A matchup at the United States Naval Academy and a pair of California rivalries take place today as part of seven games on MLB.TV as Spring Training winds down.The Red Sox and Nationals finish up their Spring Training schedules with a contest in Annapolis, Md., playing at the home of
A matchup at the United States Naval Academy and a pair of California rivalries take place today as part of seven games on MLB.TV as Spring Training winds down.
The Red Sox and Nationals finish up their Spring Training schedules with a contest in Annapolis, Md., playing at the home of Navy in Max Bishop Stadium.
The Dodgers host the Angels in the second leg of the Freeway Series between both Los Angeles clubs separated by a lengthy stretch on Interstate 5. And by the Bay, the Giants visit the A's at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. Also, the Canadian series continues between the Pirates and Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
Fans can follow much of this spring's action on MLB.TV. The free preview on Friday and today serves as a final reminder of why you need an MLB.TV Premium subscription with Opening Week 2017 about to get started on Sunday. The world's longest-running and most successful live streaming sports product is back for its 15th-anniversary year on about 400 supported connected and mobile devices, and signups are under way for $112.99 yearly or $24.99 monthly.
Here is a preview of Saturday's action (all times ET):
Midshipmen matchup: BOS@WSH, 2 p.m., MLB.TV
The Red Sox and Nationals, defending champions of their respective East divisions, will each play in their Spring Training finale, a day after the first of their two-game series was canceled due to rain. Saturday's game will be played at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis, Md., the regular home to the United States Naval Academy.
All Boston relievers who were scheduled to pitch Friday will make an appearance Saturday, manager John Farrell said. Eduardo Rodriguez, as scheduled, will be the starting pitcher for Boston opposite Washington's Max Scherzer, who will not start Opening Day, as the Nats ease the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner back from a stress fracture in his right ring finger. Stephen Strasburg will start the opener against the Marlins.
Freeway Series: LAA@LAD, 9:10 p.m., MLB.TV
Corey Seager (oblique) will return on Saturday. The Dodgers have been cautious in easing the reigning National League Rookie of the Year back into action, but if he makes it through without any setback, Seager should be good to go on Opening Day when the Dodgers host the Padres.
Right-hander Jesse Chavez, who spent the final two months with the Dodgers last year, will make his final outing before he assumes his regular-season role as the Angels' No. 5 starter, a spot he won this spring over Alex Meyer. In Cactus League play, Chavez was 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA over 14 1/3 innings in four starts. The nine-year veteran signed with the Angels in November.
Bay Bridge Series: SFG@OAK, 3:05 p.m., MLB.TV
Tyler Beede, the Giants' No. 1 prospect and No. 88 overall via MLBPipeline.com, won't be in the Opening Day rotation, but he figures to be a part of the Giants' long-term plans. The No. 14 overall pick in '14, Beede will have his sixth outing (second start) this spring. He's given up just one earned run in 9 1/3 innings of work (0.96 ERA), though batters have hit him at a .303 clip.
Andrew Triggs, who won the A's No. 4 starter role this spring, will make his final tune-up before his first regular-season start. A career-long reliever in the Minors, this is the first time Triggs has solidified a spot in an Opening Day rotation. He pitched in 24 games (six starts) last year to a 4.31 ERA in 56 1/3 innings with the A's.
Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.