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.

More information on Monday’s game between the Mariners and Yankees is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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ESPN Adds Del Rio To Its NFL On-Air Talent Roster

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ESPN has added another big name to its roster of on-air talent for its NFL broadcasts.

The company announced Thursday through a news release that it has added Jack Del Rio to its talent roster.  Del Rio first rose to fame as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s early years.  Most recently, he was the coach of the Oakland Raiders.

As the newest member of the team, Del Rio will make appearances on NFL LiveSportsCenter and ESPN Radio.  He said in the news release, he is optimistic about his future.

“I’ve visited several training camps over the last few weeks, and I’m really looking forward to the upcoming football season and my new role with ESPN!,” he said.

ESPN Vice President of NFL and College Studio Shows Seth Markman spoke highly of Del Rio in talking about Del Rio’s addition to the network’s on-air talent roster.

“Jack was highly successful as a player and coach,” Markman said.  “He sees the game from both perspectives and he doesn’t shy away from sharing his honest opinion.  He will be a great addition to our ESPN team.”

Del Rio’s career as a player started at the University of Southern California. As a member of the Trojans, he was a consensus All American and co-MVP of the 1985 Rose Bowl. He would go on to be enshrined in the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his performance as a football and baseball player.  He also received the school’s Silver Anniversary Award in 2010.

After college, Del Rio was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 1985 NFL Draft.  That same year, he was named the team’s Rookie of the Year and a member of the National Football League’s All-Rookie Team.

Del Rio was named a member of the Pro Bowl team in 1994 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. During his time with the Vikings (1992-95), he led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons.

Along with his time with the Vikings and Saints, Del Rio also played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1987-88) and Dallas Cowboys (1989-91).  During the course of his 11 years as a player in the league, Del Rio amassed 1,005 career tackles, 13 sacks and 13 interceptions over 160 regular season games.

Del Rio went from the player ranks to the coaching ranks in 1997 as an assistant strength coach for the Saints.  He was eventually promoted to the team’s linebackers coach in 1998 before taking the same position with the Baltimore Ravens in 1999.  He held that position until 2001, helping the team the NFL’s top prize in Super Bowl XXXV along the way.

After leaving the Ravens in 2001, Del Rio added another notch to his resume, becoming the Defensive Coordinator for the Carolina Panthers in 2002.  That position led to Del Rio’s first head coaching position in 2003 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, which he would lead until 2011.

Del Rio headed west following his time as the Jags’ head coach, becoming the Denver Bronco’s Defensive Coordinator from 2012-14 before moving back to the head coaching ranks in 2015 as the head of the Oakland Raiders.  He helmed the team until 2017.

During his head coaching time,  Del Rio led the Jaguars and Raiders to three playoff appearances and 97 total collective victories.

More information on Jack Del Rio’s addition to ESPN’s talent roster is available online now along with all of the network’s latest NFL headlines at:

 

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Dodgers, Braves Look To Take Weekend Series Sunday Afternoon On TBS

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TBS continues its coverage of Major League Baseball’s 2019 season this afternoon with a National League inter-divisional matchup.

The Dodgers and Braves finish off a three-game weekend series this afternoon in a battle of the NL West and NL East.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET, according to a news release from Turner Sports.

The Dodgers and Braves each lead their divisions coming into the matchup.  This afternoon’s game is the rubber match in the series.  Los Angeles won the series’ opener 8-3, but Atlanta rebounded in the series’ second game 4-3.

Max Fried (14-4) is scheduled to get the start for the Braves in this afternoon’s series finale between the Dodgers and Braves.  His last time on the mound was Tuesday against the Mets.  He took the win in the game, despite some struggles, allowing six hits over six inning and walking three batters. He struck out four batters in that time and allowed one earned run.

Tony Gonsolin (1-1) is scheduled to take the mound for the Dodgers in this afternoon’s game.  Almost two weeks have passed since Gonsolin was on the mound, on Aug. 5 against St. Louis. That game was a strong outing for Gonsolin, as it saw him pitch six innings, allowing only two hits and one walk in that time while striking out seven batters and allowing no earned runs.

This afternoon’s matchup is either team’s to win, looking at those statistics and the teams’ overall numbers.  Los Angeles is 34-27 on the road so far this season while Atlanta is 35-27 at home.  The Braves have been just as strong on the road at 38-25 while Los Angeles has been even stronger at home at 48-16.

Brian Anderson will anchor this afternoon’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by Ron Darling for additional commentary.  More information on the game is available online at:

 

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TNT, Kia Partner To Broadcast 2019 NBA Awards

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Turner Network Television will broadcast the 2019 NBA Awards Monday night.

The broadcast, sponsored by Kia, is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.  It will broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Los Angeles, CA.  The event honors the top performers from the past NBA season with awards, such as the Kia NBA MVP, Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Kia Rookie of the Year.

NBA great Shaquille O’Neal will host the broadcast.  Larry Bird and Magic Johnson will become co-recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts will receive the Sager Strong Award.  The Sager Strong Award is presented annually to one person considered to be a trailblazer in his or her industry while also exhibiting courage, faith, compassion and grace.

The full list of candidates and awards for this year’s broadcast is noted below.

Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Finalists

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Paul George
James Harden

Additional Award Finalists and Categories

Kia NBA Rookie of the Year: Deandre Ayton (PHX), Luka Doncic (DAL), & Trae Young (ATL)
Kia NBA Sixth Man Award: Montrezl Harrell (LAC), Domantas Sabonis (IND), & Lou Williams (LAC)
Kia Defensive Player of the Year: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL), Paul George (OKC), & Rudy Gobert (UTA)
Kia Most Improved Player: De’Aaron Fox (SAC),  D’Angelo Russell (BKN), & Pascal Siakam (TOR)
NBA Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer (MIL), Mike Malone (DEN) & Doc Rivers (LAC)
NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente

Monday night’s broadcast will be preceded by a broadcast of NBA AwardsRed Carpet will stream across multiple platforms live at 8 p.m. ET.  Among the platforms where audiences can watch the proceedings are NBA On TNT’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.  It will also stream live via Bleacher Report’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

Comedian Tony Rock will co-host the broadcast with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks and Turner Sports’ Allie LaForce.  Ro Parrish will serve as the DJ for the event.”Kicks Awards” will also be handed out during the event for the celebrities with the most creative footwear.

More information on TNT’s broadcast of the annual NBA Awards is available online now at:

 

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ESPN Networks To Air NBA Free Agency Specials

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ESPN continues its off-season coverage of the National Basketball Association next week.

The network will cover the start of the league’s free agency period on The JumpFree Agency Special.  The broadcast is scheduled to air from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2.  Rachel Nichols will anchor the broadcast.

The NBA’s free agency period opens at 6 p.m. June 30. Prior to its open, ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski and ESPN Senior NBA Writer Zach Lowe will team up for Woj & Lowe Free Agency Special from 7 – 7:30 p.m. on June 25.

More episodes of the JumpFree Agency Special are scheduled to air 8 to 9 p.m. on July 1 on ESPN2, from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 2 on ESPN and from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 3 on ESPN2.  The upcoming broadcasts are in addition to regular broadcasts of The Jump, which are scheduled to air from 3 to 4 p.m. on ESPN2.  All broadcasts are also available online via the ESPN App.

Among this year’s most prominent free agents are players, such as Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving.

As an addition to its free agency coverage, ESPN’s networks will also offer coverage of the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas this summer.  The games will broadcast via the ESPN App.

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ESPN Announces Broadcast Schedule For Upcoming MLB Games

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The Cubs and Brewers will go under the lights Sunday night live on ESPN.

The National League Central foes, who are one, two in the division, will close out their three-game weekend series at Wrigley Field.  Milwaukee blanked Chicago 7-0 in the series’ opener Friday.  The teams face off in the series’ second game Saturday afternoon at 2:20 p.m.

Jon Lester (3-2) is scheduled to start for Chicago in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was May 7 against Miami.  Lester allowed two runs on eight hits over the course of six innings in that game, and struck out six batters.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3) is scheduled to get the start for Milwaukee in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was May 6 against Washington.  He allowed two runs, two walks, two earned runs and three hits over five innings in the game,despite the Brewers’ 5-3 win over the Nats.  Chacin also allowed one home run during his time on the mound.

Milwaukee has proven better at home than on the road so far this year, going 16-8 at home and 8-8 on the road.  However, the Brewers are in the midst of a seven-game win streak.  The Cubs meanwhile, 13-6 at home and 9-8 on the road so far this season and comes into Saturday’s game on the heels of their Friday loss to the Brewers.  The loss comes after the Cubs took three of four against Miami this week.

Sunday’s ESPN Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell broadcast launches at 7 p.m. Matt Vasgersian will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez for additional commentary.  Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call on ESPN Radio.

Sunday night’s game will also be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and online via the ESPN app.  It will be preceded at 6 p.m. by ESPN’s MLB pre-game broadcast of Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analysts Mark Teixera and Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

Milwaukee will have no time to rest following Sunday’s match.  The Brewers will be back in action at home on ESPN Monday night on the network’s weekly Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA.  Monday’s game is the opener in a four-game series against the National League East-leading Philadelphia Phillies.  The starting pitchers for Monday’s game have not been announced.

Karl Ravech will anchor Monday night’s broadcast.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts David Ross Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

ESPN’s MLB coverage coverage continues Wednesday with Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire as the Braves and Cardinals face off in the second game of a three-game cross-conference.  At this time, Michael Wacha (3-0) is the only pitcher formally announced for the game. 

Wacha is scheduled to start for St. Louis in that game.  His last time on the mound was Thursday against the Cardinals NL foes, the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Cardinals routed the Pirates 17-4 in that game, with Wacha taking the win. 

Wacha allowed four runs, one walk, one home run and four earned runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings in the game. He also struck out two batters.

The starting pitcher for the Braves was not noted at the time of this release.

Coverage of Wednesday’s game is scheduled to start at 7:20 p.m. Jon Sciambi and David Ross will have the call for the game.

More information on ESPN’s upcoming MLB broadcasts is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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ESPN Adds Roddy Jones To ACC Network On-Air Team

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The ACC Network has added another name to its on-air talent roster.

Former Georgia Tech running back and team captain Roddy Jones was announced this week as the newest member of the network’s talent roster.  Jones currently works as a sideline analyst for ESPN during college football season. According to information provided by ESPN, which owns and operates the ACC Network, Jones’ first day on the job at the ACC Network is Aug. 22, the day the ACC Network officially launches.

Jones was upbeat as he recently talked about moving to the ACC Network.

“To be associated with a conference that is so rich in tradition, history and success, and to work alongside some of the best broadcast and production teams in the nation is truly an honor,” Jones said.  “The ACC has been a huge part of my life.  I grew up in the footprint, played in the conference and now cover it as a broadcaster.  I know firsthand how special it is, and how beneficial ACCN will be to the league.”

Jones was a four-year starter at Georgia Tech from 2008-11.  He was the team’s captain in his senior year at the university.  he broke many school records on the way to defeating Clemson in 2009 in the ACC Championship Game.  Among the team records that he broke were those for career starts (52), yards-per-carry (7.6) and rushing yards (212) in 2008 against Georgia.

Off the field, Jones was a three-time All-ACC Academic Football Team honoree.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2010 and earned his MBA in 2013.  This fall marks Jones’ third season with ESPN and its networks.

More information on the ACC Network is available online now at http://www.getaccn.com.

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