After the abbreviated weekly schedule of games last week due to the All Star break, we are straight back into the action.Â We draw a blank on Monday and Tuesday for live early games, but there’s a decent selection over the rest of the working week.Â As always, all times are listed in BST.
Monday 21st – No early games today.Â The pick of the match-ups later on sees Rich Harden making his second start for the Cubs against Randy Johnson and the D-Backs.Â The game at Chase Field begins at 02.40 in the early hours of Tuesday.
Tuesday 22nd– No early games again.Â Later on, Joe Blanton is scheduled to make his debut for the Phillies at ten past midnight.Â He’s got a nice, easy start against Johan Santana and the Mets.Â Elsewhere, there’s a great pitching match-up in prospect inÂ Cincinnati as Jake Peavy and the Padres take on Johnny CuetoÂ (00.10).Â The most intriguing game from the American League sees Daisuke Matsuzaka, who despite dishing out plenty of walks is having an excellent season, square off against the Mariners’ R.A. Dickey (03.10).Â The knuckleballer has started putting together a string of good performances in what has been a demoralising seasonÂ in Seattle.
Wednesday 23rd– This is more like it: there are nine games today that begin before 22.00.Â We begin in Cincinnati where Bronson Arroyo pitches for the home team against Greg Maddux at 17.35.Â Five minutes later, the A’s and the Rays begin their game with Greg Smith and James Shields set to start.Â At 18.05 it’s the Twins against the Yankees, where Mike Mussina looks to continue his impressive ’08 campaign.Â Two games begin at 19.05: the Pirates vs the Astros, and the Rangers vs the White Sox.Â Five minutes later, Zack Greinke starts for the Royals as they face the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.Â The Dodgers and the Rockies start their game at 20.05, while John Lackey is scheduled to pitch for the Angels against the Indians from 20.35.Â Finally, Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox take on Felix Hernandez and the Mariners with first pitch set for 21.40.
Thursday 24th– Three early games today.Â We start at Shea where Oliver Perez looks to improve on his 6-6 season record in his start against the Phillies from 17.10.Â Twenty five minutes later, the Blue Jays face the Orioles at Camden Yards.Â Roy Halladay is the scheduled starter for Toronto; Daniel ‘effectively wild’ Cabrera looks to harness his excellent stuff for Baltimore.Â The final early game is between the Nationals and the Giants, with first pitch set for 20.45.Â EDIT:Â There areÂ now three and a half early games today.Â The Blue Jays-Orioles game yesterday was suspended afer five innings due to rain.Â So they will finish that one off first from 17.05 and then the Halladay-Cabrera clash will begin twenty minutes after the completion of the opener.
Friday 25th -Â Wrigley FieldÂ is the picturesque settingÂ for an early game to end the working week.Â The Marlins are in Chicago; first pitch is scheduled for 19.20.
Five’s Wednesday night show begins at 01.35, while NASN’s MLB schedule for the week can be found here.