ESPN to Televise Six MLB Games to Start 2011 Season


ESPN to Televise Six MLB Games to Start 2011 Season

ESPN’s New Sunday Night Baseball Team to Call Three Games in Four Days; Baseball Tonight Debuts On-Site Show April 3

ESPN will begin its 22nd season of Major League Baseball coverage with six games from March 31 through April 3, including Opening Night Presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods showcasing the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants visiting rival Los Angeles Dodgers at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The game will mark the regular-season debut of ESPN’s new Sunday Night Baseball commentator team of Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine, with reporter Wendi Nix. It will also mark the debut of ESPN Radio’s new Sunday Night Baseball team of Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton (coverage beginning at 7 p.m.).  Opening Night will be available via ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Mobile TV.

Shulman, Hershiser and Valentine will hit the road to call three games in four days during MLB Opening Week, including the Boston Red Sox at Texas Rangers (with reporter Buster Olney) on Friday, April 1, at 4 p.m. on ESPN, before returning to Los Angeles (with reporters Nix and Olney) for Dodgers vs. Giants on Sunday, April 3, at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

Opening Day will also feature the regular-season debuts of the new Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball commentator teams.  Monday Night’s Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe will call games on back-to-back days – the Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees (with reporters Olney and Tim Kurkjian) on March 31 at 1 p.m. on ESPN, followed by the Houston Astros at Philadelphia Phillies (with reporter Kurkjian) on April 1 at 1 p.m. on ESPN. Wednesday Night’s Dave O’Brien and Nomar Garciaparra, with reporter Pedro Gomez, will debut on Opening Day for the San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals at 4 p.m. on ESPN. All MLB games airing on ESPN throughout the season will also be available via and ESPN Mobile TV.

In addition to Opening Night, ESPN Radio’s Sciambi and Singleton will also provide commentary for Red Sox/Rangers on April 1 (coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m.), Padres/Cardinals on April 2 (3 p.m.) and Giants/Dodgers on April 3 (7 p.m.).

ESPN’s Opening Week game schedule with commentator assignments: 

Date Time (ET) Teams/Commentators Network
Thu, March 31 1 p.m. Detroit at N.Y. YankeesSean McDonough, Rick Sutcliffe, Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney ESPN,, ESPN Mobile TV
  4 p.m. San Diego at St. LouisDave O’Brien, Nomar Garciaparra, Pedro Gomez ESPN
  8 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. DodgersDan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Bobby Valentine, Wendi Nix ESPN,, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Radio
Fri, April 1 1 p.m. Houston at Philadelphia
McDonough, Sutcliffe, Boone, Kurkjian
  4 p.m. Boston at TexasShulman, Hershiser, Valentine, Olney ESPN,, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Radio
Sat, April 2 3 p.m. San Diego at St. Louis ESPN Radio
Sun, April 3 8 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. DodgersShulman, Hershiser, Valentine, Nix, Olney ESPN2, ESPN Radio

Baseball Tonight Road Shows Begin April 3
ESPN’s Baseball Tonight will regularly travel to the site of Sunday Night Baseball this season, beginning with the Giants at Dodgers on April 3, with shows each Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (generally on ESPN).  Hosted by Karl Ravech (entering his 17th season hosting the show) with analysts John Kruk and Barry Larkin, Sunday Night Baseball analysts Hershiser and Valentine, along with reporters Olney and Nix, Baseball Tonight will also feed content throughout the day to ESPN’s news and information shows and, ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN Radio.  The set for Sunday’s Baseball Tonight Presented by Chevrolet will be positioned outside of the ballpark to capture the atmosphere as fans enter the venue during the 7 p.m. show.

Baseball Tonight will televise three shows on Thursday, March 31 – noon, 7 p.m. and midnight (9 p.m. PT) on ESPN – and a pair of shows on Friday, April 1 (noon on ESPN and midnight on ESPN2). Baseball Tonight is generally televised at 10 p.m. and midnight throughout the season with Sunday shows at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Baseball Tonight’s deep roster of commentators includes hosts Ravech, Nix and Steve Berthiaume and analysts Kruk, Larkin, Valentine, Hershiser, Boone, Garciaparra, Kurkjian, Olney, Eduardo Perez, Singleton and Dave Winfield. 

ESPN’s 22nd Season of MLB Coverage
Entering its 22nd  season of MLB coverage, ESPN is the home of Sunday Night Baseball – the only exclusive, national game of the week – the State Farm Home Run Derby, weekly Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball telecasts, and Baseball Tonight.  ESPN Radio, in its 14th season, exclusively broadcast Sunday Night games, a Saturday Game of the Week, Memorial, Independence and Labor Day doubleheaders, MLB All-Star festivities, select primetime pennant race games in September, and every postseason game through the World Series. ESPN Deportes televises Sunday Night Baseball games, and and ESPN Mobile TV will provide coverage of ESPN games throughout the season.


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