Baseball fans can watch the opener to a crucial series as the Toronto Blue Jays bring their second-half surge into Texas where the Rangers — winners of nine of their last 11 games — look to continue their assault on the top of the American League West. The Blue Jays enter the game tied for first in the AL East with the New York Yankees, while in the West, Texas has climbed from eight games behind the Houston Astros on July 30, to just 3 and a half back before Tuesday’s game.
To find out how to watch the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers Major League Baseball matchup live online free and legally, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Central Time — 8:05 Eastern, 5:05 Pacific — at Globe Life Park, better known as Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.
While the game is likely to be a close one, one thing is for sure — it won’t be a slow one. Not with Toronto sending 36-year-old, 16-year veteran Mark Buehrle to the mound. Throughout Buehrle’s career as one of baseball’s most top starting pitchers, a career that includes 212 wins against 158 losses and a 3.80 ERA over 510 lifetime Major League appearances, the southpaw has been consistently the speediest worker in baseball.
With data first recorded in 2008 on the length of time pitchers take between deliveries, Buerle ranks at the top in terms of efficiency, making a pitch every 16.7 seconds, more than a full second faster than next-fastest pitcher, Ben Sheets.
More important, however, Buehrle has been a model of consistency for the Blue Jays this year. His last outing, against the Philadelphia Phillies, was his first since May 1 in which he didn’t make it at least five full innings, and he has thrown a league-leading four complete games on his way to a 13-6 record with a solid 3.45 ERA.
Texas counters with a lefty of their own, 28-year-old Derek Holland, just one start removed from a stint on the disabled list. Holland has faced Toronto seven times in his seven year career, with mixed results. While he has a 3-2 record, his 5.02 ERA against the Jays could spell trouble for Texas on Tuesday.
To watch Tuesday’s Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers game live online for free, go to MLB.TV at this link, where the streaming subscription service of Major League Baseball is offering the matchup as its “Free Game of the Day” for August 25 — meaning the game may be streamed live by anyone, without a fee. The game can also be viewed for free using the MLB At Bat app for mobile devices, as well as on the MLB channel offered by set-top boxes such as the Apple TV and Roku.
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