Chris Sale's welcome tour around the American League East continues tonight, when the left-hander takes on the Yankees for the first time since he joined the Red Sox, an MLB Network Showcase game also available live on MLB.TV.Sale helped lead the Red Sox to victories over the Rays and Blue
Chris Sale's welcome tour around the American League East continues tonight, when the left-hander takes on the Yankees for the first time since he joined the Red Sox, an MLB Network Showcase game also available live on MLB.TV.
Sale helped lead the Red Sox to victories over the Rays and Blue Jays in his previous two outings while lowering his season ERA to 0.91. Now he moves on to face the Bronx Bombers, whom he's beaten four times while recording a 1.17 ERA in 10 career outings (seven starts).
The 28-year-old lefty has been marvelous this season, with a mind-boggling 42 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings. Sale has completed at least seven frames in each of his four starts and tallied double-digit punchouts in each of his last three.
Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 6.00 ERA) will attempt to stymie the Red Sox's offense while the Yankees' bats try to attack Boston's new ace, but such a task will not be easy at Fenway Park.
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Here's what else to watch for throughout the day (all times in ET):
Rocky mountain high: WSH@COL, 3:10 p.m.
Two of the hottest teams in the Major Leagues go head to head when the Nationals meet the Rockies in the clubs' series finale.
Washington sends left-hander Giovany Gonzalez to face Colorado rookie Antonio Senzatela, whose young career has gotten off to a blistering start. The 22-year-old righty is 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four starts.
Gonzalez, a 10-year veteran, has begun the year nicely, as well, going 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four outings.
The first series of the year between these two clubs has already featured a ton of exciting action, including Tuesday night's 15-12 Nats win, and it will be interesting to see if the two pitchers will be able to keep runs to a minimum at Coors Field.
No longer a teenager: LAD@SF, 3:45 p.m.
Julio Urías made his Major League debut at the age of 19 last season, and he fared admirably, going 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA in 18 games (15 starts) for the Dodgers.
After beginning 2017 with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Urías will get the call to make his season debut against the Giants. Only 20 years old, Urías figures to be worked along slowly by the Dodgers, who don't want to put too much stress on his young arm too early. Instead of shutting their prized lefty down at the end of the year, the Dodgers plan to ease him in as the season goes along.
"That was why we did what we did, to shorten the season or condense it, to get Julio here and he can be here for the duration," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
Urías squares off against San Franciso's Matt Moore, who was one out away from a no-hitter against Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 25, 2016.
Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington D.C.