Contending teams take a break from playing each other this weekend, so some of the games may appear to be mismatches. Just remember Joaquin Andujar's one word about baseball: "youneverknow". All times Eastern.
7 p.m., MLB Network, YES Network, Sun Sports: Rays at Yankees. The Rays are 8.5 games behind the Yankees for the AL wild card. If they want a real shot at it, they have to win this series. MLBN viewers in Tampa and New York will see Phillies/Nationals at 7:30 p.m. ET.
7 p.m., FSN Detroit, MASN2: Tigers at Orioles. With apologies to Orioles fans reading this, your team just isn't very good. The Tigers have a real shot at extending their AL Central lead.
7:30 p.m., CSN Chicago, SportSouth: Cubs at Braves. Recommended tonight because the Braves are having pre-game ceremonies retiring longtime manager Bobby Cox's uniform No. 6.
9:40 p.m., FSN Arizona, SNY: Mets at Diamondbacks. That's the first-place Diamondbacks, a full game ahead of the Giants in the NL West.