Eight early games this week

We’re not overly blessed with day games this week, but the eight that are taking place should produce some good action.  San Francisco and Chicago are the main ports of call as we preview the games that will be taking place during the British evening over the working work.  All times are listed in BST.

Monday
No early games today.  The big game of interest takes place in San Francisco (that’s not something I’ll be writing too often this season) as Randy Johnson is scheduled to make his first start since the end of June last year.  First pitch between the D-Backs and the Giants is set for 03.15 in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  (UPDATE: This game has been made free to view on MLB.tv, so if you’re awake …!)

Tuesday
As for Tuesday itself, that brings us three early games to enjoy.  At 19.05, the Angels face the Rangers and the A’s take on the White Sox.  Dana Eveland looks to continue his excellent start to the season for Oakland, while Dustin Moseley continues his role as an emergency starter for the Halos.  The third early match-up is the second game in the aforementioned Arizona-San Francisco series where Micah Owings and Kevin Correia will take the mound from 21.35.  

Wednesday
Just the one early game today, but it should be worth watching.  AT&T Park is the venue again (start time 20.45).  Arizona send their ace to the mound in the form of Brandon Webb (3-0, 2.14 ERA); the Giants counter with the man they are paying to be an ace: Barry Zito (0-3, 4.50 ERA).  Later on, after a two-day break it’s time for another Red Sox-Yankees series (00.05).  Chien-Ming Wang gave up just two hits the last time out against the Red Sox, so it promises to be a tough night for the Boston line-up.

Thursday
The National League serves up three early games today.  The Astros face Brett Myers and the Phillies from 18.05, Manny Parra is scheduled to start for the Brewers against the Cardinals in the new Busch Stadium ten minutes later and the Reds face the Cubs at Wrigley from 19.20.

Friday
It’s back to Wrigley Field for today’s lone early game.  This time, the Cubs take on the Pirates at 19.20. 

As always, Five will be broadcasting a game on Wednesday night (01.30) and NASN will be showing three live games during the working week (full NASN-MLB listings here).

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