MLB This Week: Playoff contenders

There are eight MLB games starting before midnight U.K. time this working week.

Among the playoff contenders, Cleveland have two early games over the next few days with their contest against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday (bringing together two former Tampa Bay pitchers) and a game on the road against the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

Wednesday takes us into the heart of the NL Central/Wild Card race as the Cincinnati Reds host the Chicago Cubs whilst the Pittsburgh Pirates are in Arlington taking on the Texas Rangers. That latter match-up should bring together A.J. Burnett and Matt Garza in a strong starting pitcher showdown.

On Thursday, the Rangers’ AL West rivals are in early action as the Oakland A’s take on the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

All times are in BST.

Monday 9 September

No early games

Tuesday 10 September

No early games

Wednesday 11 September

17.05. Kansas City at Cleveland (Shields – Kazmir)
17.35. Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati (Samardzija – Leake) *ESPN
19.05. Pittsburgh at Texas (Burnett – Garza)
20.45. Colorado at San Francisco (Nicasio – Petit) *MLB.com Free Game, ESPN

Thursday 12 September

17.40. Atlanta at Miami (Wood – Eovaldi)
18.10. Oakland at Minnesota (Griffin – Correia)
18.10. Washington at NY Mets (Roark – Niese) *BBC 5LSX, ESPN

Friday 13 September

19.10. Cleveland at Chicago White Sox (Salazar – Santiago)

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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