Saturday’s early MLB games: After the madness

It’s a daily ritual of mine, and many other UK baseball fans as well I’m sure, to get my breakfast ready and then log on to MLB.com to catch up on all that happened while I was asleep the night before.

This morning I logged on to a headline story of ‘Freaky Friday: Wild night in The Show has it all’, summing up the night’s play as including “A four-base error. A birthday walk-off. A nasty collision at home plate. An inside-the-park homer that wasn’t. Infield fly confusion. Friday had everything but the kitchen sink”.

Knowing MLB, we’ll probably get the kitchen sink today.  Maybe it will appear in one of the eight early games that begin before midnight UK time?  Details of those games are provided below, with start times in BST, alongside how you can follow the action. Any iPhone/iPod Touch owners who have purchased the MLB At Bat app can watch all of the games this weekend for free on their device.

18.05. LA Dodgers at Washington (Clayton Kershaw – Craig Stammen)
18.10. San Diego at Cincinnati (Wade LeBlanc – Johnny Cueto)
18.10. Atlanta at NY Mets (Jair Jurrjens – Jonathon Niese)
21.05. Cleveland at Oakland (Fausto Carmona – Brett Anderson)
21.10. NY Yankees at LA Angels (Andy Pettitte – Joel Pineiro)
21.10. Seattle at Chicago White Sox (Doug Fister – Freddy Garcia)
22.10. Florida at Colorado (Nate Robertson – Aaron Cook)
23.10. Toronto at Tampa Bay (Ricky Romero – Jeff Niemann) 

A Clayton Kershaw start is always worth watching and the Dodgers need a big performance from him today after being dealt several blows yesterday, with Manny Ramirez heading to the 15-day DL (a blow to my spluttering, to put it politely, fantasy team as well) and Adam Dunn smacking two homers against them in a 1-5 loss to the Nationals.  Meanwhile the Dodgers’ NL West rivals the San Diego Padres are the form team in the Majors having won seven in a row. Can they make it eight straight today?

Series between the Braves and Mets normally produce plenty of drama and last night’s opener suggests this series will be no exception.  Rookie Ike Davis hit his first Big League bomb for New York and Chipper Jones made an odd error to let another run across as the Mets won 5-2.  Netherlands pitcher Jair Jurrjens starts for the Braves today.

Lastly, I’ll be watching my A’s at 21.05 as they aim to improve to 12-7. Brett Anderson takes the mound at the Coliseum today against Fausto Carmona after the A’s beat the Tribe 10-0 yesterday.

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 is broadcasting the Yankees-Angels game. A complete schedule of MLB games can be found on MLB.com.

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