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Sizzling pitchers duel all day on MLB.TV

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Some of the hottest pitchers in the Majors return to the mound today, highlighting a compelling slate of games, streaming live on MLB.TV.

Sizzling left-handers Dallas Keuchel and Jason Vargas will attempt to keep their ERAs below 2.00, while right-handers Dylan Bundy, Michael Pineda, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke look to keep opposing hitters off balance throughout the day.

Some of the hottest pitchers in the Majors return to the mound today, highlighting a compelling slate of games, streaming live on MLB.TV.

Sizzling left-handers Dallas Keuchel and Jason Vargas will attempt to keep their ERAs below 2.00, while right-handers Dylan Bundy, Michael Pineda, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke look to keep opposing hitters off balance throughout the day.

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Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times in ET):

Going steady: KCR@TBR, 1:10 p.m.

For those fans who were expecting Vargas to fall back to Earth once the calendar flipped to May, it may be time to reconsider. The Royals' southpaw has actually lowered his ERA from 1.42 to 1.19 entering Thursday's outing.

Vargas has allowed just one run in 12 innings while going 1-0 in two May starts. Vargas tries to keep the ball rolling against the Rays and Jake Odorizzi, who is coming off his best start of the year. The Rays' right-hander gave up one earned run over seven innings while striking out six in a win over the Blue Jays last Saturday.

Video: CWS@KC: Vargas tosses six solid innings for the win

Clash in the nation's capital: BAL@WSH, 7:05 p.m.

Bundy has carried the Orioles' rotation to this point of the season, going 5-1 with a 2.17 ERA. Manager Buck Showalter has unleashed the former No. 1 overall prospect, allowing him to work deeper into games this season. The 24-year-old has topped 100 pitches in five of his seven outings while throwing 99 pitches in each of his other two.

The Nationals counter Bundy with right-hander A.J. Cole, who won his only start this season with six innings of one-run ball in a 6-2 victory over the Phillies. Cole, 25, went 1-2 with a 5.17 ERA in eight starts for Washington in 2016.

Video: BAL@BOS: Bundy allows two runs in seven-plus frames

Epic battle in the Bronx: HOU@NYY, 7:05 p.m.

Teams with two of the best records in the Majors go head-to-head when the Astros take on the Yankees in the Big Apple as they open up a four-game set.

Keuchel has helped Houston get off to the best start in franchise history, beginning the season 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA. The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner is pitching like he wants to win the award again in '17. His most recent start against the Angels was his worst of the season as he allowed five runs, but he still managed to complete eight innings in the Astros' 7-6 victory.

Pineda will try to play a part in handing Keuchel his first loss of the year when he toes the rubber opposite the Astros' left-handed ace. The 28-year-old righty has won three consecutive decisions, and the Yankees have pulled out a victory in all but one of his six outings this season.

Video: NYY@CHC: Pineda strikes out six in six innings

Duel in the desert: PIT@ARI, 9:40 p.m.

The Pirates and D-backs send their No. 1 starters to the mound for Thursday night's series opener between the two clubs. Pittsburgh's Cole is set to face Arizona's Greinke.

Cole makes his eighth start of the season on the heels of a no-decision against the Brewers in which he allowed one run over seven innings while permitting just two hits and striking out eight.

Greinke will look to improve on his 5.04 career ERA against Pittsburgh. The right-hander has a 6-3 lifetime record versus the Pirates, but he has permitted 34 earned runs in 60 2/3 innings.

Video: MIL@PIT: Cole tears through Brewers with eight K's

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C.