Dodgers, Cardinals Close Out Weekend Series Sunday on ESPN

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ESPN wraps another week of Major League Baseball coverage this weekend with its latest edition of Sunday Night Baseball Presented by Taco Bell.  This week’s edition of the network’s flagship MLB program focuses its edition once again on the National League.

The Dodgers and Cardinals go under the lights live this week on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell in a National League interdivisional matchup.  The game is the closer in the teams’ three-game weekend series.  The Cardinals have not announced as of yet who they will have on the mound for the game.  Los Angeles meanwhile will have Scott Kazmir (8 – 3) on the mound for the game.  Kazmir’s last time on the mound was this past Tuesday, July 19th when the Dodgers faced the Washington Nationals.  The Dodgers doubled up on the Nats in that game, winning 8 – 4 with Kazmir being credited with the win.  He had an impressive outing during his 7 innings on the mound, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits, that sole run being a home run.  He had 8 Ks in the game, no walks, and just 1 earned run.

Going by the numbers, Sunday’s game (and the weekend’s series) could go either way.  Los Angeles is 24 – 25 on the road so far this season and 6 – 4 in its last ten games while St. Louis is 24 – 28 at home and 7 – 3 in its last ten games.  However, the Cardinals are currently in the midst of a 4-game win streak while Los Angeles just picked up another win Thursday against the Nationals.  Coverage of Sunday night’s game begins at 8pm.  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 have all of the latest in-game news and interviews throughout the game.

Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown will precede Sunday’s game beginning at 7pm ET.  Adnan Virk will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined at the desk by Dallas Braden and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian.  More information on Sunday’s National League interdivisional matchup between the Dodgers and Cardinals is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

 

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New On-Air Teams Announced For ESPN’s Thursday, Friday Night College Football Coverage

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ESPN has announced the on-air roster for this season’s coverage of college football on Thursday and Friday nights..

Thursday night broadcasts will be led by Dave Flemming and college football analyst Jesse Palmer.  Laura Rutledge will join the duo as a sideline reporter for the network’s Thursday night games.  This is in addition to her previously announced duties with The SEC Network’s SEC Nation broadcasts.  Friday night coverage will be led by Adam Amin.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Mack Brown.  Molly McGrath will be on the sidelines for each game with all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

As an additional note, David Pollack has signed a new extension with ESPN that will see him appear on ESPN’s College GameDay each week for the foreseeable future.  The terms of his new deal also include a more prominent role on College Football Live and will also see him contributing more to the network’s studio shows this season.  Pollack originally joined ESPN in 2009 as a studio analyst before joining the College GameDay on-air crew in 2011.

Before moving to Thursday nights, Flemming handled play-by-play duties on ESPN’s Friday night college football games.  Amin previously worked the Saturday college football games for ESPN/ABC.  Rutledge most recently served as a sideline reporter for the SEC Network’s college football broadcasts.  Pollack most recently served as a game analyst on ESPN’s Thursday night college football broadcasts last season alongside play-by-play man Joe Tessitore and analyst Jesse Palmer.

Lee Fitting, Senior Coordinating Producer, was entirely supportive of the new appointments in discussing them and the related importance of ESPN’s college football coverage.  “The new opportunities for Dave, Adam and Laura prove, once again, the quality of our on-air lineup and the growth opportunities that exist at ESPN, while Molly’s addition adds another high-caliber reporter and host to our roster as we enter a new season,” Fitting said.  “Thursday and Friday night telecasts are an integral part of our college football coverage and we look forward to these two new commentating teams working these primetime games each week.”  Fitting also shared his thoughts on Pollack’s experience in relation to his new deal noting, “David’s analysis, insights and, most importantly, his opinions have elevated him to a top college football analyst.  Having him on our studio programming, nearly on a daily basis throughout the season, maximizes his strengths and makes ESPN’s college football coverage better.”

This week’s new appointments are just the latest on-air moves made by ESPN for its upcoming college football broadcasts.  The network also recently announced moves involving Brian Griese, Steve Levy, Greg McElroy, Samantha Ponder, and Allison Williams for its college football broadcasts.  New contracts were also announced for Dave Pasch and Bob Wischusen.

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ESPN Presents MLB Double-Header In Today’s WNB Broadcast

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ESPN has a very special edition of its Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire today.

Today on the network’s weekly Wednesday night MLB broadcast, ESPN will carry not one but two games in a special double-header schedule.  First up on the day is the closer between the Mets and Cubs in their three-game series.  Coverage is expected to begin at 2pm ET.  The second game on the schedule will see the Red Sox host the Giants in the closer of their two-game series beginning at 7pm ET.

ESPN’s coverage of the Mets-Cubs series is the second game this week that the network has carried. It also carried coverage of the second game in the teams’ series Tuesday night. That game saw the Mets tie up the series at one game a piece.  So the series’ winner will be determined tonight live on ESPN.  Kyle Hendricks (8 – 6) is slated to get the start tonight for the Cubs.  Meanwhile Bartolo Colon (8 – 4) will get the start for the Mets.  Hendricks’ last time on the mound was July 15th against the Rangers.  The Cubs won that game 6 – 0 with Hendricks being credited with the win.  He kept the Rangers bats silent over six innings, allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks.  He didn’t allow any runs, earned runs, or even home runs, and had 3 strike outs.

Colon’s last time on the mound was July 15th against Philadelphia.   He led the Mets to a 5 – 3 win over the Phillies in that game, pitching a total of 5.2 innings.  Even with the win he still had a little bit of a rough time, allowing all three of the Phillies’ runs on 4 hits.  He also allowed 2 walks and had 4 strike outs.  The rest of the Mets bullpen picked up the slack with only team-mate Hansel Robles allowing a hit throughout the remainder of the game.  He and the rest of the Mets’ bullpen kept the Phillies’ bats silent throughout the rest of the game.  By comparison Philadelphia’s Jeremy Hellickson had an even more difficult go of it in the game, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits over 6 innings.  He allowed 4 earned runs and 2 home runs along the way, too and had 5 strike outs.

Going by the numbers the Cubs still have the advantage in the series.  But coming off of last night’s win the Mets have some momentum and motivation for another win.  At the same time, the Cubs will be playing hard, too as they will look to keep from losing two straight.  So today’s game gives audiences and teams plenty to anticipate.  Karl Ravech will once again have the call for this afternoon’s series finale between the Mets and Cubs.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Dallas Braden and reporter Tim Kurkjian.  The game will be blacked out in both the New York and Chicago market.

 

 

In the second game of the day, the Red Sox and Giants finish off their two-game series tonight at 7pm on ESPN.  Drew Pomeranz (8 – 7) will get the start for Boston in tonight’s game.  Matt Cain (1 – 5) will take the mound for San Francisco.  Cain hasn’t pitched for the Giants in more than a month.  The 31 year-old’s last time taking the mound for the Giants was way back on June 13th.  He pitched 3.2 innings in the game, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits over that span.  He walked 5, allowed 3 earned runs, and had 3 strike outs.

Only a few weeks have passed since Pomeranz last started.  That was back on July 7th before he was traded from the Padres to the Red Sox.  He threw 7 innings in that game, and kept the Dodgers’ bats largely silent over that time allowing only 2 hits and picking up 6 strike outs along the way.  That lowered his ERA to 2.47.

Looking at the bigger picture for tonight’s game on ESPN, the numbers favor Boston for the win.  The Red Sox are 31 – 20 at home so far this season and defeated the Giants in the first game of the teams’ series last night, blanking the Giants 4 – 0.  The Giants meanwhile are in the midst of a 4-game skid and are 5 – 5 in their last ten games versus Boston’s 8 – 2 record in their last ten games.  Coverage of tonight’s game between the Red Sox and Giants begins at 7pm ET on ESPN. The game will be blacked out in the San Francisco market.  John Sciambi will have the call for tonight’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by Doug Glanville and Pedro Gomez for additional commentary.  Following the game, Adnan Virk and John Kruk will have a full re-cap of the game and all of the action around the league on Baseball Tonight.  That will be at 10pm.

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Cubs And Mets Meet In Series’ Rubber Match Tonight On ESPN

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ESPN has released its Major League Baseball broadcast schedule for this week.  And it is a very busy one now that the race for the post season is on.  It all begins tonight on ESPN as the Mets take on the Cubs in Chicago.

The Mets take on the Cubs live tonight on ESPN in Chicago in the second game of a three-game series between the National League opponents.  Coverage begins at 7pm ET.  Jake Arrieta (12 – 4) is scheduled to get the start for Chicago in tonight’s interdivisional match.  Arrieta has had a little more than a week off since his last time on the mound.  That was July 8th against Pittsburgh.  That game was not an easy one for the 30-year old.  He threw 6 innings, allowing a total of 6 runs on 9 hits, 6 earned runs, 1 walk, and 2 home runs, striking out only 6 of 28 batters along the way.

On the other side of the ball Noah Syndergaard is slated to get the start for the Mets in tonight’s game.  He has had roughly the same amount of time as Arrieta to rest up for tonight’s game.  His last time on the mound was July 8th when the Mets took on the Washington Nationals.  The Nats won that game 3 – 1 with Syndergaard taking the loss for the Mets.  He allowed 3 runs on 4 hits over 4.2 innings.  He also allowed 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 home run and struck out 5 of 19 batters.  Even with those numbers in consideration he still fared somewhat better than Arrieta during his last outing.  In the bigger picture the Cubs took the win in the series’ opener Monday night 5 – 1.  And Chicago’s 29 -15 home record far outweighs the Mets’ 23 – 23 road record.  At the same time both teams are 4 – 6 in their last ten games.  So New York can’t be completely counted out tonight or Wednesday.

Karl Ravech will have the call for tonight’s NL matchup between the Cubs and Mets.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Dallas Braden and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.  As an additional note, while the game will be broadcast on television on ESPN, it will be blacked out both in the New York and Chicago market.  More information on tonight’s game is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

 

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Cubs, Mets Open 3-Game Series Tonight On ESPN

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Tonight on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA the Mets and Cubs face off in an interdivisional matchup.

The NL Central-leading Cubs continue their home-stand tonight when the team opens a three-game series against the Mets (NL East) on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.  The game is the opener in a three-game series between the teams.  John Lester (9 – 4) is expected to get the start for the Cubs while Steven Matz (7 – 5) is slated to get the start for the Mets.  Lester’s last time on the mound was more than a week ago on July 9th against Pittsburgh.  The Pirates won that game in dominating fashion doubling up on the Cubs 12 – 6.  Lester threw three innings in the game, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits, 5 earned runs, 3 walks, and 2 home runs.  He struck out only 2 of 16 batters that he faced.  Teammate Adam Warren, who was credited with the loss, didn’t fare much better.  Warren only threw 2 innings but allowed 7 more runs on 5 hits in that short time along with 7 earned runs, 3 walks, and 2 home runs.  He struck out only 2 of 14 batters.

Steven Matz’s last time on the mound was roughly a week ago against the Nationals on July 10th.  The Nats won that game 3 – 2.  Matz took the loss in the game.  He threw 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits along the way along with 3 earned runs, 4 walks, and 1 home run, striking out 5 of 29 batters faced.

Even with both pitchers numbers in consideration either team could win this game and series.  Chicago is 28 – 15 at home so far on the season while New York is 23 – 22 on the road so far this season.  However, the Cubs are 4- 6 in their last ten games and the Mets 5 – 5 in their last 10 games.  The Mets come into tonight’s game with some momentum, having picked up a 5 – 0 win against Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.  The Cubs come into tonight’s series opener licking its wounds after falling 4 – 1 against the Rangers on Sunday.  So each team will have its own motivation for a win tonight when the National League foes go under the lights.

Karl Ravech will have the call for the game tonight on ESPN.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Dallas Braden and Eduardo Perez.  As an additional note the game will be blacked out in the Chicago market.  Coverage of the game is expected to begin at 7pm ET in all other markets.  More information on tonight’s game is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

 

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ESPN Closes Out July SNB Schedule With Cross-Conference Showdown

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ESPN has announced the matchup for the July 31st edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell closes out July with a cross conference showdown between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs.  The game will be the closer in a three-game weekend series between the teams.  There is currently no word on either team’s rotation or who will take the mound on either side of the ball at this time.  The numbers currently favor Chicago not just in the game but in the series in whole.  Chicago is currently 28 – 15 at home so far on the season while Seattle is 23 – 24 on the road.  The Mariners currently sit third in the AL West, 8.5 games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers while the Cubs currently lead the NL Central at 55 – 36.

The July 31st edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will mark the first time since 2004 that the Mariners have made an appearance on the network’s weekly Sunday night MLB broadcast.  Seattle faced another Chicago team—the White Sox—in that game.  Coverage of the game is expected to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN.  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 also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.   Pre-game coverage of the game begins at 7pm ET on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analyst Dallas Braden and reporter Tim Kurkjian.

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Yanks, Sox Finish Off Weekend Series Sunday On ESPN’s SNB Broadcast

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The Yankees and Red Sox go under the lights this Sunday on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

What is one of professional sports’ most storied rivalries will have its latest chapter written this Sunday night when the Yankees and Red Sox go under the lights on ESPN’s flagship MLB program.  The game will be the finale in the teams’ three-game weekend series.  The game is scheduled to begin at 8:05pm ET.  Masahiro Tanaka (6 – 2) is scheduled to get the start for the Yankees while David Price (9 – 6) will get the start for Boston.  Price’s last time on the mound was July 10th against Tampa Bay.  He was credited with the win in that game.  He was in prime form throughout the game, too allowing only 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, and 0 home runs.  He struck out 10 of 29 batters, too.  This was all over 8 innings pitched.  That is just under half of the batters faced.  Teammate Brad Ziegler played a role in the win, too.  He kept Tampa Bay’s bats completely silent in the game’s final inning, striking out 2 of 3.

Tanaka’s last time on the mound was July 10th against Cleveland.  He had a rough time against the Indians, too allowing 7 runs on 10 hits over 4.2 innings.  He also allowed 3 earned runs, 2 walks, and 1 home run, striking out only 5 of 26 batters.

While New York is playing host to Boston in this weekend’s series, the numbers are pointed more in favor of the Red Sox.  This is even with Boston’s current 19 – 18 road record and New York’s 23 – 18 home record.  The Red Sox are currently in the midst of a four-game win streak and 7 – 3 in their last ten games.  The Yankees meanwhile are 5 – 5 in the team’s last ten games.  New York is   The last two of those games were wins for the pinstripers.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday’s 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 latest in-game news and interviews.  Sunday night’s  broadcast 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.

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