MLB viewing guide: Tuesday schedule spotlight

Kevin C. Cox

There's plenty of interleague on the plate, whether you find it appetizing or not. If the latter, try some Halos/Astros or Rays/Jays to cleanse your palate.

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

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7-May

Roberto Hernandez (1-4), 5.28 ERA, 4.55 FIP

J.A. Happ (2-2), 3.98 ERA, 4.40 FIP

7:10 pm ET

RSN, Sun Sports

The Jays came all the way back from a 7-0 deficit on the road to beat the Rays on Monday night at the Trop. The victory, coupled with Toronto's Sunday win over the Mariners, gave the Jays only their second winning streak of the season. The previous "streak" lasted only two games, but can Happ shut down the Rays and the suddenly hot Evan Longoria to send Toronto back on the path toward respectability at .500?

Chicago White Sox at New York Mets

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7-May

Matt Harvey (4-0), 1.56 ERA, 2.27 FIP

Hector Santiago (1-1), 2.29 ERA, 3.83 FIP

7:10 pm ET

CSN, SNY

April's NL Pitcher of the Month looks to kick May off with similar dominance, but Harvey should not be the only starter to watch in this game. The 25-year-old southpaw Santiago pitched all but four games out of the bullpen last year; however, when Gavin Floyd went down with an injury, Santiago took his spot and threw 5-1/3 innings of two-hit ball against the Rangers on May 2nd. The opposition was impressed, and Santiago will get a chance to prove he belongs in the rotation with Floyd unfortunately out for the season.

Detroit Tigers at Washington Nationals

Photo credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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7-May

Jordan Zimmermann (5-1), 1.64 ERA, 2.92 FIP

Anibal Sanchez (3-2), 1.82 ERA, 1.33 FIP

7:10 pm ET

MLB Network, FOX Sports-Detroit, MASN

Tigers/Nats would have been quite the World Series match-up last year, and many writers regarded these two teams as pennant favorites for this year. Davey Johnson's crew has to play a little better than they did in April to get there, but it's still very early and they've burst out of the gates in May with four wins in five games on the road against the Braves and Bucs. The Tigers counter with a scalding Miguel Cabrera (.458/.552/.917 in the past week) and Sanchez, who dominated the Nats' division rival Braves with 17 strikeouts. In a related story, Washington hitters have whiffed more than all but two other NL teams.

Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox

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7-May

Ryan Dempster (2-2), 3.00 ERA, 3.63 FIP

Scott Diamond (2-2), 3.97 ERA, 3.54 FIP

7:10 pm ET

NESN, FOX Sports-North

A late double in Boston's 11-inning victory Monday night helped David Ortiz narrowly avoid snapping his hitting streak, which now stands at 26 games. A hit tonight off the lefty Diamond would tie Ortiz with old partner in crime Manny Ramirez's 27-gamer from 2006 and Dominic DiMaggio's 27-gamer from 1951. Only five Red Sox hitting streaks lasted longer than those two, one of which was, of course, by Dom himself-34 in 1949, the Red Sox record.

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels

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7-May

C.J. Wilson (3-0), 4.04 ERA, 4.33 FIP

Jordan Lyles (0-0), 3.60 ERA, 1.22 FIP

8:10 pm ET

FOX Sports-West, CSN

Mike Trout is heating up at .375/.423/.958 in the past week, and Mark Trumbo's getting to that point as well (.250/.423/.850). What will have to suffice as the Angels' ace is on the mound with the free-swinging Astros in town, who have dropped nine of their last ten games and shook up the roster. Win or be mocked, Halos.

New York Yankees at Colorado Rockies

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7-May

Jorge de la Rosa (2-3), 4.18 ERA, 4.65 FIP

Hiroki Kuroda (4-1), 2.25 ERA, 3.15 FIP

8:40 pm ET

YES Network, ROOT Sports

In addition to missing all their righty hitters on the disabled list, the Yankees must face a lefty without DH Travis Hafner due to the NL park and are also likely without Eduardo Nunez, who left Sunday's game with tightness in his rib cage. It also does not bode well for the Yanks that while Kuroda was with the Dodgers, he never pitched well against the Rockies, especially at Coors Field (5.52 ERA in ten starts against, 6.85 ERA in four starts at Coors). They can deploy recently-acquired third baseman Chris Nelson against his old team though. At Coors, he hit .347/.411/.500 with a 121 wRC+.

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