Baltimore, Kansas City Face Off This Week On ESPN’s SNB

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

The Orioles and Royals go under the lights weekend in this week’s edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

Officials with ESPN announced this week that the Orioles and Royals will face off live Sunday night in the closer of the teams’ three-game series.  That series kicks off Friday evening in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  There is currently no word on who will take the mound for the “Orange Birds.”  On the other side of the ball, Yordano Ventura will start for Kansas City.  Ventura’s last time on the mound came Monday night against Minnesota.  The Twins won that game 6 – 2 in nine innings.  Ventura took the loss in the game.  He pitched 5.1 innings before being pulled.  He threw eight Ks before heading back to the dugout, but also allowed eight hits, four runs, four earned runs, five walks, and one home run.  Of his 107 total pitches, 65 were strikes for a roughly sixty-one percent strike rate over the course of those 5.1 innings.

Coming into this weekend’s series between the AL opponents, both teams are pretty close by the numbers.  Kansas City is 3 – 7 in its last ten games and lost its last game (a 3 – 2 loss against Minnesota).  The Royals’ road and home records are both in the black—48-27 (home), 35-29 (road)—while the Orioles have struggled a bit more with only their home record in the black.  Baltimore is 38 – 27 at home and 29-45 on the road.  However, the Orioles are also riding a two-game winning streak.  This means that this weekend’s series, including Sunday night’s game on ESPN, is sure to be a hard fought battle on both sides of the ball.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and John Kruk.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for additional commentary and news.  Ahead of Sunday night’s broadcast, ESPN will air Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet live beginning at 7pm ET.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined at the desk by analysts Aaron Boone and Tim Kurkjian.  Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown will be simulcast on television and online on ESPN and WatchESPN.  Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be simulcast on television, on radio, and online via ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, and WatchESPN.

Along with its Sunday night coverage, ESPN Radio will also carry coverage of the series’ second game Saturday afternoon.  Broadcast of that game is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm ET.  Jon Sciambi will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Chris Singleton.

More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPNBaseballTonight

 

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