ESPN Announces Early Details For 2021 MLB Broadcast Schedule

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Baseball is officially coming back!

ESPN announced Wednesday, it will start airing Major League Baseball’s spring training games beginning March 2. The schedule opens with the matchup of last year’s World Series runner up, Tampa Bay taking on Boston at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Coverage continues through the week with the Mariners and Cubs facing off March 3; Washington and the Mets on March 4, and the World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers taking on the Kansas City Royals on March 5. All four games will simulcast on TV on ESPN and online through the ESPN App. ESPN Deportes will carry a Spanish language broadcast of the Dodgers/Royals game March 5.

In related news, ESPN’s MLB 2021 regular season coverage starts on Opening Night, April 1. The Nationals and Mets will go under the lights live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET for the game.

ESPN’s season-opening edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. ET, April 4 on ESPN. The Los Angeles Angels Angels and Chicago White Sox will face off in this year’s season premiere.

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Shout! Factory, MLB Productions Hit It Out Of The Park Yet Again With 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition Box Set

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The 2021 Major League Baseball season will start on time.  Unlike last year’s shortened season, this year will feature spring training in whole – starting Sunday, Feb. 28 – and the league’s entire 162-game schedule will kick off Apr. 1, with all 30 clubs hitting diamonds across the country.  While audiences still have more than a week left to wait for the start of the 2021 season, MLB Productions and Shout! Factory have just the thing for audiences to pass the time.  The companies partnered to release the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition last week.  The eight-disc set’s release continues a long-running partnership between the companies and is just as enjoyable as the two sides’ previous full World Series box sets.  That is proven in part through the set’s very presentation.  This will be discussed shortly.  The bonus content that accompanies the set adds to the set’s appeal.  It will be discussed a little later.  The set’s companion booklet rounds out its most important items and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the collection.  All things considered, they make the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition yet another great presentation for any baseball fan, especially if those fans Los Angeles Dodgers loyalists.

The 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition continues a long trend of successful home releases from MLB Productions and Shout! Factory that goes back many years.  It  has  much to offer audiences regardless of team loyalty,  beginning with its very presentation.  Audiences get here, the whole of the six-game 2020 World Series from its first pitch to its last right from the original broadcasts on FOX.  As with the existing World Series sets from MLB Productions and Shout! Factory, the commercials are gone, shortening the presentation to a point.  Adding to appeal, audiences have multiple listening options.  Fans can listen separately to the FOX broadcast team’s audio throughout the series, as well as from the Dodgers’ own radio affiliate and in Spanish for those audiences, too.  There are some audiences out there who, regardless of team affiliation, have open said over the years that they prefer their teams’ radio broadcasts the TV broadcast coverage.  So once again, that will certainly add to the enjoyment since each broadcast is its own presentation.  Going back to the very presentation of the game, maybe there were those who might have been unable to watch the World Series for one reason or another.  Now those viewers and everyone else can enjoy the game at their own pace, even being able to pause the game when they need to maybe go use the restroom or get a snack.  No doubt, this will appeal greatly to a wide range of audiences.  It will certainly allow viewers to enjoy the annual Fall Classic at their own pace as they count the days to the start of the 2021 season.  It is just one part of what makes the set so enjoyable.  The bonus content that comes with the full world series set will appeal even more.

The bonus content in question comes in the form of the Dodgers’ key wins in Game 3 of the National League Divisional Series and Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.  The Dodgers routed the San Diego Padres in Game 3 of the NLDS to move on to the NLCS to face the Atlanta Braves.  The Dodgers would then defeat the Braves in seven, with that deciding game being close at 4-3 the final.  Audiences are reminded that the Padres and Dodgers had an intense rivalry taking place last season.  That included some moments of heightened emotions during the regular season and the NLDS.  Audiences will see some of those contentious emotions in the Game 3 broadcast, too.  Staying on that topic, that rivalry looks to resume this season, as both teams have been very active in bolstering their rosters during the offseason.  To that end, audiences will likely see more tension between the two sides this year.  On the other side, with the NLCS, the battle between the Braves and Dodgers was obviously hard-fought, going right down to the last inning of the series’ last game.  Audiences will thrill at every at bat and every pitch and catch in this fateful game.  Honestly, real fans (again regardless of team loyalty) will watch those two games before the world series, to really get the full effect and appreciation for the Dodgers’ road to the championship.  When they are considered along with the set’s full World Series presentation, the overall experience that audiences get is fully immersive, engaging, and entertaining.  While the primary and secondary content featured in the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition goes a long way toward making the set so enjoyable, it collectively is just a portion of what audiences will appreciate about the presentation.  The companion booklet that comes with the collection puts the final touch to the collection’s presentation.

This year is hardly the first that a World Series set from Shout! Factory and MLB Productions has ever included a companion booklet.  Building on that, the booklet featured with this set is just as important to the collection as those featured with the companies’ existing World Series collections.  Audiences get lots of trivia and information that relates to each game within the series that maybe the broadcast teams missed.  For instance, audiences learn thanks to the booklet’s information, Clayton Kershaw passed Justin Verlander for the most strikeouts ever in the post season during Game 5 of the World Series.  There is even a little bit of background information on the NLDS and NLCS games here.  Viewers learn through the companion booklet, that  Los Angeles’ Game 7 win over Atlanta in the NLCS made the team the fourth MLB team to come back from 2-0 and 3-1 separations to win a best of seven series.  That speaks to the team’s never-say-die attitude last season.  It was that attitude (and of course a bad call by Tampa Bay’s manager in Game 6 to change pitchers) that ultimately led the Dodgers to last season’s title.  Yet another interesting fact revealed in the companion booklet is that in Game 1 of the World Series, is that in that game, Mookie Betts became the first player since Babe Ruth to be walked and to steal two bases in the same inning of a World Series game.  That shows talent and respect/fear that the opposing team had for him.  That is a big statement.  When this tidbit is considered along with the other items noted here and so much more information, no doubt is left that the companion booklet that comes with the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is just as important to the engagement and entertainment of the set as the rest of the set’s content.  All things considered, the set becomes another must have for any MLB fan.

Shout! Factory and MLB Productions’ presentation of the 2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is a presentation that baseball fans and Los Angeles Dodgers fans alike will welcome into their homes.  Whether watched ahead of the start of the 2021 MLB season, during or even after, this collection does everything right.  Its presentation presents audiences with the full 2020 World Series to watch at their own pace and with three separate listening options.  The pivotal NLDS Game 3 and NLCS Game 7 as bonus content adds even more enjoyment to the presentation.  The games help to show how hard this Dodgers club fought to get to the pennant in 2020.  The companion booklet that comes with the set once again adds its own layer of enjoyment to the whole.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the set.  All things considered, they make this presentation yet another impressive offering from MLB Productions and Shout! Factory that any baseball fan will appreciate.  It is available now.

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Shout! Factory, MLB Productions To Release 2020 World Series Next Month

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Shout! Factory and MLB Productions will bring the 2020 World Series home next month.

2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is scheduled for release Feb. 9 through Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball Productions. The set will feature the 2020 World Series in whole on separate DVD and Blu-ray presentations. As added bonuses, each platform’s presentation will also feature Game 3 of the National League Division Series and Game Seven of the National League Championship Series to enhance the set’s presentation.

2020 World Series Collector’s Edition is expected to retail for MSRP of $59.98 (DVD) and $74.98 (Blu-ray). Its release follows that of its companion documentary film 2020 World SeriesLos Angeles Dodgers, which was released Dec. 8.

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ESPN Reveals Tentative ‘SNB’ Broadcast Schedule For MLB’s 2021 Season

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ESPN on Friday announced its tentative early Sunday Night Baseball broadcast schedule for Major League Baseball’s 2021 season.

The network’s tentative schedule (due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic) launches April 4 with a matchup of the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels. Coverage will tentatively continue April 11 as the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves go under the lights. It runs through Sept. 12 to close out the season, with the New York Yankees and Mets face off in a subway series game.

ESPN’s tentative early Sunday Night Baseball broadcast schedule is noted below.

DateTime (ET)Game
April 48:30 p.m.*Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels
April 117 p.m.Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
April 187 p.m.Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs
April 257 p.m.San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
May 27 p.m.New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
May 97 p.m.Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
May 167 p.m.St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres
May 237 p.m.Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
May 307 p.m.Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets
July 47 p.m.New York Mets vs. New York Yankees
July 157 p.m.Thursday MLB second-half opener: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
July 187 p.m.Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
Sept. 128 p.m.*New York Yankees vs. New York Mets

Opening night for the 2021 MLB season is scheduled to take place April 1. ESPN is tentatively scheduled to broadcast the game, which will see the Washington Nationals hosting the Mets.

In other news, MLB great (and Cincinnati Reds legend) Joe Morgan will receive a tribute from ESPN during the upcoming season. Morgan was ESPN’s very first analyst, working alongside then play-by-play voice Jon Miller. The duo composed what was one of ESPN’s longest-tenured and highest-profile teams, calling games together from 1999-2010.

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ESPN Announces Annual Golden Glove Award Nominees, Awards Show Schedule

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The 2020 MLB Season is not over just yet.

This season’s champion is crowned, but there is still at least one more award to throw out. That award is the annual Golden Glove Award. The award is given annually to the best defensive player in the American and National League for each position.

ESPN will air this year’s award show live at 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 from its Bristol, CT studios. This year marks the 10th consecutive year that ESPN has aired the awards ceremony.

ESPN’s Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast. Mark Teixeira will join Ravech for the broadcast, which will stream simultaneously on the ESPN App.

The Chicago Cubs lead the National League in nominees for Golden Glove Awards, with seven nominees. Their cross-town rivals, the Chicago White Sox lead the American League, with five nominees. In all 24 of the league’s teams have players nominated for the award.

The full list of nominees in this year’s Rawlings Golden Glove Awards is noted below.

2020 Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists (listed in alphabetical order by position)

PositionAmerican LeagueNational League
PitcherGriffin Canning, Los Angles AngelsMax Fried, Atlanta Braves
Kenta Maeda, Minnesota TwinsKyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs
Zach Plesac, Cleveland IndiansAlec Mills, Chicago Cubs
  
CatcherYasmani Grandal, Chicago White SoxTucker Barnhart, Cincinnati Reds
James McCann, Chicago White SoxWillson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
Roberto Pérez, Cleveland IndiansJacob Stallings, Pittsburgh Pirates
  
First BaseYuli Gurriel, Houston AstrosBrandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
Matt Olson, Oakland AthleticsPaul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
Evan White, Seattle MarinersAnthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
  
Second BaseCesar Hernandez, Cleveland IndiansAdam Frazier, Pittsburgh Pirates
Nicky Lopez, Kansas City RoyalsNico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs
Danny Mendick, Chicago White SoxKolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals
Jonathan Schoop, Detroit Tigers 
  
Third BaseIsiah Kiner-Falefa, Texas RangersBrian Anderson, Miami Marlins
Yoán Moncada, Chicago White SoxNolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
Gio Urshela, New York YankeesManny Machado, San Diego Padres
  
ShortstopCarlos Correa, Houston AstrosJavier Báez, Chicago Cubs
J.P. Crawford, Seattle MarinersMiguel Rojas, Miami Marlins
Niko Goodrum, Detroit TigersDansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves
  
Left FieldAlex Gordon, Kansas City RoyalsShogo Akiyama, Cincinnati Reds
Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., Toronto Blue JaysTyler O’Neill, St. Louis Cardinals
Kyle Tucker, Houston AstrosDavid Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks
  
Center FieldByron Buxton, Minnesota TwinsRonald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
Ramón Laureano, Oakland AthleticsCody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
Luis Robert, Chicago White SoxTrent Grisham, San Diego Padres
  
Right FieldClint Frazier, New York YankeesMookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
Joey Gallo, Texas RangersCharlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
Anthony Santander, Baltimore OriolesKole Calhoun, Arizona Diamondbacks
 Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs

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ESPN To Carry Extensive Coverage Of 2020 MLB Postseason

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ESPN’s family of networks will cover more than 20 games in Major League Baseball’s 2020 postseason schedule.

The announcement was made Monday afternoon.  The networks’ schedule will start with the 2020 Wild Card Series presented by Hankook Tire.  That series is scheduled to start Tuesday and run through Friday.  Its games will air on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2.

Among the series that the networks will cover are those of the Astros and Twins, Reds and Braves, and Cubs and Marlins.  ABC’s Sept. 29 game will mark the first time in 25 years that the network will carry a postseason MLB game.

The Twins and Astros will play in the noted game, which Karl Ravech will anchor.  Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian will provide additional commentary.

The Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox will air live at 3 p.m. ET Sept. 29 on ESPN.  Dave Fleming will have the call, while Jessica Mendoza and Rick Sutcliffe will provide additional commentary.

The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians will round out Tuesday’s broadcast schedule at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.  The Sunday Night Baseball team of Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez and Buster Olney will cover the game.

ESPN’s weekly MLB pre-game broadcast of Baseball Tonight will air twice Tuesday.  The first broadcast will air at 2 p.m. ET and the second at 6 p.m.  Kevin Connors will anchor with additional commentary from Mark Teixeira.

The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ 2020 MLB postseason is noted below.  Games will be called from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Analysts will appear remotely.

ESPN television schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators Platform
Tue, Sept. 29 2 p.m. Game 1: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian ABC, ESPN App
3 p.m. Game 1: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza, ESPN, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 1: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera ESPN, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 1: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians (Statcast) Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello, Marly Rivera ESPN+
Wed, Sept. 30 12 p.m. Game 1: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel ESPN, ESPN App
1 p.m. “Squeeze Play” whiparound coverage Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello ESPN+
1 p.m. Game 2: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian ESPN2, ESPN App
2 p.m. Game 1: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers ABC, ESPN App
3 p.m. Game 2: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza ESPN, ESPN App
5 p.m. Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez ESPN2, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 2: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera ESPN, ESPN App
10 p.m. Game 1: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez ESPN, ESPN App
Thu, Oct. 1 TBD Game 2: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel TBD
TBD “Squeeze Play” whiparound coverage Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello TBD
TBD Game 3: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins* if necessary Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian TBD
TBD Game 2: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers TBD
TBD Game 3: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics* if necessary Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza TBD
TBD Game 2: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez TBD
TBD Game 3: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians* if necessary Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera TBD
TBD Game 2: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez TBD
Fri, Oct. 2 TBD Game 3: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs* if necessary Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers TBD
TBD Game 3: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves* if necessary Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel TBD
TBD Game 3: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers* if necessary Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez TBD
TBD Game 3: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers* if necessary 

(Statcast)

Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello, Alden Gonzalez TBD
TBD Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres* if necessary Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez TBD

 

ESPN Radio schedule and commentators (September 29-30):

Date Coverage Start Time (ET) Game Commentators
Tue, Sept. 29 1:45 p.m. Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Kevin Brown, Chris Singleton
2:45 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Jon Sciambi and Jim Bowden
4:45 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Dan Shulman, Chris Burke
6:45 p.m. New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Dave O’Brien, Chris Singleton
Wed, Sept. 30 1:45 p.m. Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Kevin Brown, Jim Bowden
3:45 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Dan Shulman, Chris Burke
6:45 p.m. New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Dave O’Brien, Chris Singleton
9:45 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Dan Shulman, Jim Bowden

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TBS To Offer Extensive American League Postseason Coverage Starting Tuesday

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Major League Baseball’s postseason starts Tuesday, and TBS will carry full coverage of the American League Wild Card series as the “second season” starts.

The Toronto Blue Jays and No.1 seed Tampa Bay Rays will face off in the American League Wild Card Series presented by Hankook Tire starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday.  Rich Waltz and analyst Jimmy Rollins will have the call for the best-of-three series.  The team will play the series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.

In related news, TBS will also carry exclusive coverage of the American League Division Series presented by UTZ Snacks and the American League Championship Series presented by GEICO.  Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member Pedro Martinez, Rollins — who is a former National League MVP — and three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson will join anchor Ernie Johnson in the studio for coverage of the ALDS and ALCS in The Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by Rocket Mortgage and The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Hyundai.

All games covered by TBS will simulcast at https://www.tbs.com and the WatchTBS App.

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Cubs, White Sox To Close Out Weekend Series, Season Sunday On TBS

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TBS will close out its coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2020 regular season Sunday.

The network will carry a cross-conference matchup between the Chicago Cubs and their cross-town rivals, the Chicago White Sox.  Sunday’s game is the closer in a three-game series between the teams.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET.  Joe Simpson will anchor the broadcast.  Ron Darling will provide additional commentary.

Neither team has announced the starting pitcher for Sunday’s game.  The White Sox (34-21) sit atop the American League Central and are second in the American League as of Wednesday.  Additionally, the team has already punched its ticket for the postseason, which starts Sept. 28.

The White Sox aren’t the only ones with bragging rights.  The Cubs (32-23) lead the National League Central and are fourth in the National League as of Wednesday.

The host White Sox are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 17-10 at home so far this year.  The Cubs meanwhile are 6-4 in their last 10 games and 13-9 on the road.  By comparison, the White Sox have proven just as good on the road (17-11) as at home while the Cubs have shown their own success at home, going 19-14 at Wrigley Stadium.

Looking at the numbers for Sundays game (and this weekend’s series), neither team is favored more over the other, which will make for an engaging finale for each team in the series and season.

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Cardinals, Royals To Close Out Weekday Series Wednesday On ESPN2

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will face off live on ESPN2 Wednesday.

Wednesday’s game is the closer in the cross-conference rivals’ three-game series.  The Royals (22-32) opened the series Monday with a 4-1 win over St. Louis, who is fighting for a chance in the postseason.  The Royals sit last in the American League Central with no chance of making the postseason.

Coverage for the game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  Tom Hart will have the call for the game.  Jessica Mendoza and Kyle Peterson will provide additional commentary.

Danny Duff (3-4) is scheduled to start for Kansas City in Wednesday’s game.  His last time on the mound was Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Milwaukee won the game 9-5, with Duffy taking the loss for the Royals.  He allowed six runs and six earned runs on seven hits; two walks and two home runs while striking out five batters over 3.2 innings.

Carlos Martinez (0-2) is scheduled to get the start for St. Louis.  His last time on the mound was Friday in the first of game of a double header against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cardinals won the game 6-5, with Alex Reyes credited with the win.

Martinez pitched 3.2 innings in the game, allowing five runs and one earned run on three hits.  He walked four batters and struck out one.

As of Tuesday, the Cardinals are second in the National League Central standings, ahead of Cincinnati, but only because it has three fewer losses than the Reds.  Cincinnati has two more wins than St. Louis.

Martinez’s struggles in his last appearance gives host Kansas City more hopes of picking up another win Wednesday.  At the same time, Kansas City has struggled just as much at home (11-13) this season as on the road (11-19).

St. Louis meanwhile has been only moderately successful in both its home and road record.  The Cardinals are 11-11 at home so far this season and 15-14 on the road, which means even more that Wednesday’s game (and this week’s series) could go to either team.

Additionally, each team is 6-4 in its last 10 games.  The series’ second game is tonight with first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.

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ESPN To Air MLB Double Header Tuesday

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ESPN will bring audiences another MLB double header Tuesday as the race for the postseason continues.

The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays will open the night in the evening’s first game.  Coverage of the American League East contest is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. ET with Karl Ravech on the call.  Analysts Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian will provide additional commentary.

Tuesday night’s game is the second in a four-game series between the Yankees and Blue Jays.  New York has secured its spot in the post season despite a crushing 10-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox Sunday night.  Boston is not in the postseason picture.

Toronto (27-26) is fighting for its playoff hopes, as five teams in the American League has already claimed spots in the postseason.  Cleveland (29-24) and Houston (27-26) are likely to punch their tickets this week.

The host Blue Jays have not announced who will get the start for Tuesday’s game.  Gerrit Cole (6-3) is scheduled to get the start on the mound for New York.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 16 against Toronto.  The Yankees won that game 13-2 with Cole getting the win in the matchup.

Tuesday’s game (and the week’s series) can go to either team according to the teams’ statistics.  New York will come into tonight’s series opener looking to bounce back from its embarrassing loss to Boston Sunday night, meaning the team will have motivation to win.  Additionally, New York is 9-1 in its last 10 games

The Yankees’ problem is that they have proven far better at home 21-7) than on the road (10-15) his season. Staying on that note, Toronto has also proven better at home (12-7) than on the road (15-19), and this week’s series between the teams has Toronto as the host team.

 

GAME 2

Once the Yankees and Blue Jays are done, ESPN will take audiences to California for a best-of-the-west cross-conference matchup between the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics and NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Tuesday’s matchup is the opener in a three-series game between the teams.

Coverage for the game is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.  Jon Sciambi will have the call for the game.  Rick Sutcliffe and MLB Hall-Of Fame inductee Chipper Jones will provide additional commentary.

The As and Dodgers have punched their tickets to the postseason.  Each will come in to Tuesday’s game licking their wounds from losses Sunday night.  Oakland fell 14-2 Sunday against their NL West foes, the San Francisco Giants while Los Angeles was handed a 6-3 loss by its NL West foes from Colorado.

Both teams are off tonight and using the time off to regroup and regroup for Tuesday’s game.

Dustin May (1-1) is slated to get the start on the mound for Los Angeles in Tuesday’s series opener.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 16 against the San Diego Padres.  The Dodgers won that game 7-5.  Adam Kolarek (3-0) was credited with the win.  May pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, one earned run, one walk and two home runs while striking out six batters.

Frankie Montas (3-4) is scheduled to start for Oakland.  More than a week has passed since Montas threw a pitch on Sept. 13 against the Texas Rangers, so he will hope to not have too much rust as he returns to the mound.  Texas won that game, with Montas taking the loss.

Montas struggled over the course of 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, four earned runs, one walk, and two home runs while striking out seven batters.

While The Dodgers and As both are hoping to rebound from their respective losses Sunday, the numbers favor Los Angeles.  The Dodgers, who will play host to the As, are 6-4 in their last 10 games and have been successful at home (16-8) and one the road (22-8).

Oakland meanwhile is 5-5 in its last 10 games.  The team has been decidedly better at home (20-8) than on the road (13-12).

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