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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
How the west will be won

By Amanda Rykoff

WNBA: Red-hot Minnesota (13-4) is hosting third-place Phoenix (11-7) (8 p.m., ESPN2). The Lynx have the WNBA's best record and have won six straight. Minnesota's last loss came at the hands of league scoring leader Diana Taurasi and the Mercury on July 13. ... With just two games separating them in the Eastern Conference standings, Cappie Pondexter and the Liberty (10-8) visit Angel McCoughtry and the Atlanta Dream (8-10) (7:30 p.m.). ... In another Western Conference showdown, second-place San Antonio (11-6) visits fourth-place Seattle (10-8) (10 p.m.).

Major League Baseball: We've got a full slate of action, so check your local listings. After a near-trade to Boston before the deadline, Rich Harden makes a start for the A's when Oakland visits Seattle (Harden vs. Felix Hernandez, 10:10 p.m.). ... Arizona could tie San Francisco atop the NL West standings with a win tonight at AT&T Park, but it'll have to beat Tim Lincecum to get there (Daniel Hudson vs. Lincecum, 10:15 p.m.). & Atlanta looks to snap a two-game losing streak when it visits the Nationals, who have won three straight (Derek Lowe vs. John Lannan, 7:05 p.m.). Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has a .352 batting, 10 home runs and 20 RBI during his current 23-game hitting streak. ... Boston looks to rebound from a loss against the visiting Indians (David Huff vs. Josh Beckett, 7:10 p.m.). ... The Brewers host the Cardinals in an NL Central showdown. Milwaukee has won three straight and 8 of the last 11 games against St. Louis (Jaime Garcia vs. Shaun Marcum, 8:10 p.m.).

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