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MLB as football returns for another season

by Matt Smith

The football season begins again today and I can’t remember an off-season that felt so little like an off-season.

The 2012 European Championships were followed by Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France triumph and we then had the all-encompassing glory of the Olympics to enjoy.  We’ve barely had time to pause for breath and football is back with us once again.

Throughout the summer, we’ve also had a smogasboard of stories to enjoy in MLB. This week alone we’ve seen the extremes of King Felix Hernandez pitching a perfecto and Melky Cabrera failing a drugs test.

Is there such a thing as too much sport?

Nope, not a chance. The only problem might be not having enough time to take it all in.

There are four MLB games starting before midnight U.K. time today.

18.07. Texas at Toronto (Oswalt – Villanueva)
18.10. Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati (Samardzija – Cueto)
21.05. Boston at NY Yankees (Lester – Phelps)
21.05. Pittsburgh at St. Louis (Bedard – Lynn)

The only slight disappointment is that ESPN America is continuing to focus on the Little League World Series. It’s been fun to watch the kids playing for a change, particularly a 12 year old Japanese pitcher the other day who was throwing 72 MPH fastball with a sweeping curve, but given the choice of watching a run of 4 such games all evening and night on ESPN America or adding in an important August MLB game, I know which I would prefer.

All of these games are available to watch live via the MLB.TV subscription at MLB.com. The full schedule for today’s games can be found on MLB.com.

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