ESPN To Air Special MLB Double Header On Independence Day

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ESPN will celebrate America’s birthday this year with a celebration of the country’s national pastime.

Network officials announced recently the network will carry a special Major League Baseball double header on July 4th.  The schedule starts with a National League inter-divisional matchup between the Phillies and Pirates at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.  American League opponents Boston and Texas round out the day’s double header schedule beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Rotations and pitchers have not been announced for either game.  The July 4 matchup between the Phillies and Pirates will be the second of a four-game series between the NL foes while it the AL showdown between the Red Sox and Rangers will be the second in a three-game series between those teams.

More information on ESPN’s special Independence Day double header schedule is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at http://www.espn.com/mlb.

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Yankees, Blue Jays Face Off Live On TBS This Weekend

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Two AL East opponents will face off this week in the latest edition of TBS’ Sunday MLB on TBS.

The Yankees and Blue Jays will face off live at 1:00pm ET on TBS’ weekly MLB program Sunday MLB on TBS.  The game is the third in the teams’ four-game series.  The series’ closer is Monday night with first pitch set for 7:07pm.

Michael Pineda is expected to get the start for the Yankees in Sunday afternoon’s game while Marco Estrada (9-9) is expected to take the mound for Toronto.  Estrada’s last time on the mound was Monday against Seattle.  He was credited with the win in the Blue Jays’ 3-2 win over the Mariners.  Estrada shined in the game, fanning 8 while only allowing just 1 hit, 0 runs or earned runs, 3 walks and no home runs.  That was over the course of 7 innings pitched.

Pineda (6-11) last took the mound Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.  Pineda pitched 5.1 innings in the Yankees 5-3 win over the Rays.  He had a rough time on the mound, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits 2 earned runs, 1 walk and no home runs while striking out 11.

The numbers seem to favor Toronto in Sunday’s game and the weekend’s series overall.  Toronto is almost as good at home as it is on the road so far this season, going 42-32 at home so far this season and 41-37 on the road.

New York meanwhile has been lackluster on the road going 35-42 on the road so far this season versus a home record of 44-31.  Even with both teams looking to get back in the “W” column this weekend – both teams lost their most recent games – Toronto’s chances are better having gone 5-5 in its last ten games versus New York going 3-7 in its last ten games.

Ernie Johnson will have the call in Sunday afternoon’s broadcast on TBS.  He will be joined in the booth by MLB on TBS analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. for additional commentary.

MLB on TBS Pre-Game Show will precede Sunday afternoon’s broadcast of the Yankees and Blue Jays. Broadcast of the TBS Pre-Game Show begins at 12:30pm ET.  Casey Stern will anchor the program and will be joined by analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield for additional commentary.

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ESPN Announces Opening Day Matchups For MLB’s 2017 Season

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The 2016 Major League Baseball Season is officially winding down and the road to the postseason is on.  But ESPN has already set its sights on the league’s 2017 season.

Officials with ESPN announced last week the network’s 2017 opening day broadcast schedule.  Major League Baseball’s 2017 season opens on ESPN on Sunday, April 2 with a double header divisional schedule.

First up on the day will be the Yankees on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays in an American League East showdown.  The Diamondbacks and Giants will follow in a matchup of National League West opponents.

Times for the games have not yet been determined and telecasts could be subject to local blackouts.  As an additional note ESPN will exclusively carry Major League Baseball’s MLB Opening Night game – a nationally televised primetime game.  The matchup for the game will be announced in the weeks to come.

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Rangers, Mariners Open Three-Game Series Monday Night On ESPN

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ESPN launches another week of MLB action Monday night with an AL West showdown between the Mariners and Rangers.

Monday night’s edition of Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA will see the Rangers hosting the Seattle Mariners in the opening game of a three-game series between the American League West opponents.  Hisashi Iwakuma (14 – 9) is slated to get the start for the Mariners while  Yu Darvish (4 – 3) will get the start for the Rangers.  Iwakuma’s last time on the mound was Aug. 24 against the Yankees.  He took the loss in the game, pitching six innings and allowing three runs on six hits over that time.  He also allowed 3 earned runs, two walks and one home run during his time on the mound, earning just 3 Ks along the way.

Yu Darvish’s last time on the mound was Aug. 24 against Cincinnati. The Rangers got the win in the game, 6 – 5.  He had his share of struggles in his six innings on the mound.  All five of the Reds’ runs in the game came against Darvish over just four hits.  He also allowed five walks and three earned runs while picking up five Ks.  By comparison, Reds pitcher Tim Adleman didn’t fare much better, allowing five runs and five hits, four earned runs, and three home runs while picking up just one K.  That pushed Adleman’s ERA to 3.68 so far on the season.

This week’s three-game home stand against the Mariners bodes well for the Rangers.  That is because Texas, who is 6 – 4 in its last 10 games, has shined at home this season going 41 – 21 at home so far while Seattle has had a harder go of it.  The Mariners are 4- 6 in their last 10 games and are currently in the midst of a two-game skid.  Seattle is 32 – 34 on the road so far versus its slightly better 36 – 28 home record so far.

Coverage of Monday night’s series opener between the Rangers and Mariners begins at 8pm ET.  Dave Flemming will have the call for the full national telecast.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Eduardo Perez and Dallas Braden for additional commentary.  The broadcast will be preceded by Baseball Tonight at 7pm ET.

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Red Sox, Royals Added To ESPN’s ‘SNB’ Broadcast Schedule

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The Royals and Red Sox are going under the lights live on ESPN later this month.

The American League opponents will face off August 28th on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  The game will be the closer in the teams’ three-game weekend series.  There is currently no word on either team’s rotation or who will take the mound on either side of the ball.

Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on hand for all of the game’s latest news and interviews.  Coverage is expected to begin at 8pm ET.  The inter-divisional matchup will be simulcast on TV, radio, and online via ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, and WatchESPN.

Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede the broadcast, as it does each week, beginning at 7pm ET.  Adnan Virk will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined at the desk by analyst Dallas Braden and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

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ESPN Announces August 14th ‘SNB’ Schedule

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ESPN has announced the matchup for its August 14th edition of Sunday Night Baseball.

The National League Central division will take center stage yet again on the August 14th when the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals live in Chicago.  The announcement comes as news from Chicago that Aroldis Chapman might be headed to the Windy City.  There is no official confirmation on the deal at this time.  However if the deal is finalized, the Yankees would receive four players—believed to be Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, Adam Warren, and Rashad Crawford—in return for Chapman.  The former Reds standout was traded to the Yankees during the offseason.  However personal issues followed Chapman to New York leading to a 30-game suspension for the star pitcher at the start of this season.  He was alleged to have been involved in a domestic violence incident back in October of 2015.

No pitchers have been named to start for the Cubs or Cardinals in the upcoming game.  It is however, known that the game will be the closer in a three-game series between the NL Central opponents.  After that both teams will have a chance to rest up before hitting the diamond yet again with the Cubs facing the Brewers in a double-header schedule on August 16th.  The Cardinals will take on the Astros the same day in the first of a short, two-game series.  The second game in the series will be Wednesday, August 17th.  The Cubs’ double-header against the Brewers on the 16th makes up the first two games of a four-game series between the teams.

Dan Shulman will have the call for the August 14th matchup between the Cubs and Cardinals.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Coverage of the game is currently scheduled to begin at 8pm ET.  It will be preceded by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7pm ET.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined at the desk by analyst Dallas Braden and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian.  The upcoming showdown marks the fifth time this season that the Cardinals have appeared on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell and the fourth time for the Cubs.  Those that won’t be near a television for the game can still catch the game on the radio and online.  That is because the game will be simulcast on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, and WatchESPN.

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Giants, Yankees Close Out Weekend Cross-Conference Series Sunday On TBS

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TBS continues its annual Sunday MLB on TBS broadcast schedule this Sunday live from New York with a cross-conference showdown between the Giants and the Yankees.

Sunday’s game is the closer in the teams’ three-game weekend series.  It opens the day’s MLB action, too with first pitch expected for 1:05pm ET.  Nathan Eovaldi (8 – 6) is currently expected to get the start for the Yankees.  He hasn’t had much time to rest up for Sunday’s game.  That is because he last got some time on the mound this past Wednesday, July 19th when the Yankees took on the Orioles.  He was credited with the win in the game as New York blasted Baltimore 7 – 1.  Eovaldi pitched 5.1 innings in the game, keeping Baltimore’s bats largely silent along the way.  He allowed only 1 run (the Orioles’ only run in the game) in 4 hits over that time, along with 1 earned run, 2 walks, and 0 home runs.  He had 1 strike out, too.  Team mates Anthony Swarzak and Nick Goody finished off the Orioles, with a total of five strike outs, allowing not a single run or hit through the remainder of the game and not even a single home run, walk, or earned run.

Johnny Cueto (13 – 2) is expected to get the start for the Giants in Sunday’s game.  Cueto will come in to Sunday’s game with a little bit more rest than Eovaldi.  His last time on the mound was last Sunday, July 17th against the Padres.  The Giants lost that game 5 – 3 with Cueto taking the loss.  He allowed 4 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings, along wit h2 home runs and 4 earned runs.  He allowed 3 walks along the way, too and had 4 strike outs.  While Giants lost to the Padres in the game, the rest of San Francisco’s bullpen picked up the slack, allowing only 1 more run in 4 hits, which was a home run.  That home run came during Hunter Strickland’s time on the mound.

Looking at these numbers and the teams’ overall numbers, the Yankees cannot be counted out for this game or for any of the games in the teams’ weekend series.  New York is fourth in the AL East, seven games back from the division-leading Boston Red Sox.  The team is 6 – 4 in its last ten games and is 27 – 21 so far on the season at home with just its last game being in the “L” column.  San Francisco on the other hand is in the midst of a five-game losing streak as it comes in to New York for the weekend series.  The Giants are 28 – 21 on the road so far this season.  But are 4 – 6 in their last ten games.  So the numbers give the Yankees a fighting chance not just in Sunday’s game but in the series in whole.

Don Orsillo will have the call for Sunday afternoon’s series ender between the Giants an Yankees.  He will be joined in the booth by Ron Darling for additional commentary.  Sunday’s game will be available locally in the New York market.

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