MLB TV Primer: ESPN

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The 2013 MLB season is just around the corner.  This week as Opening Day draws near we'll break down each network that covers America's pastime including announcers, schedules, and quick facts about the coverage coming your way this season.  First up, ESPN.

Quick Hits

-This will be the 24th season of Major League Baseball on ESPN
-ESPN airs games on Monday, Wednesday (non-exclusive) and Sunday nights (exclusive)
-Baseball Tonight  airs nightly at 10 PM & Midnight and Sundays before and after SNB
-ESPN airs coverage of Opening Day and three major holiday telecasts
-The Home Run Derby airs the night before the All-Star Game at Citi Field July 15th
-John Kruk joins Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball
-Entire MLB Postseason can be heard on ESPN Radio

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Announcers

Sunday Night: Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and John Kruk. Reporter – Buster Olney

Monday Night: Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe. Reporter – Tim Kurkjian

Wednesday Night: Sean McDonough, Nomar Garciaparra and rotating cast of analysts*.

*ESPN will be trying something new on their Wednesday night contests. A network spokesman says ESPN will "put play-by-play commentators and analysts on specific games that they have a tie to." This could mean Nomar Garicaparra on Red Sox games or Manny Acta on Indians games and more possibilities with the network's deep stable of analysts.

MLB on ESPN Radio: Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton

ESPN Desportes: Ernesto Jerez and Candy Maldonado

Baseball Tonight

Hosts: Karl Ravech, Jon Sciambi, Chris Berman (occasionally around All Star Weekend), Adnan Virk

Analysts: Barry Larkin, Curt Schilling, Doug Glanville, Chris Singleton, Alex Cora, Manny Acta, Hershiser, Kruk, Boone, Sutcliffe, Garciaparra, Mulder

Reporters: Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, Pedro Gomez, Jason Stark

Schedule

Opening Night, Sunday, March 31

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros, ESPN, 8:00 PM

Opening Day, Monday, April 1st

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, ESPN, 1:00 PM

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, ESPN, 4:00 PM

Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves, ESPN2, 7:00 PM

St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks, ESPN2, 10:00 PM

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, 8:00 PM

March 31 Texas Rangers at Houston Astros

April 07 Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers (ESPN2)

April 14 Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees

April 21 St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies

April 28 Atlanta Braves at Detroit Tigers

May 05 Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

May 12 Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox

May 19 Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers

May 26 Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

July 14 St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

July 21New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

A huge tip of the cap to Sammy for our MLB TV Primers!

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