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02/27/2008 10:06 AM ET
TBS steps to the plate with new Sunday MLB package featuring baseball's best teams
Schedule opens with the Toronto Blue Jays taking on the defending world champion Boston Red Sox in their first nationally televised game of the season
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TBS announced today the first two months of its new baseball "Sunday MLB on TBS" schedule for the 2008 season. The package, which includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season, leads off with the defending World Champion Boston Red Sox facing the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, April 6th at 1 p.m. ET. The network will also exclusively televise the MLB All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 6th. Additionally, beginning in October TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the Division Series and, for the first time, exclusive coverage of the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

TBS has broadcast MLB coverage for more than 30 years, serving as the exclusive home of the MLB Division Series and the National League Championship Series (NLCS) in 2007 and home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007.

"For the first time in Turner Sports' 30-year history of MLB coverage we're proud to present an exciting weekly package that showcases some of the top teams and players in baseball," said Jeff Behnke, Turner Sports executive producer. "Every Sunday afternoon for 26 straight weeks fans will find key matchups and marquee names as we follow the dramatic storylines of the regular season leading into our second straight MLB Postseason on TBS."

Key match-ups on the Sunday MLB on TBS schedule include the Atlanta Braves taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 20th as former Braves centerfielder Andruw Jones makes his return to Turner Field. On April 27th the New York Yankees face the Cleveland Indians in a rematch of the 2007 ALDS in which the Indians bested the Yanks 4-1 to win the series. The games included in the TBS MLB package will be blacked out in each team's home television territory. The network will announce future games on its schedule coinciding with its selection windows.

2008 Sunday MLB on TBS Schedule

DateTime (all times ET)Match-up
Sunday, April 61:00 p.m.Boston Red Sox @ Toronto Blue Jays
Sunday, April 131:30 p.m.Chicago Cubs @ Philadelphia Phillies
Sunday, April 201:30 p.m.LA Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves
Sunday, April 271:00 p.m.NY Yankees @ Cleveland Indians
Sunday, May 4 4:00 p.m.NY Mets @ Arizona Diamondbacks
Sunday, May 111:00 p.m.NY Yankees @ Detroit Tigers
Sunday, May 18 1:30 p.m.Milwaukee Brewers @ Boston Red Sox
Sunday, May 251:00 p.m.Seattle Mariners @ NY Yankees

The TBS announce team will include 19-year broadcasting veteran Chip Caray who will provide play-by-play each week, along with analysts to be announced at a later date. Caray previously called games for the network's 2007 MLB Postseason coverage of the Division Series and NLCS, as well as the Atlanta Braves on TBS. Caray is the grandson of the legendary broadcaster Harry Caray and son of longtime Atlanta Braves announcer Skip Caray. TBS' Marc Fein will provide updates from the studio during game breaks.

TBS scored in 2007 with its inaugural postseason telecasts with its MLB Division Series coverage boasting a 26 percent increase in total number of viewers over last year's coverage on all other baseball carriers. The ratings win led the TBS to its best week ever in the history of the network.

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network. It serves as home to such original comedy series as My Boys, The Bill Engvall Show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, 10 Items or Less and Frank TV; hot contemporary comedies like The Office, Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, King of Queens, Seinfeld and Friends, with My Name Is Earl joining the line-up in 2008; specials and special events, such as Funniest Commercials of the Year and The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.

Turner Sports, Inc., a Time Warner company, presents some of the best and most popular sporting events worldwide and is a leader in televised sports programming. With events airing on TBS and TNT, Turner Sports' line-up includes NASCAR and NASCAR.COM, the NBA, Major League Baseball, professional golf, PGATour.com and PGA.com.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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