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MLB This Week: Not just the World Cup

by Matt Smith

It’s the week that the FIFA World Cup gets underway and I’m sure many of you reading will be indulging in some football viewing over the next few weeks to complement the baseball.

It’s a fairly quiet working week for early baseball games, although this week at least the World Cup doesn’t offer too much of an alternative other than the Spain-Portugal contest on Friday night.

As for the baseball, Wednesday and Thursday are the evenings to set aside and there are some good-looking games amongst them. Cubs-Brewers on Wednesday is free to watch for all on MLB.com and that’s sure to be one of the most competitive series of the week, whilst a Chris Sale start against Baltimore (on BT Sport/ESPN in the UK) could be strike-out central.

As for Thursday, BT Sport will be showing two games that evening including a Justin Verlander start for the Astros against the A’s.

The Phillies’ strong start to the season has become derailed of late as they enter their home series against Colorado on Tuesday having lost 11 of their last 16 games. The Rockies haven’t exactly been firing on all cylinders of late either, heading into the series on a 4-game losing streak as part of a 3-7 stretch over their last 10 games. Both teams will be determined to put a run of wins together soon and Thursday’s series finale will make for interesting viewing.

All times are in BST.

Monday 11 June

No early games

Tuesday 12 June

No early games

Wednesday 13 June

17:10 Mets at Braves (deGrom (4-1), Soroka (1-1))
18:10 Blue Jays at Rays (Happ (8-3), TBD)
19:10 Cubs at Brewers (Montgomery (2-1), Chacin (5-1)) *MLB.com Free Game
20:05 Red Sox at Orioles (Sale (5-4), Cashner (2-8)) *BT Sport/ESPN
20:40 Pirates at D-backs (Taillon (3-5), Greinke (5-4))
21:10 Angels at Mariners (Richards (4-4), Gonzales (7-3)) *Facebook Live

Thursday 14 June

17:10 Giants at Marlins (TBD, Straily (2-2))
18:05 Rockies at Phillies (Marquez (4-6), Velasquez (4-7))
18:10 Twins at Tigers (Lynn (4-4), Fulmer (2-5))
19:10 Indians at White Sox (Clevinger (4-2), Rodon (0-1)) *BT Sport/ESPN
20:35 Astros at Athletics (Verlander (8-2), Montas (3-0)) *BT Sport2

Friday 15 June

No early games.

All of these games are available to watch or listen to live via an MLB.TV subscription, other than the Facebook live game which is exclusive (but free) to Facebook subscribers. 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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