Thursday August 6
7:05 p.m. MY9: Boston Red Sox at Yankees: For a change, the BoSox are chasing the Yankees in the standings. But given the Bombers’ poor play against Boston this season, don’t be surprised if the Yanks are looking up at the Red Sox on Monday.
Friday August 7
7:05 p.m.: Florida Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies: For all the talk of how the Phillies would run away with the division, Florida is still just five games back. The pitching matchup (Ricky Nolasco, 7-7 vs Joe Blanton 7-5) might not be sexy, but implications in the NL East certainly are.
Saturday August 8
3:35 p.m.: Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels: Another battle of first and second place teams; this one AL-West style. With the Rangers trailing Los Angeles by 4.5 games, a Rangers sweep makes things interesting. And something tells me that the Yankees are rooting for Texas all the way through.
Sunday August 9
GAME OF THE WEEK: 8 p.m. NBC: Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans: This is what we’ve been waiting for all summer. Break out the chips and salsa, football’s back. The Bills and Titans get things going in the annual Hall of Fame game, and while it will be fun to watch Terrell Owens play for a quarter, the real intrigue will be listening to Chris Collinsworth as he tries to replace John Madden.
Monday August 10
9:40 p.m. SNY: Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks: You think this time things will play out differently for Jerry Manuel’s club? We’re not feeling very optimistic either.
Tuesday August 11
7:05 p.m. Brooklyn Cyclones at Mahoning Valley Scrappers: After failing to beat up on creampuffs, the Cyclones have a true test against the Scrappers. Mahoning Valley has the same record as Brooklyn, and (as of press time) have won eight of their last 10 games.
Wednesday August 12
11:00 a.m.: Auburn Doubledays at Staten Island Yankees: We don’t usually give much love to the Yanks in this paper, but they are having a strong season, and they’ll look to get even stronger as they take on Pickney division cellar-dweller Auburn.