Baseball returns to Baltimore; Yordano up against Indians in Cleveland
By Joey Nowak
All 30 teams are in play today, with the first pitch of the day scheduled for 12:35 p.m. ET in Cincinnati and the last game set to start at 10:10 p.m. at Dodger Stadium. Buckle up for a full day of baseball. Here are five things to watch for:
• Resuming play in Baltimore: CWS @ BAL, 2:05 p.m. ET
Following the postponement of games on Monday and Tuesday due to riots in Baltimore, the White Sox and Orioles will return to the field this afternoon under unfamiliar circumstances. First pitch has been moved to 2:05 p.m. ET, and due to the city's protests, Oriole Park at Camden Yards will be closed to the public during the game, which will pit Jeff Samardzija against Ubaldo Jimenez. The game will be available on MLB.TV and will be televised locally by the teams' respective regional sports networks.
• Yordano is back: KC @ CLE, 6:10 p.m. ET
Yordano Ventura is back on the bump as he appeals a suspension for his role in last week's fracas with the White Sox. As long as the ruling isn't handed down before today, the Indians will be seeing a right-hander with electric stuff, as well as a 3-0 record and 1.57 ERA in his career against Cleveland. Danny Salazar will start for the Tribe.
It's also the second Indians game this week to begin at 6:10 p.m., as the team tests out an earlier weeknight start time to "support the best interests of our players and fans, in an effort to avoid potential weather issues" early in the season.
• What will Bartolo do next?: NYM @ MIA, 7:10 p.m. ET
Whether he's hitting or pitching, Bartolo Colon has been one of the most entertaining players of the young season, as he's pitched remarkably well and helped pace the Mets to a first-place standing in the National League East. With his last victory, Colon became just the fourth pitcher in the last 80 years aged 40 or older to win his first four starts of a season. What will he do next?
• King Felix holds court: SEA @ TEX, 8:05 p.m.
Always a contender for the AL Cy Young Award, Felix Hernandez takes the ball tonight against the AL West-rival Rangers. He's coming off his first shutout since 2012 and already has a victory over the Rangers under his belt this season (he struck out 12 in seven innings on April 18). Texas lefty Wandy Rodriguez will be making his second start of the year, his first career start in Arlington and his first against the Mariners since 2007.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.