Sale steps into rivalry spotlight on MLB.TV

Red Sox lefty draws Yankees; Dominican Republic trio returns to Mariners

Sale steps into rivalry spotlight on MLB.TV

Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale is set to toe the rubber against the Yankees, while Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano and Jean Segura all return to Mariners Spring Training, highlighting today's slate of games on MLB.TV.

Sale, who was traded from the White Sox to the Red Sox this offseason, faces Boston's longtime rival, the Yankees, for the first time this spring. It will be the 27-year-old's fourth start of 2017 Spring Training as he continues to gear up for pitching in the American League East.

Cruz, Cano and Segura competed for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but they are scheduled to return to Seattle's spring complex in Peoria, Ariz., following the Dominican team's elimination Saturday with a 6-3 loss to Team USA.

Classic play reaches the semifinal round in Los Angeles on MLB.TV, where fans can follow much of this spring's action.

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Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times ET):

Sale takes on Bronx Bombers: BOS@NYY, 6:35 p.m., MLB.TV
Sale returns to the mound for the first time since Thursday, when he allowed three earned runs and seven hits in four innings vs. the Pirates.

The lanky lefty said he didn't "feel as sharp" during the meeting with Pittsburgh as he did in his prior outing, when he gave up just one hit and a walk over four scoreless innings in a win over the Rays.

Sale fans five over four frames

Overall, Sale has been solid this spring, going 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts. He'll look to get back to his winning ways against Gary Sanchez and the Yankees, whose 35 homer runs this spring are second only to the Brewers' 37.

The Dominican trio returns: OAK@SEA, 10:10 p.m., MLB.TV
Cruz, Cano and Segura were unable to lift the Dominican Republic into the WBC '17 semifinals, so now they will head back to their big league club. Cruz hit .300 with three homers and five RBIs; Cano hit .300 with a homer, a double and three RBIs; and Segura hit .364 with two doubles, a stolen base and three RBIs during the Dominican's run to the second round of the Classic.

Cano's solo homer

"They're ready to go, obviously," Mariners manager Scott Servais said of his returning stars. "They're ready to start the season tomorrow if you could. I'm sure they'd prefer it that way."

Servais is certainly ready to get one-third of his Opening Day lineup back.

"Hopefully we'll get the guys back in here, and back into the routine," Servais said. "Obviously these [Classic] games are high-intensity and very emotional, but I think it's important to get our guys back into a routine and in our clubhouse and ready to go."

Ryu looking to build on strong start: MIL@LAD, 4:05 p.m., Radio
The Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu, who has made just one start during the past two seasons because of a shoulder injury, has looked good this spring in limited action.

Ryu fans four over three innings

Ryu has allowed one run in five innings in two Cactus League starts. The left-hander finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year Award voting in 2013, and he was an important piece of the Dodgers' rotation in both '13 and '14.

Ryu, fully healthy and inching closer to pre-injury form, is looking to earn a spot on the club's Opening Day roster. Manager Dave Roberts says Ryu will try to complete four innings against the Brewers.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.