Minnesota Twins-Cleveland Indians in San Juan, Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres in Monterrey to Air on Both ESPN & ESPN Deportes
ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise Major League Baseball regular-season games in Puerto Rico and Mexico in 2018 as part of its 100-plus game schedule. On Wednesday, April 18, the Minnesota Twins and Joe Mauer will take on the Cleveland Indians and Francisco Lindor from Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico during a special edition of ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Hankook Tire. The full national telecast will begin at 7 p.m. ET.
ESPN’s telecast team will feature two veteran, bilingual commentators with Puerto Rican roots. Eduardo Perez, who was raised in Puerto Rico, will serve as the analyst, while Marly Rivera, who was born in San Juan, will be one of ESPN’s reporters for the game. The duo will join play-by-play voice Karl Ravech and reporter Tim Kurkjian on commentary.
On Sunday, May 6, the defending National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers and Cody Bellinger will square off with the San Diego Padres and Eric Hosmer on ESPN at 4 p.m. ET. The game will emanate from Estadio de Beisbol in Monterrey, Mexico. Adnan Virk will provide commentary with analyst Eduardo Perez. The telecast will be subject to local blackout restrictions. The Dodgers-Padres game will precede ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell at 8 p.m. as the Chicago Cubs visit the St. Louis Cardinals.
ESPN and MLB have collaborated to air games in unique and innovative locations several times in recent years, including the historic 2016 spring training game in Cuba and the Fort Bragg Game in 2016, and the MLB Little League Classic in conjunction with Little League International, in 2017, from Williamsport, Pa. The 2018 MLB Little League Classic airs on Sunday Night Baseball, Aug. 19, when the Philadelphia Phillies host the New York Mets.