Big games on Wednesday and Thursday

As the playoff race begins to gain momentum, we’re given the chance to follow games from several of the biggest series of the week at a convenient time for us in the U.K.

On Wednesday, Stephen Strasburg and Tim Lincecum will take to the mound at AT&T Park in the finale of a three-game series between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants.  Much of the talk surrounding the Nationals relates to Strasburg’s innings limit and the seemingly steadfast decision by General Manager Mike Rizzo to cut short his star pitcher’s season. Best catch him while you can.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Roy Halladay will hope to continue his good recent form in a match-up with Mark Buehrle and the Marlins, while the Tampa Bay Rays have the tough task of facing King Felix Hernandez at Safeco Field.

There are only two early games on Thursday, but what we lack in quantity is more than made up for by the quality of those two contests.

BBC 5 Live Sports Extra will be covering the final game of a significant four-game series between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees, with hte show scheduled to start at 18.00.  At 21.05, the L.A. Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates finish off their four-game series at PNC Park.

Monday 13 August

No early games

Tuesday 14 August

No early games

Wednesday 15 August

17.40. Philadelphia at Miami (Halladay – Buehrle) *ESPN America
18.10. Detroit at Minnesota (Scherzer – De Vries)
19.20. Houston at Chicago Cubs (Norris – Germano)
20.10. Milwaukee at Colorado (Rogers – Pomeranz)
20.40. Tampa Bay at Seattle (Hellickson – Hernandez) *MLB.com Free Game of the Day
20.45. Washington at San Francisco (Strasburg – Lincecum) *ESPN America

Thursday 16 August

18.05. Texas at NY Yankees (Holland – Nova) *BBC 5 Live Sports Extra
21.05. LA Dodgers at Pittsburgh (Blanton – McDonald)

Friday 17 August

No early games

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.

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