MLB Thursday viewing guide: Game times, TV schedules

Christian Petersen

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

American League Game of the Day

Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays

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18-Apr

R.A. Dickey (1-2), 5.82 ERA, 5.44 FIP

Chris Sale (1-1), 5.21 ERA, 5.14 FIP

7:07 pm ET

CSN, RSN, MLB.tv (free)

Neither of these aces has been on their game so far in 2013, but they've pitched remarkably similar to one another. Which ace can come out on top in this one, and start to get back on track? The White Sox took the first two games in the series, and are looking for the sweep today.

On paper, the Blue Jays should have been running away from the rest of the division, but that's why they play the games. If they are going to get going, R.A. Dickey is going to need to play a big part in that, and he can start with today.

-Tanya Bondurant

National League Game of the Day

St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies

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18-Apr

Cole Hamels (0-2), 7.56 ERA, 6.20 FIP

Adam Wainwright (2-1), 2.05 ERA, 0.90 FIP

7:05 pm ET

FOX Sports-Midwest, TCN, MLB Network

Despite Hamels's statistics right now, this battle of aces is about as good as it gets for pitching matchups. Hamels recovered from his disappointing first two starts to throw six innings of one-run ball against the Marlins his last time out. He's pitched well against the Cardinals in the past (3.27 ERA in nine starts), and the Phils will need a good outing from him if they want to shake off their recent sweep at the hands of the Reds.

Wainwright has has yet to walk a single batter in 22 innings this year, a streak that stretches to 26 going back to 2012. He had a rough first start when Arizona knocked him around for 11 hits in six innings, but dominated the Giants and Brewers in subsequent appearances. The Phillies haven't been a problem before -- Wainwright owns a 2.20 ERA in 49 innings against them.

-Andrew Mearns

Other American League Action

Detroit Tigers at Seattle Mariners

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18-Apr

Justin Verlander (2-1), 1.96 ERA, 3.08 FIP

Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0), 2.18 ERA, 4.20 FIP

3:40 pm ET

FOX Sports-Detroit, ROOT Sports

The Tigers are rolling, and they get the luxury of sending their ace to the mound against a Mariners team that has lost seven of their last ten games.

Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles

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18-Apr

Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) 2.92 ERA, 3.73 FIP

David Price (0-1), 5.82 ERA, 5.61 FIP

7:05 pm ET

SUN, MASN

The Rays managed to end their losing streak last night, but David Price has not been himself so far in 2013. If he has the same success against the O's that Matt Moore had yesterday, Tampa Bay might be able to start a different kind of streak.

Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians

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18-Apr

Zach McAllister (1-1), 2.19 ERA, 1.87 FIP

Jon Lester (2-0), 1.42 ERA, 1.82 FIP

7:05 pm ET

NESN, SportsTime Ohio

Jon Lester has been tremendous this season, his offense is scoring runs, and the Indians are struggling. The possibility for consecutive series sweeps exists for the Sox today.

Other Interleague Action

Texas Rangers at Chicago Cubs

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18-Apr

Carlos Villanueva (0-0), 0.64 ERA, 3.58 FIP

Alexi Ogando (2-0), 1.08 ERA, 1.94 FIP

2:20 pm ET

FOX Sports-Southwest, WGN, MLB Network

The rain out last night allowed the Rangers to skip Justin Grimm and pitch Ogando instead, whose terrific start to the season has been overshadowed by teammate Yu Darvish. Villanueva could surprise Texas, though; he's already shut down two 2012 playoff teams so far.

Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Yankees

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18-Apr

Phil Hughes (0-2), 10.29 ERA, 8.37 FIP

Patrick Corbin (2-0), 1.50 ERA, 3.33 FIP

7:05 pm ET

FOX Sports-Arizona, YES Network

The late Yankees rally against Wade Miley and the Arizona bullpen ensured a series victory. Had they failed, though, they would have been looking at a mismatch today given how much Hughes struggled in his first two starts.

Other National League Action

San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers

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18-Apr

Yovani Gallardo (0-1), 6.61 ERA, 4.31 FIP

Matt Cain (0-1), 5.94 ERA, 3.80 FIP

1:10 pm ET

FOX Sports-Wisconsin, CSBA, MLB Network


Two days after his DUI arrest, Gallardo is back out on the mound to face the Giants.

New York Mets at Colorado Rockies

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18-Apr

Jon Garland (1-0), 3.75 ERA, 3.92 FIP

Jon Niese (2-0), 3.57 ERA, 4.39 FIP

3:10 pm ET

SNY

It's been a weird week for these two teams, who played an ugly doubleheader Tuesday and were snowed out Monday and Wednesday. Instead of Jeremy Hefner, the Mets get to pitch the superior Niese against Garland now thanks to the Snow Miser.

Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates

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18-Apr

Jeff Locke (1-1), 4.09 ERA, 5.36 FIP

Julio Teheran (0-0), 7.36 ERA, 6.27 FIP

7:05 pm ET

SportSouth, ROOT Sports

It's amazing that the Braves' 10-game winning streak survived two poor Teheran starts. Fresh off one-hitting the Cardinals, the Bucs hope to give Atlanta its first losing streak of the season by prolonging Teheran's struggles.

Miami Marlins at Cincinnati Reds

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18-Apr

Tony Cingrani (2013 debut)

Jose Fernandez (0-0), 0.82 ERA, 1.54 FIP

7:10 pm ET

FOX Sports-Florida, FOX Sports-Ohio, MLB Network

Cingrani is starting his first big-league game in place of Johnny Cueto, and he could not hand-pick a more favorable team to oppose. In just his third career game, Fernandez is the more experienced starter. That did not take long.

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