Oswalt vs. Smoltz in Berkman's return
• 3:20 p.m. ET: The Phillies are fading fast. The Cubs are collapsing. But today, they get to play each other, so somebody is going to have a good day, and somebody is going to sink deeper into their abyss. Mark Prior starts for the Cubs, Cory Lidle for the Phillies.
• 7:15: The Reverse Lock of the Day will be in Tampa Bay, where Johan Santana of the Twins is expected to start another winning streak, against the Devil Rays and Dewon Brazelton. All logic points to a Twins' victory, which makes Tampa Bay the likely winner (or not).
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Thursday
Derrick Turnbow is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA after getting the win in the Brewers' victory over the slumping Cubs on Thursday.
The Tigers were a national punch line a couple of years ago when they threatened records set by the '62 Mets. If that was any barometer, we'll be doing a lot of talking this summer about the Royals, who are 7-21 and on a pace to win about 40 games after losing to the White Sox on Thursday.
The Yankees ... wow. Hanging out in the same neighborhood as the Devil Rays in the AL East standings. And they're not emitting any signs that it might actually get better.
Buster Olney is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine. His book, "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty," is available in paperback and can be ordered through HarperCollins.com.