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British guide to the week

by Matt Smith

After a wealth of games to enjoy last week, things start off slowly for Brits hoping to follow some live baseball during the evening. Still, Wednesday brings a couple of good match-ups and there is the usual batch of games to pick from on Thursday. Here’s your British guide to the week ahead in MLB, with all times listed in BST.

Monday – No evening games for us to enjoy and only five games taking place. The White Sox take on the Phillies at just after midnight, while the Mets and Dodgers battle it out from 03.10.

Tuesday – And again I’m afraid, although there are some great pitching match-ups in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Webb takes on Wang in a sinkerball showdown in the Bronx, Cole Hamels faces Jose Contreras, and Jeff Suppan pitches against Justin Verlander. Meanwhile Fausto Carmona looks to continue his superb start to the season against Scott Olsen and the Marlins (all starting at 00.05).

Wednesday – Two games at a convenient time. John Danks and the White Sox take on the Phillies at 18.05, while one of the most exciting youngsters in the game, Tim Lincecum, pitches at AT&T Park against the Blue Jays from 20.35. Later on, the pick of the match-ups is probably Jorge Sosa (6-1, 2.64) against Brad Penny (7-1, 2.26) at 03.10.

Thursday – Six evening games to choose from. Homer Bailey makes his second start for the Reds at 17.35, although it will be a very tough assignment against Bartolo Colon and the Angels. Elsewhere, the Padres and Devil Rays face-off at 17.10, Andy Pettitte takes the mound at Yankee Stadium against the D-Backs, Ben Sheets faces the Tigers (both at 18.05), Chad Gaudin and the A’s travel to Houston (19.05), and Jeff Weaver is scheduled to make his return for the M’s against the Cubs (19.20).

Friday – One evening game, with David Wells and the Padres facing the Cubs at Wrigley (19.20). Later on, Roger Clemens is down to start for the Yankees against Oliver Perez and the Mets with first pitch just after midnight.

With the NHL season over, Wednesday night baseball returns to Five at 01.30 in the early hours of Thursday. NASN’s MLB schedule for the week can be found here .

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