Kluber's emphatic return to form among top storylines on day of light slate
By Paul Casella
Despite an abbreviated eight-game slate on Thursday, there are still numerous pitching storylines worth keeping an eye on.
A few aces will take the mound and a couple of rookie pitchers will make their big league debuts -- with one team showcasing one of each on the same day.
Here are four things to watch for:
Three rookies and an ace in doubleheader: CWS @ BAL, Game 1: 1:05 p.m. ET; Game 2: TBD
The White Sox and Orioles will play a doubleheader at Camden Yards, where they met last month during a period of civil unrest in Baltimore. As a result, the clubs postponed these two games and played another in an eerily empty stadium.
The makeup games have a pair of intriguing pitching matchups, as the White Sox will turn to ace Chris Sale in the opener before handing the ball to Chris Beck for his Major League debut in the nightcap. The Oriles will counter with Tyler Wilson -- making his first Major League start -- in Game 1 and fellow rookie Mike Wright in the second game. Wright has tossed 14 1/3 scoreless innings over his first two big league starts.
Sox prospect set for debut: BOS @ TEX, 8:05 p.m. ET
The Red Sox will call on 22-year-old southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez to make his Major League debut as they open a four-game set against the Rangers. Rodriguez, ranked the No. 4 prospect in Boston's system, was 4-3 with a 2.98 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this season.
He'll be getting the start opposite Rangers right-hander Nick Martinez, who will be looking to remain unbeaten. Martinez is off to a remarkable start in 2015, having gone 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA over his first nine starts.
Resurgent Kluber back in action: CLE @ SEA, 10:10 p.m. ET
Indians ace Corey Kluber will look to continue his recent dominance when he takes the hill in the Tribe's series opener against the Mariners. After beginning the year 0-5 with a 5.04 ERA through his first seven starts, Kluber is 2-0 with 0.72 ERA in his last three outings, while racking up a knee-buckling 37 strikeouts in just 25 innings.
Miller rolls into City by the Bay: ATL @ SFG, 10:15 p.m. ET
Right-hander Shelby Miller will look to extend his hot start to 2015 when he leads the Braves into a four-game series against the Giants. Miller is off to a blistering 5-1 start with a 1.50 ERA and hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of his nine starts. He's been especially dominant of late, having tossed two shutouts in his last four outings. The Giants will counter with rookie Chris Heston, who is just 2-2 with a 6.48 ERA over his last six starts after going 2-1 with a 0.87 ERA in his first three outings this year.
Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.