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.
Brewers at Astros, 8:05 ET Until it was edged out by Johnny Damon(notes), this picture of Dave Bush(notes) making a ball levitate using only his telekinetic powers was going to be today's Create-a-Caption. Milwaukee fans will instead have to accept being the subject of tonight's Evening Shade spotlight as the Crew goes against Houston for its eighth straight win. Can't ask for a better pitching matchup with Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo(notes) (4-1, 3.09) going against Houston's Wandy Rodriguez(notes) (4-2, 1.90). The Brewers have won 21 of their last 26 games. Zing, zoom, tarrarel!
Orioles at Yankees, 7:05 The Bombers have also won seven, lucky seven, behind homers from Alex Rodriguez(notes) in four straight games. They'l try to go for crazy eights as Phil Hughes(notes) (1-2, 7.56) and Jeremy Guthrie(notes) (3-3, 5.21) close their eyes, let their pitches fly and hope things don't get too ugly.
Rangers at Tigers, 7:05 Is Matt Harrison(notes) the pitching savior that the Rangers have long hoped for? The lefty has a 1.80 ERA over his last four starts and pitched back-to-back complete games that included a 22-inning scoreless streak (since ended). He'll face Justin Verlander(notes), who's 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA over his last four, in this battle of first place squads.
Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 Toronto rookie Brett Cecil(notes) (2-0, 1.80) thought he was going to get off lucky with David Ortiz(notes) somehow still batting in the third spot. His assumption is right, but there's a catch: Kevin Youkilis(notes) is back in the lineup and hitting cleanup behind Big Papi.
Twins at White Sox, 8:11 There's only one reason to watch this matchup between Francisco Liriano(notes) (2-4, 5.21) and John Danks(notes) (2-3, 4.82) at The Cell and that's the chance to possibly see yours truly ordering his pooch a Miller Lite at the team's annual Dog Day. Any Stewie that spots me wins a Milkbone. Woof.