Rangers, Cubs Close Weekend Series This Sunday On TBS

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Courtesy: Turner Sports

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Break is officially over and now all eyes are set to the postseason.  In order to get there all thirty teams must first survive the second half of the regular season.  As their attention focuses on the second half of the season, so does that of TBS.  TBS launches its coverage of the second half of MLB’s 2016 season this Sunday in its weekly MLB broadcast Sunday MLB on TBS.  This week’s broadcast will feature a cross-conference match between the Texas Rangers (American League West) and the Chicago Cubs (National League Central).

Sunday’s game between the Rangers and Cubs is the closer in a 3-game weekend series between the teams.  Cole Hamels is expected to get the start for the AL West Leading Rangers.  John Lackey (7 – 5) is currently scheduled to take the mound for the Cubs.  Hamels’ (9 – 2) last time on the mound was roughly a week ago on July 8th when the Rangers faced the Twins.  Hamels had a rough go of it in the game, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits in 4.1 innings.  He walked 6, allowed 5 earned runs, and 1 home run, striking out only 4 of 24 batters faced.  Thanks to the rest of the team’s bullpen, especially Tony Barnette, who was credited with the win, the Rangers were able to hold on and pick up the hard fought 6 – 5 win over the Twins in the game.

John Lackey’s last time on the mound for the Cubs was July 10th against Pittsburgh.  He pitched 6 innings in the game although teammate Pedro Strop was credited with the win.  Lackey had his own troubles in that game, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, and 2 home runs.  He struck out 9 of 28 batters over that time.  That is less than half of the total batters that he faced.

The Rangers and Cubs both lead their respective division.  And both teams are evenly matched in both their home and road records.  The same applies with their respective season records so far.  So going by the numbers, Sunday’s game between the cross-conference opponents is certain to be a tight matchup from its opening pitch to its last.

TBS’ coverage of Sunday’s game is expected to begin at 2pm ET. Brian Anderson will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by MLB Hall of Famer and analyst Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ron Darling for additional commentary.  More information on TBS’ MLB coverage is available online now at:




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Braves, Nats Face Off Sunday Night On ESPN

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Courtesy: ESPN

The Atlanta Braves host the Washington Nationals this weekend in a three-game series for first place in the National League East. As part of its 25th season covering Major League Baseball, ESPN and ESPN Radio will carry coverage of both the series’ second and third game. Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s broadcast of the series’ third game on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. He will be joined by analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney for commentary. Sunday’s coverage of the series’ third game begins at 7pm ET with Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. Adnan Virk will have the helm on Sunday night’s pre-game show. He will be joined by Rick Sutcliffe for the broadcast. Audiences don’t have to be near their TVs to catch Sunday’s broadcast. That’s because the game will also be simulcast online and on the radio via WatchESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Deportes Radio.

Game Two in this weekend’s three-games series between the Nationals and Braves will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio Saturday evening beginning at 6pm ET. And before this weekend’s coverage of the Nats and Braves, ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball presented by T-Mobile will feature the second game in a three-game series between the Red Sox and Cardinals. The series comes less than a week after the Red sox and Redbirds executed a trade that saw pitcher John Lackey to St. Louis and both Joe Kelly and Allen Craig to Boston. This week’s series against the Red Sox could have big playoff implications for the Cardinals as St. Louis currently sits only a game behind the NL Central leading Brewers, who currently sit at 51-61. Jon Sciambi will have the call for Wednesday’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analyst Rick Sutcliffe and reporter Pedro Gomez. The game will be available on WatchESPN and ESPN.

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