The New York Yankees (63-59) and Boston Red Sox (73-52) will close out a three-game American League East series Sunday night at Fenway Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET on ESPN

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The Tampa Bay Rays (60-42) and New York Yankees (54-48) will open up a three-game American League East series Friday night at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET

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The Los Angeles Angels (43-45) and Chicago Cubs (39-48) will open up a two-game interleague series Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET

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The New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs have split the first two games of their interleague series heading into Sunday night’s finale at Wrigley Field

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The Colorado Rockies aim for a three-game sweep against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Wednesday afternoon

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The Colorado Rockies aim for a three-game sweep over the Chicago Cubs Wednesday afternoon

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I’m very happy for Andruw Jones. He hit three home runs in three at-bats yesterday, and then came close to getting a fourth and tying the major league record. Jones isn’t putting up all-star numbers, but he’s putting up solid numbers for the Rangers – 14 homers and 34 RBIs in 46 games. He’s been solid value for the Rangers at the price they paid for him, and he has justified the risk. I’m glad to see it – he’s far too talented to have been washed up already. Guys who are younger than I am should not be washed up.

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  • I don’t know what is wrong with Barry Zito, but it is something big. The guy has a world of talent, but he just isn’t right. In fact, he’s a mess. He blew up again today at home against the Diamondbacks – three earned runs and one more unearned in six innings. Of most concern he walked five and only struck out two. You can blame some of his woes on the fact he plays for a lousy team, but by far the bigger issue is that he just isn’t very good. He’s a space cadet, so this can’t be good on his mind, and I can’t be confident in his ability to overcome the problem. Maybe it will turn around, but it is much harder to find a precedent for that than it is to find one for him being done for as an elite pitcher.
  • Memphis has lost a lot with the departure of Derrick Rose and probably Chris Douglas-Roberts and the graduation of Joey Dorsey. Things just got a whole lot easier for them today, though, with the signing of another one-and-done superstar. Tyreke Evans is a shooting guard out of Philadelphia who was the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American game this year. He is pretty much a perfect fit for Calipari’s system, and he will make it unpleasant to play in Conference USA for another year.
  • Alfonso Soriano is on the DL after straining his calf making a catch. That’s not good news for the Cubs – at least theoretically. Soriano has been brutal so far this year, but he is much better than he has been playing and should be due for an upward adjustment.
  • It is curious that Tiger hasn’t really used his knee injury as an excuse for his flat showing at the Masters. It was obviously serious if he went ahead and had the surgery so soon afterward, but I wonder how much of an impact it really had? He didn’t look like he had a bad knee, but he didn’t look right, either. We’ll have to wait for a month or more to get our first clue, I guess.
  • I was more than a little surprised that Keno Davis bolted Drake so soon to take over at Providence. That is a step forward, but he’s not stepping into a program in great shape, and he had a family link at Drake and a good deal of success in a short time. Maybe he just knew when to get out when he was ahead. It will be very interesting to watch to see whether he just caught lightning in a bottle, or if he is the real deal. If it is the latter then Providence will be back in the coaching market in just a couple of years.

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