The Cubs and Dodgers will duel for the first time since last October's epic National League Championship Series, when the eventual World Series champions overcame a 2-1 deficit and rattled off three straight wins. And there's an added intrigue in this matinee, as Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks makes his Spring
The Cubs and Dodgers will duel for the first time since last October's epic National League Championship Series, when the eventual World Series champions overcame a 2-1 deficit and rattled off three straight wins. And there's an added intrigue in this matinee, as Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks makes his Spring Training debut against Kenta Maeda.
Cub-turned-Royal Jason Hammel will also make his first start this spring, while Chris Archer starts an American League East matchup between the Orioles and Rays.
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NLCS rematch: [email protected], MLB.TV, 3:05 p.m. ET
Hendricks, who led the Majors with a 2.13 ERA in 2016, pitched a pair of gems against the Dodgers last October, giving up just five hits and one earned run over 12 2/3 innings.
The right-hander said during the offseason that his success last year largely stemmed from improved command, as he posted the highest number of called strikes outside of the zone among pitchers who threw at least 1,000 pitches, according to Statcast™.
The Cubs were no-hit through seven innings by the Reds on Friday, and the Dodgers are coming off a pair of losses in split-squad games against the Royals and D-backs.
Lynn, Gio square off: [email protected], MLB.TV, 1:05 p.m. ET
Lance Lynn will make his second of what's expected to be six spring starts, as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. He threw 35 pitches in his debut on Monday, also against the Nats, giving up one run on four singles and a walk in a 5-4 win.
"He really looked under control," said bench coach David Bell, who managed the Cards on Monday. "He looked like he had a good tempo and was really under control and comfortable. I think that's a big step for him just to get back there on the mound." More »
For the Nats, Giovany Gonzalez will make his second spring start after throwing a hitless inning with a strikeout on Saturday against the Mets.
Sox get another look at Velazquez: [email protected], MLB.TV, 1:05 p.m. ET
The Red Sox will get their second look at Hector Velazquez, the Mexican prospect they signed to a Minor League deal just before camp. In his debut -- in front of six Boston executives, including president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski -- Velazquez made the most of his 31 pitches, giving up one run on three hits while striking out four.
The Red Sox will be playing with a sigh of relief, after the team received news on Friday that star left-hander David Price will not require surgery related to the soreness he was experiencing in his pitching forearm and elbow. More »
Archer makes final start before WBC 2017: [email protected], Gameday Audio, 1:05 p.m. ET
Depending how far Team USA advances in the World Baseball Classic, Saturday's start for Archer, his second this spring, could be his last for the Rays for at least a few weeks. Archer tossed two innings against the Red Sox on Sunday with two strikeouts, one hit and no runs.
Non-roster invitee Rickie Weeks Jr. will look to stay hot for the Rays after starting this spring on a 7-for-10 tear with two home runs, six RBIs, six runs scored and a 2.350 OPS. More »
For the Orioles, Ubaldo Jimenez will take the hill in his second start this spring. He gave up one run on three hits in two innings against the Yankees on Monday. Last September, Jimenez went 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA in five starts -- including the Orioles' first complete game in two years on Sept. 5 against the Rays.
Hammel debuts for KC: [email protected], Gameday Audio, 3:05 p.m. ET
The Royals will get their first look at one of their significant offseason acquisitions in Hammel, who is aligning to work behind Danny Duffy and Ian Kennedy in a rotation that was dealt a tragic blow by the passing of Yordano Ventura in January.
The matchup against the Giants also features a rematch of the classic seven-game World Series in 2014 for the Royals.
Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.