Cubs, Cards Going Live Sunday On ESPN’s Weekly ‘SNB’ Broadcast

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The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals will go under the lights live Sunday night on ESPN.

The National League Central foes, who sit 1-2 in the division, will face off live on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  The teams are separated by four-and-a-half games coming into Sunday night’s showdown.

Sunday night’s game is the third in a four-game series between the Cubs and Cardinals.  Chicago sits atop the NL Central at 22-15 while St. Louis is 14-14.

While Chicago leads the division, the team is fourth in the National League, behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and Atlanta Braves.  St. Louis meanwhile is fighting for its slim playoff hopes  The team is outside the playoff picture, but wins in this weekend’s series could help its chances.

Jon Lester (2-1) is scheduled to get the start on the mound Sunday for Chicago.  His last time on the mound was Tuesday against Pittsburgh.  Lester pitched 5.1 innings in the game, allowing eight hits, three walks and five earned runs while striking out three batters.

Chicago won the noted game against the Pirates in a final score of 8-7.  Jeremy Jeffress was credited with the win in the game.

The Cardinals have not named their starting pitcher for Sunday’s game.

Sunday’s game (and this weekend’s series) could go to either team, looking at the teams’ stats.  Chicago is 5-5 in its last 10 games, 12-8 at home, and 10-7 on the road this season.  St. Louis meanwhile 4-6 in its last 10 games, 8-7 at home and 6-7 on the road.

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Mendoza, ESPN Reach Contract Extension Agreement

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Another member of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team will be back with the group this spring.

Jessica Mendoza reached a new multi-year contract extension with ESPN this week.  The announcement came only a day after fellow ESPN MLB broadcast team member and MLB vet Mark Teixeira was announced to return.

Mendoza said in a news release from the network that she is glad the two sides came to terms on the contract.

“I’m beyond excited to continue to contribute analysis to ESPN’s signature MLB platform — Sunday Night Baseball — alongside Alex Rodriguez, Matt Vasgersian and Buster Olney,” Mendoza said.  “I look forward to continue helping grow the sports of softball and Major League Baseball through our second-to-none coverage by utilizing cool technology, offering exciting insights and doing it all with passion.”

ESPN Senior Vice President of Production and Remote Events Mark Gross shared Mendoza’s thoughts.

“Jessica’s preparation, expertise and work ethic are among the many attributes that make us proud to have this trailblazer with us for years to come,” Gross said.  “She forms tremendous relationships in the sports with executives, managers and players, and those connections help us inform our telecasts and make them better.  Her passion for the sport is contagious.”

Mendoza made history in 2015 when she joined ESPN’s SNB broadcast team.  It made her the first woman to ever serve as a national analyst for Major League Baseball games.  She also became the first woman to serve as an analyst for an MLB post season game on Oct. 15 when the Yankees and Astros faced off in the American League Wildcard Game live from Yankee Stadium.

According to ESPN’s news release, Mendoza is considered “one of America’s greatest softball players.”  A graduate of Stanford University, she holds records in categories, such as batting average, hits, runs, home runs stolen bases and slugging percentage.

She helped lead the U.S. Softball team to gold in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.  She also won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Additionally, she will be inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame next year as a member of the class of 2019.

Along with her continued duties on SNB, she will also make appearances on ESPN’s MLB studio program Baseball Tonight, and will make regular appearances on SportsCenter and Get Up! according to the network’s release.

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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 Launches MLB Pre-Season Coverage Thursday; To Carry World Baseball Classic Final Tonight

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ESPN kicks off its Major League Baseball pre-season coverage Thursday afternoon.

The Yankees and the Rays face off in the first of the network’s pre-season broadcasts beginning at 1 p.m. Jon Sciambi will have the call for the Grapefruit League game.  He will be joined by analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville in the booth for additional commentary.

The Dodgers and Angels follow at 7 p.m. on ESPN in a Cactus League showdown.  The Angels currently sit fourth in the league while Los Angeles sits seventh.  Dan Shulman, the voice of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by his SNB cohorts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.

Karl Ravech and Tim Kurkjian will have a wrap of up the day’s action on the diamond at 10 p.m. on Baseball Tonight on ESPN.

Before ESPN launches its Major League pre-season coverage Thursday, it will broadcast live the World Baseball Classic Final tonight at 9 p.m.  The United States and Puerto Rico will face off for this year’s title live on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.  The broadcast begins at 9 p.m. ET.

The United States made its way to the Final after defeating Japan 2 – 1 Tuesday. The game marks the team’s first-ever time it has reached the Final.

The re-match against Puerto Rico will not be an easy contest for the Americans.  That is because Puerto Rico is undefeated in the tournament at 7 – 0.  Marcus Stroman is expected to get the start in tonight’s game for the United States while Seth Lugo is scheduled to take the mound for Puerto Rico.

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Tigers, Rangers To Play Live On ESPN’s ‘SNB’ Broadcast On May 21

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The countdown to the start of Major League Baseball’s 2017 season is on, and in anticipation of the season’s start, ESPN has announced one of the games to be featured on its weekly Sunday Night Basebal presented by Taco Belll broadcast schedule.

The Tigers and Rangers will face off on May 21 in an American League interdivisional matchup live on ESPN’s flagship MLB program.  Coverage is set to begin at 8 p.m. EST.  Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.

Shulman will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for the latest in-game interviews and news.

The Rangers’ May 21 road game against the Tigers will mark Texas’ first appearance on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell for the season.  Detroit will make another live appearance on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell on July 9 against the 2016 American League Champion Cleveland Indians.

Those that won’t be near a television during either broadcast can still catch the games on the radio on ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio and online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.  Spanish-speaking audiences and fans in other nations can catch games on television via ESPN Deportes and ESPN International.

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ESPN Announces Early Broadcast Schedule For 2017 MLB Season

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The start of the 2017 Major League Baseball season is still many months away, but officials with ESPN have already been hard at work preparing their broadcast schedule for the new season.

The network announced its early broadcast schedule this week for the 2017 season.  The network’s broadcast schedule for the 2017 MLB season features seven games in just two days. It all begins with a showdown between the Yankees and Rays on Sunday, April 2 on ESPN.

The World Series Champion Chicago Cubs top off night one on ESPN’s season-opening edition of Sunday Night Baseball when they take on National League Central foes, the St. Louis Cardinals live on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ current broadcast coverage schedule of Major League Baseball’s 2017 season is noted below.

Opening Day games on ESPN:

Date

Time (ET)

Telecast

Network

Sun, Apr. 2

1 p.m.

New York Yankees* at Tampa Bay Rays

ESPN

4 p.m.

San Francisco Giants* at Arizona Diamondbacks

ESPN2

8:30 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

ESPN

Mon, Apr. 3

1 p.m.

Atlanta Braves at New York Mets*

ESPN

4 p.m.

San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers*

ESPN

7 p.m.

Cleveland Indians at Texas Rangers

ESPN

10 p.m.

Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics

ESPN2

*Indicates game is subject to local blackout (NYY, SFG, NYM, LAD markets)

 

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Dodgers, Cardinals Close Out Weekend Series Sunday on ESPN

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ESPN wraps another week of Major League Baseball coverage this weekend with its latest edition of Sunday Night Baseball Presented by Taco Bell.  This week’s edition of the network’s flagship MLB program focuses its edition once again on the National League.

The Dodgers and Cardinals go under the lights live this week on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell in a National League interdivisional matchup.  The game is the closer in the teams’ three-game weekend series.  The Cardinals have not announced as of yet who they will have on the mound for the game.  Los Angeles meanwhile will have Scott Kazmir (8 – 3) on the mound for the game.  Kazmir’s last time on the mound was this past Tuesday, July 19th when the Dodgers faced the Washington Nationals.  The Dodgers doubled up on the Nats in that game, winning 8 – 4 with Kazmir being credited with the win.  He had an impressive outing during his 7 innings on the mound, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits, that sole run being a home run.  He had 8 Ks in the game, no walks, and just 1 earned run.

Going by the numbers, Sunday’s game (and the weekend’s series) could go either way.  Los Angeles is 24 – 25 on the road so far this season and 6 – 4 in its last ten games while St. Louis is 24 – 28 at home and 7 – 3 in its last ten games.  However, the Cardinals are currently in the midst of a 4-game win streak while Los Angeles just picked up another win Thursday against the Nationals.  Coverage of Sunday night’s game begins at 8pm.  Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will have all of the latest in-game news and interviews throughout the game.

Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown will precede Sunday’s game beginning at 7pm ET.  Adnan Virk will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined at the desk by Dallas Braden and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian.  More information on Sunday’s National League interdivisional matchup between the Dodgers and Cardinals is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

 

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ESPN Closes Out July SNB Schedule With Cross-Conference Showdown

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ESPN has announced the matchup for the July 31st edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell closes out July with a cross conference showdown between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs.  The game will be the closer in a three-game weekend series between the teams.  There is currently no word on either team’s rotation or who will take the mound on either side of the ball at this time.  The numbers currently favor Chicago not just in the game but in the series in whole.  Chicago is currently 28 – 15 at home so far on the season while Seattle is 23 – 24 on the road.  The Mariners currently sit third in the AL West, 8.5 games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers while the Cubs currently lead the NL Central at 55 – 36.

The July 31st edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will mark the first time since 2004 that the Mariners have made an appearance on the network’s weekly Sunday night MLB broadcast.  Seattle faced another Chicago team—the White Sox—in that game.  Coverage of the game is expected to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN.  Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and interviews.   Pre-game coverage of the game begins at 7pm ET on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast and will be joined at the desk by analyst Dallas Braden and reporter Tim Kurkjian.

More information on the July 31st edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

 

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Braves Host Marlins In A Very Special Edition Of SNB This Week

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This weeks edition of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is a very special presentation.  That is because it will come live from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

This week on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, the Miami Marlins will take on the Atlanta Braves live from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  It marks the first time ever that a Major League Baseball game has been played at the military base.  The game, the last in a four-game series between the NL East opponents, will be played at a brand new 12,500 seat baseball stadium on the base.  Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and Aaron Boone.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on hand for all of the latest in-game interviews and news.

Sunday night’s broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be preceded at pm ET by ESPN’s weekly MLB pre-game broadcast of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet.  The one-hour broadcast will come live from Fort Bragg, too, beginning at 7pm ET.

Sunday’s NL East divisional showdown is an important game for both teams.  Despite the teams’ standings both in the division and conference, both teams are struggling right now.  Atlanta currently sits in last place in the division at 26 – 52 so far on the season.  Miami meanwhile sits second in the division at 41 – 37 so far on the season.  Each team is in the midst of its own losing streak with Miami having lost its last two games and Atlanta currently in a three-game skid.  While the site is technically neutral, Atlanta is considered the home team for the game.  That doesn’t necessarily bode well for the Braves, though.  That is because Atlanta is currently 11 – 32 at home so far on the season and almost as bad on the road at 15 – 20.  Miami on the other hand is struggling just as much, sitting at 20 – 18 on the road so far and 21 – 19 at home.  Currently there is no word on who will take the mound for the Braves in Sunday’s game.  Adam Conley is currently expected to get the start for Miami.  Conley is 4 – 5 so far on the season.  Conley’s last time on the mound was this past Tuesday, June 28th against Detroit.  He took the loss in that game.  He had his share of problems in the game, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits over 4.1 innings.  He also allowed 3 walks, 5 earned runs, and 2 home runs.  Of the 21 batters that he faced over that time he only struck out 9.  That means that Sunday’s game will be a chance for him to bounce back and redeem himself.  More information on Sunday’s game is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

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ESPN Headed To Chicago For Sunday’s Edition Of SNB

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The Pirates and Cubs are back under the lights this week on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

The NL Central foes will face off this Sunday night live on ESPN in the closer of a three-game weekend series.  It is believed at this time that Kyle Hendricks will get the start for the host Cubs in Sunday’s game.  Hendricks is currently 4 – 6 so far on the season when starting and 1 – 2 in his last three games.  His last time on the mound was this past Monday, June 13th against the Nationals, a game in which he struggled mightily.  He allowed four runs on six hits over 5.1 innings.  He also four walks, three earned runs, and one home run over that time, while striking out only one of the twenty-seven batters that he faced.  That aside, nearly a week will have passed since his last time on the mound.  So fans can hope that he will be rested up and ready to go and help keep the Cubs atop the league and division standings.

Along with being the last game in the teams’ weekend series, Sunday’s game will also be the third in a six-game home stand for the Cubs.  Once that series is done, the Cubs will go on to host the Cardinals in another three-game series from Monday, June 20th – Wednesday, June 22nd before heading back out on the road on June 23rd against the Marlins.  Fans can only hope that having that knowledge and rest will help Hendricks when he takes the mound this Sunday.

Sunday night’s broadcast will be a special one both for ESPN and for fans on both sides of the ball.  That is because it is part of the network’s Sunday From the Seats initiative.  These are games that will be called not from the booth but from unique locations inside the ballpark.  Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will be on hand on the field with all of the game’s latest news and interviews.  Coverage is expected to begin at 8pm ET.  More information on Sunday’s game is available along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

 

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