This week in MLB: Nine early games

There are nine MLB games starting before midnight U.K. time this working week, all coming in the second half.

On Wednesday the most intriguing match-up will take place in San Francisco between young Mets pitch Zack Wheeler and Matt Cain. The Giants’ starter had arguably the worst start of his career last time out when the Dodgers hit him for eight earned runs in 2.1 innings.

The stand-out pitching match-up from the group should come on Thursday as Chris Sale and Anibal Sanchez are scheduled to take the mound for the White Sox and Tigers respectively. Sanchez will be making his second start after a short stint on the Disabled List due to shoulder soreness.

BBC 5 Live Sports Extra are scheduled to broadcast the game between the Royals and Yankees on Thursday. Coverage is due to begin at 18.30 although the game may be joined in progress if Day Two of the first Ashes Test runs over.

All times are in BST.

Monday 8 July

No early games

Tuesday 9 July

No early games

Wednesday 10 July

17.40. Atlanta at Miami (Maholm – Turner) *ESPN America
19.10. Cincinnati at Milwaukee (Leake – Hellweg)
20.45. NY Mets at San Francisco (Wheeler – Cain) *ESPN America, MLB.com Free Game

Thursday 11 July

17.05. Toronto at Cleveland (Buehrle – Carrasco) *MLB.com Free Game
17.10. Minnesota at Tampa Bay (Pelfrey – Moore)
18.05. Kansas City at NY Yankees (Santana – Pettitte) *BBC 5LSX, ESPN America
18.08. Chicago White Sox at Detroit (Sale – Sanchez)
20.40. Boston at Seattle (Dempster – Bonderman)

Friday 12 July

21.05. St. Louis at Chicago Cubs (Kelly – Villanueva) *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

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