The Orioles already lost this afternoon. The game pretty much sucked, despite a couple of awesome moments. You should read about it if you haven't yet. Still, the Orioles are a game up in the AL East headed into the night's games, and no matter what happens, they can't lose the lead. Even if all of New York, Boston, and Toronto win, the O's will be a half-game ahead.
On the Esskay Out-of-town Scoreboard from this afternoon:
The Angels blanked the Phillies, 3-0, as part of the Mike Trout Philadelphia-area Homecoming Tour.
The Royals held on to beat the Rockies by a 3-2 score in Kansas City. That's who the O's will be facing next. Since he started today, they won't have to face Jason Vargas. That's good news since they are awful against soft-tossing lefties like him, and also awful against him.
The Walgreens broke a 1-1 tie with the Diamondbacks by scoring four runs off Brad Ziegler in the top of the ninth.
Others in action in the afternoon were White Sox-Athletics, Rays-Mariners, and Braves-Giants, none of which had concluded by the time I left this post to go eat dinner.
Here are the night games:
Yankees (19-19) @ Mets (19-19), 7:05
Probable pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka (NYY), Rafael Montero (NYM)
Montero is making his major league debut tonight. The Mets just took two from the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Indians (18-21) @ Blue Jays (20-20), 7:07
Probable pitchers: Corey Kluber (CLE), Dustin McGowan (TOR)
A win would pull the Blue Jays within a half-game of the Orioles. It's crowded at the top of the AL East, which is one of only two divisions whose current leader has below a .600 winning percentage.
Padres (19-21) @ Reds (17-20), 7:10
Probable pitchers: Ian Kennedy (SD), Johnny Cueto (CIN)
Pirates (16-22) @ Brewers (25-14), 8:10
Probable pitchers: Francisco Liriano (PIT), Wily Peralta (MIL)
Red Sox (19-19) @ Twins (18-19), 8:10
Probable pitchers: Felix Doubront (BOS), Kevin Correia (MIN)
Maybe someone else can do us a favor and suck against Correia.
Rangers (20-20) @ Astros (13-27), 8:10
Probable pitchers: Nick Tepesch (TEX), Scott Feldman (HOU)
Cubs (13-25) @ Cardinals (20-20), 8:15
Probable pitchers: Jason Hammel (CHI), Michael Wacha (STL)
There are really a lot of .500 teams in baseball right now. That is going to change tonight as they all win or lose.
Marlins (20-20) @ Dodgers (22-19), 10:10
Probable pitchers: Anthony DeSclafani (MIA), Paul Maholm (LA)
Elsewhere in the wide world of sports, there are two basketball games and two hockey games to be played Wednesday night. In Miami, the Heat look to close out their second round series against the Brooklyn Nets, while the San Antonio Spurs try to finish off the Portland Trail Blazers at home.
In the second round of the NHL playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins play a decisive Game 7 in Boston, followed by a Game 6 between the Anaheim Ducks of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Kings of Anaheim on the Kings home turf. The Ducks have a 3-2 lead in the series and could close it out with the win.