Memorial Day schedule highlighted by Tigers-A's playoff rematch

Ezra Shaw

Several intriguing matchups will be nationally televised on Memorial Day.

Three-day weekends are great and all, but what good would they be if you couldn't use your extra sweatpants time to watch a dozen hours of baseball?

The answer is no good. You might as well just work if you're just going to sit there and stare out the window like Rogers Hornsby. Luckily, you don't have to worry about that. Major League Baseball has you covered.

In back-to-back games on ESPN, the Braves host the Red Sox and the Cardinals host the Yankees.

Ervin Santana will face Clay Buchholz in Atlanta. Santana has adapted well to the National League. In 52⅔ innings as a Brave, Santana has gone 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA, but over his last two starts he's allowed 11 runs in 12 innings, walking five and striking out just five.

Michael Wacha will square off against rookie right-hander Chase Whitley in St. Louis. If you haven't had a chance to watch Wacha pitch yet this season, make the effort for this one. He's put up a 2.54 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP with 66 strikeouts in 60⅓ innings. He's backing up the hype from 2013 and functioning as a 1B ace for the Cards alongside Adam Wainwright. Whitley, 24, has started two games for New York this year, allowing just one earned run in nine innings.

If you're planning to grill and you don't want to either carry your TV outside or wheel your Weber inside, you can listen to the Tigers and A's game on ESPN Radio. In a rematch of last year's American League Division Series, left-handers Drew Smyly and Tommy Milone will start for Detroit and Oakland, respectively.

Memorial Day national TV coverage:

Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves (1:10 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics (4:05 p.m. ET, ESPN Radio)

New York Yankees at St. Louis Cardinals (4:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)

Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers (8:10 p.m. ET, MLBN)

Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals (8:10 p.m. ET, MLBN)

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