3/18/2014 12:08 A.M. ET
Red Sox-Yanks tilt highlights today's MLB.TV slate
Boston lefty Doubront faces NY righty Pineda; Dice-K, Mets meet Miggy, Tigers
By Chad Thornburg / MLB.com
A storied baseball rivalry begins its 2014 chapter Tuesday, as the Yankees and Red Sox clash in Tampa, Fla.
The 1:05 p.m. ET contest at George M. Steinbrenner Field -- which will stream live on MLB.TV -- is the first of two meetings between the American League East foes this spring. Tuesday's game pits Boston lefty Felix Doubront against Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda, who will start as scheduled despite Monday's rainout. The 25-year-old Pineda is in the mix to be New York's No. 5 starter with a 0.00 ERA through 4 2/3 innings this spring.
Former Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who signed with the Yankees in the offseason, is not expected to play due to tightness in his right calf.
In Cactus League action, the Texas Rangers will split up for a 4:05 p.m. ET contest against the Brewers and a 10:05 ET meeting with the Cubs. Both will stream live on MLB.TV. In the afternoon game, Texas will hand the ball to 22-year-old hurler Martin Perez, who posted a 10-6 record and a 3.62 ERA as a starter last season.
For Milwaukee, third baseman Aramis Ramirez is expected in the lineup for a second straight game. Ramirez has hit .500 (8-for-16) with five RBIs in limited action this spring as he continues to work his way back from offseason surgery to remove a polyp from his colon. Right-hander Marco Estrada will toe the rubber for the Brewers.
In Surprise, Ariz., the Rangers' Alexi Ogando draws Jason Hammel and Chicago. Javier Baez -- rated as the No. 7 overall prospect by MLB.com -- is expected to start at second base for the Cubs. The 21-year-old from Puerto Rico is batting .281 (9-for-32) though 11 games this spring.
Neither the Rays nor the Twins played Monday due to a scheduled off-day for Tampa Bay and a rainout for Minnesota, but both return to the diamond Tuesday when they square off at 7:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. Rays left-hander Matt Moore, fresh off 3 1/3 scoreless innings against the Pirates on Thursday, will make his fourth start of the spring.
Twins right-hander Vance Worley, who was scheduled to start in Monday's rainout, will take his turn Tuesday against the Rays. The rainout also pushed shortstop Pedro Florimon's Grapefruit League debut to Tuesday as he returns to action after having his appendix removed on Feb. 17.
The Padres get their first game under the lights when they take on the Seattle Mariners at 10:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. Josh Johnson will start for San Diego, scheduled to throw roughly 75 pitches. Former Padres pitcher Randy Wolf -- who was 6-10 with a 4.74 ERA in 2008, his lone season in San Diego -- will take the mound for the Mariners. The 37-year-old non-roster invitee is fighting for a spot in the rotation.
Seattle will again be without second baseman Robinson Cano, who returns to camp Tuesday after dealing with a personal issue in the Dominican Republic.
The Tigers compete in their final split-squad day of Spring Training on Tuesday with a pair of Grapefruit League games against the Blue Jays and and the New York Mets, the latter of which will stream live on MLB.TV at 1:10 p.m. ET. Miguel Cabrera will be among the position players that travel to Port St. Lucie, Fla., to face the Mets. Daisuke Matsuzaka will start for New York opposite Detroit's Kyle Lobstein.
Jesse Chavez, who now finds himself as a projected starter for an injury-depleted Oakland rotation, gets the nod for the Athletics in their Tuesday contest with the White Sox at 4:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. The right-hander has impressed this spring to the tune of 12 2/3 scoreless innings. Chicago will counter with 25-year-old southpaw Jose Quintana.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.