Major Leaguers have sported blue wristbands and ribbons on Father’s Day since MLB partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 1996 to help raise awareness about prostate cancer and funds for research to battle the disease. On Sunday we carry on the ritual in honor of all the fathers who occupy the diamond, the dugouts and the bleachers in addition to all the devoted dads who helped nurture us throughout one of the league’s most festive days of the season.
In case you cannot make it to a ballpark near you to catch the action live, MLB.TV has you and your dad covered with exciting baseball throughout the afternoon and evening.
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Here’s what to watch for throughout the day (all times in ET):
Uncommon deGrominator: WSH@NYM, 1:10 p.m.
The normally steady Jacob deGrom has sandwiched two outings in which he allowed more than seven earned runs in four innings in between three gems. He won back-to-back starts in mid-May before his two rough performances, but rebounded with his first complete game of the season in a 6-1 win over the Cubs on Monday.
The Mets’ right-hander will look to put together another stellar showing when he faces the potent Nationals lineup and righty Joe Ross. Ross gave up five runs in four innings in a no-decision the last time he faced New York when Washington broke out for 23 runs at Nationals Park on April 30.
NYM@WSH: Nationals score 23 runs to set team record
The Nationals set a team record for runs after scoring 23 against the Mets, including three homers and 10 RBIs from Anthony Rendon
Ray of sunshine: ARI@PHI, 1:35 p.m.
The surprising D-backs are proving to be no fluke, getting it done in all facets of the game through the first two and a half months of the season. Arizona’s starting pitching has been phenomenal, and perhaps none of its starters has been as instrumental to its success as left-hander Robbie Ray.
The 25-year-old Ray has won five consecutive starts, allowing just one run in 37 innings over that span and notching 48 strikeouts, while holding opposing hitters to a minuscule .346 OPS. Ray will try to make it six straight wins when he toes the rubber opposite Phillies rookie Ben Lively, who has recorded quality starts in each of his first three career outings.
MIL@ARI: Watch Ray’s 12 K’s in 12 seconds
Check out Robbie Ray’s 12 strikeouts in 12 seconds vs. the Brewers
Tough Taillon: CHC@PIT, 1:35 p.m.
Jameson Taillon was incredibly impressive in his return to the mound following successful surgery as part of his recovery from testicular cancer. The 25-year-old held the high-flying Rockies scoreless over five innings to earn his third win of the year.
COL@PIT: Taillon throws five scoreless in return
Jameson Taillon throws five scoreless innings and notches five strikeouts in his first outing since being diagnosed with cancer
Now, Taillon will look to stymie the World Series-champion Cubs, who have been producing on offense ever since moving first baseman Anthony Rizzo into the leadoff spot. Chicago counters in the series finale with veteran righty John Lackey, who is looking for his first win in over a month.
Dazzling Darvish: SEA@TEX, 3:05 p.m.
The Rangers’ Yu Darvish has been one of the most consistent starting pitchers in baseball to this point in the season, going 6-4 with a 3.03 ERA. The right-hander held Houston to just one run in seven innings while allowing just one hit in a 6-1 victory over the Astros his last time out.
TEX@HOU: Darvish allows one hit over seven innings
Yu Darvish strikes out four and allows one run on just one hit over seven solid innings of work on the mound against the Astros
Coming off his shortest outing of the year, right-hander Christian Bergman gets the ball for the Mariners. He pitched just 2 2/3 innings and allowed nine earned runs in a 20-7 loss to the Twins.
Royal flush: KC@LAA, 3:37 p.m.
Few pitchers in the game have had more success through Saturday than Royals’ veteran lefty Jason Vargas. The 34-year-old has won four straight starts to improve to 9-3 on the season, and he’s paired it with a sparkling 2.10 ERA. Vargas has already twirled a shutout against the Indians this month, and he will make his 14th start of the year on the heels of seven innings of one-run ball vs. the Giants.
KC@SF: Vargas rings up six, picks up 9th victory
Jason Vargas yields just one run on five hits and picks up six strikeouts across seven innings of work, tallying his 9th win of 2017
The Angels turn to right-hander JC Ramirez, who is 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 15 starts this season.
Nifty nightcap: BOS@HOU, 8:05 p.m., ESPN
American League powerhouses cap off Father’s Day as the surging Red Sox send left-hander David Price to the mound to take on the first-place Astros and righty Joe Musgrove. Price has had mostly success since making his season debut on May 29, allowing fewer than three earned runs in three of his four outings.
PHI@BOS: Price fans six over six strong innings
David Price posts a quality start against the Phillies, allowing three earned runs over six innings while striking out six batters
Musgrove is coming off a loss to the Rangers in which he surrendered two earned runs in 4 2/3 frames on Monday.