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Live baseball this week

by Matt Smith

Those of you lucky enough to be paying out for Sky Sports and Setanta have a whole host of uninspiring football matches to watch during the evening this week (Peterborough versus Southampton is on that moment, for example!). Those of you with an MLB.TV subscription can watch some great baseball games instead. All times are in BST.

Monday – The earliest game tonight starts at 22.05 when the luckless Matt Cain takes the mound for the Giants in the first of a doubleheader against the Pirates. Later on, Johan Santana squares off with Felix Hernandez in a mouth-watering pitching duel from 03.05 in the early hours of Tuesday.

Tuesday – No early games today, but two more great pitching match-ups with one from each league. Jeremy Bonderman and C.C. Sabathia try to give their team the edge in a battle of the AL Central just after midnight, while Aaron Harang and Carlos Zambrano start for the Reds and the Cubs respectively an hour later.

Wednesday – Three early games, with two in particular giving you a selection headache. Do you watch Phil Hughes pitching at Yankees Stadium against the Orioles or Dice-K pitching at Fenway against the Devil Rays? Flip a coin at 18.05, then try and watch as much of both as you can! A little later, the Twins face the Mariners at 21.35.

Thursday – Three more early games. It’s the Cards against the Brew Crew (Wainwright and Bush) at 19.05, the Reds face the Cubs at Wrigley (Livingston and Marquis) at 19.20, and the White Sox take on the A’s at 20.35 (Vazquez and Haren).

Friday – Never mind food; stock the fridge with beer and settle down for an early evening classic to start your weekend. The Angels and Red Sox are set to start at 18.05 and no less than John Lackey and Josh Beckett are the scheduled starting pitchers. (EDIT Okay, they’ve changed their minds twice now! First Lackey was pitching the night game instead, now it’s Beckett who is pitching later on but Lackey has moved back to the early game where he will face MLB debutant Clay Buchholz ) Braden Looper and Rich Hill start for the Cards and the Cubs in their match at 19.20.

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