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What to watch for in today's games

Prospects Lindor, Schwarber take center stage

Today provides another full slate of Interleague matchups, five afternoon games and some fresh faces in an exciting day of baseball around the Major Leagues.

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After waiting an extra day to make his first big league start, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will get a chance to showcase the skills that have him ranked by as the third overall prospect in baseball. The 21-year-old switch-hitting shortstop will be in the lineup as Cleveland visits Wrigley Field to play the Cubs (8:05 p.m. ET).

Lindor had a hit in his debut Sunday, but his first chance to start was washed away when Monday's game between the Indians and Cubs was called due to inclement weather. The circumstances don't seem to have dampened Lindor's spirits, however.

"I'm blessed, even though I felt blessed before," Lindor said before Monday's game was called. "You can't stop saying that you feel blessed."

Meanwhile, Cubs' top position-player prospect Kyle Schwarber will be promoted before Tuesday's game. The organization's No. 2 overall prospect according to, Schwarber joins Kris Bryant and Addison Russell as Cubs prospects to reach the Majors in 2015.

Video: MLB Tonight on Kyle Schwarber's callup to the Cubs

Early bird special: MIN @ STL, 1:45 p.m. ET

The first baseball action of the day begins when the Cardinals, owners of the best record in the Majors, face the resurgent Twins at Busch Stadium.

Michael Wacha (8-2, 2.45 ERA) takes the mound for the Cards, who have won 11 of their last 13 games in St. Louis. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier enters having reached base safely in 22 consecutive games.

There are four additional day games today as the Astros host the Rockies (2:10 p.m. ET), the A's visit the Padres (3:40 p.m. ET), the Giants play the Mariners (3:45 p.m. ET), and the Braves face off against the Red Sox (4:05 p.m. ET).

Here are a few other matchups and games to look forward to today.

Video: [email protected]: Dozier leads off the game with a home run

Harvey day: TOR @ NYM, 7:10 p.m. ET

Matt Harvey gets the ball for the Mets, looking to bounce back from a rough outing in his last start that saw him allow seven runs over six innings. Harvey is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA in five career Interleague starts, but he's never faced Toronto.

The Blue Jays, meanwhile, had an 11-game winning streak snapped Monday at Citi Field. Scott Copeland is scheduled to make his second straight spot start for the Jays, who placed starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez on the disabled list Sunday.

Video: MLB Central on Harvey's recent struggles

Trade partners: NYY @ MIA, 7:10 p.m. ET

In a matchup of starting pitchers who were once traded for one another, the Yankees will look to snap out of a bit of a funk that has seen them lose four of their last five games, a skid that came on the heels of a seven-game win streak.

The starters -- Miami's David Phelps (3-3, 4.11 ERA) and New York's Nathan Eovaldi (5-1, 4.13 ERA) -- were swapped in a four-player trade between the two clubs last December.

Video: [email protected]: Eovaldi fans four Nationals in no-decision

Austin Laymance is a reporter for
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