Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
news

MLB News

Players Weekend finishes strong on MLB.TV

MLB.com

They say all good things must come to an end.

The inaugural Players Weekend is proving to be a smashing success, with players and fans basking in the fun and excitement the event has evoked throughout the game over the past two days. Unfortunate as it is, the event culminates Sunday as the weekend comes to a close.

They say all good things must come to an end.

The inaugural Players Weekend is proving to be a smashing success, with players and fans basking in the fun and excitement the event has evoked throughout the game over the past two days. Unfortunate as it is, the event culminates Sunday as the weekend comes to a close.

But the amusement is not over yet. Fans have one final day to watch their favorite Major League stars on the diamond while they sport their nicknames across their backs and wear some of the most fashionable gear the league has ever seen.

Be sure to tune in to MLB.TV to catch all of the action.

Watch every out-of-market regular-season game live on MLB.TV Premium. With nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact, including the best picture quality at 60 frames per second, choice of home or away broadcasts, live game DVR, and multi-game viewing, MLB.TV is supported by more than 400 devices. Monthly and Single Team subscriptions are also available.

Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times in ET):

Battle in the Bronx: SEA@NYY, 1:05 p.m.

A pair of American League clubs fighting for a postseason berth square off in New York as the Mariners send left-hander Andrew Albers to the mound to face Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.

Video: SEA@NYY: Albers, Tanaka toe the rubber in New York

Albers, acquired from the Braves in early August, did not have time to pick out a tribute or nickname for his jersey. "Albers" is what you will see across his back. The southpaw has earned victories in his first two outings for Seattle, allowing four earned runs combined in 10 innings (3.60 ERA).

"Masa" has had a marvelous August, holding opposing hitters to a .226 batting average while allowing six earned runs in 17 frames (3.18 ERA) across three starts. He will look to keep rolling as the Yanks attempt to keep a firm hold on the top AL Wild Card spot.

Central clash: KC@CLE, 1:10 p.m.

Danny Duffy was the Royals' scheduled starter for the contest before the club placed him on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with an impingement in his throwing elbow. Instead, Kansas City turns to fellow lefty Eric Skoglund as it tries to gain ground in the AL playoff race.

Skoglund, who sports his last name across his shoulders for Players Weekend, will be making his first start since June 9 at San Diego. Since spinning 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his Major League debut on May 30 versus the Tigers, the 24-year-old has given up six earned runs in 3 1/3 frames.

Carlos Carrasco, also known as "Cookie" for his penchant for eating those tasty treats, tries to rebound from a loss to the Red Sox in his previous start. The right-hander reeled off back-to-back victories prior to that outing.

Video: KC@CLE: Skoglund, Carrasco to battle in Cleveland

Interleague intrigue: TB@STL, 2:15 p.m.

The Rays' Chris Archer returns to the mound opposite the Cardinals' Lance Lynn as the two clubs seek a late-season push for a Wild Card spot in their respective leagues.

"Flaco Fuerte" has lived up to his nickname over his past two outings, striking out 20 batters over 13 innings of work while allowing just four earned runs. The skinny, yet strong Archer (the moniker translates to "skinny strong") attempts to keep Tampa Bay in the hunt for the postseason in the series finale.

Fans will see a familiar name on the back of Lynn's jersey, as the right-hander sticks to his family name for Players Weekend. The veteran hurler has completed at least six innings in each of his past eight starts, going 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA during that span.

Video: TB@STL: Archer, Lynn to duel in St. Louis

Delivering Darvish: MIL@LAD, 4:10 p.m.

The Dodgers' Yu Darvish, who has not pitched since Aug. 16 as he recovers from back tightness, is scheduled to be activated from the 10-day disabled list and return to the Los Angeles rotation on Sunday.

"Yu-San" has been everything the Dodgers could have hoped for since acquiring him from the Rangers prior to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, going 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 18 innings across three starts with the club.

Video: MIL@LAD: Nelson, Darvish to battle in Los Angeles

Jimmy Nelson, who dons "Big Sweat" above his number -- a testament to how many undershirts he goes through per game -- toes the rubber for the Brewers. The right-hander, in the midst of a career year, will look to turn things around after a trio of rough outings.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB.

Andrew Albers, Chris Archer, Carlos Carrasco, Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Jimmy Nelson, Eric Skoglund, Masahiro Tanaka