ESPN To Feature Two Cross-Conference Matchups Sunday In Double Header Broadcast Schedule

The Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins will close out their three-game weekend series Sunday live on ESPN.

The teams are scheduled to take the field live at 7 p.m. ET.  on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. Matt Vasgersian will have the call for the broadcast.  World Series Champion and EPN analyst Alex Rodriguez and ESPN Senior MLB Insider Buster Olney will join Vasgersian with additional commentary.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call for the game on ESPN Radio.

Yu Darvish (7-2) is scheduled to get the start for the host Cubs in Sunday night’s game.  His last time on the mound was Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.  Darvish pitched seven innings in the game, allowing nine hits, two earned runs, and one walk while striking out seven batters during his time on the mound.

Chicago eked out the 6-5 win in Tuesday’s game against Cleveland.  Jeremy Jeffress (4-1) was credited with the win in the matchup.

Jose’ Berri’os (4-3) is scheduled to get the start for Minnesota in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was Monday against the Chicago White Sox, who have punched their ticket to the post season.  Barri’os pitched five innings in the game, allowing six hits, one earned run, and one walk while striking out two batters.

The White Sox won the noted game 3-1.  Taylor Rogers (1-4) took the loss for the Twins, having pitched less than an inning. He allowed two hits, two earned runs, and two walks.  He struck out none.

The Cubs took the lead game in this weekend’s series, 1-0.  The series’ second game is scheduled to take place tonight.  Alec Mills (5-3) is scheduled to get the start for the Cubs in tonight’s game.

Mills’ last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against Milwaukee.  The Cubs dominated the Brewers 12-0 in that game.  Mills made headlines that night, having pitched a perfect game.

Michael Pineda (1-0) is scheduled to get the start for the Twins in tonight’s game.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against Cleveland.  Minnesota won that game 7-5.  Caleb Thielbar was credited with the win, pitching less than an inning, allowing one run, one earned run, and wo walks while striking out one batter.

Sunday night’s series closer and tonight’s game are toss-ups, looking at the noted figures and the teams’ overall stats.  Each team is comfortably in the postseason fight in its respective conference and division.

Minnesota is looking to rebound tonight after Friday night’s loss to the Cubs.  The team 5-5 in its last 10 games, though.  Chicago meanwhile is 8-2 in its last 10 games.  Adding to the interest is that Chicago is 19-12 at home so far this season versus going 12-8 on the road.

The Twins have also proven far better at home this season (21-5) than on the road (10-17).

Sunday night’s game is just one of two in a double header schedule for ESPN.  the network will offer a matinee game live at 4 p.m. between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics in yet another cross-conference matchup.

That game is the closer in the teams’ three-game weekend series.  The American League West leading Athletics (32-19) took the series’ opener Friday 6-0 against the Giants (25-25) who sit third in the National League West.

Karl Ravech will have the call for Sunday afternoon’s game.  Analyst Eduardo Perez and MLB Hall-Of-Famer Chipper Jones will join Ravech and provide additional commentary.

Oakland has not yet announced who will start on the mound Sunday.  Johnny Cueto (2-1) is scheduled to get the start for the Giants.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against the San Diego Padres during a double header that day.

The series’ second game is scheduled to take place at 4:10 p.m. ET today.  Jesus Luzardo (2-2) is scheduled to get the start in this afternoon’s game.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 14 against the Seattle Mariners during a double header schedule that day.

Kevin Gausman (3-2) is scheduled to get the start this afternoon for San Francisco.  He has not thrown a pitch since Sept. 7 against Arizona.  Gausman was credited with the win in the 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.  Over the course of six innings pitched, Gausman allowed two hits one run, one earned run, three walks, and struck out nine batters.

The Giants and Athletics are each h6-4 in their last 10 games, and while Gausman won his last game, the numbers still favor the Athletics in Saturday and Sunday’s games.  The As are 19-7 at home so far this season and 13-12 on the road.  The team’s win Friday is also part of a two-game win streak, meaning the team will come into this weekend’s games with some momentum.

The Giants meanwhile have struggled on the road this season, going 9-16 away.That is compared to a 16-9 home record so far.

Sunday’s double header schedule will launch at 3 p.m. with Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown.  Kevin Connors will anchor the broadcast live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios.  World Series Champion and ESPN analyst Mark Teixeira will join Connors and provide additional commentary.

ESPN Analyst Tim Kurkjian and Olympic Gold Medalist Jessica Mendoza will join the broadcast remotely.

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Twins-Cubs Matchup Added To ESPN’s ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ Schedule

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The Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs will go under the lights later this month live on ESPN.

The cross-conference showdown is scheduled to take place Sept. 20 as part of the 2020 season of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

Coverage is expected to start at 7 p.m. ET.  Matt Vasgersian will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst and World Series Champion Alex Rodriguez for additional commentary.  ESPN Senior MLB Insider Buster Olney will have all of the game’s headlines.

The Sept. 20 game will simulcast on ESPN Radio nationwide.  Jon Sciambi will anchor the broadcast.  Analyst Chris Singleton will provide additional commentary.

The upcoming matchup between the Twins and Cubs will mark the first time in a decade that Minnesota has appeared live on Sunday Night Baseball.  The last time the Twins appeared on the program was Aug. 22, 2010 against the Los Angeles Angels.

ESPN’s upcoming Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is actually the second game in what will be a double header day of baseball on the network.  The Oakland Athletics will host the San Francisco Giants in the first of the day’s games.

Coverage of the game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET.  Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown will precede the afternoon game at a special time of 3 p.m.  Local blackout restrictions will apply for both games.

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Orioles Look To Stay Perfect Tonight Against Boston On ESPN’s WNB

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The Baltimore Orioles are off to a hot start in the 2016 MLB regular season.  The team currently sits at a perfect 7 – 0 so far on the season, leaving the team the only undefeated team so far on the season.  It also means that the team currently sits atop the league standings.  Tonight the “Orange Birds” look to keep their success going when they wrap up a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox.  The game will be carried live tonight on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire.

The Orioles and Red Sox face off tonight on ESPN in the last of a three-game series.  The game Joe Kelly is expected to get the start for the BoSox in tonight’s game.  It will be Kelly’s second start of the season.  His first start of the season was on April 8th.  And it was a rather inauspicious start for the right hander.  He pitched three whole innings before being pulled in the fourth, having allowed 7 hits, 7 runs, 7 earned runs, and 3 walks, and striking out only four of the twenty batters that he faced over that time.  A base-clearing grand slam by Josh Donaldson in the fourth ended Kelly’s night.  Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to get the start for Baltimore in tonight’s game.  His last time on the mound was April 7th against Minnesota.  He was credited with the win in the game having allowed only 2 runs on 8 hits, and striking out nine of twenty-eight batters over seven innings.  He allowed only 1 earned run in that time, too.

Broadcast of tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 7pm ET.  It will be live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes+.  Jon Sciambi will be in the booth for tonight’s game.  He will be joined by Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville for additional commentary.  Before the first pitch is thrown, Karl Ravech, John Kruk, Eduardo Perez, and Tim Kurkjian will have a preview of the game on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight on ESPN2 beginning at 6:30pm ET.  Anyone that won’t be near a TV for tonight’s game can still catch the game online on WatchESPN.  More information on tonight’s game and all of ESPN’s scheduled games is available online along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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ESPN Networks Announce Changes For 2014 MLB Season

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ESPN kicks off its 25th season covering Major League Baseball today. In celebration of the anniversary, ESPN has announced a number of changes and additions to its coverage. The very first of those changes and additions is a rebranding of its flagship program, Sunday Night Baseball. Sunday Night Baseball has been rebranded as Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown. The name change has been implemented in order to better coincide with ESPN’s weekly national game of the week. Karl Ravech will continue to anchor the broadcast. And MLB Hall of Famer/analyst Barry Larkin will join Ravech for most episodes.

The rebranding of Sunday Night Baseball is just the tip of the iceberg for the changes being made to ESPN’s MLB coverage in its 25th season. Along with the rebranding of the network’s flagship show, several episodes of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown will be broadcast live on-site from key locations near select games throughout the season. The live broadcasts will allow fans to show their pride live on television and viewers to get a taste of the live Baseball Tonight atmosphere. It all begins opening night from PetCo Park in San Diego at 6:30pm.

The new live, on-site broadcasts of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown are the cornerstone of ESPN’s re-branded broadcasts for its 25th season of coverage. Along with the new live, on-site broadcasts, viewers will also see some new faces on this year’s telecasts. ESPN added new commentators for its telecasts during the offseason. Veteran manager Eric Wedge has been added to the Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown roster as has former perfect game pitcher Dallas Braden. Braden will join ESPN’s weekly broadcast as an analyst. Wedge will contribute regularly to the show, too.

MLB great and former manager Ozzie Guillen joined ESPN Deportes throughout the 2013 MLB season. His role has been expanded this season. Guillen will contribute both to ESPN Deportes and ESPN’s English-language platforms this season, including regular appearances on Baseball Tonight. Eduardo Perez returns to the broadcast side of the game after spending the past two seasons in the dugout. Perez will contribute largely to MLB broadcasts on ESPN Deportes. Both Guillen and Perez will join Manny Acta and Alex Cora in ESPN’s growing stable of bilingual MLB analysts.

As the 2014 MLB season progresses, audiences can stay tuned in to ESPN as the Worldwide Leader in Sports will televise special holiday games on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, as well as at least one Wild Card game, in addition to NY and all tie-breaker games. Making the deal even sweeter, ESPN will have rights to four Postseason Impact games in late September. This will allow ESPN to present the top games and storylines from around the league heading into the postseason. The schedule for ESPN’s special holiday broadcasts is provided below.

Holiday Date Time (ET) Game
Memorial Day Mon, May 26 1 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves
4 p.m. New York Yankees at St. Louis Cardinals
Independence Day Fri, Jul 4 3 p.m. New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins
TBD TBD
Labor Day Mon, Sep 1 TBD TBD
TBD TBD

If the weekly Sunday night broadcast of MLB games isn’t enough for fans, ESPN will also offer audiences a special “seamheads” edition of Baseball Tonight every Thursday night at 10pm ET. ESPN MLB Insiders Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, and Jayson Stark will serve as the panel for the program. They will discuss all even more insight than is offered every Sunday night, including: advanced stats, ranking, and breaking news and rumors throughout the season. They will be joined occasionally by Keith Law and Grantland’s Jonah Keri.

ESPN is going to have expansive and in-depth coverage of MLB baseball this season, as is obvious by now. But it’s still not all that fans have to expect from the Worldwide Leader in Sports during the 2014 MLB season. ESPN will also present specially produced vignettes each week across its TV and internet platforms that celebrate each of the league’s teams. The first of those vignettes will air tonight, March 30th. It will focus on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The final touch to ESPN’s massive list of changes for this season of MBL coverage involves coverage on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes +. ESPN Deportes increases its broadcast schedule to more than eighty regular season games. That is sixty-five games more than in previous seasons. ESPN Deportes + will also include exclusive Spanish-language coverage of thirty regular season games.

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