ESPN To Feature Its Own Battle Of Red Vs. Blue Friday In Postseason Impact Game

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ESPN has added another matchup to its 2016 MLB postseason coverage schedule.

The Blue Jays and Red Sox will face off live this Friday on ESPN. The game, the first in the teams’ three-game weekend series, will be the network’s key MLB Postseason Impact Game telecast presented by Exxon and Mobil.  Broadcast of the game is expected to begin at 7:10pm ET.

Neither team has announced its rotation for the game or who will take the mound.  The weekend series will have extra meaning for Red Sox fans and for star David Ortiz.  That is because this weekend’s series is the last regular season series at Fenway Park for Ortiz.

Ortiz announced ahead of the 2016 season that this season would be his last before he hangs up his cleats and bat for good.  Ortiz will go out on a high note, though as the Red Sox have already clinched a spot in the postseason. So his final season will be extended at least a little bit longer.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Friday’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  The game will be blacked out in the Boston market.

Friday’s game is just the latest in ESPN’s 2016 MLB season broadcast schedule.  The Indians and Tigers will be live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes+ in a Wednesday double header schedule. The Rockies and Giants cap the night beginning at 10pm ET.  The Indians and Tigers will be live again on ESPN and ESPN Deportes+ at 1pm ET on Thursday.

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MLB On TBS Team Mourns Fernandez’s Death

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Sunday was another sad day in the sports world.  Jose Fernandez, who had played with the Miami Marlins from 2012 – 2016 passed away Sunday morning after a boating accident.

As news of the young star’s death made its way through the league, some members of TBS’ MLB broadcast team shared their thoughts on Fernandez and his passing with heavy hearts.  They include Pedro Martinez, Gary Scheffield, and Rollins.  The trio’s comments are noted in whole below.

Pedro Martinez: “It’s not only sad for baseball, but [also] the culture, the family, and the hope that the entirely family has.  That’s a kid that went through a lot of struggles [to make it].  Destiny tells you where you are going to end up.  It’s hard for me to believe that this day is going on.  A kid so energetic, so happy all the time… all the things we can say about him.  More than anything, I understand how the family must feel losing this young baby.  Maybe one of the best arms that was ever going to play in the game.  The hopes that they had, so many people that looked up to him to open that door to finally make it to a better life, it’s really difficult for us to swallow.  I thank God that I was able to bring that back home… For this family, it’s devastating and it’s devastating for all of us.  I feel extremely sad.  I saw a better talent than I was lose his life this tragic morning.  It’s really sad and I don’t have words to express how bad I feel for baseball, for him and his family.

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Gary Sheffield: “Wow, that’s all I can say at this point is, wow.  Condolences go out to the family, big time, because when stuff like this happens, especially in the baseball family – baseball is really a family – when you lose a guy in your family, it hits home and it hits you right here [in the heart].  To know this young man in Tampa, Florida, he wanted to meet me.  I didn’t think it was a big deal until I met him.  I came to meet him, he was working out with all the Cuban players, and when I met this kid, there was a spirit about him that lights up the room.  He gives and he breathes energy into you.  When I talked to him about his preparation for the season – I’m watching this kid go out and throw 98 MPH in November getting ready for the season – I pulled him to the side and said you’ve got to tone it down a little bit.  And he said, ‘Mr. Sheffield, I only have 100.  I have 100% in me and I have to go as hard as I can, that’s just my energy level.’… When you got to meet this guy, the life that he instilled in everyone around him, he’s just full of energy.  It’s a sad loss.  Not only for the Marlins but all of Major League Baseball and his family.”

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Jimmy Rollins: “When I first met the kid, I had seen him on TV and seen his stuff and his dynamic arm, but it was his smile.  You knew his struggle, you knew where he came from and what he went through to get here and he never lost who he was and that joy for the game and joy for life.  I wanted to meet him because he was the next big thing… As a competitor he was in your face and smiling and joking with you and letting you know he was a presence.  From the field, you knew he was the same way off the field – he accepted everyone and wanted to bring joy and happiness to everyone’s life.  Not just the attention on him, but it was his journey and he wanted you to be part of it and share it with those that he loved… For a life to end so young, you feel it and you realize how precious life is… Baseball is a family, you don’t want to lose anyone, especially in a tragic way.”

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Jose Fernandez originally came to the United States when he was 15, defecting from Cuba at the time.  He then eventually went on to become one of MLB’s major pitching stars.  Two others were killed in the accident along with Fernandez.

 

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Cubs, Cardinals Close Out ESPN’s 2016 Regular Season ‘SNB’ Coverage

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ESPN wraps its 2016 MLB regular season coverage this weekend with a 1-2 battle in the National League.

The Cubs and Cardinals wil face off live Sunday night in the last regular season edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. The game will be the closer in the NL Central foes’  three-game weekend series.  John Lester (18 – 4) is expected to get the start for the hosting Cubs while Carlos Martinez (15 – 8) will take the mound for St. Louis.

Martinez has been off the mound since Monday when the redbirds took on Rockies and beat them 5 – 3. Martinez was credited with the win in the game. He threw five innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits over that time and struck out 6. He walked 3 and allowed 2 earned runs but no home runs.

Lester’s last time on the mound was Monday against Cincinnati. he led Chicago’s charge as the Cubs defeated the Reds in that game 6 – 1, allowing only one run on six hits (the Reds’ only run in the game), one earned run, no walks and no home runs and picking up 5 more Ks along the way.

Chicago has already clinched a spot in the postseason and currently sits atop the MLB standings.  The Cardinals meanwhile are fighting to stay in the NL playoff picture.  So Sunday’s game, and the weekend’s series, holds a lot of weight for the Cardinals.

Coverage of Sunday’s game is expected to begin at 8pm ET.  Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Sunday night’s broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell 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 by analysts Dallas Braden and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will cover the game on the radio for ESPN Radio.  Dan Shulman will have the call for the Saturday’s game between the Cubs and Cards on ESPN Radio.  He will be joined in the booth by Chris Singleton for additional commentary.

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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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TBS To Feature AL Central Showdown on ‘Sunday MLB On TBS’

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TBS’ Sunday MLB on TBS returns this weekend with a matchup of 1 versus 2 in the American League Central.

The Tigers and Indians will round out a three-game weekend series Sunday afternoon live on TBS. Cleveland will play host to the Tigers in the series.  Coverage of Sunday’s game begins at 1pm ET.

Trevor Bauer is expected to get the start for Cleveland in Sunday’s AL Central showdown while Daniel Norris is expected to take the mound for Detroit.  Norris’ last time on the mound was September 12 against Minnesota. Detroit got the win in that game, 4 – 2.  Norris had a strong night on the mound, allowing only two runs on five hits over six innings, two earned runs, two walks, and 2 home runs.  He had 11 Ks along the way

Only three days have passed since Bauer’s last time on the mound.  That game was Tuesday against the White Sox.  Bauer took the loss in the game, allowing six runs on six hits over 5.1 innings and one walk.  He allowed six earned runs and had seven Ks.

This weekend’s series between the Tigers and Indians is hugely important for both teams as the regular season is winding down very quickly.  The Tigers sit second in the AL Central, six games back from the division-leading Indians.  Cleveland has been strong at home this season, going 47 – 25 so far while Detroit has been lackluster at best on the road going 36 – 36 so far this season on the road.

Detroit has been far better at home, going 42 – 35 at home so far this season. On the other side of the coin, Cleveland is 37 – 37 on the road so far this season.  So the numbers favor Cleveland in this weekend’s series, including Sunday’s game between the divisional foes.

Ernie Johnson will have the call for Sunday’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling and co-analyst and MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. for additional commentary.

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Royals, Red Sox Face Off In Series’ Rubber Match Tonight On ESPN’s ‘SNB’ Broadcast

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ESPN rounds out another week of MLB coverage tonight with an American League matchup between the Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox.

The conference foes face off tonight on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell in the rubber match between the teams in their three-game weekend series.  The Royals took the series’ first game 6 – 3 and the Red Sox took game two 8 – 3.  Yordano Ventura is expected to get the start for the Royals while Eduardo Rodriguez will take the mound for the Red Sox.

Ventura (9 – 9) has had a week off, last taking the mound on Aug. 23. He was credited with the win in the game against Miami.  He was nearly perfect in his six innings on the mound, too allowing no runs, earned runs, or home runs on just six hits. He allowed just one walk and had six Ks.

Rodriguez (2 – 5) pitched four innings for the Red Sox in the team’s win over the Orioles on Aug.16. He also performed quite well in his short time on the mound, allowing no runs, hits, earned runs, or home runs. He allowed only two walks and had seven Ks in the game.

There is no clear favorite for tonight’s series closer between the Royals and Red Sox. Boston is 39 – 28 at home so far this season while the Royals are 27 – 41 on the road so far this season.  However, Boston is 5 – 5 in its last 10 games versus Kansas City’s 8 – 2 record in its last 10 games.  It has performed far better at home with a record of 40 – 21 so far.  All things considered, tonight’s game can go either way.

Dan Shulman will have the call for tonight’s game on ESPN.  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 latest in-game news and interviews. Anyone that won’t be near a TV for tonight’s game can still hear it on their local ESPN Radio affiliate beginning at 7pm ET.  Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call for the broadcast.

Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede tonight’s broadcast beginning at 7pm ET.  Adnan Virk will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined at the desk by analysts Eduardo Perez and Dallas Braden, and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kukrjian.

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