MLB Monday viewing guide: Game times, TV schedules

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A look at the day's MLB games, as well as where and when you can find them

National League Game of the Day

Philadelphia Phillies at Cincinnati Reds

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15-Apr

Bronson Arroyo (1-1), 5.25 ERA, 3.45 FIP

Cliff Lee (2-0), 1.08 ERA, 2.14 FIP

7:10 pm ET

ESPN, FOX Sports-Ohio, WPHL

The Reds very quietly went into a slide last week on the road against NL Central rivals, dropping two out of three in St. Louis before getting swept in Pittsburgh by the Buccos. In fact, the five-game losing streak can be traced back to the sixth inning of Arroyo's last start -- he retired the first 15 in a row before the Cardinals broke through for four runs. While they get to return home, Lee is not a pitcher anyone wants to face while struggling.

The southpaw's started 2013 much better than he began 2012, and the team pitching him almost always has the advantage, even if they're playing on the road in a hitter-friendly park. Lee will have to cool off Brandon Phillips, who's drilled three homers in the past week. However, Great American Ballpark should help Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Domonic Brown give Lee the support he needs for a victory.

Other National League Action

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

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15-Apr

James McDonald (1-1), 3.75 ERA, 4.37 FIP

Lance Lynn (1-0), 4.50 ERA, 2.94 FIP

7:05 pm ET

FOX Sports-Midwest, ROOT Sports

Starling Marte hit .440 in the past week and the Bucs rebounded from a poor start to the season to reach .500. Some wins at home against the Redbirds would certainly add to their credibility.

Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins

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15-Apr

Wade LeBlanc (0-2), 3.27 ERA, 3.22 FIP

Jordan Zimmermann (2-0), 2.08 ERA, 3.73 FIP

7:10 pm ET

FOX Sports-Florida, MASN

Only the Padres have matched the Marlins' horrid 2-10 start, and Miami's winning percentage only stands to decline with the defending division champs coming to town. Can Bryce Harper continue his hot start to the season with more dingers off shoddy pitching?

New York Mets at Colorado Rockies

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15-Apr

Juan Nicasio (1-0), 4.91 ERA, 5.40 FIP

Dillon Gee (0-2), 7.71 ERA, 7.21 FIP

8:40 pm ET

SNY, ROOT Sports

This series would have been so much more fun if those tripleheader tweets were even remotely true. Nonetheless, it could be exciting to see the Rockies go homer-happy on Gee, who has really stumbled out of the gate in 2013.

San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers

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15-Apr

Chad Billingsley (1-0), 1.50 ERA, 3.54 FIP

Eric Stults (1-1), 3.60 ERA, 4.04 FIP

10:10 pm ET

FOX Sports-San Diego, PRIME

Hopefully, Carlos Quentin's suspension ensures that there will not be any ugly beanball contests between these two teams. The best retaliation for the Dodgers would be to live up to their price tag and sweep the free-falling Friars.

American League Game of the Day

Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox

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15-Apr

Ryan Dempster (0-1), 3.60 ERA, 4.44 FIP

Jeremy Hellickson (0-1), 6.35 ERA, 7.01 FIP

11:05 am ET

SUN, NESN

Stop me if you've heard this before: the Rays were nearly no-hit yesterday. Tampa Bay's offense, with Luke Scott on the DL and B.J. Upton a Brave, is a concern, and the fact that pitchers can routinely take no-nos so deep into games against them just reinforces that fact. Clay Buchholz was only a few outs from completing the task yesterday afternoon.

The Red Sox will be trying to sweep the Rays out of Boston with a final win in the series in the annual Patriots' Day home game. Jeremy Hellickson has done well in Fenway in his young career, but with so little offense to back them up, a pitcher has to be near perfect.

Other American League Action

White Sox at Blue Jays

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15-Apr

Mark Buehrle (0-0), 10.24 ERA, 6.04 FIP

Gavin Floyd (0-2), 5.56 ERA, 3.12 FIP

7:07 pm ET

CSN+, RSN

How will Mark Buehrle fare against his old team, and how will his new team cope with the loss of Jose Reyes when they were already struggling? Each sitting two games under .500, both teams will be looking to get their season back on track.

Angels at Twins

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15-Apr

Kevin Correia (0-1), 3.14 ERA, 3.04 FIP

Joe Blanton (0-2), 9.00 ERA, 8.34 FIP

8:10 pm ET

FOX Sports-West, FOX Sports-North

If you're a struggling team like the Angels, getting to play consecutive series against the Astros and Twins has to be a welcome sight. Unfortunately, they'll have to temporarily trade playing in sunny California for the unpleasant conditions of the Great White North with highs in the 40s and snow to contend with.

Astros at Athletics

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15-Apr

Tommy Milone (2-0), 4.50 ERA, 4.70 FIP

Eric Bedard (0-0), 0.00 ERA, 2.49 FIP

10:05 pm ET

CSN, CSCA

The A's offense is cruising right now, and even without Yoenis Cespedes, they are more than capable of beating up on their division rival Astros again this series after sweeping them the first time they met in 2013. It's already shaping up to be a long season for Houston.

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