ESPN Radio Launches New Program

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ESPN has added another new program to its radio broadcast schedule.

Covino and Rich debuted June 30 at noon ET on ESPN Radio. The series first premiered in 2005 on SiriusXM with co-hosts Steve Covino and Rich Davis. With its addition to ESPN Radio’s broadcast schedule, Covino & Rich will air every Saturday and Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. ET.

Along with the duo’s experience in radio, both men also worked together on NBC Sports’ New York station and for SNY.  The pair also has hosted a variety of red carpet events including the MTV VMAs, MTV Movie Awards and Super Bowl and MLB All-Star Week broadcasts on SiriusXM.

Both men have other radio work on their resumes.  Davis previously worked at Z100 WHTZ/New York, WWHT Hot 107.9/Syracuse and WIOQ Q102/Philadelphia.  Covino also works on SirisXM’s Pop2K and Hits 1 channnels.

More information on Covino & Rich is available online now along with the pair’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://covinoandrich.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/covinoandrich

Twitter: http://twitter.com/covinoandrich

 

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Indians, Orioles Close 3-Game Series Sunday Live On ESPN

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ESPN will feature an American League interdivisional matchup this weekend on Sunday Night Baseball.

The American League Central-leading Cleveland Indians will play host to the Baltimore Orioles (American League East) live at Progressive Field.  Broadcast of Sunday’s game is currently scheduled to start at 8 p.m. with Dan Shulman on the call.

He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on hand for all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Sunday night’s broadcast will be preceded by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7 p.m. ET.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast and will be joined by David Ross and Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the game’s call on ESPN Radio.  They will also call the second game in the teams’ three-game series Saturday on ESPN Radio.

Trevor Bauer (15 – 8) is expected to get the start for Cleveland Sunday night while  Jeremy Hellickson (8 – 8) is expected to take the mound for Baltimore.

Cleveland is currently looking strong as the regular season nears its end. It was riding a 14-game win streak at last report and was looking for its 15th straight win Thursday night as it played the Chicago White Sox.  It earned its 14th straight win against the White Sox Wednesday night in a 5 – 1 win.

Cleveland’s home record has proven respectable, too at 36 – 29 so far this season.  The Indians have proven to be just as good on the road as at home, too, going 47 – 27 so far this season on the road.

Baltimore currently sits third in the AL East, eight games back from the division-leading Boston Red Sox.  The Orange Birds have struggled this season on the road, going 27 – 39 so far on that record.  The team has done considerably better at home with a 44 – 30 home record so far and will be looking to bounce back in this weekend’s series after falling to the Yankees at home Thursday 9 – 1.

More information on Sunday’s series closer between the Orioles and Indians is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at http://www.espn.com/mlb.

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ESPN Inks Deal With MLB Superstar Mark Teixeira

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ESPN has added another big name to its list of superstar analysts.

Network officials announced this week the addition of Mark Teixeira to its staff.  The World Series Champion, 5-time Gold Glove winner, and 3-time All-Star will join the worldwide leader in sports as an analyst on its Major League Baseball programs.

The multi-year deal will see Teixeira contributing to SportsCenter, ESPN’s MLB studio programs, and ESPN Radio broadcasts.  The 14-year MLB veteran’s on-air presence is expected to begin with ESPN’s 2017 MLB Spring Training coverage.

Teixeira was humbled and excited to be the latest addition to ESPN’s roster of superstar staff members.

“I couldn’t be more excited to begin this next chapter of my baseball career with ESPN,” Teixeira said. I’m looking forward to being a part of their al-star rotation of commentators and to share my perspective with the fans.”

Teixeira is no stranger to ESPN.  Along with his on-field work, he has appeared many times in the past as a guest analyst on ESPN’s MLB broadcasts on ESPN Radio. That isn’t all.  He has even guest co-hosted on ESPN’s Mike & Mike.

Teixeira announced his retirement on Aug. 5, 2016.  He played in his final game on Oct. 2, 2016.  In 2009, he was a member of the World Series Champion New York Yankees lineup.  He led the American League in home runs and runs batted in that same year.

He also amassed a total of 409 home runs over the course of his career while playing for the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers.

More information on this announcement is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPNBaseballTonight

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBTN

 

 

 

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ESPN Announces College Football Week 14 Broadcast Schedule

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The ESPN networks’ coverage of college football’s regular season wraps up this weekend with a group of championship matchups on its schedule.

The weekend’s coverage begins live from Detroit Friday when No. 21 Western Michigan takes on Ohio for the MAC Championship.  Broadcast begins at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN2.  Adam Amin will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by analyst Mack Brown for additional commentary.  Reporter Molly McGrath will be on the sidelines for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

The action continues at 9 p.m. EST live from Santa Clara, CA where No. 9 Colorado will take on No. 5 Washington for the 2016 Pac-12 Conference Championship.  The game will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio.  Bill Rosinski will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by David Norrie for additional commentary.  Ian Fitzsimmons will have all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

No. 4 Clemson rounds out the weekend’s coverage as it takes on Virginia Tech for the ACC Championship Saturday night at 8 p.m. EST on ABC and ESPN Radio.  Clemson is in the College Football Playoff Top 4 right now.  Chris Fowler will have the call for the game on ABC.  He will be joined by Kirk Herbstreit for additional commentary.  Reporter Samantha Ponder will have all of the latest in-game news and interviews.  Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Ian Fitzsimmons will have the call on ESPN Radio live.

In all, seven championships will be decided this weekend on the ESPN networks.  The season’s final rankings will be revealed Friday at noon.  One more ranking will be announced tonight at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN.  The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ weekend conference championship matchup coverage is noted below.

 

ESPN Network’s Week 14 Slate of Games

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Dec. 2 7 p.m. 2016 Marathon MAC Football Championship from Detroit: No. 21 Western Michigan vs. Ohio
Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath
ESPN2
9 p.m. 2016 Pac-12 Championship from Santa Clara: No. 9 Colorado vs. No. 5 Washington
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec. 3 Noon 2016 American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game: Temple vs. No. 25 Navy
Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
ABC
2016 Dynacraft Conference USA Championship Game: Louisiana Tech at Western Kentucky
Dave Pasch, Tom Luginbill, Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Troy at Georgia Southern
Jason Benetti, Kelly Stouffer, Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
1 p.m. New Mexico State at South Alabama ESPN3
3 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN3
4 p.m. 2016 SWAC Football Championship Presented by McDonald’s from Houston, Tex.:Grambling vs. Alcorn State
Eric Clemons, Jay Walker, Sherree Burruss
ESPNU
5 p.m. Georgia State at Idaho ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Arkansas State at Texas State
Allen Bestwick, Ahmad Brooks, Kris Budden
ESPN2
7:45 p.m. 2016 Mountain West Football Championship Game
San Diego State at Wyoming
Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay
ESPN
8 p.m. 2016 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game from Orlando, Fla.
No. 4 Clemson vs. Virginia Tech
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha PonderRadio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons
ABC and ESPN Radio

Please note: Schedule does not include the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship which is carried exclusively by ESPN

 

More information on this weekend’s college football coverage on the ESPN networks is available online now along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/college-football

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/espncfb

 

 

 

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ESPN Announces More On-Air Moves Ahead Of 2016 – ’17 NFL Season

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ESPN is making even more moves in its on-air ranks as the 2016 – 2017 NFL season nears.

It was announced this week that NFL Nation’s Giants reporter Dan Graziano has now been named a National NFL Insider for ESPN.  This means that he will have more on-air presence including appearances on NFL Insiders, NFL Live, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, and ESPN The Magazine.  Graziano’s first official day in the position was this past Friday, July 22nd when he broke the story about Steelers’ star running back Le’Veon Bell’s upcoming four-game suspension.  The punishment was put in place in reaction to Bell violating the leagues drug policy.  Chad Millman, Vice President and Editorial Director of Domestic Digital content noted Graziano’s contributions to ESPN in discussing his new move.  “Dan has been a strong reporter for us on so many platforms over the course of five years,” Millman said.  “He consistently breaks stories on a national level and has an understanding of what’s happening across the entire league. This new role benefits our NFL team and, most importantly, our readers and viewers.”   When he originally started out at ESPN in 2011, he served as an NFL East blogger.  In 2013 he turned his focus specifically to the New York Giants as ESPN’s NFL Nation Network grew.  He has also served as a contributor to ESPN’s NFL Insiders since its inception in 2013.

As Graziano moves upward in ESPN’s on-air ranks, he will be replaced in his previous position by Jordan Raanan.  He was most recently the Giants reporter for NJ Advance Media.  He boasts more than a decade of experience as he comes in to his new position.  He also has covered the St. Louis Rams for ESPN for three seasons.  On a related note, Nick Wagoner has been named the new San Francisco 49ers reporter for ESPN.  More information on these and other moves being made by ESPN is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/nfl

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NFLonESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNNFL

 

 

 

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Lynx Look To Stay Perfect Tonight On ESPN2 Against New York Liberty

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The 2016 NBA Finals is all the talk right now around the sports world.  It isn’t the only basketball news to talk about today, though.  That is because the WNBA just recently tipped off its 2016 season.  And ESPN2 has one of the league’s big matchups tonight.

The Minnesota Lynx currently sit at 5 – 0 so far on the season.  Early in the season the team is in a very tight battle with the Los Angeles Sparks (also at 5 – 0 on the season) for the top spot not just in the West but in the league. Tonight, on ESPN2 the Lynx (3- 0 so far in the conference to L.A.’s 1 – 0 conference record) will look to keep that battle close as it faces off against the New York Liberty in New York.  Coverage of the game is currently scheduled to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN2.  Pam Ward will have the call for tonight’s game.  She will be joined by analyst Carolyn Peck for additional commentary.  Reporter LaChina Robinson will be courtside with additional news and interviews throughout the game.

Along with her duties tonight, Robinson will also host Around The Rim, ESPN Audio’s women’s basketball podcast throughout the season.  In the latest edition of Around The Rim, Robinson is joined by 2005 WNBA Champion Ticha Penicheiro and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach Lin Dunn to discuss now former Indiana fever head coach Stephanie White. White left the team to take on a coaching position at Vanderbilt at the end of the 2015 – 2016 college basketball season.  They also discuss the troubles facing the Phoenix Mercury, the Sparks’ current win streak, and much more.  Audiences can hear it all online now at http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=15596514.  More information on ESPN’s WNBA coverage is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/sports/womenbb/index, http://www.wnba.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wnba

Twitter: http://twitter.com/wnba

 

 

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ESPN Unveils Early MLB Broadcast Schedule For ESPN Radio

 

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The start of the 2016 MLB regular season is only days away.  And with Opening Day right around the corner officials with ESPN have unveiled the early schedule for ESPN Radio’s MLB coverage.

ESPN Radio will kick off its 19th season covering Major League Baseball with a World Series rematch between the Mets and Royals on Opening Night, this Sunday, April 3rd.  Adam Amin and Chris Singleton will have the call for the game.  The Yankees and Astros will face off on ESPN Radio on Opening Day in an American League faceoff.  Roxy Bernstein will be in the booth for the game.  These are just two of the seventy-four total games that are currently slated to air live on ESPN Radio this season as part of the network’s MLB coverage.  Along with its regular season coverage, ESPN Radio will also carry the Gillette Home Run Derby and 87 MLB All-Star Game from Petco Park in San Diego, CA on Monday July 11th and Tuesday, July 12th respectively.  ESPN Radio will also have full coverage of the 2016 MLB postseason from tie-breakers and Wild Card games right up to the World Series.

In addition to its extensive MLB coverage, ESPN Radio will also carry the first-ever MLB game from Fort Bragg military base on Sunday, July 3rd at 7pm ET.  The Marlins and Braves will take to the diamond in that game.

Each game this season will be preceded by Baseball Tonight.  ESPN Radio’s current MLB broadcast schedule is noted in whole below.  Additional games will be announced as the season progresses.

 

Confirmed schedule (additional games will be announced at a later date):

Date

Time (ET)*

Game / Commentators

Sun, Apr 3

7 p.m.

New York Mets @ Kansas City Royals
Adam Amin & Chris Singleton

Mon, Apr 4

12:30 p.m.

Houston Astros @ New York Yankees
Roxy Bernstein & TBD

Sat, Apr 9

Noon

New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers
Jon Sciambi & Singleton

Sun, Apr 10

7 p.m.

New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers
Sciambi & Singleton

Sat, Apr 16

8 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Sciambi & Singleton

Sun, Apr 17

7 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Sciambi & Singleton

Sat, Apr 23

3 p.m.

Boston Red Sox @ Houston Astros
Sciambi & Singleton

Sun, Apr 24

7 p.m.

Boston Red Sox @ Houston Astros
Sciambi & Singleton

Sat, Apr 30

3 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ New York Mets
Sciambi & Singleton

Sun, May 1

7 p.m.

New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Sciambi & Singleton

Sat, May 7

Noon

Los Angeles Dodgers @ Toronto Blue Jays
Sciambi & Dan Shulman

Sun, May 8

7 p.m.

Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
Sciambi & Singleton

Sat, May 14

8 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Sciambi & Singleton

Sun, May 15

7 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals @ Los Angeles Dodgers
Sciambi & Singleton

Sat, May 21

3 p.m.

New York Yankees @ Oakland Athletics
Sciambi & Singleton

Sun, May 22

7 p.m.

Chicago Cubs @ San Francisco Giants
Sciambi & Singleton

Sat, May 28

6 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Mets
Sciambi & Singleton

Sun, May 29

7 p.m.

Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Mets
Sciambi & Singleton

Sun, Jun 12

4 p.m.

St. Louis Cardinals @ Pittsburgh Pirates
Sciambi & Singleton

 

Follows

Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants
Sciambi & Singleton

Sun, Jul 2

6 p.m.

Chicago Cubs @ New York Mets

Sun, Jul 3

7 p.m.

Miami Marlins @ Atlanta Braves
(from Fort Bragg, N.C.)

Sun, Jul 10

7 p.m.

Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Francisco Giants

Mon, Jul 11

8 p.m.

Gillette Homerun Derby
Sciambi & Chris Singleton

Tue, Jul 12

7 p.m.

MLB All-Star Game
Sciambi & Singleton

Sat, Jul 16

3 p.m.

Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees

Sun, Jul 17

7 p.m.

Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees

* Windows include the pregame show

 

All games broadcast on ESPN Radio will also be available online via ESPNRadio.com and the ESPN Mobile app.  More information on ESPN Radio’s MLB coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPNBaseballTonight

 

 

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ESPN Previews Key Big 12 Showdown This Week On CGD

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ESPN is headed back to Texas this week for its flagship college football broadcast.

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will come live this Saturday from the campus of Baylor ahead of Saturday night’s matchup between the Sooners and the undefeated Bears on Saturday Night Football on ABC presented by Wells Fargo. Oklahoma has only one loss on the season so far thus making this one of the biggest of this weekend’s college football showdowns. The game will be live on ABC with kickoff scheduled for 8pm ET. College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will broadcast ahead of Saturday’s game from 9m ET until noon. Rece Davis will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined at the des k by analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and David Pollack. Contributors Samantha Ponder Tom Rinaldi, George Whitfield, and Gene Wojciechowski will also be on hand for additional commentary and reports. Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler will have the call for Saturday night’s game. Reporter Heather Cox will be on hand for additional commentary and news.

Over on the radio side, Doug Kezirian will host ESPN Radio’s broadcast of College GameDay. He will be joined by Brad Edwards and Trevor Matich. Weekly contributors Maria Taylor, Joey Galloway, and Andrea Adelson will be on hand for additional commentary.

Friday on ESPN Samantha Ponder, Desmond Howard, and David Pollack will be on hand for ESPN’s College Football Live. The broadcast will come from the CGD set Friday afternoon at 2pm ET. More information on this weekend’s edition of College GameDay Built by The Home Depot is available online along with all of the latest college football headlines at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/college-football

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay

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ESPN Releases Week 2 College Football Broadcast Schedule

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Week Two of the NCAA college football season is officially upon us. And it’s going to be a busy one. Thanks to ESPN and its family of networks, college football fans will be well covered this week.

ESPN has released the broadcast schedule for its networks’ college football coverage for this weekend. The schedule includes three Saturday night matchups between ranked teams. That trio of marquee matchups is headed up by Saturday night’s matchup between the #5 Spartans and #7 Ducks at Michigan State. That game is slated to air at 8pm ET on ABC. The SEC Network will carry three games with at least one ranked team beginning at noon ET with Auburn taking on Jacksonville State. At 4pm ET #2 Alabama will face off against Middle Tennessee State on The SEC Network. #18 Arkansas will take on Toledo on SEC Network Alternate. In all ESPN and its family of networks will offer a total of sixty-two games this weekend beginning tonight on ESPN3 as Clarion hosts Millersville. The complete broadcast schedule for this weekend’s college football coverage across the ESPN networks is listed below.

ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, SEC Network, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game/Announcers Network
Thu, Sep 10 6 p.m. Millersville at Clarion ESPN3 *
  7:30 p.m. Southern at Mississippi Valley State

Mark Neely, Jay Walker

ESPNU
Fri, Sep 11 9 p.m. Utah State at No. 24 Utah

Dave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams

ESPN2
Sat, Sep 12 11:30 a.m. South Florida at No. 11 Florida State

Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Shannon Spake

ESPN
  Noon Oregon State at Michigan

Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay

ABC
  Noon Buffalo at Penn State

Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Paul Carcaterra

ESPN2
  Noon Miami (Ohio) at Wisconsin

Clay Matvick, John Congemi

ESPNU
  Noon Indiana State at Purdue

Shawn Kenney, Pete Najarian

ESPNEWS
  Noon Jacksonville State at No. 6 Auburn

Dave Neal, Matt Stinchcomb, Dawn Davenport

SEC Network
  Noon Houston at Louisville ESPN3 *
  Noon Missouri Valley at Benedictine ESPN3 *
  12:30 p.m. Wake Forest at Syracuse ESPN3 *
  12:30 p.m. Appalachian State at No. 12 Clemson

Joel Meyers, Tom O’Brien

ESPN3
  1 p.m. Howard at Boston College

Bob Picozzi, Al Groh

ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Morehead State at VMI ESPN3
  2 p.m. Eastern Washington at Northern Iowa ESPN3 *
  3 p.m. Chadron State at Missouri State ESPN3
  3 p.m. Monmouth at Central Michigan

Dan Gutowsky, Doug Graber

ESPN3
  3 p.m. Florida A&M at Samford ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 9 Notre Dame at Virginia

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch

ABC
  3:30 p.m. Fresno State at No. 17 Ole Miss

Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer, Olivia Harlan

ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. Washington State at Rutgers

Eamon McAnaney, Tom Ramsey

ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Furman at Virginia Tech

Dave Weekley, John Gregory

ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Murray State at Northern Illinois

Peter Young, Tyoka Jackson

ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Tulane at No. 15 Georgia Tech ESPN3 *
  3:30 p.m. Weber State at North Dakota State ESPN3 *
  4 p.m. Eastern Illinois at Northwestern

Jim Barbar, Charles Arbuckle

ESPNEWS
  4 p.m. Middle Tennessee at No. 2 Alabama

Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Laura Rutledge

SEC Network
  4 p.m. Toledo vs. No. 18 Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.)

Mike Couzens, Cole Cubelic, Kevin Weidl

SEC Network Alternate
  6 p.m. No. 19 Oklahoma at No. 23 Tennessee

Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe

ESPN
  6 p.m. North Carolina A&T at North Carolina

John Brickley, Dustin Fox

ESPN3
  6 p.m. North Carolina Central at Duke

Alex Faust, Stan Lewter

ESPN3
  6 p.m. Pittsburgh at Akron

Michael Reghi, Jerod Cherry

ESPN3
  6 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at NC State

Matt Stewart, Darius Walker

ESPN3
  6 p.m. Delaware State at Kent State

David Wilson, Marcus Ray

ESPN3
  6 p.m. Western Michigan at Georgia Southern

Tiffany Greene, Vonnie Holiday

ESPN3
  6 p.m. Western Carolina at The Citadel ESPN3
  6 p.m. Stetson at Mercer ESPN3
  6 p.m. East Stroudsburg at Slippery Rock ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. East Carolina at Florida

Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich

ESPN2
  7 p.m. Ball State at No. 16 Texas A&M

Allen Bestwick, Dan Hawkins, Kayce Smith

ESPNU
  7 p.m. North Texas at SMU

Dave Raymond, Chad Brown

ESPN3
  7 p.m. Marshall at Ohio ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. No. 21 Missouri at Arkansas State

Drew Fellios, Foest Conoly

ESPN3
  7 p.m. Northwestern State at Louisiana-Lafayette

Kevin Brown, Brian Kinchen

ESPN3
  7 p.m. Nicholls State at Louisiana-Monroe

Brock Bowling, Wayne Gandy

ESPN3
  7 p.m. Charleston Southern at Troy

Jonathan Yardley, Mickey Matthews

ESPN3
  7 p.m. Prairie View A&M at Texas State

Brett Dolan, George Wrighster

ESPN3
  7 p.m. Memphis at Kansas ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. Mississippi College at North Alabama ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. Robert Morris at Youngstown State ESPN3 *
  7:30 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina

SECN: Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor

Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad

SEC Network & ESPN Radio
  7:30 p.m. Morgan State at Illinois State ESPN3 *
  8 p.m. No. 7 Oregon at No. 5 Michigan State

Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox

ABC
  8 p.m. Temple at Cincinnati

Roy Philpott, Rocky Boiman

ESPNEWS
  8 p.m. Rice at Texas

Anish Shroff, Ahmad Brooks, Keith Moreland, Jane Slater

Longhorn Network
  8 p.m. Tulsa at New Mexico

Trey Bender, Jay Taylor

ESPN3
  8 p.m. Georgia State at New Mexico State ESPN3 *
  8 p.m. Black Hills State at South Dakota School of Mines ESPN3
  9:15 p.m. No. 14 LSU at No. 25 Mississippi State

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill

ESPN
  10:15 p.m. No. 20 Boise State at BYU

Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, Allison Williams

ESPN2
  10:15 p.m. San Jose State at Air Force

Mark Neely, David Diaz-Infante

ESPNU

* Local blackout may apply

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Website: http://espn.go.com/ncf/index

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Astros Look To Avoid Sweep Against Rangers Tonight On ESPN Radio

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Houston and Texas face off tonight on ESPN Radio.

Tonight’s matchup between the teams is the finale of a three-game series between the AL West foes. And Houston will be hungry for some redemption coming into tonight’s game, as Texas has already taken two of the series’ three-games so far. Nick Martinez is expected to start for the Rangers in tonight’s game while Scott Kazmir will start for Houston, which currently sits third overall in the American League standings behind Kansas City and the New York Yankees. Kazmir’s last time on the mound was last Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Houston blanked the Angels 3 – 0 in that game. While Kazmir’s teammate Luke Gregerson was credited with the win, it was Kazmir that carried the ‘Stros through most of the game, throwing one hundred eleven pitches over seven point two innings. Over the course of that time, he fired off five Ks, allowed only three hits, and three walks. He allowed no runs, no earned runs, and no home runs. Of those one hundred eleven total pitches, sixty nine were strikes. That is roughly sixty two percent of his total pitches.

Martinez’s last time on the mound was this past Friday as the Rangers faced the Giants. Texas won that game 6 – 3. Martinez was credited with the win in the game. He pitched 6.1 innings, striking out four batters along the way. He allowed a total of seven hits, two runs, two earned runs, and two walks. Though, he prevented the Giants from knocking any balls out of the park, throwing fifty-nine strikes over the course of ninety-nine pitches for a fifty-nine percent strike rate.

Houston currently sits atop the American League West three games ahead of the Angels. However, Texas has been on a tear as of late, going 6 – 4 in its last ten games and has won its last three straight games, two of which came against the Rangers Monday and Tuesday. Houston is 5 – 5 in its last ten games and lost its last two games. Interestingly enough, Texas is 22 – 29 at home so far on the season whereas Houston is 22 – 30 on the road.

Adam Amin will have the call for tonight’s game live from Texas. He will be joined in the booth by Chris Singleton for additional commentary. Coverage is expected to begin at 7pm ET. More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

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