What’s on Tap: Previewing Wednesday evening’s action

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Wednesday’s action is already under way with four early afternoon games and two mid-afternoon games. And, to be honest, the pitching matchups for the evening aren’t terribly exciting.

It’s worth noting that Aaron Sanchez will return to the Blue Jays’ rotation after a spell at High-A Dunedin. If it seems odd that someone who made the 2016 All-Star team would be voluntarily sent to Single-A on a non-rehab assignment, it’s because the Jays are trying to limit his innings. The 24-year-old hadn’t thrown more than 133 1/3 innings in a season coming into 2016, but he’s already at 156 1/3 with the Jays this year. Unsurprisingly, Sanchez didn’t actually pitch in a game while in Dunedin.

Sanchez enters Wednesday night’s start, a 7:05 PM EDT matchup against the Orioles’ Yovani Gallardo at Camden Yards, with a 12-2 record, a 2.99 ERA, and a 132/46 K/BB ratio. The Jays own a two-game lead in the AL East with a 75-57 record. The O’s are three games back in third place. Though there’s more than a month left, this will be a very important start for Sanchez and the Jays.

The rest of Wednesday evening’s action…

Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Finnegan) @ Los Angeles Angels (Ricky Nolasco), 7:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @ Baltimore Orioles (Yovani Gallardo), 7:05 PM EDT

Washington Nationals (Gio Gonzalez) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Adam Morgan), 7:05 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (David Phelps) @ New York Mets (Bartolo Colon), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Pat Dean) @ Cleveland Indians (Corey Kluber), 7:10 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Paul Clemens) @ Atlanta Braves (Matt Wisler), 7:10 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong) @ Chicago Cubs (Jason Hammel), 8:05 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Rich Hill Bud Norris) @ Colorado Rockies (Jeff Hoffman), 8:10 PM EDT [Game Two]

St. Louis Cardinals (Luke Weaver) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Matt Garza), 8:10 PM EDT

New York Yankees (Luis Cessa) @ Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy), 8:15 PM EDT