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Monday, July 18, 2011
Prime time for America's pastime

By Amanda Rykoff

MLB: We've got 12 MLB games on the docket tonight, so check your local listings. The Pirates are just a half game behind the first-place Brewers in the NL Central and host division rival Cincinnati (Dontrelle Willis vs. James McDonald, 7:05 p.m.). ... After a grueling 16-inning loss to the Red Sox on Sunday night, the Rays host the Yankees on ESPN's Monday Night Baseball (A.J. Burnett vs. Alex Cobb, 7:10 p.m.). ... The Orioles have won two straight games and host the first-place Red Sox (Tim Wakefield vs. Brad Bergesen, 7:05 p.m.). ... The Phillies take their MLB-best record to Wrigley where Roy Halladay looks to continue his recent dominance. Philadelphia has won Halladay's last 10 starts (Halladay vs. Rodrigo Lopez, 8:05 p.m.). ... Out west, the Dodgers renew their rivalry with the Giants in San Francisco. Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong has an eight-start unbeaten streak (Chad Billingsley vs. Vogelsong, 10:15 p.m.).

WNBA: We've got one game tonight in Los Angeles. The Sparks (6-7) look to bounce back from a crushing overtime loss to the Mystics when they host San Antonio (8-4) (10:30 p.m.). Los Angeles wasted a WNBA-record 24-point, second-half lead against the Mystics. Getting back on the winning track under new head coach Joe Bryant won't be easy. The Silver Stars are a league-best 4-1 on the road. The Sparks are 4-1 at home and 2-4 without star Candace Parker (torn meniscus).

World Series of Poker: Coverage of the World Series of Poker main event continues today with Day 7 from Las Vegas. There is 30-minute delayed coverage on ESPN2 (7 p.m.) featuring unedited play and hold cards postflop. Coverage will also be simulcast on

Lockouts: It's Day 125 of the NFL lockout, but an end could be coming this week. It's Day 18 of the NBA lockout. There is no end in sight.

Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.