MLB Network sets schedule through June
Broadcast lineup includes Gillette Civil Rights Game
The MLB Network has set its lineup of live game broadcasts through the end of June, a schedule that will include June 20's Gillette Civil Rights Game from Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.The biweekly "Thursday Night Baseball" and "Saturday Night Baseball" telecasts will feature 17 of the 30 Major League clubs. The schedule is highlighted by the June 11 game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, and the June 25 Interleague rematch between 2008 World Series foes Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. That meeting between the Phillies and the Rays will be one of four Interleague telecasts -- not counting the first in-season Gillette Civil Rights exhibition, between the White Sox and the Reds. "It's our goal to showcase every team, whether with MLB Tonight, Thursday Night Baseball or Saturday Night Baseball," said Tony Petitti, president and CEO of MLB Network. "We're excited to continue to bring live, national coverage from around the league to our fans twice every week, with on-air talent matchups that bring a different perspective to each Thursday-night game."
MLB NETWORK GAME SCHEDULE
|Schedule of live-game broadcasts on MLB Network through June (all times ET)|
|May 21, 8 p.m.: Cubs @ Cardinals|
|May 28, 8 p.m.: Dodgers @ Cubs|
|May 30, 9 p.m.: Cardinals @ Giants|
|June 4, 7 p.m.: Cubs @ Braves|
|June 6, 9 p.m.: Orioles @ Athletics|
|June 11, 7 p.m.: Yankees @ Red Sox|
|June 13, 9 p.m.: Padres @ Angels|
|June 18, 8 p.m.: Tigers @ Cardinals|
|June 20, 7 p.m.: White Sox @ Reds (Civil Rights Game)|
|June 25, 7 p.m.: Phillies @ Rays|
|June 27, 7 p.m.: Yankees @ Mets|
MLB Network's game-announcing crew includes Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, Matt Vasgersian and Victor Rojas, plus analysts Mitch Williams, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac and Jim Kaat.Games are blacked out in each team's home television territory, the exception being the Gillette Civil Rights Game. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming. In its maiden season, MLB Network will air a total of 50 live game broadcasts. Announcements of subsequent telecasts will be forthcoming.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.