Enough trade speculation! There are ballgames to be played! Short schedule of afternooners today, folks. I'll do my best to entertain you with WHIPAROUND liveglog coverage of every game between 2:30PM and 5PM. Why whiparound? Because it's the way we get by.
- Astros at Cubs, 2:20PM: A day after losing Roy Oswalt to a possible injury and LaTroy Hawkins to a definite injury and investigation, the Astros send Mike Hampton to the mound in Wrigley. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? Oh they also lost Wesley Wright who got rushed to the hospital with a severe case of dehydration. Hey Cecil Cooper, get those bullpen guys some friggin' electrolytes.
- Indians at Angels, 3:35PM: Last night, Angels closer Brian Fuentes was called on to save a three-run ninth inning lead. Pretty typical, right? Shame that Fuentes gave up two hits, two walks, and two runs and left the game with the bases loaded and nobody out for poor Jason Bulger, who magically escaped from danger and recorded his first big league save. Today, the Angels will use Gene Autry's rotting corpse in the closer role.
- Pirates at Giants, 3:45PM: Zach Duke! Matt Cain! Poor hitting offenses! This one has all the makings of a fast-paced, low-scoring, pitcher's duel which probably means that it will be a dragging 12-8 clusterfmuck. Still, Cain is looking to become the NL's first thirteen-game winner and outshine Tim Lincecum. Face of the franchise is back, baby!
- Blue Jays at Mariners, 4:40PM: Does this even count as an afternoon game? At least I'll have something to listen to on the commute home.