Seattle Mariners (58-93) vs Toronto Blue Jays (76-75) 12:37 ET on Rogers Sportsnet
Reason to watch: It’s very rare to get weekday afternoon baseball game in Toronto, and to make it even more special the Mariners have Felix Hernandez (12-11, 2.35 ERA) on the mound. King Felix has been the lone bright spot for the Mariners pitching staff, and Torontonians have a real opportunity to see one of the best in the game pitch this afternoon. In Hernandez’s last start, he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Friday against the Rangers, finishing with one run and three hits allowed in eight innings. He struck out eight and walked one to earn his 12th win of the season. The 24 year old leads the AL in innings pitched (233.2), ERA (2.35), and strike outs (222). Hernandez will try to prevent Jays slugger Jose Bautista from hitting his 50th home-run of the season. Bautista was 1 for 4 with a double in last nights 6-3 loss.
No. 19 Miami Hurricanes (1-1) vs Pittsburgh Panthers (1-1) 7:30 ET on The Score
Reason to watch: Other then the fact that Thursday night college football typically leads to major upsets or just plain old fashioned entertaining slober knocker. No. 19 Miami is coming off a tough road loss against the Ohio St. at the Horseshoe in Columbus. QB Jacory Harris had 12 days to watch the tape of his four interception game in the 36-24 loss. Harris and his Hurricanes last season dropped a heart breaking loss to then No.11 Virginia Tech to rebound the next week against No.8 Oklahoma 21-20. On defense for Miami look out for DE Allen Bailey, who many consider a top prospect for this year NFL Draft. Bailey will line up against another guy scouts predict will be playing on Sunday’s in Pittsburgh tackle Jason Pinkston. Pitt was considered many to be the cream of the crop in a wide open Big East, but former Heisman hopeful RB Dion Lewis has yet to replicate his amazing freshman season when he lead the nation in rushing in 2009 (1,799 yards). Another blow to the Panthers was losing their top defensive player in DE Greg Romeus, the 2009 Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year has a herniated disc in his lower back and is expected to miss six weeks.
The NL West — San Diego Padres (85-66) vs Los Angeles Dodgers 10:10 ET (73-79)/San Francisco Giants (85-67) vs Chicago Cubs (69-82) 7:10 ET
Reason to watch: After the Giants dropped last night’s game to the Cubbies 2-0, the Padres found themselves back in first place in the NL West. The Giants have rookie Madison Bumgarner (5-6, 3.27 ERA) making his first start at Wrigley Field when he goes up against the Cubs Ryan Dempster (14-10, 3.50 ERA). The Padres 3-1 win over the Dodgers last night was their seventh straight win over L.A. moving them one-half game ahead of the Giants. San Diego has 22 year old ace Matt Latos (14-7, 2.84 ERA) taking on Hiroki Kuroda (10-13, 3.36 ERA) for the Dodgers. The Padres have out scored the Dodgers 24-4 in the last six meetings.