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LA rivals meet for Cactus clash on MLB.TV

March 13, 2017

While the 2017 World Baseball Classic continues tonight in Mexico, there's plenty of intriguing matchups stateside in the Cactus League.The Dodgers and Angels meet in Arizona and John Lackey takes the mound for the Cubs. Meanwhile, in the Classic, Italy and Venezuela play a tiebreaker game at 9 p.m. ET to

While the 2017 World Baseball Classic continues tonight in Mexico, there's plenty of intriguing matchups stateside in the Cactus League.
The Dodgers and Angels meet in Arizona and John Lackey takes the mound for the Cubs. Meanwhile, in the Classic, Italy and Venezuela play a tiebreaker game at 9 p.m. ET to determine which team will advance out of Pool D and into the second round in San Diego.
Fans can watch that game, plus five Spring Training contests today, as well as much of this spring's exhibition action, streaming live on MLB.TV Premium.
MLB.TV Premium is only $112.99 for the entire season. In addition to getting every out-of-market game live or on demand during the regular season, you can watch nearly 300 Spring Training games live and blackout free, plus the World Baseball Classic live (U.S. only). This package has the best value and provides access to more than 400 devices and a free subscription to the MLB.com At Bat Premium app (a $19.99 value). It offers the best picture quality ever -- at 60 frames per second -- for supported devices, while other great features include choice of home or away broadcasts, live game DVR, multi-game viewing and more. Monthly signups for MLB.TV Premium are now underway as well for $24.99, and the MLB.TV Single Team package is also available as a $87.49 yearly subscription.
Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times ET):
Freeway Series preview: LAD@LAA, 4:10 p.m., MLB.TV
The Dodgers make their only trip of the spring to Tempe Diablo Stadium to face the Angels. The two clubs will meet again for three exhibitions at the end of Spring Training, but those games will be played at Angel Stadium and Dodger Stadium.
Kenta Maeda starts for the Dodgers, who adjusted their rotation so that Maeda pitches one day after Clayton Kershaw and one day before Rich Hill.
Ricky Nolasco starts for the Angels, facing one of his former clubs. It's the third Cactus League start for Nolasco, who has allowed one run on four hits in five innings this spring.
Lackey debuts in Cactus League: CHC@SD, 4:10 p.m., MLB.TV
Lackey takes the mound for the Cubs in his second spring start and first in the Cactus League. Lackey allowed one hit over two innings against Team Italy in his last outing, but those statistics don't count toward Spring Training.
The Padres are expecting the return of Alex Dickerson (back stiffness) and possibly Ryan Schimpf (oblique tightness), who has been sidelined for a week. Luis Perdomo gets the ball for San Diego.

Shark sighting: SF@TEX, 9:05 p.m., MLB.TV
Jeff Samardzija toes the rubber for the Giants under the lights in their only trip of the spring to Surprise Stadium.
The Rangers are expecting Shin-Soo Choo to be back in the lineup. Choo will be at designated hitter for the fourth time this spring. He's started five games in right field.

**Austin Laymance** is a reporter for MLB.com.