Interleague play is now over for the 2011 season, so we return to the standard American League/National League-only contests in the short run up to the All-Star break.
These are the MLB games starting before midnight UK time this working week. There are plenty of games being played in the day time on Monday as the U.S. celebrates Independence Day, while we have five early starts on Wednesday and one on Thursday.
All times are in BST.
Monday 4 July
18.05. Chicago Cubs at Washington (Coleman – Zimmermann) * ESPN America
18.35. Toronto at Boston (Morrow – Lackey)
18.35. Houston at Pittsburgh (Myers – Maholm)
19.10. Tampa Bay at Minnesota (Price – Duensing)
21.05. Seattle at Oakland (Pineda – McCarthy)
21.10. Arizona at Milwaukee (Hudson – Marcum)
22.05. San Diego at San Francisco (Richard – Lincecum)
23.10. Philadelphia at Florida (Worley – Nolasco) *ESPN America
23.15. Cincinnati at St. Louis (Cueto – Carpenter)
23.35. NY Yankees at Cleveland (Burnett – Tomlin)
There’s a good choice of games on Independence Day. Jordan Zimmerman and Brandon Morrow have both been in excellent form of late for the Nationals and Blue Jays respectively, as has the Rays’ David Price. Tim Lincecum takes the mound at AT&T Park, while a Johnny Cueto start against the Cardinals is always a potential firecracker after the way the Reds-Cards rivalry spilled over last season.
Tuesday 5 July
No early games
Wednesday 6 July
18.10. Tampa Bay at Minnesota (Davis – Liriano) * ESPN America
19.10. Kansas City at Chicago White Sox (Chen – Jackson)
19.10. Arizona at Milwaukee (Collmenter – Gallardo)
20.35. Detroit at LA Angels (Penny – Chatwood)
20.35. Seattle at Oakland (Vargas – Moscoso)
Wednesday’s group of games begins in Minnesota with the mercurial Francisco Liriano. His last two starts have both been against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was knocked out after 3.2 innings in the first, but responded well on 1 July with seven strong innings. The Twins will need a repeat of his most recent start if they are to get the better of the Rays.
As for Milwaukee, Yovani Gallardo matched up against Liriano in those games with the Twins and went seven innings in both, recovering from being blasted by Boston on 19 June. He takes the mound at Miller Park against the D-Backs’ Josh Collmenter, who has taken the loss in each of his last four starts and possesses one of the more unusual pitching motions in the Majors.
Thursday 7 July
18.05. Colorado at Atlanta (Nicasio – Hudson) * ESPN America
The solitary early game on Thursday is the fourth and final game of a series between the Rockies and Braves at Turner Field. Tim Hudson has been in good form of late and he is scheduled to match up against Juan Nicasio, with the rookie in line to make his first ever start against Atlanta. Nicasio pitched eight shut-out innings against the Royals in his most recent start.
Friday 8 July
No early games
All of these games are available to watch live via the MLB.TV subscription at MLB.com. The early games being shown on ESPN America are highlighted above, while the ESPN/ESPN America schedule can be found on their website. The full schedule for this week’s games can be found on MLB.com.