Evening Shade: Rockies and Rays put winning streaks on line

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.

Rays at Rockies, 8:40 ET Tampa Bay has won an AL-best five straight, a total that Colorado — currently riding an 11-game winning streak — can only scoff at. A Rockies victory tonight sets a franchise record and sets a new win streak high for MLB teams in '09.

White Sox at Cubs, 7:05 Given that both squads are in third place and not a game over .500, the excitement level for the Crosstown Classic might be at an all-time low. It's almost like the schedule makers knew this was coming ... it's the first time in recent memory that this series wasn't held over a weekend.

Tigers at Cardinals, 8:15 While the last two World Series losers meet in Denver, Detroit and St. Louis will recreate the '06 championship with the best pitching matchup — Justin Verlander(notes) vs. Adam Wainwright(notes) — of the night.

Blue Jays at Phillies, 7:05 Speaking of World Series recreations, the '93 teams are ready to throw down in Philly. After six attempts, Toronto's still looking for its first interleague victory in '09, while the Phillies get the luxury of starting their ace. Philadelphia is 7-1 since April 28 with Cole Hamels(notes) getting the starting nod.

Mets at Orioles, 7:05; Angels at Giants, 10:15; A's at Dodgers, 10:10 Since I started down the path of World Series recreations, here's the remaining three matchups that were once heavily hyped during the Fall Classic.

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