Five Spring Training games and two more World Baseball Classic contests can be seen today and tonight on MLB.TV.Top White Sox pitching prospect Lucas Giolito will look to continue his strong spring, while Jacob deGrom and Lance McCullers square off in Grapefruit League play. In San Diego, the Classic continues
Five Spring Training games and two more World Baseball Classic contests can be seen today and tonight on MLB.TV.
Top White Sox pitching prospect Lucas Giolito will look to continue his strong spring, while Jacob deGrom and Lance McCullers square off in Grapefruit League play. In San Diego, the Classic continues with a heavyweight matchup between the undefeated Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic teams.
Fans can follow much of the action live on MLB.TV.
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Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times ET):
Giolito makes fourth spring start: [email protected], 4:10 p.m., MLB.TV
Giolito, the No. 11 prospect in baseball and one of the significant returns in the White Sox offseason overhaul, is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in nine innings over three starts this spring.
The right-hander said he was disappointed with his debut against the Cubs two weeks ago, but he has since shown considerable improvement with command. Giolito, who struggled in 21 1/3 MLB innings to a 6.75 ERA last year, figures to crack Chicago's big league roster at some point in '17.
Mariners lefty James Paxton, who will be making his third spring outing, overpowered the Cubs his last time out with five strikeouts in three innings.
Battle of Classic unbeatens: [email protected], 9 p.m., MLB.TV and MLB Network
Pool F opens at Petco Park with an enticing matchup pitting two of the four teams that marched through the first round without a loss -- and a rematch of the '13 Classic final.
"We have to face the best teams, and definitely Dominican is one of them," said Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez. "We're ready for them, and I'm sure they also have been watching us, too, in the same way we've been watching them. It's going to be a great game."
Puerto Rico, which outscored opponents 29-7 en route to earning the top seed in Pool D, will face its biggest test yet against the defending champion Dominicans, who are coming off resounding wins over Colombia and the United States in Pool C.
Carlos Martinez, who started the Dominican Republic's opener on Thursday, will take the hill again tonight in a late change of plans. The starter originally listed was Ervin Santana, who left Twins camp on Monday and is expected to replace Wily Peralta on the team's second-round roster and start on Saturday against Team USA.
Shoemaker makes third start: [email protected], 4:05 P.M., MLB.TV
Even with a limited farm system and questions of depth and longevity, the Angels are among a handful of sleeper teams entering '17. Much of their potential success will hinge on starting pitching, notably right-hander Matthew Shoemaker, who will be making his third Cactus League start today.
Shoemaker, whose '16 season ended on Sept. 4 when he suffered a skull fracture after being struck by a line drive, has given up five runs in five innings this spring, but he notched six strikeouts against the Indians last Thursday.
The Angels face a Royals club that faced similar questions about rotational depth before adding Jason Hammel last month. Ian Kennedy, who is coming off a strong first year with the club, tossed two scoreless inning against the Dodgers in his spring debut March 3. Last week in an exhibition vs. Team Venezuela, Kennedy allowed two runs (one earned) over two innings.
Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.