight for the home team. The only problem is that Cleveland rookie Scott Lewis has been lights out since coming up from Triple-A Buffalo. In his three starts, the left-hander has worked 19 innings and given up just three earned runs.
Tonight's pitchers: Lewis (3-0, 1.42 ERA) vs. Danks (11-8, 3.20 ERA)
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Yankees at Red Sox: Has there been a Yankees Red Sox since 1995 that has meant less than this one? If Tampa Bay wins tonight, these games truly become absolutely meaningless.
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Washington at Philadelphia: Joe Blanton is 2-0 over his last four starts which should make Philly fans happy. Over that time, though, the right-hander has worked 21 innings and given up 13 runs.