ESPN To Air Special MLB Double Header On Independence Day

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ESPN will celebrate America’s birthday this year with a celebration of the country’s national pastime.

Network officials announced recently the network will carry a special Major League Baseball double header on July 4th.  The schedule starts with a National League inter-divisional matchup between the Phillies and Pirates at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN.  American League opponents Boston and Texas round out the day’s double header schedule beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Rotations and pitchers have not been announced for either game.  The July 4 matchup between the Phillies and Pirates will be the second of a four-game series between the NL foes while it the AL showdown between the Red Sox and Rangers will be the second in a three-game series between those teams.

More information on ESPN’s special Independence Day double header schedule is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at http://www.espn.com/mlb.

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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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TBS To Carry Exclusive Coverage Of MLB’s 2016 American League Postseason Games

 

 

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Cubs, Astros Scheduled For Sept. 11 Edition Of ESPN’s ‘SNB’

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ESPN will feature a cross-conference matchup for its September 11th edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

The Cubs and Astros will go under the lights on September 11th on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell in a game with major playoff implications for at least one team.  The Cubs (NL Central) currently sit alone atop the MLB rankings in both conferences at 84 – 47 while Houston (AL West) is 70 – 62, and sits seventh in the National League Standings. That means that Houston right now is struggling to remain in the hunt for the post season.  So every single win and loss is big for the Astros.

Every win and loss is just as important for the Cubs as for the Astros, but for a different reason.  In the case of Chicago, the team wants to keep its lead over its closest competition, the Texas Rangers.  Texas, Houston’s cross-state (and divisional) rival, currently leads the American League with a record of 79 – 54.  The Rangers also sit atop the American League West and are second overall in the MLB standings right now.  They aren’t too far behind the Cubs.  So every win and every loss for the Cubs is just as important for Chicago as for Houston as it works to remain atop the league standings.

No lineups or pitchers have been announced at this time for either team for the game, which will round out the teams’ three-game weekend series.

Dan Shulman will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza.  The game will be simulcast on TV, on the radio, and online via ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio and WatchESPN.

Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet will precede broadcast of the game beginning at 7pm ET with Karl Ravech at the helm.  He will be joined at the desk by analyst Dallas Braden and ESPN MLB Insider Time Kurkjian.

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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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Turner Sports Announces Early Schedule For 2016 ‘Sunday MLB On TBS’ Season

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Major League Baseball’s 2016 season is almost halfway over.  And with the All-Star Break just around the corner, Turner Broadcasting has announced the upcoming return of its weekly MLB broadcast Sunday MLB on TBS.

Sunday MLB on TBS makes its annual return on Sunday, July 10th.  That is only two weeks away.  The network’s annual Sunday night MLB broadcast makes its 2016 debut with a matchup between the Washington Nationals and the defending National League Champion New York Mets.  Coverage of the game is currently expected to begin at 1pm ET.  Three-time Sports Emmy Award®- winning commentator Ernie Johnson will have the call for the game.  He will be joined by MLB on TBS analyst Ron Darling.

Week two of Sunday MLB on TBS will feature a cross-conference matchup between two of the league’s top teams, the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers.  Coverage is currently expected to begin at 2pm ET and will be shown locally in Texas.  Brian Anderson will be in the booth for the game.  He will be joined by MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. for additional commentary.

These are just a pair of games currently set for TBS’ 2016 Sunday MLB on TBS schedule.  This year marks TBS’ 9th consecutive year of live MLB regular season coverage.  Including the games scheduled for July 10th and 17th, Sunday MLB on TBS  is set to feature a total of 13 regular season afternoon telecasts along with an equally extensive post season schedule.  That schedule includes the presentation of the American League Wild Card Game, and both the ALDS and NLDS.

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Yankees, Rangers Close Out 3-Game Series Tonight On ESPN

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ESPN’s MLB broadcast schedule for this week has official been released.  And it’s going to be another busy one.  It all begins tonight on ESPN and ESPN Deportes with an American League showdown between two teams that are struggling to get some footing right now early in the season.

Tonight on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire the Texas play host to the New York Yankees live at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.  The game is the rubber match in the teams’ three-game series, which began Monday.  The Yankees took Game 1 3 – 1.  But the Rangers didn’t stay down after that loss.  They stormed back Tuesday night, routing the Yankees 10 – 1.  CC Sabathia is expected to start for the “Pinstripers” in tonight’s game.  He is currently 1 – 1 so far on the season with his last start being on April 16th against Seattle.  Sabathia took the loss in that game.  He pitched a little more than four innings in the game, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 earned runs.  He struck out five of the 22 batters that he faced in that time, though walking only 1 batter and allowing only 1 home run.  The rest of the Yankees’ dugout picked up the slack, keeping the Mariners’ bats relatively silent, allowing only 3 hits and striking out 8 total batters.  Along the way they allowed no walks, home runs, earned runs, or runs.

Martin Perez will get the start for the Rangers in tonight’s game.  Perez has struggled just as much as Sabathia this season, going winless in two starts.  His last time on the mound was last Friday, April 22nd against the Chicago White Sox.  Perez pitched 5.2 innings in the game, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits, and 5 earned runs.  He walked two and struck out just as many.  To the positive, of the 24 batters that he faced in the game, he prevented any of them from knocking one out of the park.  Needless to say he will be looking to bounce back just as much as Sabathia when New York and Texas round out their series.

In the bigger picture, both teams will have plenty more to play for tonight than just the series win.  The Yankees sit at the bottom of the AL East standing at 8 – 11.  On the other hand, Texas is 11- 10 so far on the season, only one game over .500.  The Rangers are 7 – 4 at home so far this season while the Yankees are 3 – 4 on the road.  New York is 4 – 6 in its last 10 games while Texas is 5 – 5.  So the odds would seem to be more in the Rangers’ favor for tonight’s game.

Jon Sciambi will be in the booth for tonight’s game.  He will be joined by analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.  The game will be blacked out in the New York market.  Coverage of the game is scheduled to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN.  Ahead of tonight’s broadcast, Karl Ravech, Alex Cora, and Jim Bowden will preview the game at 7pm ET on Baseball Tonight.  More information on tonight’s game is available online along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

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