Baseball fans can tune in for a unique digital viewing experience tonight when the Indians take on the Blue Jays in Toronto in a broadcast airing live exclusively on YouTube.
Tonight's bout, the second in a three-game series at Rogers Centre, is the second of 13 games that will be live streamed exclusively on YouTube over the remainder of the season. Last week's Phillies-Dodgers game was the first MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube, and next up is a matchup between the Tigers and Angels in Anaheim on Monday.
An MLB Network production, tonight's game is scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m. ET, and it can be viewed for free on MLB's official YouTube page. Former All-Stars Trevor Bauer (2018) and Aaron Sanchez ('16) will square off on the mound. This is the first and only series between the Blue Jays and Indians in Toronto this season.
Bauer has held his opponent to three runs or fewer in four of his last five starts for an Indians club that's gaining ground on the first-place Twins in the American League Central. The 28-year-old right-hander struck out 10 batters and earned the win his last time out, but he was dissatisfied with his performance after giving up two home runs in the first three innings.
Bauer has been the subject of many trade rumors in recent weeks, and, assuming the Tribe's rotation remains on its current schedule, this would be his penultimate start prior to the July 31 Trade Deadline.
Sanchez, meanwhile, is searching for a return to form as he's struggled for much of the last two months. He was tagged for four runs in five innings last week against the Red Sox in Boston, but he displayed improved command as he issued only one walk for the first time all season.
Sanchez will have to contend with a heating-up Jose Ramirez, who appears to be breaking out of his extended slump. Ramirez is hitting .337 with five home runs over his last 23 games.
"I've been feeling more confident,” Ramirez said. “And the [hard work] continues and the results are showing up."