The Rays and Red Sox are playing two at Fenway this Tuesday, whilst the Mets and Braves are also doubling up.
Teams do sometimes switch their starting pitchers when double-headers come along, but hopefully the Mets will stick to their normal rotation and send Matt Harvey out to the mound for the opener.
As for the Rays, their exciting hitting prospect Wil Meyers is due to make his Major League debut on Tuesday, although it seems as though he will only play in one of the two games and we don’t yet know if he’ll feature in the day-game.
There are MLB games starting before midnight U.K. time each evening from Tuesday onwards this working week. ESPN America also will be continuing its coverage of the College World Series. This includes a game at 20.00 on Friday night despite their being an early MLB game that evening, although to be fair to the broadcaster the MLB offering is Astros-Cubs that even their fans would admit is not likely to be a ‘can’t miss’ event for neutrals.
All times are in BST.
Monday 17 June
No early games
Tuesday 18 June
18.05. Tampa Bay at Boston (Archer – Doubront)
18.05. NY Mets at Atlanta (Harvey – Maholm)
Wednesday 19 June
18.08. Baltimore at Detroit (Tillman – Porcello) *ESPN America
20.40. Miami at Arizona (Fernandez – Cahill)
20.45. San Diego at San Francisco (Stults – Bumgarner) *ESPN America, MLB.com Free Game
Thursday 20 June
17.35. Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (TBA – Bailey)
18.10. Chicago White Sox at Minnesota (Danks – Diamond) *BBC 5LSX
19.05. Oakland at Texas (Griffin – Lindbolm) *ESPN America
19.10. Milwaukee at Houston (Gallardo – Harrell) *MLB.com Free Game
Friday 21 June
19.20. Houston at Chicago Cubs (Keuchel – Garza)
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