What to watch for in today's games

What to watch for in today's games

The end of Spring Training is near. For some clubs, Wednesday is the final day of Grapefruit or Cactus League play before they move on to a final few exhibition games in other locations. Yes, the regular season is almost here, and that's no April Fools' joke.

Here are three things to watch for in Wednesday's games (all times ET):

• Kluber battles Bumgarner: CLE@SF, 4:05 p.m, exclusive video and audio webcasts on sfgiants.com

It's only Spring Training, but pitching matchups don't get much better than this. When the Indians and Giants square off on Wednesday, fans at Scottsdale Stadium will be treated to a battle between reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and reigning World Series Most Valuable Player Madison Bumgarner.

Kluber, who struck out 269 batters last year, has racked up 20 K's over 18 2/3 innings this spring. Coming off his legendary postseason run, Bumgarner got off to a rough start in Cactus League play but gave up only one run on one hit over six innings in his most recent start on March 22. Both he and Kluber are taking the mound for the final time before Opening Day.

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Meanwhile, the Indians' Nick Swisher is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter in his first Cactus League game. Swisher, recovering from double knee surgery last August, has been playing in Minor League games but won't be ready for the beginning of the regular season.

• Cueto returns, faces Bradley: ARI@CIN, 4:05 p.m. on Gameday Audio

Reds Opening Day starter Johnny Cueto will get a final spring tuneup when he takes on the D-backs in Goodyear, Ariz. The right-hander has made three Cactus League starts and none since March 15, after which he returned home to the Dominican Republic to be with his mother, who needed open-heart surgery. Cueto, who won 20 games with a 2.25 ERA last season, will aim for 85-90 pitches after throwing 60 in a five-inning Minor League start last Friday.

Arizona will counter with 22-year-old righty Archie Bradley, MLBPipeline.com's No. 16 overall prospect and No. 1 D-backs prospect. Bradley is battling for a spot in the club's Opening Day bullpen and has a 2.20 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 16 1/3 innings this spring.

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• Kershaw takes on Royals: LAD@KC, 3:05 p.m. on MLB.TV

Before Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw embarks on his quest for a third straight National League Cy Young Award, and fourth in five years, he has one final Cactus League start. Kershaw, who will face the Padres to open the season on April 6, is set to take the ball against the defending AL champion Royals and young righty Yordano Ventura, also an Opening Day starter.

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Kershaw has looked on point of late. In his most recent start Thursday against the White Sox, he struck out eight while giving up one run over six innings. Meanwhile, Ventura is coming off throwing seven no-hit innings against the Mariners on Friday.

Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.