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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Like shooting fish in a barrel

By Sarah Spain

MLB: The Marlins have lost 19 of their last 20 games to fall to dead last in the NL East. Monday's loss to the Angels stretched their current skid to a franchise record-tying 11 straight games. Javier Vazquez will try to stop the bleeding for the Fish and earn new interim manager Jack McKeon his first win since taking over Monday (7:10 p.m.). ... The Rockies will try to win their sixth game in seven tries when they play the second of a three-game set with the Indians tonight. Since June 4, Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin has won three straight, with a .90 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 20 innings. He'll line up opposite Mitch Talbot, who has lost his last three starts (7:05 p.m.).

The Red Sox host San Diego tonight, hoping to win for the 15th time in 17 games. Boston won the series opener yesterday, 14-5, and can stretch the Padres' losing skid to seven games with another victory tonight. Mat Latos on the hill for San Diego opposite Boston's Alfredo Aceves (7:10 p.m.). ... Dillon Gee (7-0, 2.86 ERA) will try to become the first Mets pitcher since Dwight Gooden to win his first eight decisions. He'll have his hands full with an Oakland team that has won five straight. Josh Outman will get the nod for the A's (7:10 p.m.).

Tigers ace Max Scherzer will try to become the first 10-game winner in the American League when he takes the bump at Dodger Stadium. Chad Billingsley will get the nod for L.A. (10:10 p.m.). ... The Twins have won 14 of their last 16 games and will try to win an eighth straight tonight when they face the Giants at AT&T Park. Minnesota's hoping for another solid start from Carl Pavano, who has thrown two complete games in June, going 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in three outings. It'll be Madison Bumgarner for San Francisco, he's give up three or fewer runs while throwing at least six innings in each of his last 10 starts.

WNBA: Five games on the docket today, which marks the 15th anniversary of the WNBA. The highlight of the schedule is tonight's contest between the Liberty and the Sparks, a rematch of the league's first game. Back in 1997, New York beat Los Angeles in that inaugural game; 15 years later the Sparks will try to get revenge when the teams meet at the Staples Center (10 p.m., ESPN2).

Tennis: Wimbledon continues today at the All England Club. Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Andy Roddick all won their matches earlier today, but a few noteworthy matches still left to play. Ana Ivanovic will take on Melanie Oudin on the women's side. On the men's side, there's a rematch of last year's marathon contest between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut.

College World Series: There are two games on the docket. In the loser's bracket, Cal will face Texas A&M (2 p.m.) and Virginia and South Carolina will meet in the winner's bracket (7 p.m.).