What’s on Tap: Previewing Sunday’s action

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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.”

Adam Conley goes for the Marlins and Matt Wisler goes for the Braves in this 8:05 PM EDT event.

The rest of Sunday’s action…

Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber) @ Toronto Blue Jays (J.A. Happ), 1:07 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (Jon Lester) @ New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard), 1:10 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Mike Pelfrey) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Chris Archer), 1:10 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (John Lamb) @ Washington Nationals (Stephen Strasburg), 1:35 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Yordano Ventura) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Vince Velasquez), 1:35 PM EDT

Los Angeles Angels (Matt Shoemaker) @ Boston Red Sox (Sean O’Sullivan), 1:35 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Houston Astros (Collin McHugh), 2:10 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Cole Hamels) @ Minnesota Twins (Kyle Gibson), 2:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Chase Anderson) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha), 2:15 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Francisco Liriano) @ Oakland Athletics (Daniel Mengden), 4:05 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez) @ Seattle Mariners (Hisashi Iwakuma), 4:10 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Brandon McCarthy), 4:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Albert Suarez) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray), 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