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Thursday, May 5, 2011
Boys of summer get the spotlight

By Sarah Spain

With just one NHL game on the docket and the NBA taking a timeout, tonight is the night to get a good look at the boys of summer. The weather in some cities (ahem, Chicago) hasn't quite turned yet, but a day at the ballpark can make it feel like summer is right around the corner. If you can't make it out to a game, a beer and a hot dog on the couch will have to do. Here are the Games We're Watching ...

NHL: There's just one hockey game on the docket tonight: Game 4 between the Canucks and the Predators. Vancouver, up 2-1 in the series with a 3-2 overtime victory on Tuesday, can take a 3-1 lead with a victory tonight in Nashville. The Predators will be without forward Steve Sullivan, and coach Barry Trotz is likely to insert J.P. Dumont or Colin Wilson in Sullivan's absence (8:30 p.m. Versus).

NBA: The weary warriors of the hardwood get a day of rest. Hoopheads can take the court and work on their own Js today.

MLB: The Yankees send A.J. Burnett to the bump today, hoping to avoid a season-high third straight loss in their series finale with the Tigers (1:05 p.m.). After winning the series opener 5-3, New York managed just two runs total in back-to-back losses to Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday. ... The Angels and the Red Sox will have to dig deep into their energy reserves for today's 1:35 p.m. tilt -- a game that started less than 11 hours after the end of their 13-inning marathon last night. Joel Pineiro will get the nod for the Halos against John Lackey, who is a perfect 4-0 against his former team since being traded to Boston. ... The 20-9 Indians sit atop the American League, but they won't be there for long if they don't improve on the road. Cleveland has lost four of its last five and seven of its last 10 away from home. Today Jeanmar Gomez will look for that tough road win when he lines up opposite Oakland's Brett Anderson (3:35 p.m.). ... When Roy Halladay takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park tonight, he will look to win his ninth straight start against the Nationals and try to lift the Phillies to a three-game sweep. Meanwhile, Nats starter John Lannan is looking for his first win in the rivalry -- he's 0-9 in his 12 career starts against Philly (7:05 p.m.). ... Two teams heading in different directions meet in Atlanta tonight. The Braves will go for their season-high fifth straight win, and the Brewers look to avoid a season-high sixth straight loss (7:10 p.m.).