It's the first day of March, and baseball's spring season is in full swing with 16 games scheduled today in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.Action begins this afternoon in Florida, where the Astros are playing their first game as the home team in their new Spring Training complex, and it
It's the first day of March, and baseball's spring season is in full swing with 16 games scheduled today in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.
Action begins this afternoon in Florida, where the Astros are playing their first game as the home team in their new Spring Training complex, and it continues through the evening with an intriguing rivalry matchup between the Dodgers and Giants in Arizona, which could see Sergio Romo possibly take the mound for Los Angeles against his former club.
Fans can watch those games and three other Spring Training contests today, as well as much of this spring's exhibition action, streaming live on MLB.TV Premium.
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Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times ET):
Rivals clash: LAD@SF, 8:05 p.m., MLB.TV
The Dodgers and Giants renew their rivalry with the first meeting of the spring between the National League West foes. The Dodgers have won the division four years in a row, though the Giants have three World Series titles since 2010.
It will be interesting to see if the Dodgers decide to have Romo make his club debut against his former organization. However, the Dodgers are easing their relievers into action this spring.
Scott Kazmir will start for the Dodgers as he continues to battle for a spot in the rotation. The left-hander is coming off a thoracic injury and has been struggling with his mechanics this spring, fighting off bad habits developed while pitching through discomfort last season.
Player Page for Matt Cain will start for the Giants, his second outing of the spring and first in front of the home crowd at Scottsdale Stadium. Cain, the longest-tenured Giants player, is competing for the fifth spot in the club's starting rotation.
Braves get first look at Garcia: ATL@NYY, 6:35 p.m., MLB.TV
Left-hander Jaime Garcia takes the mound for the Braves in his first start since being acquired from the Cardinals in December. Garcia is a key part of a revamped Atlanta rotation. Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Brandon Phillips are all scheduled to be in the lineup for the Braves.
For the Yankees, it's their first game this spring under the lights at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell is set to make his second Grapefruit League start.
Chavez debuts with Halos: TEX@LAA, 3:10 p.m., MLB.TV
Jesse Chavez will start for the Angels in his club debut. Chavez, who signed as a free agent in November, is in the mix for the fifth starter spot. The Angels could also use the right-hander as a long reliever to begin the regular season.
Left-hander Martin Perez will start for the Rangers, who make their first trip of the spring to Tempe Diablo Stadium for a matchup of American League West foes. Perez is pitching in Cactus League games as he prepares to participate in the World Baseball Classic with Team Venezuela.
Cozart could debut: CIN@MIL, 3:05 p.m., MLB.TV
Shortstop Zack Cozart could see his first action of the spring as the Reds slowly bring him along in his return from right knee tendinitis, which sidelined him at the end of the 2016 season. Cozart ran the bases Monday and was set to play Tuesday, but was scratched from the lineup because of poor field conditions.
Chase Anderson takes the mound for the Brewers in his first start of the Cactus League season. The right-hander is competing with six other established big leaguers for a spot in Milwaukee's Opening Day starting rotation.
**Austin Laymance** is a reporter for MLB.com.