There isn’t any live baseball on Monday to divert your attention, or maybe help you forget, the England v France game, but we do have a rare Boston visit to the north side of Chicago on Friday evening that may prove to be a welcome distraction - particularly if the France game goes badly – while England face Sweden.
ESPN America will also be showing the first game of the College World Series following the Red Sox v Cubs game.
Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to start for the Nationals against Kyle Drabek and the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Strasburg struck out 13 Red Sox hitters last Friday and will hope for similar success against another AL East opponent next time out.
There are five games starting before midnight U.K. time on Thursday, including Johan Santana’s second start since pitching a no-hitter. Nat Coombs and Josh Chetwynd will be on air from 20.30 for the Astros-Giants game on BBC Radio, which should include a start by Wandy Rodriguez who is once again being touted as a prime candidate to be heading to a contender prior to the trade deadline.
All times are in BST.
Monday 11 June
No early games
Tuesday 12 June
No early games
Wednesday 13 June
17.37. Washington at Toronto (Strasburg – Drabek) *ESPN America
Thursday 14 June
17.35. Cleveland at Cincinnati (Tomlin – Latos) *ESPN America
18.10. NY Mets at Tampa Bay (Santana vs Hellickson)
19.20. Detroit at Chicago Cubs (Porcello – Wood)
20.10. Oakland at Colorado (Milone – Francis) *MLB.com Free Game of the Day
20.45. Houston at San Francisco (Rodriguez – Zito) *BBC 5 Live Sports Extra, ESPN America
Friday 15 June
19.20. Boston at Chicago Cubs (Matsuzaka – Samardzija) *ESPN America
All of these games are available to watch live via the MLB.TV subscription at MLB.com. The early games being shown on ESPN America are highlighted above, while the full ESPN/ESPN America schedule can be found on their website. BBC 5 Live Sports Extra can be found on digital radio, digital TV and on the BBC.co.uk website (coverage on the website is only available to UK residents). The complete schedule for this week’s MLB games can be found on MLB.com.