One of baseball's fiercest rivalries heats up today on MLB.TV as the Red Sox and Yankees meet for the rubber match of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
David Price will make his third start since returning from the DL on May 26, and he'll face arguably his toughest opponent since that time in the Yankees' lineup, which has propelled New York to a two-game lead over Boston atop the American League East.
Price is on the hunt for redemption after going 1-3 with a 7.89 ERA in five starts against the Yankees last season. His opponent for tonight, Michael Pineda, is looking to rebound after giving up five runs and 10 hits to the Blue Jays on Friday. But on the year, Pineda has been one of the Yankees' emergent stars, putting together a string of nine starts with three earned runs or fewer allowed before Friday's relapse.
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With a slate of 12 games, here's what else to watch for throughout the day (all times in ET):
Volquez follows no-no: [email protected], 7:05 p.m.
Edinson Volquez gets the ball for the Marlins in his first start since pitching a no-hitter against the D-backs last Saturday in Miami. Volquez struck out 10 and walked three on 98 pitches in his first career no-no, which he dedicated to former pitchers Yordano Ventura and Jose Fernandez.
There were some questions about Volquez's ankle coming into this start, but he seemed to quell those concerns after working through a bullpen session Tuesday. In 10 career starts against the Pirates, Volquez is 3-0 with a 3.79 ERA.
The Pirates will give the ball to Gerrit Cole in the opener of this four-game series at PNC Park. Cole allowed seven runs on eight hits in five innings in his last start against the Mets, earning the win as his offense picked him up. In six career starts against the Marlins, Cole is 2-2 with a 3.66 ERA.
Rain, rain, stay away: [email protected], 7:05 p.m.
This Interleague matchup is being rebooted after a rainout at Nationals Park on May 11, and the visiting Orioles, guided by newly minted starter Alec Asher (3.62 ERA, 2-3), hope to secure a series win after taking two of the teams' prior meetings.
The Nationals will turn to Joe Ross, who'll have a little extra motivation to do well. He continues to make his case for a permanent rotation spot, but he struggled against Oakland on Saturday, allowing seven runs (six earned) in three innings. And while the Nationals are running away with the National League East, third-place Baltimore has a chance to gain some ground in the AL East with the division's top two teams battling in New York.
Cinderella meets the champs: [email protected], 8:05 p.m.
The defending World Series champions meet baseball's sweethearts of 2017 as the Rockies visit the Friendly Confines for a four-game series.
The Cubs saw their five-game win streak end Wednesday, while the Rockies are looking to win their fifth straight as Tyler Chatwood faces off against Jonathan Lester. Both are coming off good outings -- with Lester picking up his sixth quality start of the year on Sunday and Chatwood pitching eight innings of one-run ball against the Padres -- and both will face potent lineups.
Beginner's luck?: [email protected], 7:35 p.m.
After being named the Phillies' Minor League Pitcher of the Year for '16 and going seven innings Saturday in his Major League debut, allowing a single run on four hits, Ben Lively will have another chance to prove he's worth the hype tonight against R.A. Dickey and the Braves. With the Phils' rotation enduring a tough campaign, Lively figures to be a shot in the arm for the Philadelphia faithful if he can continue his success.
In the opposite dugout, Dickey is in his 15th season in the big leagues, but he has been scuffling in '17, surrendering 34 walks (the third-highest in MLB). Against the Phillies, he'll be searching for his first win since May 2.
Righties eye rebound: [email protected], 1:10 p.m.
Both JC Ramirez and Michael Fulmer will aim to get back on track after giving up season-high run totals in their last outings. Fulmer allowed five runs on seven hits against the White Sox on Friday, while the Twins touched up Ramirez for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. But in his last start versus the Halos, Fulmer twirled a seven-inning, one-run gem, and Ramirez has been a surprise for the Angels and, before Friday, had a 2.35 ERA over seven starts thanks to a newly developed curveball.