Get ready baseball fans, because this weekend is not your average weekend. It is the first interleague weekend and, as usual, MLB is offering a full slate of regional rivals.
In the mid-Atlantic it’s the O’s vs. the Nats, in Ohio the Indians and the Reds will face off, and down south the Rays and Marlins battle for Florida bragging rights. But you’ve got to click MORE to find out which match-ups are truly the best…
Friday: New York Mets at Boston Red Sox
In what could be a preview of the 2009 World Series, the Mets head to Fenway Park to face the team they beat in the 1986 World Series. Two of the best and most popular teams playing each other is already a treat, but this game is even better because of the pitching match-up. Daisuke Matsuzaka returns from his stint on the DL to face Johan Santana, who is 5-2 with an ERA of 1.36. This could be the best game of what is sure to be an awesome interleague series.
Saturday: Los Angeles Angels at Los Angeles Dodgers
I’ll be at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, but the game to watch from this L.A.-centric series has to be Saturday’s. After tripping up a bit right after Manny Ramirez’s suspension, the Dodgers have gotten hot again. Meanwhile, the Angels, who won their division by more than 20 games last season, are fighting to get back to the top. The Dodgers will hand the ball to their flame throwing youngster, Clayton Kershaw, who nearly threw a no-hitter in his last start. The Angels turn to John Lackey, their ace who has yet to hit his stride.
Sunday: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees
Last season’s World Series champs vs. the team that wishes it had been them. A young ace who was huge in October vs. a huge pitcher who has routinely choked in his post-season starts. A scrappy small ball team vs. a group of home run hitting superstars. An old school manager vs. a young gun trying to prove he’s the guy for the job. The losingest team in MLB history vs. the team with more World Series rings than any other. New York’s pride and joy vs. Eagles’ fans summer distractions. However you look at it, the Yankees and Phillies series is an interesting one. And with Cole Hamels and CC Sabathia facing off, this is bound to be a great game.
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