Ho hum, another no-hitter.Â Maybe itâ€™s a freak occurrence, maybe thereâ€™s an underlying reason why pitchers are racking up historical feats at an unprecedented pace this season?Â Iâ€™ll leave such research to people better positioned to delve into the topic and get on with enjoying the games.
And thankfully thereâ€™s a decent selection of early games to enjoy live in the British evening today.Â
The opener is the highlight of the day from a storyline perspective.Â Johan Santana will face his former team for the first time since being traded to the Mets during the 2007/08 offseason.Â That would be a notable story in itself, but itâ€™s all the more so coming in a difficult week for the former Cy Young winner, both in admitting that heâ€™s still recovering from offseason elbow surgery and the off-the-field revelation that he was accused of sexual battery last October, a case that was closed due to lack of evidence.Â Iâ€™m sure heâ€™ll be glad to get back out on the field and it should be a good match-up against Carl Pavano, who pitched a complete game against the Phillies last time out and is quietly having a very accomplished season.Â In fact, his moustache seems to be getting more attention than his pitching.
Elsewhere, Cole Hamels takes on the Blue Jays a day after Roy Halladay returned to his former team and got the win, Ian Kennedy has the task of following up Edwin Jacksonâ€™s no-no as he matches up against David Price and the Rays, and the impressive Doug Fister makes a very welcome return for the Mariners after a stint on the Disabled List.Â All times are in BST.
18.10. Minnesota at NY Mets (Carl Pavano – Johan Santana) * ESPN America
19.10. St. Louis at Kansas City (Blake Hawksworth – Kyle Davies)
20.05. Houston at Texas (Josh Banks – C.J. Wilson)
21.00. Detroit at Atlanta (Max Scherzer – Kenshin Kawakami)
21.05. Washington at Baltimore (Livan Hernandez – Brad Bergesen) * ESPN America
21.05. Philadelphia at Toronto (Cole Hamels – Shaun Marcum)
21.05. Arizona at Tampa Bay (Ian Kennedy – David Price)
21.10. Seattle at Milwaukee (Doug Fister – Randy Wolf)
All the above games can be followed via various resources on MLB.com (Gameday, At Bat with Gameday Audio and MLB.tv).Â It’s wall-to-wall MLB on ESPN AmericaÂ tonight, as the two noted games above are followed by Yankees-Dodgers from midnight. A complete schedule of MLB games can be found on MLB.com