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One Night Only: Game Previews for September 13th

Matt Wieters, and at least eight other people, play(s) for the Baltimore team.

Toronto (6) at Boston (10) | 19:10 ET
Regarding the Situation Here
The situation here is that, with Tampa Bay’s 5-2 victory over Baltimore on Monday night, the Red Sox are now only three games ahead of the Rays in the wild-card race — a fact which, much like a bee or a cell phone near a pair of speakers, is creating buzz.

Regarding the Situation Here, Part II
Another part of the situation here is that elder statesman — and actual elder — Tim Wakefield has made seven fruitless starts in pursuit of his 200th win.

Regarding the Situation Here, Part III
Some more of the situation is that WAR leaders — and probably AL MVP frontrunners — Jacoby Ellsbury (8.2) and Jose Bautista (7.8) are both playing in this game.

Regarding the Situation Here, Part IV
The last part of the situation is how Brett Lawrie — slashing .304/.383/.647 (188 wRC+), with a totally sustainable .316 BABIP over the last month — and Brandon Morrow are playing in this game, too.

Regarding Parts No. II and III, Above
Those aren’t actually so compelling for the author.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Red Sox Television.

Two Other Games
Tampa Bay (7) at Baltimore (2) | 19:05 ET
David Price of the Wild Card-contending Tampa Bay Rays will pitch against Matt Wieters and whomever else on the Orioles can get away for three hours.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Rays Television.

Los Angeles Americans (5) at Oakland (1) | 22:05 ET
As mentioned in yesterday’s rapture-inducing edition of the Leaderboards of Pleasure, Jerome Williams (pitching tonight) leads all pitchers with 20-plus innings as a starter in swinging-strike percentage, at 14.9%.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Hummina Hummina?

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.7.

The following Game Scores include the new and improved playoff-odds adjustment, which you can learn about in your brain by clicking here.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time
Chris Carpenter STL 8 3 7 5 5 PIT Jeff Karstens 19:05
David Price TB 9 7 8 2 4 BAL Alfredo Simon 19:05
Ryan Dempster CHN 7 4 6 5 7 CIN Mike Leake 19:10
Brad Hand FL 0 8 4 4 8 ATL Mike Minor 19:10
Brandon Morrow TOR 10 6 9 10 7 BOS Tim Wakefield 19:10
Chien-Ming Wang WAS 1 6 2 4 3 NYN Dillon Gee 19:10
Justin Masterson CLE 7 4 6 8 5 TEX Matt Harrison 20:05
Cole Hamels PHI 9 3 4 4 2 HOU J.A. Happ 20:05
Esmil Rogers COL 5 6 7 8 10 MIL Zack Greinke 20:10
Justin Verlander DET 10 2 6 2 6 CHA Gavin Floyd 20:10
Carl Pavano MIN 4 0 3 10 2 KC Bruce Chen 20:10
Jerome Williams LAA 9 5 8 1 1 OAK Guillermo Moscoso 22:05
Ian Kennedy AZ 7 9 5 4 5 LAN Chad Billingsley 22:10
A.J. Burnett NYA 6 10 4 0 3 SEA Charlie Furbush 22:10
Cory Luebke SD 9 6 6 3 6 SF Matt Cain 22:15

NERD represents an attempt to anticipate the watchability of a game for the baseballing enthusiast.
To learn more about Pitcher NERD, click here and scroll down a little.
To learn more about latest Team NERD, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.