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Some weekday evenings, the Stew looks at a few approaching games that will be worth monitoring and mixes it with some light baseball reading. Discuss the night's happenings in the comments below.

Pirates at Nationals, 7:05 ET Bob Costas has left the building, but that doesn't mean tonight's debut of Brad Lincoln(notes) won't be a big deal to the Pittsburgh Pirates and their fans. The No. 4 pick in the 2006 draft will finally make his first big league start after a frustrating minor league path that included Tommy John surgery in 2007. Here's hoping Bucs fans have just as much reason to be excited as Nats fans were on Tuesday.

• Dan Steinberg found the guy who threw back the home run ball that Delwyn Young(notes) hit off Stephen Strasburg(notes). "I'm just letting him know I have his back." DC Sports Bog

• Sampling the Strasburger, which comes with 14 pickles. DCist

Red Sox at Indians, 7:05 So what are the odds that Justin Masterson(notes) attaches himself to Clay Buchholz's(notes) leg after this game and refuses to let go until he's back in Boston?

• Love the idea of this new "The Teammates" statue at Fenway, hate the execution. They're standing so far apart it looks like they despise each other. Extra Bases

Marlins at Phillies, Ppd. Fearing another perfect game overshadowing of the Stanley Cup Final, God has decided to delay Roy Halladay's(notes) titanic matchup with Josh Johnson(notes). (He also says the next person to make a "Huh, guess it's not always sunny in Philadelphia" crack gets struck with a bolt of lightning.)

Padres at Mets, 7:10 The 'Ropolitans are looking to extend their Citi Field winning streak to 10 games and Johan Santana(notes) is as good a pitcher as any to do it. He'll face Mat Latos(notes).

Yankees at Orioles, 7:05 In my perfect fantasy baseball world, CC Sabathia(notes) starts against Baltimore in every game. His last three victories have come against the O's and he's 7-0 with a 2.05 ERA in his last seven starts against Baltimore.

• K. Liakos has more on Ozzie Guillen's opinion of his son's draft selection. Walkoff Walk

Cardinals at Dodgers, 10:10 Halladay-Johnson may be a scratch, but Adam Wainwright(notes) v. Clayton Kershaw(notes) is a darn fine replacement as St. Louis looks to avoid another sweep at the hands of Los Angeles.

• Are any Cubs fans still watching the Cubs? Hire Jim Essian!


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