Eaton goes for win No. 10
• 2:20 p.m. ET: Dontrelle Willis took the first game of this series, and then Sergio Mitre who has been doing his best impression of Orel Hershiser the last two outings, with his hard sinker won Game 2. Time for the rubber match. A.J. Burnett throws for the Marlins, Greg Maddux for the Cubs, The Pitching Matchup of the Day; Maddux throws for career victory No. 311. Even with some cooler air scheduled to come in, we'll say the ball will be flying out of Wrigley today and The Guy Most Likely To Go Deep is Derrek Lee, who swung the bat pretty well on Tuesday night; he had four hits in five at-bats, including his 18th homer.
• 7:05: The Red Sox have done exactly what they should do against the Reds, controlling them, dominating them. They go for the sweep tonight, with Bronson Arroyo needing to control his fastball a lot better pitching against the Reds' Aaron Harang, who can be very good; he's allowed two runs or fewer in six of his 12 starts.
Boston Red Sox
LAST THREE STARTS W L IP H R ERA 0 2 12.2 26 16 11.37
• 7:05: If not for Adam Eaton, last week would have been a disaster for the Padres. Now they need him to have another big start, because they've dropped three of four since his last victory. Eaton goes for his 10th victory in Detroit, against lefty Mike Maroth.
• 7:15: Not too often that you get to say that the Brewers are The Reverse Lock of the Night, but that's what we're saying here, with Victor Santos consistently good in his starts this year throwing against Hideo Nomo and the Devil Rays. All logic points toward a Tampa Bay victory.
• 8:05: The White Sox have dropped the first two games of their series against Arizona, with Jose Contreras and Orlando Hernandez getting bombed. Jon Garland tries to stop the bleeding, facing Russ Ortiz.
• 10:05: Ryan Drese reunites with the American League in his first start for the Nationals, throwing against the L.A. Angels and Bartolo Colon. Look for about 10 pitchers to have their gloves and hats and belts checked for foreign substances after last night's battles between Frank Robinson and Mike Scioscia.
• 10:05: Victor Zambrano will forever be tied to the Scott Kazmir trade and is probably doomed to that ignominy. But he has pitched better, allowing three earned runs or less in his last seven outings sometimes needing about 2,344 pitches in five innings to do it, but that's another part of the story. Danny Haren, who has had good outings for Oakland in his last four starts, throws for the Athletics.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Tuesday
The Good: Mike Mussina dominated the Pirates with great control of his off-speed stuff. With some gray in his beard these days, Mussina keeps marching up the career list for victories: 217 and counting.
The Bad: The Rockies got smoked by Cleveland, 11-2, running their road record to 4-24. The Indians are catching Colorado at exactly the right time, as they springboard beyond the .500 mark and look to make a move in the wild-card race.
The Ugly: Says here that Mike Scioscia is baseball's best manager, but he completely mishandled the situation with Brendan Donnelly's bust on Tuesday. His pitcher got caught red-handed with a foreign substance in his glove, and so Scioscia started jawing at Nationals manager Frank Robinson and threatening retaliation when he should've simply acknowledged that his pitcher broke the rules.
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.
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