No team is more desperate for a win than the Boston Red Sox. The reigning World Series champs have plummeted to the bottom of the AL East due to losing ten games in a row and it is only the Houston Astros that are keeping them from having the worst win-loss record in the American League.
Boston fans will be hoping that a switch to interleague play can be a catalyst to an upturn in their fortunes as they head to Turner Field for two games against the Atlanta Braves to start the week before both teams travel to Boston for two more games on Wednesday and Thursday.
The San Francisco Giants enter the week with the best win-loss record in MLB (32-18) and they are playing two day-games this working week at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. The Giants will send Yusmeiro Petit to the mound on Monday in a spot-start in place of the injured Matt Cain; Tim Lincecum will be the starting pitcher for San Francisco on Wednesday.
There are also two early games this week from the series between the Pirates and Mets, Rangers and Twins, and Tigers and A’s.
Fans of the LA Angels get a rare chance to see their team in action in a working week day-game on Monday as they play the first of a four-game series in Seattle.
All times are in BST.
Monday 26 May
18:00. Boston at Atlanta (BuchholzÂ -Â Santana) *ESPN
18:10. Pittsburgh at NY Mets (CumptonÂ -Â de Grom)
18:35. Miami at Washington (EovaldiÂ -Â Roark)
19:10. Cleveland at Chicago White Sox (TomlinÂ -Â Quintana)
19:10. Baltimore at Milwaukee (TillmanÂ -Â Lohse)
19:10. Texas at Minnesota (TepeschÂ -Â Correia)
21:00. NY Yankees at St. Louis (WhitleyÂ -Â Wacha)Â Â *ESPN
21:05. Detroit at Oakland (SmylyÂ -Â Milone)
21:05. Chicago Cubs at San Francisco (SamardzijaÂ -Â Petit)
21:10. LA Angels at Seattle (SkaggsÂ -Â Young)
22:05. Colorado at Philadelphia (ChacinÂ -Â Kendrick)
Tuesday 27 May
No early games
Wednesday 28 May
18:10. Pittsburgh at NY Mets (MortonÂ -Â Colon)Â *ESPN
19:10. Houston at Kansas City (CosartÂ -Â Duffy)
20:45. Chicago Cubs at San Francisco (JacksonÂ -Â Lincecum)
Thursday 29 May
18:10. Texas at Minnesota (MartinezÂ -Â Deduno)Â *ESPN
20:35. Detroit at Oakland (PorcelloÂ -Â Chavez)
Friday 30 May
No early games.
All of these games are available to watch live via theÂ MLB.TV subscriptionÂ atÂ MLB.com. The early games being shown on ESPN are highlighted above. The complete schedule for this weekâ€™s MLB games can be found onÂ MLB.com