The race for No. 12
MLB: Albert Pujols could back in the lineup for St. Louis nearly a month earlier than expected. The Cardinals slugger suffered a broken wrist a little more than two weeks ago and may make his return against the Reds tonight at Busch Stadium, the very first day he's eligible to come off the DL. St. Louis has gone 6-7 in Pujols' absence (7 p.m.). ... CC Sabathia will go for a season-high fifth straight win and a major league-leading 12th of the year when he lines up opposite Carlos Carrasco and the Indians tonight. Sabathia will share the spotlight with teammate Derek Jeter, who sits just six hits away from 3,000 (7:05 p.m.).
A win tonight over the Royals would put the White Sox above .500 for the first time since April 15. Last night the Sox needed a balk from Kansas City's Aaron Crow to get the walk-off win, today they'll hope a strong start from Jake Peavy and a second straight productive outing from Adam Dunn will give them a less controversial victory (8:10 p.m.) ... It's a marquee matchup in Anaheim tonight, as two All-Star pitchers face off at Angel Stadium. Tigers ace Justin Verlander will try to win his 10th straight decision and, if Sabathia can't achieve the feat earlier in the evening, be the first 12-game winner in the majors. Dan Haren gets the nod for the Angels; he'll try to lead the Halos to a seventh straight series win (10:05 p.m.) .
WNBA: The Fever vie for their fifth straight win tonight when they host the Seattle Storm. Indiana will be without starting point guard Briann January, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last Tuesday. The Storm know a thing or two about adjusting after injury, as they've won two of three games since superstar Lauren Jackson underwent hip surgery (7 p.m.). ... Both the Sky and the Mystics have lost five of their last six games heading into tonight's matchup in Chicago. Injuries have taken a toll on the Mystics, who may be without leading scorer Crystal Langhorne after she sat out Sunday's loss to Seattle with back pain (8 p.m.) ... Pain is the name of the game in Los Angeles, too, as the Sparks continue to play without Candace Parker, who will be out at least five more weeks with a torn meniscus in her right knee. The Mercury have won five of their last six and will try to keep the Sparks winless on the road with a victory tonight (9 p.m.).