MLB early games this week: 7 Up

We’ve been spoiled a bit for ‘early’ games during the first two weeks of the MLB season.

This week is a more typical batch of seven games starting before midnight U.K. time.

We start with a Patriots’ Day game at Fenway as the Red Sox host the Rays in a game that may actually prove a little too early for some travelling home from work that evening.

Wednesday’s pairing offers us an Interleague match-up between the Royals and Braves followed by a contest that prior to 2013 would have also been an NL-AL fixture between the Astros and A’s.

Both BBC Radio and ESPN America are focusing on the Giants-Brewers game from Miller Park on Thursday evening. We were originally on course to get another look at Matt Harvey in the Mets’ game against the Rockies, but the postponement of New York’s game in Minnesota on Sunday means that Harvey is likely to be pushed back a day (i.e. keeping everyone else on their normal turn in the starting rotation).

Whilst that’s a shame for U.K. based Mets fans hoping to watch Harvey’s start on Thursday evening, the payback is that he will match up with Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals on Friday night. That game starts at ten past midnight and it should be well worth staying up for.

All times are in BST.

Monday 15 April

16.05. Tampa Bay at Boston (Hellickson – Dempster) *ESPN America

Tuesday 16 April

No early games

Wednesday 17 April

17.10. Kansas City at Atlanta (Davis – Minor)
20.35. Houston at Oakland (Norris – Colon) *ESPN America

Thursday 18 April

18.10. San Francisco at Milwaukee (Cain – Lohse) *BBC 5LSX, ESPN America
19.20. Texas at Chicago Cubs (Ogando – Samardzija)
20.10. NY Mets at Colorado (Niese – Chacin)
20.40. Detroit at Seattle (Scherzer – Iwakuma)

Friday 19 April

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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