Pirates return to national television
MLB: We've got 11 games on the docket tonight, so please check your local listings. ESPN's "Monday Night Baseball" brings us the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates at NL-wild-card leading Atlanta (James McDonald vs. Tim Hudson, 7:10 p.m.). It's the Pirates' first game on ESPN since September 22, 2004. ... The Seattle Mariners bring their franchise-record 15-game losing streak to Yankee Stadium (Jason Vargas vs. Freddy Garcia, 7:05 p.m.). ... The Angels have won four of their last five and visit Cleveland (Dan Haren vs. Fausto Carmona, 7:05 p.m.). ... Rookie left-hander Duane Below makes his second start of the season for Tigers when they visit Chicago in an AL Central showdown (Below vs. Mark Buehrle, 8:10 p.m.)
NFL: After 130 days, sources report that the NFL lockout is over as the players and owners have reached agreement on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. Offseason transactions may begin as early as today. Get ready for the complete free-agent frenzy. ESPN.com will cover all the news as it develops. The Saints and Packers are set to kick off the 2011 season in 45 days.
Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.