Evening Shade: Ozzie & Co. embark on season-defining trip

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.

White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 ET We're going to be talking a lot about make-or-break series for the rest of the season and the White Sox are about to embark on a make-or-break road trip. Starting tonight in Boston, the Pale Hose will play four in Fenway, three at new Yankee Stadium, three at the piranha tank Metrodome and one makeup game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Whether or not the White Sox can stay within spitting distance of Detroit remains to be seen, though being forced to start the trip with Jose Contreras(notes) and Freddy Garcia(notes) doesn't bode particularly well for Chicago's South Siders.

Giants at Rockies, 8:40 Jason Marquis(notes) looks to extend Colorado's lead in the NL wild card race to four games while Barry Zito(notes) looks to force a series split and cut the Giants' deficit back to two. Still, you can't quite say that this one's a definite make-or-break for the Giants. They get Colorado three more times this week, starting Friday in San Francisco.

Orioles at Twins, 8:10 I scoffed a bit when I read DB's suggestion this morning that the Twins aren't dead just yet. However, the more I think about it, the objects in the AL Central mirror may be closer than they appear. Can you ever really count out Minnesota before its elimination number reaches zero?

Tigers at Angels, 10:05 Detroit is 25-38 away from home this season and currently stands as the only division leader with a losing record. They lost two of three in Oakland to start this road trip and now get three in Anaheim against the best in the AL West.

Rays at Blue Jays, 7:07 Because Roy Halladay(notes) could really use a hug about now.