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MLB this weekend: post-All-Star-Break baseball

by Matt Smith

CovHlWEThe post-All-Star-Break weekend offers us plenty of early starts, making up for the relative lack of baseball over the past week.

There are two early games being broadcast on ESPN America on Saturday, followed by a game between the Brewers and Rockies at 1 a.m.

Nat Coombs and Josh Chetwynd will be presenting coverage of game between the Phillies and Mets on Sunday, with ESPN America focusing on White Sox-Tigers and Dodgers-Diamondbacks before the ‘Sunday Night’ game between the Red Sox and Rays at 1 a.m.

All times are in BST

Saturday 16 July

18.05. Florida at Chicago Cubs (Vazquez – Zambrano)
18.07. NY Yankees at Toronto (Sabathia – Romero) * ESPN America
21.05. LA Angels at Oakland (Weaver – Cahill)
21.10. Chicago White Sox at Detroit (Jackson – Scherzer)
21.10. Philadelphia at NY Mets (Hamels – Niese) * ESPN America
21.10. Boston at Tampa Bay (Lackey – Shields)

There’s a rarity in MLB on Saturday as the Angels and A’s play the first scheduled double-header (i.e. one not caused by postponements) since 2003.  The teams agreed to it so that they could extend their All-Star Breaks by an extra day.  The opener should be an excellent pitching match-up, with the AL’s All-Star starter Jered Weaver duelling with Trevor Cahill.

The Cubs will be hoping that Carlos Zambrano can back-up the impressive pitching performance by Ryan Dempster in the lone ‘early’ game on Friday, which the Cubs won 2-1.  Meanwhile the Red Sox’s John Lackey needs to prove that his encouraging last outing against the Orioles was a sign of better things to come after a miserable first half to the season.

Sunday 17 July

18.05. Chicago White Sox at Detroit (Humber – Penny) * ESPN America
18.07. NY Yankees at Toronto (Hughes – Villanueva)
18.10. St. Louis at Cincinnati (Garcia – Bailey)
18.10. Philadelphia at NY Mets (Kendrick – Pelfrey) * BBC 5 Live Sports Extra
18.35. Cleveland at Baltimore (Gomez – Atkins)
18.35. Washington at Atlanta (Gorzelanny – Jurrjens)
19.05. Pittsburgh at Houston (Correia – Rodriguez)
19.10. Kansas City at Minnesota (Paulino – Duensing)
19.20. Florida at Chicago Cubs (Volstad – Wells)
20.10. Milwaukee at Colorado (Marcum – Cook)
21.05. LA Angels at Oakland (Pineiro – Gonzalez)
21.05. San Francisco at San Diego (Cain – Latos)
21.10. Texas at Seattle (Harrison – Beavan)
21.10. LA Dodgers at Arizona (Lilly – Hudson) * ESPN America

As for Sunday’s slate of early games, it looks like Kyle Kendrick will get the nod for the Phillies, although that hasn’t been officially confirmed as yet. The Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia will look to celebrate signing a four-year/$27.5m contract extension by putting in a strong performance against the Reds, while the Braves’ Jair Jurrjens goes for win number thirteen on the season.

All of these games are available to watch live via the MLB.TV subscription at MLB.com.  The games being shown on ESPN America are highlighted above.  You can listen to the 5 Live Sports Extra game via Digital Radio, Digital TV or online on the BBC website (UK residents only). The full schedule for this weekend’s games can be found on MLB.com.

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