After finger injury, Peavy toes rubber for Red Sox
Hughes gets start for Twins among 11 games scheduled to air today on MLB.TV
Fewer than three weeks away from the regular season, the spring is roaring along, and the action continues Thursday with a full slate of games available on MLB.TV.
Among the first of the 11 contests that will stream live on MLB.TV, Boston's Jake Peavy will make his Grapefruit League debut against the Twins at 1:05 p.m. ET in Fort Myers, Fla. Peavy, acquired before the non-waiver Trade Deadline last July, has been sidelined with a laceration on his left index finger. Phil Hughes, who signed a three-year, $24 million contract with Minnesota over the winter, will start for the Twins. The right-hander boasts a 1.59 ERA through two starts (5 2/3 innings) this spring.
Jacob Turner will face his old team when his Marlins take on the Tigers at 1:05 ET. Turner, who was traded to Miami from Detroit in 2012, is looking to lock up the fourth spot in the Marlins' rotation. Drew Smyly will make his fourth Grapefruit League start for Detroit. The lefty tossed three scoreless frames his last time out on Saturday.
The Yankees will split up their roster on Thursday, sending No. 4 starter Ivan Nova to Clearwater, Fla., in a 1:05 ET contest against the Phillies, while right-hander Michael Pineda stays put to host the Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Philadelphia will counter with right-hander Roberto Hernandez, and Bud Norris is scheduled to start for Baltimore. Top prospect Kevin Gausman -- rated No. 14 overall by MLB.com -- is also scheduled to pitch for the Orioles. Both games will be available on MLB.TV at 1:05 p.m. ET.
In Jupiter, Fla., the Braves will meet the Cardinals at 1:05 p.m. ET as Freddy Garcia and Lance Lynn clash on the mound, both looking to bounce back from recent subpar performances. Lynn has posted a 13.50 ERA through 3 1/3 innings this spring, and Garcia was knocked around for six earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings of work last Saturday.
After two days off, Ryan Braun is expected back in the lineup when the Brewers and the Padres square off at 4:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. San Diego will send offseason acquisition Josh Johnson to the mound for his third Cactus League start, and Marco Estrada will start for Milwaukee.
Dodgers lefty Paul Maholm will look to follow up his impressive three-inning performance from Saturday, when he toes the rubber opposite Cincinnati's Alfredo Simon in Glendale, Ariz. Tim Wallach will manage the Dodgers in place of Don Mattingly, who is expected to return Friday after a death in the family.
Despite taking a line drive off his shin on Saturday, Jose Quintana will return to the hill Thursday as his White Sox face the Angels at 4:05 ET on MLB.TV. For Los Angeles, Garrett Richards will make his third Cactus League start, and is expected to toss five innings and roughly 75 pitches. Also at 4:05 ET, Jeremy Guthrie and the Indians will take on Zach McAllister and the Royals. Cleveland outfielder Ryan Rayburn is expected back in the lineup after missing time with a left knee contusion.
A pair of night games round out Thursday's MLB.TV schedule as the San Francisco Giants face the Texas Rangers at 9:05 ET and the Rockies travel to Phoenix Municipal Stadium to meet the Athletics at 10:05 ET. Thursday represents Oakland skipper Bob Melvin's first opportunity to test the new instant replay system.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.