3/22/2014 12:00 A.M. ET
Tanaka's third start highlights today's spring action
Wacha leads Cardinals on MLB.TV; Fister returns to action as Nats face Marlins
By Quinn Roberts / MLB.com
While the Dodgers and D-backs are in Australia to begin the regular season, the other 28 teams are still in the midst of important Spring Training games in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues.
A slew of exciting contests are on tap Saturday, including a 1:05 p.m. ET matchup between the Cardinals and Astros that can be seen on MLB.TV.
Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha has had a stellar spring, allowing just one run on six hits in 8 1/3 innings of work. In three starts, he's also struck out nine.
"I think so," Wacha said when asked if his command was better in his last start, also against the Astros. "I was pretty happy with the no walks up there. If I can keep on continuing with that and keep on continuing to pound the strike zone and getting the first pitch strike over, I feel like I'll have better success."
Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will take the hill in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest against the Twins and right-hander Kevin Correia that can be seen on MLB.TV. In three games, two starts, Tanaka is still looking for his first win. He's allowed two runs on seven hits in 9 1/3 innings.
John Lackey makes his third start for the Red Sox in a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Braves on MLB.TV. Lackey is hoping to turn things around Saturday after struggling in his first two starts. Lackey has allowed eight runs on 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings. Atlanta starter Alex Wood is scheduled to complete at least five innings.
Meanwhile, Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound for the Orioles in Port Charlotte, Fla., as they face the Rays and right-hander Alex Cobb. The contest begins at 1:05 p.m. ET and can be heard on Gameday Audio. Jimenez will make his this third official appearance for the club this spring after pitching two innings in each of his first two outings.
In a National League East matchup between the Marlins split squad and the Nationals, which can be heard on Gameday Audio at 1:05 p.m. ET, Doug Fister will return to the mound for the first time since being sidelined with right elbow inflammation on March 2. Henderson Alvarez gets the nod for the Marlins.
Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon makes his third Grapefruit League start against the split-squad Marlins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio. Colon, who signed a two-year deal worth $20 million this offseason, has a 7.27 ERA this spring. Left-hander Brad Hand gets the call for Miami.
The Phillies will travel to Bradenton, Fla., to face the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio in a matchup between right-handers A.J. Burnett and Stolmy Pimentel. While Burnett has already been scheduled to start the Phillies' second game of the season April 1 against the Rangers, he has endured a rough spring, with a 10.00 ERA in four appearances (three starts).
After being scratched from his Cactus League start on Monday because of triceps stiffness, A's left-hander Scott Kazmir takes the hill against a Mariners split squad at 4:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio. In two starts this spring, Kazmir has allowed just three hits in seven innings.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.