Yankees, Mariners Open Three-Game Series Monday Night Live On ESPN

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ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA will feature a matchup of first versus worst and East vs. West Monday night in an American League inter-divisional showdown

The  Seattle Mariners (55-75) will host the New York Yankees (84-47) in a three-game series.  The Mariners sit in last place in the American League West while the Yankees sit atop the American League East, eight games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Seattle great Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as a guest analyst for Monday night’s broadcast, which is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET.  He will join Dave Fleming and analyst Eduardo Perez for the broadcast.  Fleming will have the call for the game while Perez will also serve as an analyst for the telecast.

Monday night marks the second time this season that Griffey, who played 13 seasons for Seattle, has served as a guest analyst on ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage.  Griffey and Perez both come from MLB “royal blood.”  Griffey’s father, Ken Griffey Sr. and Perez’s father Tony Perez were both members of Cincinnati’s famed “Big Red Machine.”

Ken Griffey Jr. eventually made his way back to Cincinnati during the later years of his career before retiring in 2010 as a member of the Reds organization.  Shortly after his retirement, ESPN announced Griffey was added to the network’s on-air talent roster for its MLB coverage.

Griffey collected 630 home runs over the course of his 22-year career.  He also was a 13-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner and an American League M.V.P.  He was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2016 and is a member of the Reds and Mariners’ Halls of Fame.

The starting pitchers for each team were not listed on MLB’s official website as of Sunday afternoon.  The Yankees are 35-27 on the road so far this year while the Mariners are 28-37 at home.  At the same time, the Yankees are 4-6 in their last 10 games while the Mariners are 6-4 in their last 10 games.

Both teams fell in their most recent games on Saturday, the Yankees falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.  The loss followed a 10-2 win by the Yankees over the Dodgers in that series’ opener, making Sunday’s game the rubber match in that series.

The Mariners meanwhile fell to Toronto Saturday 7-5 after defeating the Blue Jays Friday 7-4, making the teams’ game Sunday afternoon the rubber match in that series, too.

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ESPN Adds Del Rio To Its NFL On-Air Talent Roster

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ESPN has added another big name to its roster of on-air talent for its NFL broadcasts.

The company announced Thursday through a news release that it has added Jack Del Rio to its talent roster.  Del Rio first rose to fame as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s early years.  Most recently, he was the coach of the Oakland Raiders.

As the newest member of the team, Del Rio will make appearances on NFL LiveSportsCenter and ESPN Radio.  He said in the news release, he is optimistic about his future.

“I’ve visited several training camps over the last few weeks, and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming football season and my new role with ESPN!,” he said.

ESPN Vice President of NFL and College Studio Shows Seth Markman spoke highly of Del Rio in talking about Del Rio’s addition to the network’s on-air talent roster.

“Jack was highly successful as a player and coach,” Markman said.  “He sees the game from both perspectives and he doesn’t shy away from sharing his honest opinion.  He will be a great addition to our ESPN team.”

Del Rio’s career as a player started at the University of Southern California. As a member of the Trojans, he was a consensus All American and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. He would go on to be enshrined in the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his performance as a football and baseball player.  He also received the school’s Silver Anniversary Award in 2010.

After college, Del Rio was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft.  That same year, he was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and a member of the National Football League’s All-Rookie Team.

Del Rio was named a member of the Pro Bowl team in 1994 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. During his time with the Vikings (1992-95), he led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons.

Along with his time with the Vikings and Saints, Del Rio also played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1987-88) and Dallas Cowboys (1989-91).  During the course of his 11 years as a player in the league, Del Rio amassed 1,005 career tackles, 13 sacks and 13 interceptions over 160 regular season games.

Del Rio went from the player ranks to the coaching ranks in 1997 as an assistant strength coach for the Saints.  He was eventually promoted to the team’s linebackers coach in 1998 before taking the same position with the Baltimore Ravens in 1999.  He held that position until 2001, helping the team the NFL’s top prize in Super Bowl XXXV along the way.

After leaving the Ravens in 2001, Del Rio added another notch to his resume, becoming the Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2002.  That position led to Del Rio’s first head coaching position in 2003 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which he would lead until 2011.

Del Rio headed west following his time as the Jags’ head coach, becoming the Denver Bronco’s Defensive Coordinator from 2012-14 before moving back to the head coaching ranks in 2015 as the head of the Oakland Raiders.  He helmed the team until 2017.

During his head coaching time,  Del Rio led the Jaguars and Raiders to three playoff appearances and 97 total collective victories.

More information on Jack Del Rio’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster is available online now along with all of the network’s latest NFL headlines at:

 

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Dodgers, Braves Look To Take Weekend Series Sunday Afternoon On TBS

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TBS continues its coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2019 season this afternoon with a National League inter-divisional matchup.

The Dodgers and Braves finish off a three-game weekend series this afternoon in a battle of the NL West and NL East.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET, according to a news release from Turner Sports.

The Dodgers and Braves each lead their divisions coming into the matchup.  This afternoon’s game is the rubber match in the series.  Los Angeles won the series’ opener 8-3, but Atlanta rebounded in the series’ second game 4-3.

Max Fried (14-4) is scheduled to get the start for the Braves in this afternoon’s series finale between the Dodgers and Braves.  His last time on the mound was Tuesday against the Mets.  He took the win in the game, despite some struggles, allowing six hits over six inning and walking three batters. He struck out four batters in that time and allowed one earned run.

Tony Gonsolin (1-1) is scheduled to take the mound for the Dodgers in this afternoon’s game.  Almost two weeks have passed since Gonsolin was on the mound, on Aug. 5 against St. Louis. That game was a strong outing for Gonsolin, as it saw him pitch six innings, allowing only two hits and one walk in that time while striking out seven batters and allowing no earned runs.

This afternoon’s matchup is either team’s to win, looking at those statistics and the teams’ overall numbers.  Los Angeles is 34-27 on the road so far this season while Atlanta is 35-27 at home.  The Braves have been just as strong on the road at 38-25 while Los Angeles has been even stronger at home at 48-16.

Brian Anderson will anchor this afternoon’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by Ron Darling for additional commentary.  More information on the game is available online at:

 

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NBA TV Announces 2019-20 NBA Season Broadcast Schedule

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NBA TV will air more than 100 games during the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season.

Network officials announced Monday that the network will air 107 regular season games.  Thirty-three of those games will be part of double header schedules.

The network’s broadcast schedule launches Oct. 26 with a triple header.  First on the night, the Bucks host the Heat at 5 p.m.  The Knicks host the Celtics at 7:30 p.m. for the schedule’s second game of the night.  The Suns and Clippers round out the night’s schedule.

NBA TV’s first double header of the season is scheduled for Oct. 28 as the Pelicans play host to the Western Conference Champion Golden State Warriors.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.  The night’s second game, set to start at 10:30, features the Clippers hosting the Hornets.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Heat hosts Atlanta in the first game of another double header.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.  the night’s second game features the Lakers hosting the grizzlies.  Coverage of that game will start at 10:30 p.m.

Another highlight of this year’s schedule is a Martin Luther King Jr. Day featuring the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors on the road against the Hawks.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

These are just some of the games set for NBA TV’s NBA 2019-20 season broadcast schedule.  The network’s full schedule is noted below.

2019-20 NBA TV Regular Season Schedule
(All Times Eastern)

Day Date Time (ET) Game
Saturday Oct. 26 5 p.m. Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks
7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks
10 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Phoenix Suns
Monday Oct. 28 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans
10:30 p.m. Charlotte Hornets vs. LA Clippers
Tuesday Oct. 29 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Saturday Nov. 2 7 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Orlando Magic
10 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Monday Nov. 4 7:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors
Tuesday Nov. 5 8 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls
Friday Nov. 8 10:30 p.m. Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Monday Nov. 11 8 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans
10:30 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. LA Clippers
Tuesday Nov. 12 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings
Saturday Nov. 16 6 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls
Monday Nov. 18 7:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets
Tuesday Nov. 19 8 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Saturday Nov. 23 9 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz
Monday Nov. 25 8 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors
Tuesday Nov. 26 8:30 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Friday Nov. 29 8 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
10:30 p.m. Washington Wizards vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Saturday Nov. 30 7 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Monday Dec. 2 7 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Chicago Bulls vs. Sacramento Kings
Wednesday Dec. 4 9 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz
Thursday Dec. 5 7:30 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors
Saturday Dec. 7 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Monday Dec. 9 8 p.m. Detroit Pistons vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Saturday Dec. 14 5 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns
7:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors
Sunday Dec. 15 8 p.m. New York Knicks vs. Denver Nuggets
Monday Dec. 16 8 p.m. Dallas Mavericks vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Tuesday Dec. 17 7 p.m. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Indiana Pacers
10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns vs. LA Clippers
Saturday Dec. 21 7 p.m. Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Sunday Dec. 22 7 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
9:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Monday Dec. 23 7 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers
10 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Friday Dec. 27 7 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Orlando Magic
10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors
Sunday Dec. 29 8 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Monday Dec. 30 7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Orlando Magic
10 p.m. Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Tuesday Dec. 31 7 p.m. Denver Nuggets vs. Houston Rockets
Wednesday Jan. 1 8 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Thursday Jan. 2 8 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
10:30 p.m. Detroit Pistons vs. LA Clippers
Monday Jan. 6 7 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers
10 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings
Tuesday Jan. 7 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Tuesday Jan. 14 7:30 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors
Saturday Jan. 18 6 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets
Monday Jan. 20 2:30 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. Atlanta Hawks
Tuesday Jan. 21 8:30 p.m. LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Friday Jan. 24 3 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Charlotte Hornets
10:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors
Sunday Jan. 26 3:30 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets
9 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Monday Jan. 27 9 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz
Monday Feb. 3 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks
10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. LA Clippers
Sunday Feb. 9 3:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
7 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Houston Rockets
Monday Feb. 10 8 p.m. Sacramento Kings vs. Milwaukee Bucks
10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Sunday Feb. 23 6 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Denver Nuggets
8:30 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors
Monday Feb. 24 7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers
10:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies vs. LA Clippers
Monday Mar. 2 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat
Sunday Mar. 8 6 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics
9 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings
Monday Mar. 9 9 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets
Friday Mar. 13 8 p.m. Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics
10:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets vs. LA Clippers
Tuesday Mar. 17 7 p.m. Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons
10 p.m. Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento Kings
Thursday Mar. 19 8 p.m. Sacramento Kings vs. Houston Rockets
Friday Mar. 20 7:30 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors
Saturday Mar. 21 7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Sunday Mar. 22 7 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs
Monday Mar. 23 8:30 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
Thursday Mar. 26 8:30 p.m. Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks
Friday Mar. 27 7:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics
Sunday Mar. 29 6 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Boston Celtics
8:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors
Monday Mar. 30 7:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets
10:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers vs. LA Clippers
Friday Apr. 3 8:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors vs. San Antonio Spurs
Sunday Apr. 5 1 p.m. Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers
7 p.m. Toronto Raptors vs. Houston Rockets
9:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Friday Apr. 10 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs
Sunday Apr. 12 3:30 p.m. Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs
7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks
9:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Monday Apr. 13 7 p.m. Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons
10:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors

More information on NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA’s 2019-20 season is available online now along with all of the latest NBA headlines at:

 

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NBA TV To Announce League’s 2019-20 Season Next Week

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NBA TV will reveal the full schedule for the National Basketball Association’s 2019-20 season next week.

The schedule will be revealed on the network’s special broadcast, NBA TV 2019-20 Schedule Release Show.  The program is scheduled to air at 3 p.m. ET Monday.

Jared Greenberg will anchor the broadcast.  Analyst Wes Wilcox will join Greenberg for additional commentary.  A variety of other Turner Sports NBA analysts will join the duo for even more commentary.

NBA TV will simulcast Monday’s broadcast online at NBA.com and the NBA app.  The league’s full season schedule will be posted online at the NBA’s official website and trough its app following Monday’s broadcast.

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ESPN Networks To Broadcast Little League Baseball, Softball World Series

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The Little League World Series tournaments are officially underway, and ESPN will launch its coverage of the tournaments’ final rounds next week.

The network will begin coverage of the 73rd Little League World Series Aug. 15 through a variety of platforms.  The coverage culminates Aug. 25 with coverage of the Little League World Series Championship Game.  That game is scheduled to air on ABC.

As an added bonus to its coverage, ESPN will air its third annual MLB Little League Classic Aug. 18.  The game will see the Pittsburgh Pirates hosting the Chicago Cubs in a first versus worst of the National League Central.  Starting pitchers will be announced for the game at a later date.

The Cubs (63-53) sit atop the NL Central while the Pirates (48-66) sit in last place in the division behind Cincinnati, St. Louis and Milwaukee.

ESPN’s Little League Baseball World Series is just some of the little league ball coverage that the network and its family of networks have planned.  The Little League Softball World Series from Aug. 12-14.  The tournament will take place at Alpenrose Stadium in Portland, OR.

The tournament’s 27 total games will air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS.  Coverage of the tournament started Wednesday on ESPN+.

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BoSox, Angels To Close Weekend Series Sunday On TBS

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TBS’ Major League Baseball coverage will feature an inter-divisional American League matchup this weekend, starring two recent AL MVPs.

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels will play live Sunday on TBS.  Coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET.  Sunday’s game is the closer in a four-game series between the teams.

Andrew Cashner (10-7) is scheduled to get the start for Boston while Patrick Sandoval (0-0), who got the call up to the majors last week, is scheduled to take the mound for the Angels.  Sandoval was drafted in 2015 by Houston, but acquired by the Angels in 2018 in a deal involving Martin Maldonado.  Sandoval was called up last week against Cincinnati.

Sandoval had a strong outing in his Aug. 5 debut, pitching five innings.  He struck out 8, allowed only 3 hits, 2 walks and 2 earned runs in that span.

Cashner’s most recent stint on the mound was Tuesday against the Royals.  He took the loss in the game, pitching 5.1 innings in the match.  Cashner struck out 4 batters, but allowed 6 earned runs and 2 walks on 7 hits.

Sunday’s game could go to either team as the host Red Sox are 29-30 at home so far this season, but even worse on the road, at 32-36.  At the same time, Boston won the series’ opening game Thursday night, blanking Los Angeles 3-0.

The Angels’ loss Thursday was one in a now 7-game losing streak for the team, which sits 4th in the AL West, just ahead of Seattle.  The visiting Angels are 27-32 on the road, making the outlook even less positive for Los Angeles..  The team is 29-28 at home so far this season.

Ernie Johnson will anchor Sunday’s matchup between the Red Sox and Angels.  He will be joined in the booth by Ron Darling for additional commentary.

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