Harper vs. Buxton, Montreal series finale among featured exhibition games
By Mark Newman
It's the grand finale as Spring Training goes, and any remaining exhibition games that are streamed live on MLB.TV will be free for anyone to watch from anywhere.
The free preview, which started on Friday, includes seven more exhibitions on Saturday's docket. Five of those will be played at Major League ballparks -- Nationals Park, Citizens Bank Park, Globe Life Park, O.co Coliseum and Angel Stadium -- and you also can be part of another huge crowd watching the third annual return of MLB to Montreal, as Boston faces Toronto.
It's the final Saturday without official MLB games until autumn, and watching some free live streaming on MLB.TV is great way to warm up for Opening Day. You can watch MLB.com's top two Fantasy players in their home parks for the first time this year: Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Mike Trout of the Angels. It's all getting started, and who knows, they might lift MVP hardware again later.
Buxton or Harper: MIN @ WAS, 12:05 p.m.
Minnesota is back where its franchise began, and this game closes out a two-game exhibition series at Nationals Park on a windy afternoon in DC. Ricky Nolasco will make his final tuneup for the Twins as their No. 5 starter, as the club announced on Tuesday he won that job and that Tyler Duffey was being optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Want to see Dusty Baker managing at his new home dugout in DC, or maybe some last highlights by Twins center fielder Byron Buxton or Harper before Opening Day on Monday? Log in.
Retour à Montreal: BOS @ TOR, 1:05 p.m.
These two clubs finish the season with three games at Boston, and it's not hard to imagine that being for all the marbles in the American League East. But for now, they meet for the end to a far-less-pressured and yet exciting series at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The 2014 series between the Jays and Mets drew 96,350 fans, and the 2015 games between the Jays and Reds drew 96,545. Will it be even more after Saturday? Sean O'Sullivan, reassigned to Minor League camp last week, will start Boston's final exhibition.
Living the Globe Life again: CLE @ TEX, 2:05 p.m.
This is the second of two games between these clubs at Globe Life Park. Danny Salazar, poised for a breakout season as the Indians' No. 3 starter, makes his final tuneup before his scheduled start in the finale of the season-opening three-game series with Boston at Progressive Field. For Texas, No. 4 starter Derek Holland is on the bump to prepare for his first outing Thursday in Anaheim, to start the Rangers' first road trip.
Cain starts final exhibition: SFG @ OAK, 4:05 p.m.
Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow predicted that Matt Cain "is going to be the comeback player of the year." You can watch Cain's final tuneup start and see what you think, as he was given one more outing after topping 90 pitches in his previous outing in Arizona. After a two-game exhibition series in San Francisco, baseball returns to O.co Coliseum for the first time since last Sept. 27, when the same Giants clinched a three-game Interleague series there. Felix Doubront gets the nod for Oakland.
Freeway Free Preview: LAD @ LAA, 6:05 p.m.
This is the last of five meetings between Los Angeles' two clubs, including three in Arizona and then Friday's game at Dodger Stadium. Now the series moves over to Anaheim, where Angels fans will get their first in-house look at Trout & Co. Alex Wood is the probable starter for the Dodgers, and Nick Tropeano will start for the Angels. After this, the Angels will host the Cubs in the only Sunday exhibition, before their opener the following day at Angel Stadium. The Dodgers will be off Sunday and then will open at San Diego on Monday.
Also being streamed on MLB.TV Saturday: the Mariners-Rockies Cactus League finale at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, and the Phillies Futures team vs. the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Nathan Karns will start for Seattle and Jordan Lyles gets his last tuneup start for the Rockies. In Philadelphia, No. 3 starter Charlie Morton is expected to start for the Phillies.
There are six other exhibitions on the Saturday docket, and although those are not streamed live on MLB.TV, you can follow them live via the MLB.com At Bat app.
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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.