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MLB This Week: Back to it

by Matt Smith

Four days off for the All-Star break feels like forever, but that’s out of the way now and we’re back into the swing of the MLB regular season.

There are pre-midnight starts on four days out of five this working week and, potentially, some good pitchers on show. BT Sport will be showing at least one of the games on every one of those evenings plus there are three MLB.com Free Games among them so anyone can watch them live without needing a subscription.

It starts on Monday with a scheduled Stephen Strasburg start for the Nationals against the Reds

After a free evening on Tuesday, there are seven early games on Wednesday and we could see two Montgomerys and two Grays in action.

The most likely thing to scupper that would be the A’s Sonny Gray. Rumours swirled in the hour before his last scheduled appearance (on Friday) that he had been removed from the assignment due to a pending trade to the Cubs. Those rumours proved incorrect, yet he is a pitcher in demand and after Oakland traded away relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle on Sunday, it’s more likely than not that Gray will change teams before the end of the month, if not before his next scheduled start.

On Thursday we should be able to see Chris Sale in action for the Red Sox in an early game from Fenway against the Blue Jays. Then on Friday we have a potential belter between the Cubs and Cardinals with Carlos Martinez and Jake Arrieta currently scheduled to be taking the mound.

All times are in BST.

Monday 17 July

17:35 Nationals at Reds (Strasburg (9-3), Feldman (7-6)) *MLB.com Free Game/BT Sport ESPN

Tuesday 18 July

No early games

Wednesday 19 July

17:10 Cubs at Braves (Montgomery (1-6), Dickey (6-5)) *BT Sport ESPN
17:10 Phillies at Marlins (Pivetta (2-5), Straily (7-4))
18:10 Yankees at Twins (Montgomery, Berrios)
19:10 Mariners at Astros (Paxton (8-3), Morton)
20:10 Padres at Rockies (Richard (5-9), Gray)
20:35 Rays at Athletics (Faria (4-0), Gray (5-4)) *MLB.com Free Game
20:45 Indians at Giants (Carrasco (10-4), Cain (3-8)) *BT Sport1

Thursday 20 July

17:10 Cardinals at Mets (Lynn, Lugo)
17:35 D-backs at Reds (Walker (6-4), Castillo (1-2))
17:35 Brewers at Pirates (Nelson (8-4), Taillon (5-3)) *MLB.com Free Game
18:35 Blue Jays at Red Sox (Liriano, Sale (11-4)) *BT Sport ESPN

Friday 21 July

19:20 Cardinals at Cubs (Martinez, Arrieta (9-7)) *BT Sport ESPN

All of these games are available to watch or listen to live via an MLB.TV subscription. TV coverage of MLB in the UK 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 on MLB.com.

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