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.
Tigers at Yankees, 7:05 ET First-place teams have been Kryptonite for the Yankees this season and the AL Central-leading Tigers hope to take advantage of that in their first trip to the new place in the Bronx. New York is 5-15 against first-place squads in 2009, a record that includes a sweep by the Angels at the end of the season's first half. Detroit gets to throw its top two starters — Justin Verlander(notes) and Edwin Jackson(notes) — against CC and Joba over the weekend game, but tonight it'll throw out Luke French(notes), who has started only two MLB games, against A.J. Burnett(notes).
Giants at Pirates, 7:05 Rest is for the elderly! Only three days after pitching two innings for the National League, Tim Lincecum(notes) kicks off the second half of the Giants' wild card bid with a start against Paul Maholm(notes) in Pittsburgh.
Phillies at Marlins, 7:10 Philadelphia has won six straight and has extended its lead over Florida to five games. Is this the point where we introduce the NL East to the rearview mirror?
Twins at Rangers, 8:05 Minnesota's my pick to turn it on in the second half, but a 10-game road trip after the All-Star break that starts with the Rangers isn't going to make things easy.