ESPN announced Wednesday that they have moved two more Sunday Boston Red Sox games to primetime for their weekly Sunday Night Baseball series. Boston is now slated to play three times under the lights on Sunday night through July 20 on the national sports channel.
In addition to the previously announced game April 13 in New York against the Yankees, the April 20 game with the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park will move to 7:05 and the May 18 home game against the Detroit Tigers moves from day to night time—8:05 Eastern—for the network.
The Orioles game move will scratch some heads around New England as that comes the night before the annual morning Patriots Day game. Although the start time will be an hour earlier than the normal 8:05 p.m. Eastern first pitch, it will shorten considerably the times between games.
The American League Championship Series rematch with the Detroit Tigers is also not a surprise selection for the self-titled worldwide leader in sports. After the two clubs battled through six games, there should be solid interest in the rematch on a national basis.
Earlier, ESPN announced the 2014 opener in Baltimore will be seen nationally on ESPN2 as part of that channel’s Opening Day tripleheader on March 31. The Memorial Day interleague matchup against the Atlanta Braves—a 1:10 p.m. Eastern start—will also be shown nationally on ESPN.
ESPN is allowed to show the Red Sox up to six times a season on Sunday Night Baseball under the new television deal that begins this season. The network will announce the SNB schedule after July 20 at a later date.
Former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling joins Dan Schulman and John Kruk in the booth for their game of the week. Schilling replaces Orel Hershiser, who departed for local television with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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