Leads on the line
MLB: The Tigers and Indians meet tonight in the first of a three-game set at Comerica Park. The teams are tied for first in the AL Central but seem headed in different directions; Cleveland has lost 14 of 19, while Detroit has won 11 of 16. Justin Verlander gets the nod for the Tigers tonight; he's 6-1 with a 2.90 ERA his last nine starts against the Indians. Justin Masterson will take the hill for Cleveland, looking for his first win since April 26 (7:05 p.m.). ... When the Yankees open a three-game set with the Rangers tonight, they'll likely be without Derek Jeter. Jeter, who's just six hits away from 3,000, suffered a Grade I calf strain Monday, hopes to avoid a trip to the DL. The Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the bump opposite Alexi Ogando, who's an outstanding 7-0 on the year (7:05 p.m.).
Cole Hamels will try to join his teammate Roy Halladay as the only nine-game winners in the National League when he takes the mound tonight against the Marlins. Hamels is 4-0 with a 1.70 ERA in his last five starts and 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in his last three starts against the Fish. Chris Volstad gets the nod for the Marlins, who are coming off a disastrous 1-10 homestand (7:05 p.m.). ... The Red Sox look to stretch their win streak to 10 when they visit the Rays at Tropicana Field tonight. Former Ray Carl Crawford, who played 614 home games at Tropicana, will play his first as a visitor tonight. Tim Wakefield will get the start for Boston. James Shields is on the hill for Tampa Bay (7:10 p.m.). ... The Diamondbacks look to steal the lead in the NL West with a win over the Giants tonight at Chase Field. Matt Cain gets the nod for San Francisco opposite rookie Josh Collmenter, who's riding a 13-inning scoreless streak (9:40 p.m.).
WNBA: The 0-4 Tulsa Shock look to snap a 12-game road losing streak, dating back to last season, when they face off against the Indiana Fever tonight (7 p.m.). The 0-3 Atlanta Dream pay a visit to the New York Liberty, hoping to get in the win column for the first time this season. (7 p.m.).
Soccer: The U.S. men's national team takes on Guadeloupe tonight in its final group-stage match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. A win will guarantee the U.S. a spot in the quarterfinals.