Watch to watch for Saturday on MLB.TV

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With a full slate of games throughout the day, here’s what to watch for from coast to coast (all times ET):

A lift from Lester?: CHC@ARI, 8:10 p.m.
Tonight marks the Cubs’ second crack at avenging last week’s series loss at home to the D-backs, which ended with a pair of tough losses. The North Siders will take the field behind Jon Lester, who was on the mound for the Cubs’ 16-4 rout of Arizona in the series opener at Wrigley Field on Aug. 1. The southpaw notched two career milestones that day with his 2,000th strikeout and first home run.

Meanwhile, a surging Paul Goldschmidt will back Patrick Corbin, who could benefit from a strong showing tonight. Corbin yielded 10 earned runs over nine innings in his first two starts of the month, and he’ll look to return to form against the reigning World Series champions. In 10 outings in June and July, Corbin allowed more than three earned runs just once.

Ramirez vs. Ramirez: LAA@SEA, 9:10 p.m.
The Halos’ JC Ramirez will do battle in a West Coast nightcap against Erasmo Ramirez, who recently returned to the Mariners. Both right-handers struggled in their last appearances. JC surrendered six runs over seven innings in a loss to the Orioles, while three Royals hitters took Erasmo deep in a 9-1 Seattle loss. Both clubs have their eyes on an AL Wild Card berth, as well, which makes this AL West matchup all the more interesting.

Rowley debuts with diverse resume: PIT@TOR, 1:07 p.m.
The Blue Jays have quite the intriguing starter taking the mound in this matinee at Rogers Centre. Chris Rowley, 26, will make his Major League debut after holding Double-A and Triple-A hitters to a .216 average with a 2.29 ERA over 106 1/3 innings this season.

Not bad for anyone, much less a guy who spent two years out of baseball to serve the U.S. Army in Eastern Europe. Rowley, who was the staff ace of the West Point baseball team in college, was deployed in 2014 and ’15 before being deferred to return to the Blue Jays organization. The move paid off, and Rowley now hopes to validate those who see him as a bright spot in the Toronto farm system.

Rowley will face the Pirates’ Trevor Williams, who is coming off seven fantastic innings of one-hit ball against the Tigers.

Megan Zahneis is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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