MLB this Week: Fernandez and Cole on Thursday

First things first, the New York Yankees’ game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night isn’t an early contest taking place at a convenient time for us in the U.K.; however the almighty hoopla surrounding Alex Rodriguez’s potential return to the diamond, mere hours after being handed a 211-game ban (which he is appealing), makes it a game that may well be worth sacrificing some sleep over.

If you’re sick of the Biogenesis drug scandal and want to focus on the baseball – and that surely includes most of us – then there are live games to watch before midnight U.K. time on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The series between the A’s and Reds should be worth watching, although the presence of Bartolo Colon on the mound in the game on Wednesday isn’t likely to help much in the ‘avoiding talk of drug bans’ stakes.

Something much more positive (in the good, non-drug test sense) is the potential match-up on Thursday between the Marlins and Pirates that, if rotation schedules stay on course, should bring together two of the young starters that have captured plenty of attention so far in their rookie seasons: Jose Fernandez and Gerrit Cole.

The new ESPN channel will be broadcasting evening double-headers on Wednesday and Thursday as well as a live game at midnight (or at 1 a.m.) every night this working week, so any fears that MLB would take a much-reduced position on the channel following the demise of ESPN America thankfully appear to be unfounded.

Monday 5 August

No early games

Tuesday 6 August

No early games

Wednesday 7 August

17.35. Oakland at Cincinnati (Colon – Bailey) *ESPN
20.40. Toronto at Seattle (Redmond – Harang) * Free Game of the Day
20.40. Baltimore at San Diego (Gonzalez – Stults) *ESPN

Thursday 8 August

17.10. Colorado at NY Mets (Chacin – Gee) *ESPN, Free Game of the Day
17.35. Miami at Pittsburgh (Fernandez – Cole)
18.05. Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia (Samardzija – Martin)
20.45. Milwaukee at San Francisco (Hand – Lincecum) *ESPN

Friday 9 August

19.10. Minnesota at Chicago White Sox (Gibson -Danks)

All of these games are available to watch live via the MLB.TV subscription at  The early games being shown on ESPN are highlighted above.  BBC 5 Live Sports Extra can be found on digital radio, digital TV and on the website (coverage on the website is only available to UK residents). The complete schedule for this week’s MLB games can be found on

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4 Responses to MLB this Week: Fernandez and Cole on Thursday

  1. Jamie Crompton August 7, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Although all of the actual games appear to be on ESPN, I’ve seen baseball get a couple of mentions on the new BT Sport. Once was (unsurprisingly) the A-Rod suspension, while the other time was them talking about the Red Sox having the best record in the American League. They showed a few highlights of the Sox beating the D-Backs at Fenway. For some reason, I found it slightly strange when they gave the score as “four-nil” instead of “four-nothing”.

    • Matt Smith August 7, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

      Shame MLB only tends to get publicity for bad news!

  2. Jamie Crompton August 10, 2013 at 12:57 am #

    I’ve expanded my above comment into a blog post, giving some thoughts on the new ESPN and BT Sport. See website link provided.

    • Matt Smith August 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

      Good stuff. Thanks for the link, Jamie.

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