Twelve games in the majors and eight of them are ones that will be played under the light of the sun. The numbers eight and twelve are appropriate since we know that the sun has eight classical planets and four "other" planets orbiting around it.
The American League Wild Card could potentially be tied at the end of the day as the White Sox have seen their lead cut to just one game over the Twins.
Minnesota plays first at 10:10 am PT against Cleveland (Paul Byrd vs. Matt Garza, who was rocked in his first major league start by Toronto.) Chicago hosts Kansas City at 11:05 am PT (Odalis Perez vs. Mark Buehrle, in a battle of quick working lefties).
The Yankees saw their lead in the East cut to two games over Boston. The Yankees host Baltimore at 10:05 am PT (Rodrigo Lopez vs. Jaret Wright). The Red Sox are off. Oakland, which leads Texas and Los Angeles by 6 1/2 in the West, is off as well.
In the National League, the Phillies have won three straight at home from the Mets to pull themseles to within one game of .500 and 2 1/2 games behind wild card leader Cincinnati. The Mets lead by 12. John Maine of the Mets faces Scott Mathieson of the Phillies at 10:05 am PT.
In the Central, the Reds have crept to within 1 1/2 games of division leading St. Louis. The two teams face each other for the last time in the regular season (barring a tiebreaker playoff) at 11:10 am PT in St. Louis with Kyle Lohse taking on Jeff Weaver. Hmmmm....
The Dodgers saw their lead in the West cut to 2 1/2 games over Arizona. The Padres lost their third straight to the Giants to stay 3 1/2 games out. The two teams finish their four game series in San Diego at 12:35 pm PT (Matt Cain vs. Jake Peavy). Arizona plays at Colorado at 12:05 pm PT (Brandon Webb vs. Josh Fogg).
All of this prelude to the weekend: Yankees-Red Sox, Cardinals-Cubs, White Sox-Twins, Dodgers-Giants, and, of course, Indians-Devil Rays.