A baseball bonanza this week!

The title says it all. We have fourteen games this working week that British fans can watch/listen to live at a convenient evening time. Thursday brings us the most jam-packed evening of the season so far and Tuesday is the only day when there are no early games for us to enjoy. All times are listed in BST.

Monday
Two early games to start the week on the right note. There’s a day game from the beautiful PNC Park as the Braves take on the Pirates. First pitch is scheduled for 17.35 and Jair Jurrjens starts for Atlanta.  At 21.05, thanks to yesterday’s rainout we have a big clash to enjoy between the Blue Jays’ A.J. Burnett and the Indians’ Fausto Carmona. 

Tuesday
No early games.  Perhaps the most intriguing match-up later on is between the Rockies and the D-Backs from Chase Field (02.40). Jeff Francis is slated to take the mound and Colorado’s supposed ace will be looking to kick-start his season after a disappointing start (currently 0-3 with a 5.27 ERA). For Arizona, it looks like Randy Johnson will make the start, subject to any late injury concerns.

Wednesday
Two early games from the American League today. The Mariners and the Rangers are playing an important series, with both trying to break away from the other while catching up with the A’s and the Angels. Carlos Silva and Scott Feldman (who pitched impressively against Oakland the last time out) are the scheduled starters from 19.05. An hour later, the Red Sox begin their game against the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Thursday
It’s ‘get away’ Thursday and that means a whopping nine early games for us to choose from. The A’s and Indians get the baseball feast started at 17.05. An hour later it’s the Dodgers against the Brewers, closely followed by the Nats vs the Mets (Santana is currently the scheduled starter for NY), the Blue Jays vs the Twins (both games 18.10) and the Pirates vs the Cardinals (18.15). It’s off to Kansas City at 19.10 for their game against the Tigers, or off to Wrigley Field ten minutes later for the Cubs’ game against the Padres. At 20.45, the Astros take on the Giants with the ever-watchable Tim Lincecum set to make the start. Finally, the Yankees and the Rays finish off the evening from 21.10 with Scott Kazmir scheduled to make his third start of the season for Tampa Bay.

Friday
After yesterday’s bounty, it might seem greedy to want some more live baseball, but who could resist a day game from Wrigley? It’s the Pirates against the Cubs (Tom Gorzelanny and Sean Gallagher start) from 19.20, giving you time to have a few drinks after work before settling down with a bit of food and a bit of baseball to end the working week. What could be better?!

Five’s game on Wednesday night begins at 01.35, while NASN’s MLB schedule for the week can be found here.

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