8/1/2014 9:57 A.M. ET
See all the new faces in new places on MLB.TV
Prices for the remainder of the season dropped to $49.99 or $39.99
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
David Price, Jon Lester, Yoenis Cespedes, John Lackey, Asdrubal Cabrera, Emilio Bonifacio, Austin Jackson, Allen Craig and Justin Masterson are among those who are about to make their first starts in new uniforms now that the Trade Deadline has passed.
In an auspicious bit of timing for Major League Baseball fans, it just became even more affordable to watch all of the debuts live. With about two-thirds of the regular season in the books, MLB Advanced Media on Friday announced lowered yearly subscription prices for MLB.TV Premium ($49.99) and MLB.TV ($39.99).
August arrived with 21 of the 30 Major League clubs either in postseason position or within 6 1/2 games of a possible berth. Given the competitive balance, key matchups this weekend, new faces in new places and a reduced MLB.TV price, the time is right to pull the trigger on your own deal and join millions who watch live out-of-market games on the Internet's longest-running and No. 1 sports streaming product.
Here's a look at what you'll be seeing starting with 15 games on Friday night:
Billyball: Now that A's GM Billy Beane is all-in, you can claim the same distinction. The team with baseball's best record now boasts a rotation that includes Lester, Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija and Sonny Gray, and MLB.TV is the best way to see that rollout this for yourself as the A's start a 10-game homestand against the Royals, Rays and Twins. Will it be enough to help Oakland properly commemorate the 25th anniversary of its last title?
Chasing Milwaukee: The Brewers have been alone or at least tied for first place in the National League Central every day since April 5. With an MLB.TV subscription, you can watch the latest Brewers-Cardinals showdown this weekend from Busch Stadium. Adam Wainwright will try to become the Majors' first 14-game-winner in Friday night's opener (Lackey and Masterson now join him in an updated rotation), while red-hot Wily Peralta goes after his 13th win in the same game. Wainwright's final outing before starting the All-Star Game was July 12 at Milwaukee, a 10-2 win for the Cardinals as they took that series. Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates, meanwhile, are in the midst of a four-game series at Arizona.
Yankees at Red Sox: Let the most famous rivalry in sports resume on Friday night. It will look a little different this weekend at Fenway Park, now that the home team is practically overhauled. The meat of the Boston order figures to be some combination of David Ortiz, Cespedes and Craig. This will be the second-to-last series that Derek Jeter is scheduled to play in Boston, as these teams finish the regular season at Fenway. And speaking of The Captain, MLB.TV is the best way to see his entire remaining farewell tour.
Price in the Bronx: During his career with the Rays, Price always seemed to make big starts at Yankee Stadium, including the day he gave up Jeter's 3,000th hit. Expect him to make his first start as a Tiger in that same venue. Detroit is at New York for a four-game series starting Monday. Price's last outing was Wednesday, so with Max Scherzer scheduled to start on Monday in New York, Price likely would be slotted for that Tuesday game.
Kelly vs. Lackey? The Cardinals and Red Sox start a series at Fenway on Tuesday, at the same place where they ended the 2013 baseball season last October. The opener could pit these two traded starters opposite each other. Want to see Craig against the only Major League team he has played for until now? Watch it on MLB.TV.
Jose Abreu's hitting streak: Is there anything the White Sox slugger can't do in his rookie season? Abreu enters Friday not only with 31 homers, but also with a 20-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the Majors. Lock him in with your picks on MLB.com Beat the Streak presented by Dunkin' Donuts, and watch MLB.TV to see how far he takes this run.
Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig, Giancarlo Stanton and Aroldis Chapman. Why? Because Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig, Giancarlo Stanton and Aroldis Chapman. They are four players you just have to watch regardless of what their teams are doing.
MLB.TV Premium subscribers have access to every live out-of-market game across more than 400 supported mobile and connected devices, and so far this season it has added Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to the list.
MLB.TV Premium subscribers also get home and away broadcast feeds, plus a free 2014 subscription to the highest-grossing sports app of all time, MLB.com At Bat -- on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, supported Android smartphones and tablets, Amazon Kindle Fire and Windows Phone 8. The All-Star Game was just streamed live by MLB.TV last month for the first time, and the same will be true of the 110th World Series in October.
The Phillies are at the Nationals this weekend, and Cabrera will be a focal point there now that has he has been traded by Cleveland to Washington. But MLB.TV will play a role nonetheless back at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
That's because Jason Aldean's "Burn It Down" tour is there Friday night. It will mark the fifth Major League ballpark he has played in over the last six dates during this tour, following stops at Cleveland on July 18, Cincinnati on July 19, Washington on July 25 and Pittsburgh last Saturday. He previously sold out Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.
The country superstar said he routinely uses his MLB.TV Premium subscription with his iPhone and iPad while on tour -- and increasingly so at this time of year. Aldean follows the Braves mostly but the Nationals as well, and they are in an NL East dogfight.
"A lot of times what I'll do, I'll have the guy who runs my ear monitors, I'll have my cousin kind of keeping up with the score and then he'll relay the information to my monitor guy, and then between songs he'll kind of feed me the score," Aldean said. "Braves just scored, 3-2 or whatever, bottom of the seventh. So I'll get an update like every couple of songs or whenever something happens.
"It's cool, because it's kind of anywhere you go, you've got it right there. You can be walking down the street and pull it out and be watching on your phone. It comes in real handy during playoff time, too. That's when it gets really good to have."