MLB this Week: Deadline closing in

With the non-waiver trade deadline closing in, you can never be sure which team a scheduled starting pitcher may end up taking the field for.

There are ten games stating before midnight U.K. time this working week and you just might see a player or two making their debut for a new team in one of them.

If the probable pitching match-ups hold true, Thursday will provide two excellent encounters thanks to Jake Peavy and Justin Verlander facing off in Chicago and A.J. Burnett and Gio Gonzalez doing likewise in Washington.

On Friday, the U.S. capital is hosting a double-header and, with fingers firmly crossed, the current plan is for Matt Harvey to pitch in the opener for the New York Mets.

Monday 22 July

No early games

Tuesday 23 July

No early games

Wednesday 24 July

19.10. Oakland at Houston (Griffin – Norris) *ESPN America
20.35. Minnesota at LA Angels (Pelfrey – Weaver)
20.40. Cleveland at Seattle (Kazmir – Saunders)

Thursday 25 July

17.10. Atlanta at NY Mets (Maholm – Wheeler)
17.35. Pittsburgh at Washington (Burnett – Gonzalez) *BBC 5LSX, MLB.com Free Game
19.05. NY Yankees at Texas (Kuroda – Wolf) *ESPN America
19.10. Detroit at Chicago White Sox (Verlander – Peavy)
19.10. San Diego at Milwaukee (Volquez – Gallardo)
20.10. Miami at Colorado (Eovaldi – Nicasio)

Friday 26 July

18.35. NY Mets at Washington (Harvey – Zimmermann)

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 full ESPN/ESPN America schedule can be found on their website.  BBC 5 Live Sports Extra can be found on digital radio, digital TV and on the BBC.co.uk website (coverage on the website is only available to UK residents). The complete schedule for this week’s MLB games can be found on MLB.com

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