We start the week with games involving New York teams, as the Mets start a rare two-game interleague visit to Minnesota with a day-game at Target Field on Monday and the Yankees stage a day-night double-header against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
The Mets head straight back to Citi Field to start a series against the Braves on Wednesday, one of five pre-midnight starts on that day.
Thursday’s group of early games includes a host of quality starting pitchers led by the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, who has been in scintillating form of late.
ESPN will broadcast four of the early games, as noted below, as well as several post-midnight encounters. It’s not brilliantly easy to find the ESPN (and BT Sport) schedules on their website but they are there under the ‘Watch Now‘ heading.
All times are in BST.
Monday 19 August
19.10. NY Mets at Minnesota (Gee – Gibson) *ESPN
Tuesday 20 August
18.10. Toronto at NY Yankees (Rogers – Nova)
Wednesday 21 August
18.10. Atlanta at NY Mets (Wood – Niese) *ESPN
19.10. St. Louis at Milwaukee (Westbrook – Gorzelanny)
20.35. Seattle at Oakland (Iwakuma – Griffin)
20.45. Boston at San Francisco (Doubront – Gaudin) *ESPN
23.40. Pittsburgh at San Diego (Cole – Kennedy)
Thursday 22 August
17.35. Arizona at Cincinnati (Cahill – Latos) *ESPN, MLB.com Free Game
17.40. LA Dodgers at Miami (Kershaw – Alvarez)
18.05. Toronto at NY Yankees (Happ – Kuroda) *BBC 5LSX
18.08. Minnesota at Detroit (Albers – Verlander)
19.20. Washington at Chicago Cubs (Strasburg – Wood)
Friday 23 August
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 are highlighted above. 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