Red Sox, Orioles Open 4-Game Series Monday Night On ESPN

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The Red Sox will play host to the Orioles Monday night live on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.

Monday night’s game is the first in a four-game series between the American League East opponents.  It replaces the network’s previously scheduled Indians-Tigers matchup.  The game will be simulcast on television and online via ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET and is subject to local blackout restrictions in each teams’ markets.

Chris Sale is expected to get the start for Boston, though mlb.com has Rick Porcello scheduled as the starter for the Red Sox.  Dylan Bundy is expected to take the mound for the Orioles.

Monday night’s series opener between the Sox and the “Orange Birds” is certain to be an interesting one, going by the numbers.  Baltimore is currently in the midst of a two-game skid, but is 6-4 in its last 10 games.  The team’s weakness is that it has performed better at home (8 – 3) so far this season than on the road (6 – 5).

By comparison, Boston has also performed far better at home (8 – 5) so far this season than on the road (4 – 6) but not quite as impressively as Baltimore.  Boston is 4 – 6 in its last 10 games and looking to bounce back Sunday from a 7 – 4 loss against the Chicago Cubs.

Win or lose in that series-ending game, Boston will be hungry for another “W.”  Looking at the overall picture painted by those numbers, Monday night’s game could go to either team.

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Rangers, Mariners Open Three-Game Series Monday Night On ESPN

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ESPN launches another week of MLB action Monday night with an AL West showdown between the Mariners and Rangers.

Monday night’s edition of Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA will see the Rangers hosting the Seattle Mariners in the opening game of a three-game series between the American League West opponents.  Hisashi Iwakuma (14 – 9) is slated to get the start for the Mariners while  Yu Darvish (4 – 3) will get the start for the Rangers.  Iwakuma’s last time on the mound was Aug. 24 against the Yankees.  He took the loss in the game, pitching six innings and allowing three runs on six hits over that time.  He also allowed 3 earned runs, two walks and one home run during his time on the mound, earning just 3 Ks along the way.

Yu Darvish’s last time on the mound was Aug. 24 against Cincinnati. The Rangers got the win in the game, 6 – 5.  He had his share of struggles in his six innings on the mound.  All five of the Reds’ runs in the game came against Darvish over just four hits.  He also allowed five walks and three earned runs while picking up five Ks.  By comparison, Reds pitcher Tim Adleman didn’t fare much better, allowing five runs and five hits, four earned runs, and three home runs while picking up just one K.  That pushed Adleman’s ERA to 3.68 so far on the season.

This week’s three-game home stand against the Mariners bodes well for the Rangers.  That is because Texas, who is 6 – 4 in its last 10 games, has shined at home this season going 41 – 21 at home so far while Seattle has had a harder go of it.  The Mariners are 4- 6 in their last 10 games and are currently in the midst of a two-game skid.  Seattle is 32 – 34 on the road so far versus its slightly better 36 – 28 home record so far.

Coverage of Monday night’s series opener between the Rangers and Mariners begins at 8pm ET.  Dave Flemming will have the call for the full national telecast.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Eduardo Perez and Dallas Braden for additional commentary.  The broadcast will be preceded by Baseball Tonight at 7pm ET.

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Cubs, Mets Open 3-Game Series Tonight On ESPN

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Tonight on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA the Mets and Cubs face off in an interdivisional matchup.

The NL Central-leading Cubs continue their home-stand tonight when the team opens a three-game series against the Mets (NL East) on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.  The game is the opener in a three-game series between the teams.  John Lester (9 – 4) is expected to get the start for the Cubs while Steven Matz (7 – 5) is slated to get the start for the Mets.  Lester’s last time on the mound was more than a week ago on July 9th against Pittsburgh.  The Pirates won that game in dominating fashion doubling up on the Cubs 12 – 6.  Lester threw three innings in the game, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits, 5 earned runs, 3 walks, and 2 home runs.  He struck out only 2 of 16 batters that he faced.  Teammate Adam Warren, who was credited with the loss, didn’t fare much better.  Warren only threw 2 innings but allowed 7 more runs on 5 hits in that short time along with 7 earned runs, 3 walks, and 2 home runs.  He struck out only 2 of 14 batters.

Steven Matz’s last time on the mound was roughly a week ago against the Nationals on July 10th.  The Nats won that game 3 – 2.  Matz took the loss in the game.  He threw 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits along the way along with 3 earned runs, 4 walks, and 1 home run, striking out 5 of 29 batters faced.

Even with both pitchers numbers in consideration either team could win this game and series.  Chicago is 28 – 15 at home so far on the season while New York is 23 – 22 on the road so far this season.  However, the Cubs are 4- 6 in their last ten games and the Mets 5 – 5 in their last 10 games.  The Mets come into tonight’s game with some momentum, having picked up a 5 – 0 win against Philadelphia Sunday afternoon.  The Cubs come into tonight’s series opener licking its wounds after falling 4 – 1 against the Rangers on Sunday.  So each team will have its own motivation for a win tonight when the National League foes go under the lights.

Karl Ravech will have the call for the game tonight on ESPN.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Dallas Braden and Eduardo Perez.  As an additional note the game will be blacked out in the Chicago market.  Coverage of the game is expected to begin at 7pm ET in all other markets.  More information on tonight’s game is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

 

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Cubs, Pirates Face Off In Key NL Central Matchup Tonight On MNB

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The Pittsburgh Pirates took 2 of 3 against the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend, winning 4 – 1 and 5 – 1 Friday and Saturday respectively.  But the Reds got a bit of revenge Sunday night, taking the last of the teams’ 3-game series 6 – 5 in extra innings.  Now after that tough loss the Pirates look to regroup as they are set to face yet another NL Central foe this week in the form of the Chicago Cubs.  The teams face off this week in a 3-game series that begins tonight.  And ESPN will have full coverage of the series’ opener in this week’s edition of Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.

Tonight’s game (and the series in whole) will have major implications for both teams even this early in the season.  That is because there’s more than just NL pride on the line.  The team’s cross city rivals, the White Sox, currently sit at 18 – 8 on the season so far.  The Cubs on the other hand are 17 – 6 so far on the season.  In the NL ranks, the Cubs are currently trying to hold off the second place Washington Nationals (17 – 7).  A win tonight (and wins Tuesday and Wednesday) would help the Cubs pad their lead over the Nats.  It would also help the Cubs in their rivalry with the White Sox.  On the other side of the ball, a win in tonight’s series opener (combined with wins Tuesday and Wednesday) would help the Pirates as they battle with the Phillies and the Cubs for position.

Gerrit Cole is currently expected to start for the Pirates tonight.  He is 2- 2 so far on the season.  His last time on the mound was six days ago on April 26th against Colorado.  The Pirates routed the Rockies in that game 9 – 4 with Cole pitching six innings.  Cole didn’t have the greatest game, allowing 4 runs and 2 earned runs on 8 hits, and 1 home run.  He walked 2 and struck out 3.  This was all against 27 total batters.  Thanks to good fielding on Pittsburgh’s side and just as many problems for Colorado’s bullpen, the Pirates were able to pull off the win.

Starting for the Cubs tonight will be Jason Hammel.  Hammel is currently 3 – 0 on the season.  He has had plenty of time to rest and prepare for tonight’s game.  That’s because his last time on the mound was seven days ago against the Reds.  The Cubs blanked the Reds in that game 9 – 0.  Hammel was credited with the win having pitched 6 innings.  He was in top form in the game, too, allowing 0 runs on only 3 hits.  He walked only 2 of the 23 batters that he faced and struck out 7 while allowing 0 home runs and 0 earned runs.  Red pitcher Alfredo Simon meanwhile struggled mightily in the game, pitching only 2.2 innings before being pulled.  In that short time, he allowed 8 runs, 8 earned runs, and 2 home runs on 10 hits.  He walked only 1 of the 18 batters that he faced and struck out only 3.  So needless to say that Hammel will be on his A-game tonight.

Adding to the interest for tonight’s game (and this week’s series) is that while Pittsburgh and Chicago are evenly matched in their home records—Pittsburgh is 7 – 4 at home so far this season to Chicago’s 7 – 3—the visiting Cubs are 10 – 3 on the road so far to Pittsburgh’s 8 – 6 road record.  Chicago is 7 – 3 in its last 10 games while Pittsburgh is 8 – 2 in its last 10.  So when all of the numbers are added up, they show tonight’s game to be full of fireworks for both sides.  The same can be said of Tuesday and Wednesday’s games, too.

Dave Flemming will be in the booth for tonight’s game.  He will be joined by analysts Dallas Braden and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.  ESPN Deportes will simulcast the game for the network’s Spanish-speaking audiences.  More information on tonight’s game is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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ESPN To Feature Two Divisional Matchups On SNB, MNB Broadcasts

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This Sunday night on ESPN, one of baseball’s longet running and most heated rivalries continues.  No, not that rivalry.  Rather, it’s the rivalry between the Giants and the Dodgers.

Buster Posey and the San Francisco Giants will be in hostile territory as they take on Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers live Sunday night on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  The game is the third in a three-game weekend series between the National League conference and divisional opponents.  Currently there is no information as to who will take the mound for either team in Sunday’s matchup or either team’s rotation.  The game is scheduled to broadcast live at 8pm ET on ESPN.  Dan Shulman will be in the booth for the call.  He will be joined by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the game’s latest news, interviews, and more.  It will be shown in all markets as a full national telecast.  Karl Ravech, Dallas Braden and Tim Kurkjian will preview the game live at 7pm ET on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown.

The action continues Monday night on Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA when Yadier Molina and the struggling St. Louis Cardinals play host to the team’s NL Central foes, Dexter Fowler and the Chicago Cubs.  The game is scheduled to air live at 8pm ET on ESPN.  Dave Flemming will be in the booth for the call.  He will be joined by analysts Curt Schilling ad Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.  The game is currently expected to air nationally in all markets.

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ESPN Adds NL, AL Matchups To Its MNB, WNB Broadcast Schedule

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ESPN has added two more games to its Major League Baseball broadcast schedule.

On Monday, April 18th, the Cubs and Cardinals will face off live on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.  The game is the series-opener in a three-game set between the NL Central opponents.  The game will also mark the midway point of what will be a six-game home stand for the team.   No announcement has been made at this time in regards to starting lineups or pitching rotations for either team in the game.  The other three games in that run will see the Cardinals host another NL Central opponent, the Cincinnati Reds.  Currently the Reds sit second in the division just behind the Cubs.  Dave Flemming will be in the booth for the game.  He will be joined by analysts Curt Schilling and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.

Also added to the network’s MLB coverage, the defending MLB champion Kansas City Royals will host the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, April 20th on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tires.  Currently the Royals sit fourth in the AL Central, one game back from the division-leading Tigers.  The White Sox and Indians currently sit in second and third respectively in the division.  The game will be the second in a three-game set between those two teams.  Coverage is expected to begin at 7pm ET on ESPN.  Jon Sciambi will be in the booth for the game.  Analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Eduardo Perez will also be on hand for additional commentary.  As an additional note, this game will be a full national telecast.

Both the NL Central matchup on the 18th and the AL Central game set for the 20th will be simulcast on television on ESPN Deportes and online via WatchESPN.  More information on both of these games is available online along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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ESPN Heads To The Show Me State For Upcoming SNB, MNB Broadcasts

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ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell heads to Kansas City this weekend for a matchup between the red hot Royals and their American league foes, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Sunday’s broadcast will be the closer in the four-game series between the AL opponents. No information is available as of yet in regards to who will start for either team in Sunday’s game. Currently the Royals sit atop the American League standings at 67 – 44 on the season. Kansas City has gone 6 – 4 in its last ten games and is riding the wave of a four-game win streak with its latest win coming this past Monday, August 10th, against Detroit. The Angels sit fifth overall in the American League and second in the AL West, just one game back from the division-leading Astros. The Angels are 23 – 29 on the road, which does not bode well for the Halos as they roll into Kansas City beginning this Thursday. Kansas City is 38 – 18 at home so far this season. And being that the Angels have been slumping lately (they are 4 – 6 in their last ten games with their most recent loss coming at the hands of the Chicago White Sox 8 – 2), the team will have plenty to play for in its upcoming series against the Royals.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk for additional commentary. Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and all of the latest headlines from around the league. Sunday’s broadcast will be preceded as with every week by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. Adnan Virk will anchor Sunday night’s broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by analyst Aaron Boone, ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian, and on-site reporter Nicole Briscoe. Coverage begins at 7pm ET and will be simulcast on television and online via ESPN and WatchESPN. Coverage of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be simulcast on television, radio, and online via ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, and WatchESPN beginning at 8pm ET.

Sunday night’s AL matchup between the Royals and Angels will be followed up Monday night by a National League showdown between the Giants and Cardinals on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA. No information has been provided as of yet in regards to who will start the game for either team. The Cardinals sit atop the MLB standings right now with a 71 – 40 record so far on the season. The red birds also lead the NL standings and NL Central. San Francisco currently sits second in the NL West, two and a half games back from the division-leading Dodgers. Monday’s game is the opener in a three-game series between the teams.

Dave Fleming will have the call for Monday night’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Dallas Braden. Monday’s game will be simulcast on television and online via ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and WatchESPN. Coverage kicks off at 8pm ET. More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

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