BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA
The theme for Wednesday was oldies but goodies on the mound as six 40-year-old starters were hard at work on a busy baseball day. Among the most impressive were victors Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, the former teammates who combined to allow just one run in 18 innings of work. Glavine continued his climb to 300 wins and is now just three shy of that major milestone, while Maddux picked up career win No. 340.
Age and wisdom were no guarantees of success. On the other side of things was Roger Clemens, who ran into trouble against a pitcher whose best days are still in front of him in Erik Bedard. The Orioles' lefty turned in a Clemensesque performance, while "The Rocket" struggled again and acknowledged that he felt he let his team down.
FORWARD THINKING: THURSDAY
• Rangers at Tigers, 1:05 ET: Jamey Wright (1-1 7.43) makes his fourth start of the season for Texas. The Tigers' Justin Verlander (9-2, 2.78) has had a wonderful month: He threw a no-hitter against the Brewers and is 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 29 innings.
• Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 ET: Randy Wolf (8-6, 4.32) allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings in his only encounter with Arizona this season, a 9-1 loss on April 30. D-backs left-hander Randy Johnson (4-2, 3.52), who missed his last start because of back pain, will be limited to around 85 pitches, according to The Arizona Republic. He is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last three starts. Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal has a .385 career average (5-for-13) against the Big Unit.
• Yankees at Orioles, 7:05 ET: New York sends Chien-Ming Wang (7-4, 3.51) to the mound to prevent a sweep. The groundball-inducing right-hander has allowed three earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts, going 6-1 during that span. The Orioles' Daniel Cabrera (6-8, 4.98) keeps his opponents' bats quiet (.244 BA), but he runs into trouble in the walks dept. (3.06 per start).