– Seattle‘s Brandon Morrow will make his first major league appearance since July 10 when he starts against the Rangers. The 25-year-old was being used carefully in Triple-A Tacoma, though he did throw a nine-inning shutout on Aug. 14. In four starts since, he had pitched 19 1/3 innings and allowed six earned runs. He had a 4.55 ERA in six starts for the Mariners before being sent down. Texas will start Kevin Millwood, whose 2010 option would vest at $12 million if he throws eight innings tonight.
– The Giants have fallen 4 1/2 games behind the still surging Rockies in the wild card, so it’s be a great time for Matt Cain to pick up his first win against the Dodgers as the two teams begin a three-game series. Cain has a respectable 3.97 ERA versus L.A. in 12 career starts, but that’s resulted in an 0-6 record. Cain finally prevailed last week against the Brewers to snap a seven-game winless streak. His opponent in this one will be Hiroki Kuroda, who came off the DL to allow three earned runs over five innings in a loss to the Padres on Sunday.
Game of the Night
Tampa Bay vs. Boston – In a freefall that started when they lost two out of three to the Red Sox at home, the Rays can only play spoiler now. Still, they will have that chance this weekend in Boston and in two weeks when they play in Texas. The Red Sox are currently two games up on the Rangers in the wild card, and they have Jon Lester on the mound tonight. Tampa Bay will start James Shields, who saw his ERA jump over 4.00 for the first time since April when he gave up six runs last time out against the Tigers. Lester is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA since the break, and he’s turned in two gems against the Rays during that time.
Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.
Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.
Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.