Few top-shelf options on short Thursday slate

Today's Overview/Schedule/Weather: Nine games are on a shortened Thursday slate, and only two of those games (SF-STL, MIL-SD) have evening start times. The Matchup Ratings for the 18 hurlers in play are thick in the middle for a day that seems to be light on experience. Weather-wise, Thursday sets up as a mostly warm and dry day, save for the Minneapolis area. The 1:10 p.m. ET Rays-Twins game could see some rain. The MIL-SD game contest has a pitcher's breeze in the forecast; the key BAL-NYY tilt -- a 4:05 game on a hot day in the Bronx -- will likely include a batter's breeze blowing out to left.

Notable Starts:

Seth Lugo is facing an Oakland Athletics offense which figures as a swing-and-miss target opponent (especially when facing...


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