The silly season in baseball is underway as trade talks are heating up around baseball. Two names to watch, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman, are Phillies slugger Jayson Werth and Astros ace Roy Oswalt. "One possibility would be to trade Werth to the Rays to acquire prospects they could then send to the Astros for Oswalt, whom the Phillies covet, according to someone familiar with the talks," writes Heyman.
Philadelphia apparently is having difficulty finding a match with Houston straight-up for Oswalt and is looking to involve a third team. The Phillies and Astros deal frequently, as Astros GM Ed Wade used to be the Phillies' GM and is close to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, adding to the plausibility of such a scenario. The Phillies play in St. Louis this afternoon, one of the highlights (all times Eastern) on a relatively quiet day in sports:
- Phillies at Cardinals (2:15 p.m., Fox Sports Mountain West) St. Louis is looking to sweep the Phillies in a four-game series for the first time in 24 years. St. Louis is 8-0 since the All-Star break. Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (14-5, 2.02) faces Cole Hammels (7-7, 3.63).
- WNBA, Sparks at Fever (7:00 p.m., ESPN2) The Sparks have struggled without star Candace Parker, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury. Indiana's Tamika Catchings is averaging 22.8 points and 9.0 rebounds in her last four games.
- Angels at Rangers (8:05 p.m., Fox Sports West) It's a huge series in the A.L. West as Los Angeles looks to cut into Texas's five-game lead. Rangers ace Cliff Lee (8-4, 2.59) faces Jared Weaver (9-5, 3.16).
BY THE NUMBERS
45,309 - Record number of fans who attended opening day yesterday at the Del Mar race track in Southern California.
7 - Current ranking for U.S. Open winner Juan Martin del Potro, who has not played since the Australian Open in January. Del Potro announced yesterday that he will play in the upcoming Thailand Open in September.
1 - Ivy League basketball player (Harvard's Jeremy Lin) to record 1,450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals. Yesterday, Lin became the first Asian-American player signed by the Warriors since 1947, a notable signing in an area with a large Asian population.