The football transfer window closes at 23.30 on Wednesday and will bring the usual chaos of mad rumours about players whilst the media and fans alike conveniently forget how few players that move on deadline day end up being worth the attention. MLB provides the perfect distraction to it all with some excellent pitchers scheduled to be on show, most notably in the Sale-Verlander duel in Detroit.
There are only four games in total on Thursday and the early one of the bunch is between the Padres and Braves.
Friday brings us a game from Wrigley with the San Francisco Giants visiting Chicago for a weekend series against the Cubs.
All times are in BST.
Monday 29 August
No early games
Tuesday 30 August
No early games
Wednesday 31 August
18.10. Chicago WS at Detroit (Sale – Verlander)
18.35. Tampa Bay at Boston (Smyly – Wright)
19.05. Seattle at Texas (Fernandez – Perez) *BT Sport/ESPN
19.10. Oakland at Houston (Detwiler – Fiers)
20.10. LA Dodgers at Colorado (Stripling – Hoffman)
20.45. Arizona at San Francisco (Ray – Moore)
Thursday 1 September
17.10. San Diego at Atlanta (Clemens – Foltynewicz)
Friday 2 September
19.20. San Francisco at Chicago Cubs (Cain – Lester) *BT Sport/ESPN
All of these games are available to watch or listen to live via an MLB.TV subscription. TV coverage of MLB comes courtesy of the BT Sport channels and these are highlighted above, as are any games that are available to view online for free via MLB.com. The above list of games just shows those starting before midnight UK time. The full schedule of MLB games can be found onMLB.com