A pair of up-and-coming pitchers will showcase their stuff live on MLB.TV on Friday, when the Cardinals meet the Astros at 1:10 p.m. ET in Kissimmee, Fla.
St. Louis' Michael Wacha, 22, and Houston's Jarred Cosart, 23, will square off in the Grapefruit League contest. Wacha, who dazzled in the postseason en route to 2013 National League Championship Series MVP honors, is making his third start of the spring in what will be the Cards' last game using a designated hitter. Through 3 2/3 innings this spring, Cosart has surrendered two runs on two hits and three walks.
Another promising young hurler, the Angels' Tyler Skaggs, will take the mound later that afternoon against the San Diego Padres at 4:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. The 22-year-old lefty will make his third Cactus League start as he looks to lock down the fifth spot in the Halos' rotation. Opposite Skaggs will be Padres veteran Eric Stults, who will try to rebound from his recent spring struggles. Stults has surrendered eight runs on 11 hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.
Among the early afternoon games on MLB.TV is some split-squad action for the Twins, who will divide up the roster to face the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees at 1:05 p.m. ET. Kyle Gibson will start against the Yankees, while Mike Pelfrey draws the O's. For New York, David Phelps will make his third Grapefruit League start. The right-hander has posted a 1.86 ERA through 9 2/3 innings this spring.
Division rivals will clash in Glendale, Ariz., as the Indians travel to Camelback Ranch for a matchup with the White Sox at 4:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. Dylan Axelrod will get the start for Chicago opposite Cleveland's Josh Tomlin, who boasts a 1-0 record and a 2.00 ERA in Cactus League play.
Despite nursing a sprained thumb, Josh Beckett said he intends to start against the Cubs on Friday at 4:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. The right-hander had been making a healthy recovery from last year's thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, but injured his thumb when he was hit by an opening clubhouse door earlier this month. He is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA through two starts (five innings) this spring. Kyle Hendricks, a 24-year-old and the Cubs' 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, will start for Chicago.
Milwaukee's Wily Peralta and Arizona's Randall Delgado, both 24 years old, continue Friday's youth movement when the Brewers host the Diamondbacks in Phoenix, Ariz., at 4:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. With Bronson Arroyo's back injury, Delgado is in the mix for a spot in the rotation this season. Aramis Ramirez is expected to make his fourth Cactus League appearance for Milwaukee. The veteran third baseman is 3-for-7 with four RBIs through three games this spring.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com.