4th of July to-do list: Final Votes, fireworks
The 4th of July means friends, family, firing up the grill and, if you're like millions of other folks, baseball. Whether going to the ballpark for a game and festive fireworks display or tuning in while enjoying the holiday afternoon at home, there's plenty of baseball to go around.
With the 2017 All-Star Game rosters unveiled on Sunday night, five players from the NL and five of their AL counterparts are going head-to-head to see which two will be added to the rosters after the #FinalVote competition. Fan voting ends Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET, so get those votes in!
Nothing better than fireworks at the ballpark. pic.twitter.com/FcdGRJeH4D— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 4, 2017
The schedule is full of can't-miss matchups for this Independence Day, so if baseball's on your holiday to-do list, here's a look at some of what the day has in store.
Red Sox (David Price) vs. Rangers (Yu Darvish) -- 8:05 p.m. ET
In Arlington, the Red Sox and Rangers will face off again, and a marquee pitching matchup is on deck pitting
Royals (Danny Duffy) vs. Mariners (Felix Hernandez) -- 6:40 p.m. ET
It's #FelixDay once again in the Pacific Northwest, where
NL West Showdown in Los Angeles
Fresh off their beach trip-themed excursion to sunny Southern California, the D-backs (52-31) ride into Los Angeles to face the Dodgers (55-29) with NL West supremacy hanging in the balance. The Dodgers ride in having won two of three in a weekend series in San Diego, while the D-backs are riding the emotional highs of a dramatic 4-3 win on Sunday afternoon over the Rockies:
As if that narrative wasn't already juicy enough, the game (beginning at 9:10 p.m. ET) pits southpaws
Not too shabby.
Pitchers vs. their former clubs
Rays (Chris Archer) vs. Cubs (Jon Lester) -- 2:20 p.m. ET
At Wrigley Field, an Interleague set will begin when
Padres (Trevor Cahill) vs. Indians (Corey Kluber) -- 7:10 p.m. ET
San Diego and Cleveland will open up an Interleague series at Progressive Field, and for Indians ace
Fireworks -- both on and off the field
Stunning. Let's do it again tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/PIInuyd1d6— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 4, 2017
While some stadiums will host postgame 4th of July fireworks extravaganzas on Tuesday night, other forms of explosive action will likely take place at the plate -- and with the announcement of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby participants on Monday, it's best to remain alert at all times.
Just hours after the official reveal,
Who might follow suit on Tuesday? Tune in and find out.
Have a fun, festive -- and safe -- Independence Day, and may it be filled with plenty of baseball action.