Friday, July 15, 2005

Feature: Lots of local sports tonight.

If, for some reason, you don't have any big plans on this Friday night, you might want to just park yourself in front of your television set with your remote in-hand because every in-season local team plays tonight.

Things kick off (literally) at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet with D.C. United hosting the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS action at RFK. Don't miss your chance to see the Nationals' infield covered in temporary turf and the mound shaved down so that there isn't a big lump in the middle of the field (although that would be kind of fun to watch in its own way). D.C. is in fifth place in the East but could move all the way up to third with a win.

At 8:05 the Nationals look to snap out of their recent funk and strengthen their grip on the NL East when they play the Brewers in Milwaukee. The game will be on UPN 20.

At 10, the WNBA's Washington Mystics, who have won seven of their last ten games to get above .500 at 9-8, play the Mercury in Pheonix. The Mystics are currently tied for third in the East, but can move to second with a win and an Indiana Fever loss. The game, unfortunately, is not televised.

Then, at 10:05, the Orioles play on WB 54 and PAX 66, and you can watch future Hall of Famer Rafael Palmeiro go for his 3,000th career hit as the O's take on the Mariners in Seattle. Palmiero stands to be the 26th player ever to accomplish the feat, and only the fourth to collect 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.

So if you don't have a hot date, don't feel too bad. Enjoy the games! Just close the blinds and turn out the lights first so the neighbors don't think you're at home all alone on a Friday night.

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