Fanning the flames
MLB: A dozen games are on the schedule today and more than a dozen trade rumors are swirling. While players swap caps across the country, here are a few of the day's matchups.
In Detroit, Joel Pineiro has big shoes to fill, as he takes the mound one day after teammate Ervin Santana's no-hitter. Pineiro and the Angels kick off a four-game set with the Tigers at Comerica this afternoon (1:05 p.m.). ... The Brewers will try to get their first home sweep of the Cubs since 2005 when they close out a three-game set this afternoon. Shaun Marcum is on the hill opposite Randy Wells (2:10 p.m.).
Justin Upton looks to stay hot (he's posted a .567 average with four home runs and 15 RBIs during his current eight-game hitting streak) when his Diamondbacks try to complete a sweep of the Padres at Petco (3:35 p.m.). ... When Tim Lincecum and the Giants take the field for their rubbermatch with the Phillies tonight, they will have a new weapon at their disposal: six-time All-Star Carlos Beltran. San Francisco snagged the star slugger from the Mets Wednesday, will have him in the lineup today against Kyle Kendrick (7:05 p.m.)
Colby Rasmus is expected to make his debut for Toronto today. The former Cardinals center fielder was sent across the border yesterday in a three-team trade that also involved the White Sox. Carlos Villanueva will take the mound for Toronto opposite Brad Bergesen and the Orioles (7:07 p.m.). ... Braves starter Derek Lowe will look to run his career mark against the Pirates to 11-0 tonight, a feat that hasn't been done since Pedro Martinez topped Seattle in each of his first 12 starts against them from 1998-2004. Kevin Correia will try to stop Lowe's streak and get his game back on track, he's 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA in his last three starts (7:10 p.m.).
NFL: Ten more teams report to camp today: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Kansas City, Miami, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa Bay and Washington. While some players get back to work, others are still figuring out which jersey they'll be wearing this year. The free-agent frenzy continues; don't blink -- you might miss something.