You'd never have guessed it at the beginning of the season, but the Pirates are being featured in a national telecast tonight. All times Eastern.
7 p.m., ESPN, SportSouth, ROOT Sports Pittsburgh: Pirates at Braves. The Braves are very good... but the Pirates have a winning road record. James McDonald faces Tim Hudson tonight.
7 p.m., NESN, FSN Kansas City: Royals at Red Sox. On the other hand, the Red Sox have the best home record in the American League; the Royals the worst road record. Bad teams win a third of their games and good teams lose a third... but this one isn't likely to break that mold.
8 p.m., CSN Chicago, FSN Detroit: Tigers at White Sox. This series is crucial for both teams. Detroit is starting a pitcher named Duane Below. Is "Duane Above" next?
10 p.m., Sun Sports, CSN California: Rays at Athletics. The Rays, owners of the second-best road record in the American League, need to keep winning to keep pace with the Yankees.