What to watch: Anibal aims to extend streak
Tigers righty takes 20 2/3-inning scoreless string into Bronx; Tribe's Anderson, Phillies' Morgan debut
Today features a full slate of games from afternoon 'til evening. Here are five things to watch for:
Anibal streaking: DET @ NYY, 1:05 p.m. ET
Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez is throwing like the pitcher Detroit needs him to be this season, and he's logged 20 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. The New York power hitters at Yankee Stadium will be a true test. On the other side, Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka will be looking for his first career win against the Tigers.
Anderson to debut: TB @ CLE, 1:10 p.m. ET
Right-hander Cody Anderson will be recalled Sunday to make his first career start for the Tribe, and likely the first of a handful during this stint in the Majors. In the Minors this year, Anderson is 4-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 13 starts. Rays right-hander Alex Colome makes his second career start against the Indians, after tossing 6 1/3 scoreless in his last start at Progressive Field.
Dueling perfection: PIT @ WAS, 1:35 p.m. ET
Both staring pitchers bring a dash of perfection into this matchup at Nationals Park, with Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton flashing a perfect 5-0 in five starts this year and Washington's Gio Gonzalez sporting a 2-0 mark and a 3.64 ERA in five career starts against the Pirates. Morton is 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA in his career against the Nats, while Gonzalez tries to follow up teammate Max Scherzer's no-hitter and near perfect game.
Morgan debuts vs. MLB's best: STL @ PHI, 1:35 p.m. ET
Philadelphia left-hander Adam Morgan has the unenviable task of making his first MLB start against the first-place Cardinals, who have far and away the best record in baseball. Morgan, who replaces the injured Jerome Williams in the rotation, was 0-6 with a 4.74 ERA in 13 starts with Triple-A, but had a 2.51 ERA in his last three outings. He'll be up against NL Cy Young Award hopeful Michael Wacha, who has finished at least six innings in 10 of 13 starts.
Young doing it all: BOS @ KC, 2:10 p.m. ET
Veteran Chris Young has been the ideal fill-in in Kansas City's rotation, stepping in when needed -- like tossing seven shutout innings in his last time out -- to the tune of a 6-2 record and a 1.98 ERA (14 games, eight starts). He even added two hits and three RBIs in his last start, and he'll put his 2-1 lifetime record against Boston to the test.