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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Cubs, Brewers To Close Out Weekend Series Sunday Afternoon On TBS

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The Cubs and Brewers will face off live this weekend on TBS in a National League divisional matchup

The National League Central foes will close out their three-game weekend series live in Milwaukee.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET.  Rich Waltz will have the call for Sunday’s game.  Analyst Ron Darling will provide additional commentary.

Chicago (26-19) leads the NL Central while Milwaukee (19-22) sits third, five games back.

Adrian Houser (1-4) is scheduled to get the start on the mound Sunday for Milwaukee.  His last time on the mound was Tuesday against Detroit.  He pitched 4.2 innings in the game, four hits, five earned runs and two walks while striking out six batters.  Detroit won the game 8-3, with Houser taking the loss for Milwaukee.

Alec Mills (4-3) is expected to start for Chicago.  His last time on the mound was Tuesday against Cincinnati.  Chicago blanked the Reds 3-0 in that game.  Mills was credited with the win, allowing only three walks and four hits, no runs, no earned runs, no home runs and striking out six batters over six innings.

Taking into consideration each pitcher’s record, the odds favor Chicago.  Add in that Chicago has proven just as good at home this season (16-12) as on the road (10-7), and that Chicago comes into this weekend’s series on the heels of another win Thursday against Cincinnati, the Cubs are the favorite to win.

Strengthening Chicago’s chances even more is that the host Brewers are 8-10 at home so far this season and 11-12 on the road.  On the other hand, the Brewers — who lead the Reds by only a slim margin in the division — come into this weekend’s series on the heels of a dominating 19-0 win against Detroit Wednesday night and a day’s rest Thursday.

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Cubs, Cardinals Close Out Series Live This Afternoon On ESPN

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The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals will wrap up their four-game series this afternoon live on ESPN.

The National League Central foes are scheduled to take to the field at 4 p.m. ET for the game in a special presentation of Holiday Baseball presented by Hankook Tire.  St. Louis (17-15) has taken two of the series’ games while Chicago (23-18) will look to split the series with the Red Birds.

Johan Oviedo (0-1) is expected to get the start for St. Louis in this afternoon’s game. His last time on the mound was Sept. 2 against Cincinnati.  The Reds won that game 4-3.  Giovannny Gallegos (1-1) took the loss for the Cardinals.

Oviedo pitched 4.2 innings in the game, allowing three hits, one walk and three earned runs while striking out five batters.

Kyle Hendricks (4-4) is scheduled to get the start for Chicago in this afternoon’s game.  His last time on the mound was on Sept. 2 against Pittsburgh.  Chicago won that game 8-2, with Hendricks credited with the win.  He pitched 6.2 innings, allowing one run, one earned run, and two walks on six hits.  Additionally, Hendricks struck out six batters and allowed just one home run.

Chicago leads the NL Central and is fourth overall in the National League, behind Los Angeles, San Diego, and Atlanta.  The Cardinals have defied the odds in the teams’ series, because the team has proven better on the road this season (9-8) than at home (8-7).

Chicago meanwhile has proven equally strong on the road and at home.  The Cubs have gone 13-11 at home and 10-7 on the road so far this season.

Counting the two wins so far against Chicago, St. Louis has won three straight while Chicago is now in a three game slide, so both teams will have a lot for which to play.

Matt Vasgersian will anchor this afternoon’s broadcast on ESPN.  ESPN analyst and MLB World Series Champion Alex Rodriguez will provide additional commentary.  ESPN Senior MLB Insider Buster Olney will have additional news for the game.

Along with its broadcast on ESPN, this afternoon’s game will also simulcast on ESPN+ and the ESPN App.

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Astros, Dodgers To Close Out Two-Game Series On Sept. 13 Edition Of ESPN’s ‘SNB’

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will face off live next week live on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

The cross-conference matchup, scheduled to take place Sept. 13, is the second in a scheduled two-game series between the teams that will take place in Los Angeles.  The first of the games is scheduled to take place Sept. 12.

Coverage of the Sept. 13 game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET.  Matt Vasgersian will anchor the broadcast.  World Series Champion and ESPN analyst Mark Teixeira, along with fellow analyst Tim Kurkjian, will provide additional commentary.

Roxy Bernstein will have the call for the game on ESPN Radio.  Analyst Chris Singleton will provide additional commentary.

ESPN’s Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede the broadcast, starting at 7 p.m.

As with every other game, ESPN’s Sept. 13 broadcast will also simulcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and online through the ESPN App.

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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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TBS To Carry Second Game In Astros, Angels Weekend Series Saturday

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The Los Angeles Angels will host the Houston Astros live this weekend on TBS.

The game is the second in a three-game weekend series between the American League West opponents.  Coverage of Saturday’s game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET.

Joe Simpson will anchor the broadcast.  Ron Darling will join him in the booth for additional commentary.  A blackout will take place locally in Los Angeles.

Houston (21-15) is second in the American League West, two games back from the division leading Oakland Athletics.  Los Angeles (13-25) is last in the division and 14th in the American League overall, ahead of only the Boston Red Sox.

Houston comes into this weekend’s series against Los Angeles on the heels of a three-game series this week against the Texas Rangers.  The Astros took two of three games in that series.

The Angels come into the weekend series after splitting a two-game series with the San Diego Padres Wednesday and Thursday.  The Padres won that series’ first game 11-4 while the Angels took the second game, 2-0.

The starting pitcher for each team is under consideration.

In other news, TBS will feature a National League showdown next weekend between the Cubs and Brewers.  Coverage for that game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET.  The Yankees and Red Sox will face off live on TBS on Sept. 20, with coverage for that game scheduled to start at 1 p.m .ET.

 

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Shout! Factory’s 2019 World Series Documentary Will Score With Team’s Fans

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Winter is here again, and with it, the return of the seasonal indoor sports.  Luckily though, Jack Frost’s annual visit to America doesn’t last but so long.  In other words, it might feel like a long wait for the return of warm weather and the sights and sounds of the ballpark, but it really won’t be that long.  While those of us who prefer warmer temperatures and baseball wait for opening day (and even just spring training), Major League Baseball Productions and Shout! Factory have partnered to offer those fans a way to pass the colder months in the form of the 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals.  The 90-minute documentary takes audiences back through the season-long story of the unlikely champions.  Given, it certainly won’t appeal to fans of the Houston Astros, but clearly will for fans of the Nats and for sports enthusiasts in general who might not have a favorite team.  That is due in large part to the documentary’s story, which will be addressed shortly.  The program’s bonus content adds to its appeal for the noted audiences.  The primary and secondary content considered together, the presentation’s average price point proves to be money well-spent among the noted audiences.  When that price point is considered alongside the noted content, all three items together make 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals a presentation that the noted audiences will find, a positive way to pass the months until spring returns.

Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball Productions’ annual season-ending MLB documentary is officially here, and it will certainly appeal to the Nats’ fans.  That is due in large part to the program’s overall story.  Audiences are presented here, the Nationals’ season-long story.  From the team’s early season lows and struggles to its unexpected turnaround late in the season.  From game to game, that never-say-die attitude showed, even as the team had its back constantly against the wall.  Even as the team went down three games to two in the World Series, audiences see firsthand, the team’s resolve and determination to keep fighting.  The editing and narration incorporated into the program add even more enjoyment for the noted audiences.  Each hit, catch and dive works with the additional background in the narration and interview making the experience that much richer for audiences.  Audiences get to experience the post-game press conferences, in which the teams’ managers express their calm despite the situations.  The moments immediately after the games in which the players make their way back to their respective locker rooms are there, too, adding to the story’s overall emotion.  The same can be said of the footage of the fans’ reactions throughout each game.  All things considered, the story featured here touches on every aspect of the annual Fall Classic, giving Nats fans and sports enthusiasts in general plenty to appreciate.  It forms a solid foundation for the program that is strengthened even more through the program’s bonus content.

The bonus content featured with 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals strengthens the documentary’s presentation in a variety of fashions.  For those who want a shorter tale of the Nats’ season, that is there in the “Regular Season Highlights” bonus.  Nats star Juana Soto gets his own profile in the bonus features, showing his own highs and lows.  As if that is not enough, the key high points of the team’s post season are featured, too, including the team’s unexpected win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  That was perhaps the biggest surprise of all, despite the understanding that the Nationals had their proverbial backs to the all throughout most of the regular season’s latter months and the early portion of the post season.  This highlights work with the regular season highlights and Soto’s profile to enrich the overall picture of the Nationals’ never say die attitude even more.  In turn, they serve to paint a picture that is that much richer for audiences and appealing for Washington’s most devoted fans.  The World Series celebratory parade puts the final accent to the presentation for fans, completing the overall effect and story.  Keeping that in mind, the bonus content plays its own integral part to the whole of 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals.  When the bonus content is considered alongside the program’s primary content, the whole of that content gives the most devoted Nats fans more than enough to appreciate.  Keeping all of this in mind, it makes the program’s average price point accommodating for its key audiences.

The average price point for 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals is $19.20.  That price was obtained by averaging price listings at MLB’s official store, Shout! Factory’s store, Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.  The title was not listed at Target and Books-A-Million at the time of this review’s posting.  The price is important to note because it is the listing for the program’s Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.  That is just as important to note in its own right.  That is because regardless of whether one takes in the program and its bonus content on DVD or Blu-ray, audiences get the same content on each platform in this set.  To that end, the price point of less than $20 is money well spent for the aforementioned audiences.  It puts everyone on a level playing field – terrible pun fully intended – in terms of content and price.  MLB Shop’s listing of $17.49 is the least expensive of the listings while Amazon and Walmart only slightly more expensive at $17.89 each.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ listing of $21.94 is the most expensive of the listings, while Shout! Factory and Best Buy’s listing of $19.99 is the middle ground in the noted listings.  Keeping these listings in mind, the retailers’ largely sub $20 listings give audiences plenty of choices, adding even more appeal to the presentation.  When this is considered along with the program’s collective content, the whole of all of this documentary a score of its own for the most devoted Nationals fans and sports enthusiasts.

Shout! Factory and Major League Baseball’s 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals is a piece that is certain to score with the most devoted Nats fans and equally devoted sports enthusiasts in general.  As has already been noted here, that is due in part to the program’s primary content, which paints a rich, vivid picture of the Nationals’ season and surprise first-ever World Series title.  The bonus content that is coupled with the noted primary content to make the general presentation one that the noted audiences will enjoy from start to end as they count down to the start of the 2020 MLB season.  The average price point of less than $20 for the DVD/BD combo pack makes the program even more appealing.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this presentation.  All things considered, they make 2019 World Series Champions: Washington Nationals a work that will score in its own way among audiences.  It is available now.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online at:

 

 

 

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TBS Launches NLCS Coverage Tonight

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Major League Baseball’s postseason is in full swing (yes, that awful pun was intended), and audiences can follow the full National League Championship Series live on TBS.

Coverage of the NLCS starts at 8 p.m. ET tonight.  The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Washington Nationals for the league’s National League Championship in that half of the league’s “Final Four.”

Brian Anderson will anchor TBS’ coverage of the best-of-seven series.  MLB on TBS analysts Ron Darling and Jeff Francoeur will join Anderson in the booth for additional commentary.  Reporter Lauren Shehadi will be on the diamond for all of the series’ in-game news.

MLB veteran and two-time NL Champion Curtis Granderson will join TBS’ studio team of Pedro Martinez, nine-time MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield, former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins and studio anchor Casey Stern for the network’s in-studio coverage of the series.

Streaming coverage of the series is available online at tbs.com and via the TBS app.  All games will also be available in Spanish via SAP.  TBS’ broadcast schedule for the NLCS is noted below.

2019 National League Championship Series Game Schedule

Friday, Oct. 11

7 p.m. ET – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Casey Stern, Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield, Jimmy Rollins & Curtis Granderson
8 p.m. – NLCS Game 1: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Jeff Francoeur & Lauren Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Saturday, Oct. 12

3:30 p.m. – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
4 p.m. – NLCS Game 2: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Monday, Oct. 14

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Tuesday, Oct. 15

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Wednesday, Oct. 16

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 5: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Friday, Oct. 18

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 6: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

Saturday, Oct. 19

TBD – MLB Postseason Pre-Game Show on TBS presented by ExxonMobil
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson
TBD – NLCS Game 7: Washington Nationals vs. St. Louis Cardinals (if nec.)
Anderson, Darling, Francoeur & Shehadi
Postgame – The Postseason Show on TBS presented by Physicians Mutual
Stern, Martinez, Sheffield, Rollins & Granderson

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Dodgers, Mets To Close Weekend Series Sunday Night Live on ESPN

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Two National League opponents will close out their weekend series Sunday night live on ESPN.

The Dodgers and Mets will wrap their three-game series Sunday night live on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  The Dodgers claimed the NL West title this week and added to their positives by opening this weekend’s series against the host Mets with a 9-2 win Friday.

Walker Buehler (13-3) was scheduled to start for Los Angeles as of Saturday night.  Buehler’s last time on the mound was Tuesday against Baltimore. He claimed the win in the Dodgers’ 7-3 victory in that game, striking out 11 batters and allowing only four hits over seven innings. He allowed no walks or earned runs in the game.

Zach Wheeler (11-7) is expected to get the start for the Mets.  His last time on the mound was also Tuesday. He claimed the win in the Mets’ 3-2 win over Arizona, but struggled along the way. Wheeler allowed seven hits, one earned run and two walks over seven innings while striking out seven batters.

Either team can win Sunday’s series finale despite the standings. New York is 6-4 in its last 10 games and 42-30 at home so far this season. That is compared to a 34-41 road record. Los Angeles meanwhile is 7-3 in its last 10 games and 40-33 on the road so far this season versus going 56-20 at home.  At the same time, the Dodgers are riding the momentum of a two-game win streak headed into Saturday’s second game in the series, so Los Angeles has just as much chance to win Sunday as New York.

Matt Vasgersian will anchor Sunday night’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on the field for all of the game’s latest headlines.

Jon Sciambi will anchor the game’s simulcast on ESPN Radio.  He will be joined by analyst Chris Singleton for additional commentary.

Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede Sunday night’s SNB broadcast, beginning at 6 p.m.  Kevin Connors will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Tim Kurkjian and Ryan Howard will join him for additional commentary.

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Yankees, Mariners Open Three-Game Series Monday Night Live On ESPN

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ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA will feature a matchup of first versus worst and East vs. West Monday night in an American League inter-divisional showdown

The  Seattle Mariners (55-75) will host the New York Yankees (84-47) in a three-game series.  The Mariners sit in last place in the American League West while the Yankees sit atop the American League East, eight games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Seattle great Ken Griffey Jr. will serve as a guest analyst for Monday night’s broadcast, which is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET.  He will join Dave Fleming and analyst Eduardo Perez for the broadcast.  Fleming will have the call for the game while Perez will also serve as an analyst for the telecast.

Monday night marks the second time this season that Griffey, who played 13 seasons for Seattle, has served as a guest analyst on ESPN’s Major League Baseball coverage.  Griffey and Perez both come from MLB “royal blood.”  Griffey’s father, Ken Griffey Sr. and Perez’s father Tony Perez were both members of Cincinnati’s famed “Big Red Machine.”

Ken Griffey Jr. eventually made his way back to Cincinnati during the later years of his career before retiring in 2010 as a member of the Reds organization.  Shortly after his retirement, ESPN announced Griffey was added to the network’s on-air talent roster for its MLB coverage.

Griffey collected 630 home runs over the course of his 22-year career.  He also was a 13-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner and an American League M.V.P.  He was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2016 and is a member of the Reds and Mariners’ Halls of Fame.

The starting pitchers for each team were not listed on MLB’s official website as of Sunday afternoon.  The Yankees are 35-27 on the road so far this year while the Mariners are 28-37 at home.  At the same time, the Yankees are 4-6 in their last 10 games while the Mariners are 6-4 in their last 10 games.

Both teams fell in their most recent games on Saturday, the Yankees falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.  The loss followed a 10-2 win by the Yankees over the Dodgers in that series’ opener, making Sunday’s game the rubber match in that series.

The Mariners meanwhile fell to Toronto Saturday 7-5 after defeating the Blue Jays Friday 7-4, making the teams’ game Sunday afternoon the rubber match in that series, too.

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