Craig Calcaterra

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
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What’s on Tap: Previewing Friday’s Action

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A full slate of night games tonight.

Among the interesting matchups is Sonny Gray for the A’s vs. the BSOHL All-Star Aaron Sanchez. A battle of Jons in Cincinnati, one you’ve heard of, one you probably haven’t. Jonathon Niese is going too. I feel like he used to be a Jon, but the probables list him as “Jonathan.” Another Jon is pitching in Colorado.

Bunch of parents prejudiced against the letter “h” I guess. Well, not Zach Davies’ parents. They went with the “h” instead of the “k” which has become far more prominent. He’s pitching tonight. No Zacks though.

In other name news, this will be the 214th start from the same man named “Gio” without it being interrupted by any other Gios starting. That has to be some kind of record. We have a Jarred going. Tough name. A lot of different ways to spell it. Between that and the Derek/Derrick problems that have plagued the league for a good two decades, it’s almost impossible to write about baseball correctly. My job is really hard you guys.

Anyway:

Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson) @ Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez), 7:05 PM EDT, Nationals Park

Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Moore) @ New York Yankees (CC Sabathia), 7:05 PM EDT, Yankee Stadium

Oakland Athletics (Sonny Gray) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez), 7:07 PM EDT, Rogers Centre

Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester) @ Cincinnati Reds (Jon Moscot), Great American Ball Park

Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander), 7:10 PM EDT, Comerica Park

New York Mets (Matt Harvey) @ Atlanta Braves (Bud Norris), 7:35 PM EDT, Turner Field

Boston Red Sox (Steven Wright) @ Houston Astros (Collin McHugh), 8:10 PM EDT, Minute Maid Park

Philadelphia Phillies (Aaron Nola) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Zach Davies), 8:10 PM EDT, Miller Park

Texas Rangers (Martin Perez) @ Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana), 8:10 PM EDT, U.S. Cellular Field

Baltimore Orioles (Yovani Gallardo) @ Kansas City Royals (Chris Young), 8:15 PM EDT, Kauffman Stadium

Los Angeles Dodgers (Scott Kazmir) @ Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray), 8:40 PM EDT, Coors Field

Pittsburgh Pirates (Jonathan Niese) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin), 9:40 PM EDT, Chase Field

Seattle Mariners (Felix Hernandez) @ Los Angeles Angels (Nick Tropeano), 10:05 PM EDT, Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Miami Marlins (Jarred Cosart) @ San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija), 10:15 PM EDT, AT&T Park

Rays are calling up top prospect Blake Snell to start Saturday

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Marck Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that The Tampa Bay Rays are calling up top prospect Blake Snell to start Saturday against the Yankees.

Snell, a lefty, posted a 1.41 ERA and 163 strikeouts in 134 innings last season between A-ball, Double-A AA, and Triple-A and was named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year for 2015. In three starts at Triple-A this year he’s struck out 21 batters in fourteen and a third innings. He’s 23 and was the Rays’ first round pick in 2011.

Blue Jays sign Michael Bourn to a minor league deal

Atlanta Braves' left fielder Michael Bourn (2) fields the single of New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)
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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Toronto Blue Jays have signed Michael Bourn to a minor league contract. The Braves had released him a week ago.

Bourn, 33, hit .238/.310/.282 with 17 stolen bases in 482 plate appearances between the Indians and Braves last season and then couldn’t make a bad Braves club out of camp. He’ll likely be in the minors until an injury or two happens, or until he shows that he’s really prepared to bounce back in a major way.