The start of the second act
MLB: The slumping Orioles host the Indians, who are just a half-game back of the Tigers for the top spot in the AL Central. Jeremy Guthrie will take the mound for Baltimore, which dropped seven straight leading up to the All-Star break. Justin Masterson gets the nod for the Indians, who have defeated the Orioles four straight times and in nine of their last 12 meetings (7:05 p.m.). ... The Yankees kick off the second half of their season with an eight-game road trip starting in Toronto. New York is just one game back of the division-leading Red Sox, but the Blue Jays are a full 11 games back despite a three-game win streak. Jo-Jo Reyes gets the nod for Toronto against Bartolo Colon, who's 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in seven road starts this year (7:07 p.m.).
The bruised and battered Twins are starting to heat up and a four-game set against the last-place Royals should only help them. In early June, Minnesota looked dead in the water, boasting the worst record in the league, but they finished the first half of the year 24-11 to pull within 6.5 games of the division-leading Tigers. Francisco Liriano will get the nod for Minnesota against Kansas City's Bruce Chen (8:10 p.m.). ... The Brewers, winners of four of their last five games, pay a visit to the Rockies tonight for the first of a four-game set. Ubaldo Jimenez gets the nod for Colorado against Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo, who will try to throw seven innings or more in a fourth straight start (8:40 p.m.).
The NL-West leading Giants host the slumping Padres tonight, hoping to hand San Diego a sixth straight loss. Aaron Harang will try to stop the bleeding for the Padres, while Madison Bumgarner will try for his first win against San Diego in three starts this season (10:05 p.m.). ... The Rangers won seven straight games heading into the All-Star break and hope to continue that success tonight when they visit the Mariners for the first of a four-game set. Derek Holland will get the nod against Seattle's Jason Vargas, who has pitched four complete games, three of them shutouts, in his last seven starts (10:10 p.m.). ... The Marlins look to stretch their win streak to six straight when they visit the Cubs for the first of a four-game series at the Friendly Confines. Chicago has won just one of its last 13 series and has dropped five of its last seven games. Matt Garza is on the hill for the Cubs, while Anibal Sanchez gets the nod for the Fish (8:05 p.m.).
WNBA: There is just one game on the docket today in the WNBA, as the Storm visit the Silver Stars. San Antonio started the season well, but it's dropped three straight heading into tonight's contest. The Storm have won three of their last four games and six straight over the Stars (9 p.m.).