Major League Baseball players, managers and on-field personnel don special blue apparel on Sunday as part of a continued league-wide celebration of Father's Day.For the second straight season, MLB has designed special uniforms that blend blue into each club's traditional logo and feature hats highlighted by a blue heather top
Major League Baseball players, managers and on-field personnel don special blue apparel on Sunday as part of a continued league-wide celebration of Father's Day.
For the second straight season, MLB has designed special uniforms that blend blue into each club's traditional logo and feature hats highlighted by a blue heather top and grey visor. Players also have, for the first time, a choice between two pairs of blue-infused socks.
Major Leaguers have sported blue wristbands and ribbons on Father's Day since MLB partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 1996 to help raise awareness about prostate cancer and funds for research to battle the disease. On Sunday we carry on the ritual in honor of all the fathers who occupy the diamond, the dugouts and the bleachers in addition to all the devoted dads who helped nurture us throughout one of the league's most festive days of the season.
:: Father's Day 2017 ::
In case you cannot make it to a ballpark near you to catch the action live, MLB.TV has you and your dad covered with exciting baseball throughout the afternoon and evening.
MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout the week leading up to Father's Day. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $49.99. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $39.99.
Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times in ET):
Dazzling Darvish: SEA@TEX, 3:05 p.m.
The Rangers' Yu Darvish has been one of the most consistent starting pitchers in baseball to this point in the season, going 6-4 with a 3.03 ERA. The right-hander held Houston to just one run in seven innings while allowing just one hit in a 6-1 victory over the Astros his last time out.
Coming off his shortest outing of the year, right-hander Christian Bergman gets the ball for the Mariners. He pitched just 2 2/3 innings and allowed nine earned runs in a 20-7 loss to the Twins.
Royal flush: KC@LAA, 3:37 p.m.
Few pitchers in the game have had more success through Saturday than Royals' veteran lefty Jason Vargas. The 34-year-old has won four straight starts to improve to 9-3 on the season, and he's paired it with a sparkling 2.10 ERA. Vargas has already twirled a shutout against the Indians this month, and he will make his 14th start of the year on the heels of seven innings of one-run ball vs. the Giants.
The Angels turn to right-hander JC Ramirez, who is 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 15 starts this season.
Nifty nightcap: BOS@HOU, 8:05 p.m., ESPN
American League powerhouses cap off Father's Day as the surging Red Sox send left-hander David Price to the mound to take on the first-place Astros and righty Joe Musgrove. Price has had mostly success since making his season debut on May 29, allowing fewer than three earned runs in three of his four outings.
Musgrove is coming off a loss to the Rangers in which he surrendered two earned runs in 4 2/3 frames on Monday.
Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB.