Two baseball games of interest today:
San Diego @ Atlanta: Jason Lane (0-0, 0.00) vs. Ervin Santana (9-6, 3.87). Jason Lane, a former outfielder who last played in 2007, is taking the mound due to an injury to Ian Kennedy. He will be the oldest pitcher in seven years to make his first major league start, at 37 years old and 218 days. This game also has relevance because if it can extend to a ton of extra innings, Atlanta would have a pretty late plane flight into Los Angeles; the Braves start a three-game series with us on Tuesday. First pitch, 9.10a.
Pittsburgh @ San Francisco: Vance Worley (3-1, 3.10) vs. Ashley Bumgarner (12-7, 3.19). Pirates look for their seventh win in 10 games since the All-Star break; San Francisco has lost 19 of 25 at home, where Bumgarner is 4-5 with a 5.22 ERA (10 starts). The Giants are 1.5 games behind the Dodgers following a demoralizing, nationally-televised sweep at home. Honestly, I don't know how one comes back from that. First pitch, 7p.
Or, if you don't want to watch baseball, there's LA Galaxy @ Seattle Sounders, 7p. The two most successful MLS clubs meet for the first time this season; LA leads the all-time series 8-6-4, but are sixth in this year's standings with 27 points (Seattle leads the West, with 38 points).