Frank Doyle goes through the series matchups for the first interleague games of the year.
Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Indians. The Indians have sold out for Saturday and are expecting big crowds for tonight and Sunday. Cleveland has hit its first real bump of the season by getting swept in Chicago during this week. They don’t want to lose the Battle of Ohio.
Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh will lose, and the fans won’t get to see Verlander. Long weekend for them. It takes more than interleague games to cheer up the Pittsburgh fans.
New York Mets at New York Yankees. Despite their recent struggles, the Yankees are hot favorites to bet the Mets in Sports Interaction’s series MLB betting.
Texas Rangers at Philadelphia Phillies. Roy Halladay, 5-3, 2.21 ERA returns to the hill after losing to Houston. Houston! Halladay is unlikely to lose two straight, but Shane Victorino on the DL doesn’t help his run support.
Washington Nationals at Baltimore Orioles. For a long time Baltimore was the de facto DC baseball team. This series will mean a lot to people in DC and Maryland.
Houston Astros at Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto really isn’t that bad. Houston really is.
Chicago Cubs at Boston Red Sox. The last time the Cubs played in Fenway Park, Babe Ruth was a Red Sox pitcher. Boston to sweep.
Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins. The Rays are 14-6 on the road but they must face Josh Johnson, 3-1, 1.64 ERA, on Sunday.
Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers. Zach Greinke, 2-1, 6.60 ERA makes his second home start tonight.
LA Dodgers at Chicago White Sox. After sweeping the Indians, Ozzie Guillen must think he can get something going here. The Dodgers aren’t the toughest team to play right now.
St Louis Cardinals at Kansas City Royals. The Royals are on the slide. They’ll slide some more by the time St Louis is done with them.
Minnesota Twins at Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks have won five of their last six, and the Twins are winning again at last. This could be good!
Atlanta Braves at LA Angels. If the Braves played everybody like they play the Phillies they’d be the best team in baseball.
Seattle at San Diego. Seattle is 8-12 on the road, San Diego is 8-15 at home.
Oakland at San Francisco. Series of the weekend. Tim Cahill, 6-1, 1.82 ERA pitches tonight for Oakland against the Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong, 3-0, 2.36 ERA.