Cubs vs. Pirates MLB 2022 live streaming (23/6) How to watch online, TV info, time

The Pittsburgh Pirates host the Chicago Cubs in MLB 2022 action Thursday, June 23, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

Justin Steele will start on the mound for the Cubs vs fellow left-hander Jose Quintana for the Pirates. Chicago 26-43 this season, while Pittsburgh 28-40.

Cubs vs. Game Pirates begins at 11:35 a.m. Central (12:35 a.m.) and will stream live on ESPN+, available for $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. Marquee Sports Network and AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh will broadcast the match regionally.

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BATTLE ON THE BRONX

The American League powerhouse set in motion as Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees host Jordan lvarez and the Houston Astros in the opener to their highly anticipated four-game series.

New York (51-18) boasts the best record in the majors, and Houston (43-25) is second only to the Yankees in the AL standings. Both clubs already lead the division in double digits, so this clash could definitely serve as a preview for another playoff in October.

Still reeling from the ALCS losses to Houston in 2017 and 2019, Yankees fans are sure to boo and boo the Astros again for their 2017-18 cheating scandal.

Hakim leads the big leagues with 27 home runs after hitting a pair in Wednesday night’s comeback win at Tampa Bay. lvarez is tied for second with 21 after launching three in two New York Mets games at home.

lvarez has nine homers in his last 20 games.

“Every time a player goes to New York and plays there, it’s really interesting with the history of that team and its ballpark,” he said through an interpreter. “We know they are a very good team, so we will just compete and try to win.”

Framber Valdez (7-3, 2.78 ERA) started for Houston against Jameson Taillon (8-1, 2.70).

WELCOME BACK

Joe Musgrove (8-0, 1.59 ERA) is off the COVID-19 injury list as a starter for the San Diego Padres against Bryce Harper and the visiting Phillies. Musgrove went to IL last Friday after he tested positive.

Ranger Suarez (5-4, 4.43) pitched for Philadelphia in the opening four-game series.

Kyle Schwarber has hit base in 26 consecutive games for the Phillies. But they have lost three in a row having won 14 of their first 16 games under interim manager Rob Thomson, who took over when Joe Girardi was sacked. Harper returned to the lineup Wednesday in Texas after missing three games with an infected blister on his left index finger.

San Diego swept a three-game draw from Arizona without All-Star Manny Machado, who sprained his left ankle last weekend. The team don’t think Machado needs to be on the injury list.

Padres manager Bob Melvin returned to the dugout Wednesday after missing 11 games while under COVID-19 protocol.

GUARANTEED

José Ramírez and the inflamed Cleveland Guardians pulled off a three-game sweep in Minnesota that would give them a two-game lead at AL Central over the Twins.

The young Guardians rallied four times in the ninth inning Wednesday night to shock Minnesota 11-10. Cleveland has won seven straight series and is 17-4 since May 30.

“I feel we are a special team,” said shortstop Amed Rosario through an interpreter.

Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.41 ERA) throws for the Guard against Devin Smeltzer (3-1, 3.52). The two teams also meet five times over four days next week in Cleveland.

‘PEN IS STRONG

Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals have a one-match advantage in NL Central over the Brewers heading into the final of their four-match series in Milwaukee.

Over the last two games, reliever St. Louis allowed only one hit and three walks while throwing 10 1/3 goalless innings.

“There are some amazing guns down there,” said Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. “We love our place when we get to them.”

Dakota Hudson (5-3, 3.31 ERA) faces 29-year-old Milwaukee rookie Jason Alexander (1-0, 2.42).

THE NEXT GENERATION

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.08 ERA) started for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Reds rookie Hunter Greene (3-7, 5.26), who threw 39 throws at over 100 mph when he faced his hometown team in April.

Freddie Freeman had seven RBIs in the first two games of the series at last-place Cincinnati, who has dropped six straight overall and eight in a row over two seasons to the Dodgers at Great American Ball Park.

WOWLING WHITE SOX

After witnessing three early exits, the White Sox were a bit hit going into their series opener at home to Baltimore.

Chicago outfielder Luis Robert extended his streak to 13 games Wednesday in a 9-5 loss to Toronto. But he slowly made his way to first place and held on there when his shot passed left winger Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and finally left the game in the eighth round.

“When he doesn’t (chase) the ball into the wall, he doesn’t go second, you know he feels bad there,” said Chicago manager Tony La Russa.

White Sox midfielder Danny Mendick left due to discomfort in his right knee after colliding with outfielder Adam Haseley in a heavy blow. Right winger Adam Engel is out with a right hamstring injury.

Shortstop star Tim Anderson, who returned Monday after missing 18 games with a right groin injury, is not playing under doctors’ orders, La Russa said. And first baseman Jose Abreu was demoted to designated hitter duty due to a hip problem.

AVAILABLE

Veteran outfielder Lorenzo Cain has completed waivers and is a free agent — at 36, it’s uncertain if he hopes to play again.

Cain was hitting 0.179 with one homer and nine RBI in 43 games when he was cleared by Brewers. He is in the final season of a five-year, $80 million contract.

The two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner was appointed to assignment on Saturday. It was the day he reached 10 years of premier league service, allowing him to become fully part of the players’ pension fund.

“It just got to the point where it might be time,” said Cain after Milwaukee made the list. “I haven’t performed the way I wanted to, but the situation is what it is. I have a great career. I can’t really be upset about anything, but, yeah, it’s about time. ”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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