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What to watch for in Mother's Day games

Pineda, Felix look to stay unbeaten as Kershaw goes for 100th win
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Sunday brings with it another full slate of games, all of which will feature a number of directives geared toward celebrating Mother's Day.

In what has become a Mother's Day tradition, all players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms, while commemorative pink base jewels and dugout lineup cards will also be used across the league. Each game will feature a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, and many players will use pink Louisville Slugger bats, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many of these authenticated game-used pink bats will then be listed exclusively at MLB.com Auction to help fight breast cancer.

Sunday brings with it another full slate of games, all of which will feature a number of directives geared toward celebrating Mother's Day.

In what has become a Mother's Day tradition, all players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms, while commemorative pink base jewels and dugout lineup cards will also be used across the league. Each game will feature a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, and many players will use pink Louisville Slugger bats, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many of these authenticated game-used pink bats will then be listed exclusively at MLB.com Auction to help fight breast cancer.

As for the action on the field, an undefeated Yankees hurler and two former Cy Young Award winners will highlight the afternoon slate of games before an American League Central showdown takes the spotlight in prime time.

Video: Happy Mother's Day from Major League Baseball

Here are four things to watch for:

• Healthy Pineda looks to keep rolling: BAL @ NYY, 1:05 p.m. ET
Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda will look to stay undefeated when he takes the hill against the Orioles. Finally healthy, Pineda has reeled off a 4-0 start to go along with a 2.97 ERA through six outings this season. He put up an impressive 1.89 ERA across 13 starts last season, but missed nearly four months due to a strained muscle near his shoulder.

The Orioles, meanwhile, will counter with fellow righty Bud Norris, who is off to a rocky start in 2015. Norris is just 1-3 with an unsightly 9.75 ERA, but he has turned in back-to-back quality starts after racking up a 17.42 ERA through his first three outings.

• Kershaw goes for win No. 100 vs. Rockies: LAD @ COL, 4:10 p.m. ET
The Dodgers and Rockies will look to resume play Sunday afternoon after a winter storm warning postponed Saturday's scheduled second game of the series. Weather permitting, Saturday's scheduled starters, Clayton Kershaw and Jorge De La Rosa, are set to take the mound at Coors Field for the finale.

Video: LAD@MIL: Kershaw strikes out eight over 7 1/3 innings

Kershaw will try for career win No. 100 for the fourth time this season. The reigning National League MVP enters Sunday with a 1-2 record and a 3.72 ERA. Opposite Kershaw, De La Rosa is seeking his first win of the year. Though he's struggled through three starts in 2015, the 34-year-old southpaw has more wins at Coors Field (45) than any other player since the park opened in 1995.

• King's court in session: OAK @ SEA, 4:10 p.m. ET
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will also put his undefeated record on the line when he takes the mound against the rival Athletics. Hernandez is 5-0 with a 1.73 ERA through six starts this season, though that one no-decision came against Oakland back on April 12 when he pitched a season-low five innings.

Video: SEA@LAA: Felix fans eight over seven innings of work

The A's will counter with reliever-turned-starter Jesse Chavez. The right-hander will be making his fourth start of the season after beginning the year with four appearances out of the bullpen.

• Prime time AL Central showdown: KC @ DET, 8:05 p.m. ET
First place in the AL Central will again be on the line when the Tigers and Royals meet for the seventh time in the last 10 days in the rubber match. The two clubs have split the first six games in that stretch, including the first two in this three-game series. Thus, Kansas City enters Sunday's tilt clinging to the same half-game lead over the Tigers that it had when the series began.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com.