Game of the Day
Actually, make it plural. The Chicago Cubs and Florida Marlins, a pair of NL wild-card hopefuls, play an afternoon doubleheader today in Miami, the last bit of remaining business to make up from Hurricane Frances. It will be the Marlins' third doubleheader in 11 days, and it might represent their last gasp. They are 41/2 games back in the wild-card chase. The Cubs, who trail the Giants by a half-game, pushed back Matt Clement's start by a day so he could start one of today's games, along with Mark Prior. They'll face Florida's Carl Pavano and Nate Bump.
Player to Watch
In the midst of a pennant race, the New York Yankees are trying to coax first baseman Jason Giambi through the equivalent of spring training in an attempt to find out whether he will be ready to contribute in October. With the first of two critical Red Sox series over, Giambi -- who has missed nearly two months because of an energy-sapping benign tumor -- could start today against the lowly Toronto Blue Jays.
News & Notes
GREEN QUIET: Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Shawn Green does not want to discuss whether he'll play next weekend in two key games against the Giants on Yom Kippur, the holiest holiday on the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur starts at sunset Friday and ends at sunset Saturday, meaning Green could possibly miss two games.
BONDS SITS: Barry Bonds took most of yesterday off, pinch-hitting in the Giants' series finale against San Diego.
-- From staff and wire reports