The San Diego Padres host the Philadelphia Phillies in MLB 2022 action Thursday, June 23 at San Diego’s Petco Park. The game will be broadcast live on fuboTV.
Right-hander Joe Musgrove will start on the mound for the Padres, against left-hander Ranger Suarez for the Phillies. San Diego is 44-27 this season while Phillies is 36-34.
The Phillies vs. Padres game starts at 8:40 p.m. Central (9:40 p.m. Eastern) and will be streamed live on fuboTV, which is offering a 7-day free trial. MLB Network will broadcast the game nationwide.
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
BATTLE OF THE BRONX
The American League powerhouses face off as Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees host Yordan Álvarez and the Houston Astros in the opening game of a highly anticipated four-game series.
New York (51-18) has the best record in the majors, and Houston (43-25) is second behind the Yankees in the AL. Both clubs are already leading in double figures in the division, so this clash could certainly serve as another preview of the playoffs next October.
Yankees fans still simmering over ALCS losses to Houston in 2017 and 2019 are sure to boo and taunt the Astros again for their 2017-18 cheating scandal.
Judge leads the big leagues with 27 home runs after hitting a pair in Wednesday night’s comeback win in Tampa Bay. Álvarez is second at 21 after starting three in a two-game sweep by the New York Mets at home.
Álvarez has nine homers in his last 20 games.
“Whenever a player goes to New York and plays there, it’s just really exciting with the history of that team and the stadium,” he said through a translator. “We know they’re a really good team, so we’re just going to compete and try to win.”
Framber Valdez (7-3, 2.78 ERA) starts for Houston against Jameson Taillon (8-1, 2.70).
Joe Musgrove (8-0, 1.59 ERA) is left off the COVID-19 injured list to start for the San Diego Padres against Bryce Harper and the visiting Phillies. Musgrove went to the IL last Friday after testing positive.
Ranger Suarez (5-4, 4.43) plays for Philadelphia in the opener of a four-game streak.
Kyle Schwarber has reached baseball in 26 straight games for the Phillies. But they have lost three straight after winning 14 of their first 16 under interim manager Rob Thomson, who took over when Joe Girardi was sacked. Harper returned to the lineup in Texas on Wednesday after missing three games with an infected blister on his left index finger.
San Diego won a three-game streak from Arizona without All-Star hitter Manny Machado, who sprained his left ankle last weekend. The team doesn’t think Machado needs to be put on the injured list.
Padres manager Bob Melvin returned to the dugout on Wednesday after missing 11 games in COVID-19 protocols.
Jose Ramírez and the red-hot Cleveland Guardians are looking to win three games in Minnesota, which would give them a two-game lead over the Twins in AL Central.
The young Guardians rallied for four runs in the ninth inning Wednesday night to stun Minnesota 11-10. Cleveland has won seven straight series and is 17-4 as of May 30.
“I think we’re a special team,” shortstop Amed Rosario said through a translator.
Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.41 ERA) pitches for the Guardians against Devin Smeltzer (3-1, 3.52). The teams will meet five times over four days next week in Cleveland.
“PEN IS POWERFUL
Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals have a one-game lead in the NL Central over the Brewers, who are heading into the finals of their four-game series in Milwaukee.
In their last two games, the St. Louis assists have conceded just one hit and three walks while throwing 10 1/3 innings scoreless.
“There are some incredible arms down there,” Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright said. “We like our place when we come to them.”
Dakota Hudson (5-3, 3.31 ERA) meets 29-year-old Milwaukee rookie Jason Alexander (1-0, 2.42).
THE NEXT GENERATION
Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.08 ERA) starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Reds rookie Hunter Greene (3-7, 5.26), who threw 39 pitches at more than 100 mph when he faced his hometown team in April.
Freddie Freeman has seven RBIs in the first two games of the runner-up series in Cincinnati, which has lost six straight total and eight straight in two seasons to the Dodgers at Great American Ball Park.
Wobbly white SOX
After three players dropped out early, the White Sox are a bit battered going into their series opener at home against Baltimore.
Chicago outfielder Luis Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games in a 9-5 loss to Toronto on Wednesday. But he slowly ran to first and stayed there as his strike leapt past left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and eventually exited the game in eighth place.
“If he’s not going to the wall (after) balls, he’s not going to second place, you know he’s feeling some ouch there,” said Chicago manager Tony La Russa.
White Sox infielder Danny Mendick left the team with right knee problems after colliding with outfielder Adam Haseley on a foul pop. Right field player Adam Engel retired due to sore muscles in his right thigh.
Star shortstop Tim Anderson, who returned Monday after missing 18 games with a right groin strain, was not playing on a doctor’s order, La Russa said. And first baseman Jose Abreu was relegated to designated batsman duties because of a hip problem.
Veteran outfielder Lorenzo Cain has deleted waivers and become a free agent – at 36 it’s uncertain if he hopes to play again.
Cain hit .179 with one homer and nine RBIs in 43 games when he was released by the Brewers. He is in the final season of a five-year, $80 million contract.
The two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner was selected for action on Saturday. That was the day he spent 10 years in the major leagues, which allowed him to fully contribute to the players’ pension fund.
“It’s just got to a point where it’s probably time,” Cain said after Milwaukee pushed back the roster. “I didn’t play the way I would have liked, but the situation is what it is. I’ve had a great career. I can’t really get excited about anything, but yeah, it’s about time.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.