The kids want to go to the beach and your wife has a to-do list that rivals the fine print on Sidney Crosby's new contract. All you want to do is spend your Independence Day watching and wagering on afternoon MLB action. Get all your baseball capping done with our Fourth of the July MLB matinee rundown.San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals (+105, 7.5)
After recording five wins in June, Madison Bumgarner will look to extend his dominance into a new month when he leads the San Francisco Giants into Wednesday morning's game against the host Washington Nationals. Bumgarner would be wise to tread carefully around All-Star Ian Desmond, who launched his career-high 14th homer in Washington's 9-3 victory on Tuesday. The red-hot Desmond is riding an eight-game hitting streak for the NL East-leading Nationals, who have won five of their last seven.Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets (+114, 8)
After dropping a horrific series opener, the Philadelphia Phillies will look to struggling Cliff Lee on Wednesday to help them prevent a season-high seven-game losing skid. Lee, however, has yet to win at all this season while undergoing some nightmarish performances in the process. Philadelphia was brutalized by Daniel Murphy, who collected four hits and drove in as many runs as New York breezed to an 11-1 triumph in Tuesday's series opener.Houston Astros at Pittsburgh Pirates (-139, 8.5)
The Pittsburgh Pirates attempt to clinch their sixth consecutive home series win when they take on the Houston Astros on Wednesday afternoon. Pittsburgh has won the first two contests of the four-game set, including an 8-7 triumph on Tuesday. Drew Sutton hit a walk-off solo home run in the ninth inning as the Pirates overcame a 6-2 deficit to improve to a National League-best 25-13 at home.New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays (-145, 8)
The New York Yankees were the best team in baseball in June but have had a tough start to July. The Tampa Bay Rays have ensured the Yankees of their first road series loss since May by taking the first two games of the current set. New York has dropped nine in a row overall at Tropicana Field and is hoping to avoid its first three-game sweep since the season-opening series in Tampa.Boston Red Sox at Oakland A's (+103, 7.5)
The Boston Red Sox looked primed to move into a tie for second place in the American League East on Tuesday night, which would have marked their highest position in the standings this season. Instead, a pair of old friends combined to hand them their third walk-off loss of the current road trip. Former Red Sox Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss each drove in a run in the bottom of the ninth as the Oakland Athletics stole a 3-2 win.Los Angeles Angels at Cleveland Indians (+102, 9.5)
The Los Angeles Angels are the more high-profile team, but the Cleveland Indians are looking like playoff contenders, too. After handing the Angels a rare road loss, the Indians will try to claim the three-game series when it wraps up Wednesday at Progressive Field. Los Angeles lost for just the fourth time in its last 20 road games in Tuesday's 9-5 defeat, and the Angels are trying to avoid dropping a road series for the first time since losing two of three at San Diego from May 18-20.
Baltimore Orioles at Seattle Mariners (-101, 8)
The Baltimore Orioles reach the midway point of their schedule Wednesday and hope to complete an overachieving first half with a victory over the host Seattle Mariners in the third contest of a four-game set. Baltimore wasn’t expected to be in the second place in the tough American League East when July 4th arrived but the Orioles are 43-37 and five games behind the first-place New York Yankees. Seattle has the worst record in the AL.
Miami Marlins at Milwaukee Brewers (+111, 9)
Although Randy Wolf is clearly struggling, the veteran left-hander received a vote of confidence from Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke last week. Wolf will look to reward his manager's trust with a strong outing in Wednesday's contest versus the visiting Miami Marlins. If Wednesday's tilt is anything like Tuesday's wild affair, Wolf better be ready as the clubs combined for 25 runs and 31 hits in Milwaukee's 13-12, 10-inning win.