I don’t usually write up a What’s on Tap for Sunday games, but then again, I don’t typically clock in until the mid-afternoon when most of Sunday’s games are nearing completion. So enjoy this treat.
Sunday is a day of redemption for a few pitchers. Stephen Strasburg returns from the disabled list for the Nationals after missing a couple weeks with an upper back injury. He’s putting his perfect 10-0 record on the line, opposing the Reds’ John Lamb in a 1:35 PM EDT matchup. Brandon McCarthy toes the rubber for the Dodgers in his 2016 debut after missing over a year due to Tommy John surgery. He’ll oppose the Rockies’ Jon Gray in a 4:10 PM EDT tiff. And Andrew Cashner is back in action for the Padres after straining his neck early last month. He will try to best the Yankees’ Chad Green starting at 4:40 PM EDT.
In the evening, the Marlins and Braves will square off at Fort Bragg Field, marking the first time a regular season game in any professional sport has been played on an active military base. Major League Baseball is doing this as a way to say “thank you” to servicepeople.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said, “Major League Baseball’s boundless gratitude to our military has led us to a unique event that will benefit the men and women of Fort Bragg and their families for many years. I thank the Braves and the Marlins for their participation and all of our clubs and players for contributing to this gesture, which will stand as a fitting new chapter in the national pastime’s proud and distinguished military history.”
The rest of Sunday’s action…
Cincinnati Reds (John Lamb) @ Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg), 1:35 PM EDT
Los Angeles Angels (Matt Shoemaker) @ Boston Red Sox (Sean O’Sullivan), 1:35 PM EDT
Pittsburgh Pirates (Francisco Liriano) @ Oakland Athletics (Daniel Mengden), 4:05 PM EDT
Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Brandon McCarthy), 4:10 PM EDT
New York Yankees (Chad Green) @ San Diego Padres (Andrew Cashner), 4:40 PM EDT
Miami Marlins (Adam Conley) @ Atlanta Braves (Matt Wisler), 8:05 PM EDT