Saturday’s early MLB games: Dickey versus Strasburg

It promises to be an exciting weekend of baseball, with the British Baseball NBL Independence Day event and the Welsh Baseball annual international taking place today on home soil, before the first MLB show on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra tomorrow evening from 19.00 (with accompanying live blog here). 

Today’s early MLB games will be another part of this baseball feast.  The match-up of the day has to be the game between the Mets and Nationals which pits resurgent knuckleballer R.A. Dickey against the phenom Stephen Strasburg in a fascinating clash of very different pitching styles. 

The Blue Jays and Braves both came from behind to win extra-inning games yesterday, making the Yankees and Marlins all the more keen to fight back with a victory today.  The Reds pummelled the Cubs 12-0 at Wrigley so there’s a lot of room for improvement from the home team today, while the Brewers were shut out 5-0 yesterday in their game against the Cardinals.

Scott Baker and the Twins narrowly prevailed over David Price and the Rays 2-1 to level the 5 Live weekend series at 1-1.  Davis and Liriano take the mound today to try and give their team the series advantage before the final game tomorrow evening live on BBC radio.  All times are in BST.

18.05. Toronto at NY Yankees (Ricky Romero – Andy Pettitte)
18.05. Cincinnati at Chicago Cubs (Johnny Cueto – Randy Wells) * ESPN America
21.10. Tampa Bay at Minnesota (Wade Davis – Francisco Liriano)
21.10. Florida at Atlanta (Anibal Sanchez – Tommy Hanson) * ESPN America
21.10. NY Mets at Washington (R.A. Dickey – Stephen Strasburg)
23.35. Milwaukee at St. Louis (Manny Parra – Chris Carpenter)

All the above games can be followed via various resources on MLB.com (Gameday, At Bat with Gameday Audio and MLB.tv).  ESPN America is showing two live games back-to-back this evening, as noted above. A complete schedule of MLB games can be found on MLB.com

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