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BST guide to this week’s early MLB games: TEX-DET and more

by Matt Smith

There are nine MLB games scheduled to begin before midnight UK time this working week.  All three games of the Texas Rangers-Detroit Tigers series will be played in the daytime at Comerica Park, while there are five games in total on Wednesday and two on Thursday.

Monday 11 April

18.05. Texas at Detroit (Alexi Ogando – Justin Verlander) * ESPN America

The first game of the Rangers-Tigers series will see Detroit’s ace Verlander taking the mound in competition with Alexi Ogando.  Ogando worked out of the bullpen in 2010 and has been given a chance to work as a starter.  His first start showed he’s determined to make the most of his opportunity as he held Seattle scoreless over six innings. 

Tuesday 12 April 

18.05. Texas at Detroit (C.J. Wilson – Brad Penny) * ESPN America

Game two should be a match-up involving Wilson and Penny.  Wilson went seven strong innings in his last start to pick up his first win of the season, while Penny’s first two outings have been less than impressive. 

Wednesday 13 April

18.05. Texas at Detroit (Dave Bush – Max Scherzer)
18.10. Kansas City at Minnesota (Kyle Davies – Francisco Liriano)
19.10. Oakland at Chicago White Sox (Brett Anderson – John Danks) * ESPN America
20.40. Toronto at Seattle (Kyle Drabek – Jason Vargas)
23.35. Cincinnati at San Diego (Travis Wood – TIm Stauffer)

The third and final game of the Rangers-Tigers series leads off Wednesday’s early games.  Brett Anderson’s start against the White Sox should be worth watching; he pitched brilliantly against the Blue Jays on Friday but, in an-all-too familiar story, received little support from the A’s offence.  Kyle Drabek is another young starter turning heads and he should enjoy the expanses at Safeco Field.

Thursday 14 April

18.10. Colorado at NY Mets (Greg Reynolds – Chris Capuano) * ESPN America
23.40. Minnesota at Tampa Bay (Carl Pavano – Wade Davis)

The Twins-Rays game squeezes under the midnight barrier by twenty minutes, leaving the Rockies-Mets clash as the only true early game of the day.  Reynolds-Capuano looks like being the scheduled pitching match-up and although that isn’t exactly a pairing to get excited about, seeing how the Rockies’ batters deal with the dimensions of Citi Field should make it an interesting game nonetheless.

Friday 15 April

No early games.

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 ESPN/ESPN America schedule can be found on their website.  The full schedule for this week’s games can be found on MLB.com.

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