The final day of play before the MLB All-Star break features a matchup of two of the game's best lefties, pitching for two of baseball's hottest teams.It was hard not to keep an eye toward this matchup when Kansas City arrived in Los Angeles earlier this weekend for a three-game
The final day of play before the MLB All-Star break features a matchup of two of the game's best lefties, pitching for two of baseball's hottest teams.
It was hard not to keep an eye toward this matchup when Kansas City arrived in Los Angeles earlier this weekend for a three-game series: Clayton Kershaw vs. Danny Duffy. The two southpaw aces square off as the highlight of a full slate of MLB games to close out the first half.
Kershaw has been his typically dominant self during the Dodgers' white-hot first half. At 13-2 with a 2.19 ERA, Kershaw has helped lead the Dodgers to the National League's best record heading into the break.
Duffy is making his second start since missing more than a month with an oblique injury. He earned a win by limiting the Mariners to two runs in 5 2/3 innings his last time out.
First pitch is at 4:10 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium with the game streaming live on MLB.TV.
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Catch all the regular season action you can before the All-Start break begins Monday with the T-Mobile Home Run Derby in Miami. The 88th Midsummer Classic is set for Tuesday with the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. The second half of regular season play begins Friday.
Here's what else to watch for throughout the day Sunday (all times ET):
Frazier follow up?: [email protected], 1:05 p.m.
What will the latest Yankees rookie sensation do for an encore after blasting his first career walk-off home run Saturday? Tune in to find out. Clint Frazier gave the Yankees a much-needed come-from-behind 5-3 win when he launched a three-run homer in the ninth against Brewers closer Corey Knebel on Saturday, the second blast of his young career.
Now the Yankees have a chance to win their first series in a month and head into the break on a positive note. They'll have to go through Brewers righty Jimmy Nelson (7-4, 3.20), who is having a career year. Masahiro Tanaka (7-7, 5.25) takes the ball for New York.
Former teammates toe the rubber: [email protected], 1:10 p.m.
David Price and Chris Archer were part of the same rotation in Tampa from 2012 to midway through the 2014 season. Now they are American League East rivals.
Price enjoyed his best start of the season last time out, when he shut out the Rangers over six innings. Archer is 7-5 with a 3.95 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 116 1/3 innings this season. He'll head to Miami for the All-Star Game after his start.
All-Star hurler haven: [email protected], 8:05 p.m.
The third marquee pitching matchup of the day concludes the day's worth of action in Cleveland, where Michael Fulmer and Corey Kluber face off. Fulmer, the reigning American League Rookie of the Year, and Kluber, the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner, will travel to Miami as All-Stars after their starts Sunday, which will preclude them from pitching in the game.
Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com.