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MLB This Week: Brewers v Cubs or England v Moldova?

Monday is Labor Day in the States so we start the working week in Britain with 13 MLB games played under daylight and there are plenty of good match-ups among them.

Arguably the pick of the day is the game between the St Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds with Adam Wainwright and Mat Latos being the scheduled starting pitchers.

There are then six pre-midnight U.K. time starts on Wednesday.

Jose Fernandez was originally scheduled to feature that day against the Cubs but, unfortunately for us, the Miami Marlins have rejigged their rotation plans so that their young star pitcher will make his final two appearances of the season at home.

With Fernandez pitching in a night game on Friday, that leaves the match-up between Yu Darvish and Jarrod Parker as the highlight of the Wednesday evening contests.

We wind down the working week with one early game on Thursday and another on Friday. It has to be said that neither is a particularly captivating match-up for neutrals as they involve teams out of contention for playoff positions; however the Friday game between the Brewers and Cubs will probably look more appealing than usual as a diversion from what’s sure to be an excruciating evening’s ‘entertainment’ courtesy of England’s World Cup qualifier against Moldova.

All times are in BST.

Monday 2 September

18.05. Chicago White Sox at NY Yankees (Quintana – Hughes)
18.10. NY Mets at Atlanta (Matsuzaka – Maholm)
18.10. St. Louis at Cincinnati (Wainwright – Latos) *ESPN
18.35. Detroit at Boston (Fister – Lackey)
19.10. Seattle at Kansas City (Hernandez – Duffy)
19.10. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee (Morton – Thornburg)
19.10. Minnesota at Houston (Albers – Clemens)
19.20. Miami at Chicago Cubs (Alvarez – Wood)
20.40. San Francisco at San Diego (Zito – Kennedy) *MLB.com Free Game
21.05. Baltimore at Cleveland (Norris – Masterson)
21.05. Texas at Oakland  (Holland – Straily) *ESPN
21.10. LA Dodgers at Colorado (Kershaw – Bettis)
21.10. Toronto at Arizona (Redmond – McCarthy)

Tuesday 3 September

No early games

Wednesday 4 September

17.10. NY Mets at Atlanta (Gee – Teheran) *ESPN, MLB.com Free Game
19.10. Minnesota at Houston (Hendriks – Lyles)
19.20. Miami at Chicago Cubs (Fernandez – Samardzija)
20.35. Texas at Oakland  (Darvish – Parker) *ESPN
20.40. Toronto at Arizona (Buehrle – Delgado)
23.40. San Francisco at San Diego (Lincecum – Stults)

Thursday 5 September

19.10. Seattle at Kansas City (Saunders – Guthrie)

Friday 6 September

19.20. Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs (Estrada – Rusin) *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 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

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