Arizona, Atlanta, Minnesota, the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington are all going for series sweeps today.
We have a battle between two lefties at Yankee Stadium to start the day’s play. The Yankees couldn’t have asked for much more from Andy Pettitte in his first five starts since coming out of retirement. He struck out ten over 7.1 score-less innings against the Rays on Tuesday.
The Braves have won six in a row heading into their game at Turner Field against the Blue Jays today. The talented youngster Julio Teheran will make a spot start for Atlanta against the 7-1 Ricky Romero.
While Romero has been picking up the pitching wins, the Phillies’ Cliff Lee still has a zero in his win column after nine starts despite having a 2.92 ERA. Maybe today will be the day that his teammates give him the support necessary to get that monkey off his back.
Tim Lincecum cannot point to bad luck to explain his 2-6 record. The two-time Cy Young winner has not been pitching well and it’s difficult to know whether his claims that he is not injured make the situation more or less of a concern for the Giants. He has good memories of facing the Rangers after his Game Five victory against them in the 2010 World Series. Alexi Ogando moves from the bullpen into the rotation due to Derek Holland being placed on the Disabled List.
All times are in BST.
18.05. NY Mets at NY Yankees (Niese – Pettitte)
18.10. Tampa Bay at Miami (Shields – Sanchez)
18.35. Philadelphia at Baltimore (Lee – Hammel)
18.35. Washington at Boston (Zimmermann – Lester)
18.35. Toronto at Atlanta (Romero – Teheran)
18.35. Kansas City at Pittsburgh (Chen – Burnett)
19.10. Houston at Chicago White Sox (Harrell – Humber)
19.10. San Diego at Milwaukee (Bass – Gallardo)
19.10. Chicago Cubs at Minnesota (Dempster – Liriano)
19.15. Cleveland at St. Louis (Jimenez – Kelly)
20.10. LA Angels at Colorado (Santana – Friedrich)
21.05. Texas at San Francisco (Ogando – Lincecum)
21.10. LA Dodgers at Seattle (Billingsley – Beavan)
21.10. Oakland at Arizona (Blackley – Saunders) *ESPN America
01.00 a.m. Detroit at Cincinnati (Smyly – Bailey) *ESPN America
All of these games are available to watch live via the MLB.TV subscription at MLB.com. ESPN America has a baseball double-header tonight with the above-referenced games.