ESPN’s MLB broadcast schedule for this week has official been released. And it’s going to be another busy one. It all begins tonight on ESPN and ESPN Deportes with an American League showdown between two teams that are struggling to get some footing right now early in the season.
Tonight on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire the Texas play host to the New York Yankees live at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The game is the rubber match in the teams’ three-game series, which began Monday. The Yankees took Game 1 3 – 1. But the Rangers didn’t stay down after that loss. They stormed back Tuesday night, routing the Yankees 10 – 1. CC Sabathia is expected to start for the “Pinstripers” in tonight’s game. He is currently 1 – 1 so far on the season with his last start being on April 16th against Seattle. Sabathia took the loss in that game. He pitched a little more than four innings in the game, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 earned runs. He struck out five of the 22 batters that he faced in that time, though walking only 1 batter and allowing only 1 home run. The rest of the Yankees’ dugout picked up the slack, keeping the Mariners’ bats relatively silent, allowing only 3 hits and striking out 8 total batters. Along the way they allowed no walks, home runs, earned runs, or runs.
Martin Perez will get the start for the Rangers in tonight’s game. Perez has struggled just as much as Sabathia this season, going winless in two starts. His last time on the mound was last Friday, April 22nd against the Chicago White Sox. Perez pitched 5.2 innings in the game, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits, and 5 earned runs. He walked two and struck out just as many. To the positive, of the 24 batters that he faced in the game, he prevented any of them from knocking one out of the park. Needless to say he will be looking to bounce back just as much as Sabathia when New York and Texas round out their series.
In the bigger picture, both teams will have plenty more to play for tonight than just the series win. The Yankees sit at the bottom of the AL East standing at 8 – 11. On the other hand, Texas is 11- 10 so far on the season, only one game over .500. The Rangers are 7 – 4 at home so far this season while the Yankees are 3 – 4 on the road. New York is 4 – 6 in its last 10 games while Texas is 5 – 5. So the odds would seem to be more in the Rangers’ favor for tonight’s game.
Jon Sciambi will be in the booth for tonight’s game. He will be joined by analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary. The game will be blacked out in the New York market. Coverage of the game is scheduled to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN. Ahead of tonight’s broadcast, Karl Ravech, Alex Cora, and Jim Bowden will preview the game at 7pm ET on Baseball Tonight. More information on tonight’s game is available online along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:
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