History in the making
MLB: Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is just two home runs away from breaking the club record for most longballs before the All-Star break. He'll get a chance to set that mark tonight when the Jays visit the Indians. It'll be Carlos Villanueva lining up opposite Cleveland's Zach McAllister (7:05 p.m.). ... Derek Jeter is on the verge of a milestone of his own. The Yankees short stop is just three hits away from 3,000. He can reach that mark tonight when the Rays pay a visit to Yankee Stadium. Bartolo Colon will get the nod for New York, while Tampa Bay will send out Jeff Niemann (7:05 p.m.).
The Twins have beaten the White Sox six straight times at U.S. Cellular Field and seven straight overall; tonight they'll try to continue their winning ways in the first of a four-game set. Carl Pavano will take the hill for Minnesota, which is eight games back in the AL Central. Phil Humber gets the nod for the White Sox, who trail the division-leading Indians by 4 1/2 games (8:10 p.m.). ... The Braves haven't swept Colorado in a four-game set since the Rockies entered the league in 1993. Tonight they'll get the chance to do it again when they close out their series in Atlanta. Tim Hudson will take the mound for the Braves against Colorado rookie Juan Nicasio (1:05 p.m.).
St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols was 1-for-6 Wednesday in his return from the DL. He'll be back in the lineup again tonight as the Cardinals open a four-game set with the Diamondbacks. Kyle McClellan will take the bump for the Cards, looking for his first win since May 19, while Joe Saunders gets the nod for Arizona (8:15 p.m.).