ESPN Announces Coverage Details For 2014 MLB All-Star Game, Gillette Home Run Derby

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Good news for baseball fans. Fans that won’t be able to catch next week’s MLB All-Star Game on television will still be able to catch the game on the radio thanks to ESPN.

ESPN Radio will carry this year’s MLB All-Star Game live next Tuesday, July 15th. This year’s broadcast marks the network’s seventeenth consecutive year of broadcasting Major League Baseball’s “Mid-Summer Classic.” ESPN Radio’s coverage of this year’s All-Star game begins Tuesday evening at 7pm ET. ESPN Radio’s Sunday Night Baseball duo of Jon Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton will have the call. They will be joined by on-site studio host Marc Kestecher and reporters Peter Pascarelli and Tim Kurkjian.

Along with its broadcast on ESPN Radio, the MLB All-Star Game will also be broadcast live on ESPN Deportes Radio. Jose Francisco Rivera, Renato Bermudez, Armando Talavera, Marly Rivera, and Eduardo Ortega will be on hand for ESPN Deportes Radio’s coverage of the game.

ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio will simulcast the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby Monday, July 14th at 8pm ET. The Home Run Derby will be broadcast live from Target Field in Minneapolis. ESPN’s Chris Berman will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined by ESPN MLB analyst Jon Kruk, and reporters Buster Olney and Pedro Gomez. This year marks the twenty-second consecutive year that ESPN will have carried the MLB Home Run Derby.

ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio’s coverage of this year’s All-Star game festivities is just part of the networks’ coverage this year. ESPN recently announced that along with its networks’ coverage of the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby and the 2014 All-Star Game, the Worldwide Leader in Sports will also televise the 2014 Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game on Monday, July 14th immediately after the 2014 Gillette Home Run Derby. Commentary for the game will be provided by SportsCenter’s John Anderson, analyst Aaron Boone, and reporter Tim Kurkjian. The full roster for both the Legends and Celebrities is available online now at http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2014/sunday_legends.jsp.

Mike & Mike in the Morning will carry bonus coverage of this year’s MLB All-Star festivities both Monday and Tuesday, July 14th and 15th live from Kieran’s in Minneapolis. “Greeny” and Golic will also call all of the action over the Target PA system for those in attendance Monday at the Gillette Home Run Derby.

More information on the ESPN family of networks’ of this year’s All-Star Game and Home Run Derby is available online at http://espn.go.com/mlb. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

ESPN Announces Latest Addition To Its Sunday Night Baseball Schedule

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ESPN has added another game to the schedule of its 25th anniversary season of Sunday Night Baseball.

Officials with the network announced Thursday that the currently first-place San Francisco Giants will host the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, July 27th on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. Coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 8pm ET on ESPN. It will be preceded by ESPN’s weekly pre-game broadcast of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7pm ET. Karl Ravech will host the pre-game broadcast. He will be joined by MLB Hall of Famer and former Cincinnati Red Barry Larkin, and John Kruk. Dan Shulman will anchor the broadcast of the game itself. He will be joined in the booth by analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney.

The broadcast of the Giants/Dodgers July 27th game will be simulcast on ESPN Radio. Jon Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton will have the call for the game. Spanish-speaking audiences can catch the game on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio. And all audiences can follow the game online via WatchESPN.

Next up on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule, the Angels host the Rangers. The Rangers have proven so far this season to do better on the road than at home while the opposite has proven to be the case for the Angels. That means Sunday’s game is sure to be quite the interesting matchup for viewers.

Games selections for Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell broadcasts in August and September will be made two weeks in advance of their airings. The current schedule of games for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is listed below.

Upcoming Sunday Night Baseball schedule:

Date Game
June 22 Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
June 29 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
July 6 Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers
July 13 New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
July 20 Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals
July 27 Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
Aug 3 New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

 

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Pirates Host Cards This Weekend On ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

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ESPN’s 25th season covering Major League Baseball rolls on this Sunday as the Worldwide Leader in Sports comes to Pittsburgh for a matchup of the Pirates and Cardinals. It all starts at 7pm ET with ESPN’s Baseball Tonight live on ESPN.

Sunday night’s 8PM ET broadcast of the Pirates/Cardinals matchup on Sunday Night Baseball is an important landmark for ESPN as it will be the first time since July 28, 1996 that ESPN has broadcasted a Sunday Night baseball game live from PNC Park and the first time since that day that ESPN has broadcasted its weekly pre-game program, Baseball Tonight. Dan Shulman will anchor Sunday’s broadcast. He will be joined by analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney. Jon Sciambi will anchor ESPN Radio’s simulcast of Sunday night’s broadcast. He will be joined by analyst Chris Singleton for the game. Sunday’s matchup between the Pirates and Cardinals will also be available on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio.

Jon Hamm, start of Disney’s new movie Million Dollar Arm is scheduled to appear on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight live at 7pm ET as part of the network’s lead up to Sunday night’s game. Along with being an actor, Hamm is also an avid baseball fan. He will join Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech and MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin for Sunday evening’s broadcast live from PNC Park. Baseball Tonight will broadcast live on Federal Street near the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

The Cardinals will head back to St. Louis after Sunday night’s game and prepare to host Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball Presented by USAA live at 8pm ET. Dave O’Brien will anchor Monday’s broadcast. He will be joined by analyst Aaron Boone and reporter Tim Kurkjian. Monday’s game will be preceded by ESPN’s weekly Monday night pre-game show Baseball Tonight. Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast, which begins at 7:30pm ET. He will be joined by John Kruk and Ozzie Guillen. Monday night’s game (and Sunday’s) will also be available on ESPN Deportes, online and via all mobile internet platforms.

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Cards, Cubs To Face Off May 4th On ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

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ESPN announced this week, the latest addition to its upcoming twenty-fifth anniversary season of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  Network officials announced earlier this week that it has added a matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs on May 4th to its schedule.  The Cubs will host the defending National League Champion Cardinals in the game.  First pitch is scheduled for 8pm ET.  The matchup is the fourth for the Cards during the 2014 season and the first for the Cubs.

Dan Shulman will anchor the night’s broadcast.  He will be joined by Dan Shulman, returning analyst Jon Kruk, new analyst Curt Schilling and reporter Buster Olney for commentary.  Along with its broadcast on ESPN, fans can also catch the game on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and WatchESPN.  It will be preceded by ESPN’s weekly pre-game show, Baseball Tonight at 7pm.

The current schedule of Sunday Night Baseball games is listed below.

Early-seasonSunday Night Baseball schedule

Date Game
March 30 Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres telecast presented by Scotts
April 6 San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers telecast presented by Taco Bell (ESPN2)
April 13 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees telecast presented by Taco Bell
April 20 Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox telecast presented by Taco Bell (7 p.m.)
April 27 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at New York Yankees telecast presented by Taco Bell
May 4 St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs telecast presented by Taco Bell
May 11 St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates telecast presented by Taco Bell
May 18 Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox telecast presented by Taco Bell
May 25 St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds telecast presented by Taco Bell
July 13 New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles telecast presented by Taco Bell
July 20 Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals telecast presented by Taco Bell

Sunday Night Baseball game selections for June through September are generally made two weeks in advance.

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ESPN Celebrates 25 Years Covering MLB With Special Opening Night Broadcast

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ESPN reaches a milestone this Spring.  Beginning March 30th at 6:30pm ET, the Worldwide Leader in Sports will kick off its twenty-fifth season covering Major League Baseball.  It all begins with an exclusive ninety-minute presentation of MLB’s Opening Night on ESPN presented by Scotts–Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres—on Sunday Night Baseball.  Karl Ravech will host the special anniversary broadcast.  He will be joined by MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, Jon Kruk, and Curt Schilling.

The night’s special pre-game broadcast will be followed up by first pitch scheduled for 8pm ET.  Host Dan Shulman will be back for the network’s landmark anniversary season.  Also returning are analyst Jon Kruk and reporter Buster Olney.  There will be a new face joining the regular broadcast team this season.  MLB veteran and Curt Schilling also joins the team beginning this season.

MLB fans can catch all the Opening Night festivities across the ESPN platforms, including ESPN, ESPN Radio (with Jon Sciambi, and Chris Singleton), ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, and online via WatchESPN.

ESPN’s Opening Day schedule will feature five matchups, highlighted by a matchup of the 2013 MLB World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.  That game is scheduled for a 3pm start time.  The complete ESPN Opening Night/Opening Day schedule is listed below.

 

ESPN’s Opening Night and Opening Day Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sun., Mar. 30 8 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres telecast presented by Scotts ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN
Mon., Mar. 31 1 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates telecast presented by Scotts ESPN, WatchESPN
Mon., Mar. 31 3 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles telecast presented by Scotts ESPN2, WatchESPN
Mon., Mar. 31 4 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds telecast presented by Scotts ESPN, WatchESPN
Mon., Mar. 31 7 p.m. Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins telecast presented by Scotts ESPN2, WatchESPN
Mon., Mar. 31 10 p.m. Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim telecast presented by Scotts ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

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Bosox, Angels Face Off July 7th On ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball Presented By Taco Bell

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ESPN has announced the latest addition to its Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule.  On Sunday, July 7th, ESPN will broadcast a matchup between “Big Papi” David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox and Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels live.  The game will be broadcast live at 8pm EDT.  Dan Shulman will be joined by analysts Orel Hershiser and John Kruk.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on hand to provide commentary.

Along with its primary broadcast on ESPN, the gam will also be broadcast on ESPN Deportes with Ernesto Jerez, Luis Alfredo Alvarez, Guillermo Celis, and Ozzie Guillen.  It will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio affiliates across the country with Jon Schiambi and analyst Chris Singleton.  Fans can also see the game on with WatchESPN.

Each week’s game is preceded by Baseball Tonight at 7pm EDT.  Tonight’s game sees the San Francisco Giants on the road against the Atlanta Braves.  The current schedule of games on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is available below.  Additional July games are announced three weeks prior to their broadcast while August and September games will be announced two weeks in advance to their broadcast.

Upcoming Sunday Night Baseball schedule:

Date Game
June 16 San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves
June 23 Texas Rangers at St. Louis Cardinals
June 30 New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
July 7 Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels
July 14 St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
July 21 New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

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Yankees/Red Sox Rivalry Returning To ESPN, Angels & White Sox Face Off Tonight On ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

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One of the biggest rivalries in sports re-ignites in its latest round Sunday, June 2nd.  David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox will take on Robinson Cano and the New York Yankees will face off at 8pm that evening.  Dan Shulman will host the evening’s broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Orel Hershiser and John Kruk.  Buster Olney will be on hand with commentary.

Tonight’s matchup pits the Los Angeles Angels against the Chicago White Sox in the “Windy City.”  Dan Shulman will host the evening’s broadcast along with his colleagues, Orel Hershiser, John Kruk and Buster Olney.  The game will be available across all ESPN platforms including:  ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app for mobile media.  Pre-game starts at 7pm tonight.  The ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Crew offered its thoughts on tonight’s games, which can be viewed right here.

Baseball Tonight analyst Aaron Boone on the C.J. Wilson- Chris Sale matchup:
With Jered Weaver down, C.J. Wilson needs to assume the head of this rotation. They need to be able to hang their hat on his starts and count on him to be close to an ace. Sale needs to get his slider down. While he’s been pretty good, he hasn’t quite been the dominant ace. I’ve seen a little bit of slider elevation from him. If he can get that pitch down, he’s an ace.

Baseball Tonight analyst Alex Cora on Wilson:
I think that the key storyline is C.J. Wilson. We’ve been talking about the Angels being a contender and Weaver being hurt. Here’s a guy that they signed last year to either be their ace or their number two and he hasn’t done it. For them to turn this around, they need him to pitch the way he’s capable of pitching.

MLB Insider Buster Olney on the Angels’ struggles this season:
Early in every season, there are a handful of teams that quickly move into desperation mode, and little more than a month into the 2013 season, that’s where the Angels stand. They cannot afford to lose more ground, and even though it’s May, this team of great stars will be playing with a sense of urgency. The Angels can turn it around, but because of the lack of depth in the pitching staff, the impetus for a comeback has to come from their offensive stars: Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Mark Trumbo.

MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian on the Angels facing Sale:
This is a big weekend series, especially for the Angels. They are in danger of falling out of the race in the West unless they start winning immediately. Their come-from-behind win Thursday night might be the spark that finally gets this team going but they are up against Chris Sale on Sunday night. I don’t know how anyone gets a hit off of that guy.

Olney on Sale’s delivery and repertoire:
Chris Sale is a one-of-a-kind pitcher, with an unusual delivery, and a nasty slider.  I think  Orel made a fascinating comparison: Sale reminds you a lot of the former Yankees Cy Young winner Ron Guidry, because of the quality of his slider and his angular build.

ESPN MLB Insider Pedro Gomez on the Angels’ struggles:
The Angels cannot afford to continue to spin their wheels and expect to remain in the AL West race. They need pitching to really start to shine and they absolutely need more production from their two cogs in the middle of their order, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.

Cora on Hamilton’s plate discipline:
He needs to take a step back. We get it, he’s an aggressive hitter. But right now, he’s getting 0-2 pitches in the first pitch of the at-bat. They know he’s swinging. They aren’t even trying to get ahead of him. They are going to the put-out pitch on pitch one because he’s swinging. He needs to be more patient. He has two home runs in last few days but still he needs to take some pitches. The whole league knows that he’s been very aggressive and chasing a lot. He must take a step back and see some good pitches.

ESPN MLB Insider Jim Bowden on keys for the Angels to improve:
The Angels can turn it around but they have to stay healthy. There is not enough depth to withstand injuries, as we’ve seen to date. Hamilton and Pujols must get back to MVP form. The key to the team will be the starting rotation. Blanton and Hanson have to be good enough to win 12 games and pitch 180 innings. A trade for more pitching is a must. Hamilton’s not loading and his timing is not in sync. If he corrects those two flaws he will hit. His bat speed is still there. He also must improve his strike zone awareness and cut down at swinging at balls out of the zone which is at a poor rate of 49%.

Boone on the struggling power hitters in both lineups:
If these teams are going to live up to expectations, their big guys in the middle have to get it going. We need to see production from Konerko and Dunn for the White Sox and Hamilton and Pujols with the Angels.

Cora on White Sox Manager Robin Ventura:
It’s Robin’s second year, so right now it’s his team. Obviously last year he had a great season. They made some changes and lost A.J. So, I think now he’s settled in. It has been a tough month for them, so let’s see what kind of manager he is. Last year, they kind of lost it at the end in September and they seem to be in the same pattern now. We need to see what kind of manager he will be.

Next Sunday on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, the Tigers head to the Lone Star State to take on the Rangers.  The latest Sunday Night Baseball schedule is available below.

Upcoming Sunday Night Baseball schedule:

Date Game
May 12 Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox
May 19 Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers
May 26 Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
June 2 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
July 14 St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
July 21 New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
   

*Additional games for June and July will be announced three weeks in advance, while games for August and September will be made two weeks in advance.

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ESPN Releases First Slate Of MLB Spring Training Games

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January is officially at its end.  That means the countdown to Spring has officially begun.  Regardless of what the groundhog may or may not see, we’ve got six weeks until the official start of Spring.  It’ll be here before anyone knows it.  And what better way to help count down the days until Spring than the start of Major League Baseball’s 2013 Spring Training.  Spring Training kicks off on ESPN Monday, March 11th with a full slate of games.  All of the games slated for Monday March 11th are slated to start at 1pm EST throughout each market. The full slate of games is listed below.  Fans on the go can also see the games online via WatchESPN.

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators
Mon, Mar. 11 1 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Yankees Jon Sciambi, Doug Glanville, Jayson Stark
Mon, Mar. 18 1 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, John Kruk, Buster Olney
Tue, Mar. 19 1 p.m. New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, John Kruk, Buster Olney
Wed, Mar. 20 1 p.m. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees * Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, John Kruk, Buster Olney
Mon, Mar. 25 1 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville
Tue, Mar. 26 1 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe, Tim Kurkjian
Wed, Mar. 27 1 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit Tigers Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville
Thu, Mar. 28 1 p.m. New York Mets at Washington Nationals Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe, Tim Kurkjian

This season will see one noticeable change for MLB fans.  ESPN will have a new Sunday Night Baseball announce team.  Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, John Kruk, and reporter Buster Olney will make their debut March 18th at the Phillies/Braves game.  All four will also call the March 19th Yankees/Phillies game and the March 20th game between the Red Sox and Yankees.  That game will be aired on ESPN2.

International audiences won’t be left out of the Spring Training games.  ESPN International will handle broadcasting duties in the Middle East/North Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Rim.  ESPN America will take broadcasts for Europe. 

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