This week’s early MLB games: New York teams offer an England diversion on Friday

We’ve got eight ‘early’ MLB games to enjoy this working week, despite there being just one game starting before midnight UK time on Thursday: the traditional ‘getaway’ day in the Majors.

That Thursday game should be an interesting encounter as A-Rod tormentor extraordinaire Dallas Braden is scheduled to start for the Oakland A’s at Yankee Stadium.  Their confrontation earlier in the season will be talked about ad nauseum despite Rodriguez being on the Disabled List and not eligible to return until Sunday.  Braden pitched a complete game shutout against the Rangers on Saturday and will match up against Cy Young candidate CC Sabathia.

There’s another day game at Yankee Stadium on Friday as the Yankees host the Blue Jays, while the New York Mets are in Chicago to face the Cubs.  Two good options for people wanting to avoid the inevitable disappointment of England’s Euro qualifier against Bulgaria.

The stand-out pitching match-up is scheduled for Wednesday as Roy Oswalt and Clayton Kershaw are currently in line to pitch for the Phillies and Dodgers respectively in the finale of a three-game series in L.A.

All times are in BST.

Monday 30 August

No early games

Tuesday 31 August

No early games

Wednesday 1 September

17.05. Chicago White Sox at Cleveland (Freddy Garcia – Josh Tomlin)
19.05. St. Louis at Houston (Jeff Suppan – Nelson Figueroa)
19.20. Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs (James McDonald – Tom Gorzelanny)
20.10. Philadelphia at LA Dodgers (Roy Oswalt – Clayton Kershaw)
23.10. San Diego at Arizona (Mat Latos – Barry Enright)

Thursday 2 September

18.05. Oakland at NY Yankees (Dallas Braden – CC Sabathia)

Friday 3 September

18.05. Toronto at NY Yankees (Brandon Morrow – Ivan Nova)
19.20. NY Mets at Chicago Cubs (R.A. Dickey – Randy Wells)

All the above games can be followed via various resources on MLB.com (Gameday, At Bat with Gameday Audio and MLB.tv), while ESPN America’s MLB schedule can be found here. A complete schedule of MLB games can be found on MLB.com

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