MLB this Week: Trade deadline and ESPN debut

It’s a big week in MLB and there’s at least one game starting before midnight U.K. time on each of the traditional working days.

Wednesday marks the non-waiver trade deadline as well as the final day of ESPN America.

If the probable pitching match-ups hold up, the final ‘early’ game on ESPN America could be a classic. The Washington Nationals are in Detroit to play an Interleague series against the Tigers and Wednesday’s game should see Gio Gonzalez and Justin Verlander on the mound.

BBC 5 Live Sports Extra is scheduled to provide coverage of an MLB game on Thursday evening after close of play at the first day of the Third Ashes Test. The provisional schedule has them coming on air at 19.00, so whichever game it is would be joined in progress.

On Friday we’ll have the first early MLB game on the new ESPN channel. Wrigley Field is the venue for a game between the Cubs and the Dodgers.

Monday 29 July

23.10. Tampa Bay at Boston (Price – Doubront)

Tuesday 30 July

19.20. Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs (Gallardo – Villanueva)

21.05. St. Louis at Pittsburgh (Lyons – Burnett) *ESPN America

Wednesday 31 July

18.08. Washington at Detroit (Gonzalez – Verlander) *ESPN America

20.35. Toronto at Oakland (Dickey – Colon)

20.40. Cincinnati at San Diego (Bailey – Stults)

Thursday 1 August

17.05. Chicago White Sox at Cleveland (Sale – Masterson) *MLB.com Free Game

17.40. NY Mets at Miami (Harvey – Koehler)

18.10. Kansas City at Minnesota (Shields – Diamond)

Friday 2 August

21.05. LA Dodgers at Chicago Cubs (Ryu – Wood) *ESPN

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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