For its first eight Thursday games, the MLB Network managed to fit sixteen different teams into the schedule. Well with the addition of a set of Saturday games, not only will the network now have 52 total games to air in its first season, but it will be showing 24 of the league’s 30 teams in the first seven weeks of the season….

MLB Network today announced the addition of a package of weekly live national game broadcasts on Saturday evenings, as well as the schedule of games for April and May. Combined with its Thursday Night Baseball package that begins tonight, MLB Network will now carry 52 live regular season games in its first year. The first Saturday night game will air this week, on April 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the addition of the Saturday night games, MLB Network will now feature 24 of the 30 MLB clubs within the first seven weeks of the season.

Games will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.

“Adding these Saturday night games will allow us to further our commitment to showcase all 30 Major League clubs at the national level,” said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network. “Having two national games each week will also help us augment our already robust MLB Tonight studio programming.”

Seems like a great plan if you ask me. Not only will this help fans see teams they normally wouldn’t, but this could become a fantasy player’s hub for information throughout the night. Here’s the Saturday schedule for you to check out….

Saturday, April 11th- Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks (8pm)
Saturday, April 18th- San Diego Padres @ Philadelphia Phillies (7pm)
Saturday, April 25- Philadelphia Phillies @ Florida Marlins (7pm)
Saturday, May 2nd- Oakland Athletics @ Seattle Mariners (9pm)
Saturday, May 9th- St. Louis Cardinals @ Cincinnati Reds (7pm)
Saturday, May 16th- Colorado Rockies @ Pittsburgh Pirates (7pm)
Saturday, May 23rd- New York Mets @ Boston Red Sox (7pm)

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