MLB: Five Baseball Games to Watch this Weekend

With the weekend ahead and a full slate of games to watch, it can be a bit overwhelming for a baseball fan to just choose one game to watch. As always, there are a plethora of great match-ups this weekend to choose from. Whether it’s division rivals squaring off, or potential pitching duels.  There is plenty to choose from.

Here are five games every baseball fan should be tuning into:

Detroit Tigers (53-47) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (50-49)- Anibal Sanchez (5-7) will be making his Detroit Tigers debut on Saturday. Sanchez was recently traded with teammate Omar Infante from the Miami Marlins to Detroit. Sanchez looks to start out well with his new team. The Blue Jays will have Henderson Alvarez (6-7) on the mound for them. Be sure to tune on Saturday at 1:05 PM ET.

Los Angeles Angels (55-44) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (52-48)- Zack Greinke (9-3) was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. The Angels hope Greinke can provide some consistency behind Jered Weaver and CJ Wilson. In Greinke’s last start with the Brewers he went seven innings, while striking out five, and hit a home run, and got his ninth win of the year. Jeremy Hellickson (5-6) will oppose him. Sunday at 3:35 PM ET is when this game is scheduled to go down.

Los Angeles Dodgers (53-47) vs. San Francisco Giants (55-43)- If pitching duels and division rivalries is what you like, this game is for you. Clayton Kershaw (7-6) will be going up against Ryan Vogelsong (8-4), in what should be a very low scoring game. The Dodgers are three games behind the Giants, and are now getting healthy. With two aces on the mound; be sure to be watching Sunday afternoon at 4:05 PM ET

New York Yankees (60-39) vs. Boston Red Sox (49-51)- Who doesn’t love a Red Sox/Yankee game? The Yankees are starting to run away from the of the AL East. The Red Sox have had a disappointing year, sitting at two games under .500 almost in August. Jon Lester (5-8), who was once considered the ace of the Red Sox’ staff, is having an un-ace like year. He will be pitching for the struggling Red Sox. CC Sabathia (10-3) will have the mound for the Yankees on Saturday. This game is slated for a 4:05 start ET.

Pittsburgh Pirates (57-42) vs. Houston Astros (34-67)- Wandy Rodriguez (7-9) finds himself in familiar territory for his Pirates debut.  Pirates fans eagerly wait to see how Rodriguez will do in his debut, but is Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle ready? Hurdle wasn’t thrilled that Kevin Correia was taken out of the rotation because of Rodriguez. The Astros have lost 11 straight games, and hope Armando Galarraga (0-0) — who will be making his debut for the Astros in 2012 — will get them a much needed win.

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