However MLB can be the perfect supporting cast, whether you are seeking some light relief during the hour or so before the 19.45. kick-off, a bit of escapism after the game (in the joy of victory or the sorrow of defeat) or a diversion during the game itself (through having no interest in it or being too nervous to concentrate on it fully).
All times are in BST.
18.05. Tampa Bay at Philadelphia (Price – Hamels)
18.10. Minnesota at Cincinnati (Diamond – Leake)
18.10. Toronto at Miami (Chavez – Buehrle)
18.35. Washington at Baltimore (Detwiler – Arrieta)
18.35. Atlanta at Boston (Minor – Cook)
18.35. Detroit at Pittsburgh (Verlander – Correia)
19.05. Cleveland at Houston (Lowe – Happ)
19.10. Milwaukee at Chicago White Sox (Fiers – Quintana)
19.10. St. Louis at Kansas City (Lynn – Sanchez)
20.35. LA Dodgers at LA Angels (Harang – Richards) *ESPN America
21.05. San Francisco at Oakland (Cain – Griffin)
21.05. Seattle at San Diego (Noesi – Volquez)
21.10. Chicago Cubs at Arizona (Garza – Miley)
23.35. Tampa Bay at Philadelphia (Cobb – Lee)
00.05. Colorado at Texas (White – Harrison)
01.00. NY Yankees at NY Mets (Sabathia – Dickey) *ESPN.
Rays and Phillies fans can enjoy a double-header today after Friday’s series opener was postponed due to rain. The first game should see David Price and Cole Hamels taking to the mound in a match-up between two of the best left-handed pitchers in the sport, and the Alex Cobb-Cliff Lee contest later on doesn’t took too shabby either.
When looking at the probable pitchers list, Justin Verlander’s name always stands out and he nearly no-hit the Pirates last time he faced them, so that should be a game worth watching, especially as Pittsburgh has won the first two games of the series.
As for the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Game, the latest Subway Series is tied 1-1 heading into the rubber game and you couldn’t ask for a better pitching match-up to end the series and Sunday’s slate of games. CC Sabathia pitched a complete game in his most recent appearance, while R.A. Dickey’s recent form has been utterly mesmerizing, for fans and opposing hitters alike.
All of these games are available to watch live via the MLB.TV subscription at MLB.com. ESPN America will follow the Dodgers-Angels game with the first game of the College World Series Final between Arizona and South Carolina. The Yankees-Mets game will be broadcast on the main ESPN channel.