It’s Jackie Robinson Day in MLB, with players around the Majors wearing his legendary number 42 on their backs to honour everything he stood for and highlighting the lasting importance of his legacy.
As per normal on a Sunday, all games except for the ESPN Sunday Night game are being played during the day-time in North America, giving us a feast of 14 games to follow live during the British evening. All times are in BST.
18.07. Baltimore at Toronto (Matusz – Drabek)
18.10. Houston at Miami (Happ – Sanchez)
18.35. Tampa Bay at Boston (Moore – Doubront)
18.35. Milwaukee at Atlanta (Narveson – Beachy)
18.35. Cincinnati at Washington (Leake – Detwiler)
18.35. NY Mets at Philadelphia (Pelfrey – Hamels)
19.10. Detroit at Chicago White Sox (Porcello – Sale)
19.10. Cleveland at Kansas City (Jimenez – Mendoza)
19.10. Texas at Minnesota (Feliz – Hendriks)
19.15. Chicago Cubs at St. Louis (Maholm – Westbrook)
20.10. Arizona at Colorado (Cahill – Pomeranz)
21.05. Pittsburgh at San Francisco (Correia – Vogelsong)
21.10. Oakland at Seattle (Godfrey – Beavan)
21.10. San Diego at LA Dodgers (Volquez – Kershaw) * ESPN America
01.00. LA Angels at NY Yankees (Williams – Nova) * ESPN
It couldn’t be much more perfect on this day to have the Los Angeles Dodgers sitting pretty with the best record in the Majors. Matt Kemp homered twice yesterday as the Dodgers improved their record to 8-1 and ace Clayton Kershaw takes the mound today against the Padres.
Matt Moore makes his first ever start against Boston a day after David Ortiz and Cody Ross combined for 9 RBIs in a 12-5 Red Sox victory. Moore did pitch once in relief against the Red Sox in September last year, giving up one run on two hits and two walks over three innings.
Cole Hamels starts for the Phillies as they look to avoid a home-sweep at the hands of the Mets, while Neftali Feliz aims to pitch the Rangers to a 3-0 sweep over the Twins by continuing the impressive form he showed in his first start for the Rangers last Tuesday (seven score-less innings against the Mariners).
Todd Helton hit a walk-off home run as the Rockies defeated the Diamondbacks 8-7 yesterday. Colorado will send Drew Pomeranz to the mound as they go for three wins in a row. Pomeranz was one of the prospects acquired by Colorado in the trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland last year. Jimenez courted controversy with his former team during Spring Training and his current team had a testy encounter with the Royals yesterday in an extra innings victory. There could be more fireworks between the two today.
Finally, the Giants will be glad to see Ryan Vogelsong coming off the Disabled List to make his scheduled start against the Pirates; however, that positive news is outweighed by the reports that closer Brian Wilson is heading for season-ending Tommy John surgery.
All of these games are available to watch live via the MLB.TV subscription at MLB.com. ESPN America is showing the Padres-Dodgers game from 21.00, with the Angels-Yankees game being broadcast on the main ESPN channel. The full schedule for today’s games can be found on MLB.com.