The Boston Red Sox will officially begin the 2014 season Monday, March 31 at Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards at 3 p.m. Eastern. The game will be shown as the opener of a tripleheader nationally on ESPN2 and presumably locally in New England on NESN.
ESPN, who will be showing six games over two days on either ESPN or ESPN2, moved the Los Angeles Dodgers-San Diego Padres opener from San Diego's Petco Field to March 30 to accommodate Sunday Night Baseball. Due to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, the baseball game will be seen on ESPN2.
The Red Sox will make their SNB debut for 2014 on April 13 when they close a four game set in The Bronx at Yankee Stadium against the archrival New York Yankees. At that is the only confirmed regular season shifted for ESPN.
Although there are a number of Saturday night games scheduled in May and June at 7:15 Eastern, it is not clear whether those games will be either on FOX under the new television package or on cable on Fox Sports 1. NESN will televise any regular season game not shown as part of FOX/Fox Sports 1 Saturday Baseball or ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Turner’s Sunday afternoon package, cut to 13 games, and ESPN’s Monday and Wednesday Night Baseball games are not subject to blackout on NESN and will be carried on the Red Sox own channel.
Games at home against the Tampa Bay Rays and on the road against the Yankees and Detroit Tigers all have the unconventional 7:15 start time.
ESPN has selected three Spring Training games for Boston as well. The first will be on St. Patrick’s Day at home against the St. Louis Cardinals in a World Series rematch. The other two games will see Boston take on the Yankees. The first of those will be in Tampa on Tuesday afternoon March 18 at 1 p.m. Eastern while the second will be Thursday night the 20th at 7 p.m. Eastern from Fort Myers.
NESN has yet to announce their broadcast schedule for Spring Training, but normally they do Friday night/weekend games from the Grapefruit League.Tags: Baseball, Boston, Boston Red Sox, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, Fox Sports 1, Grapefruit League, MLB, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals