Secaucus, N.J. (Mar 25, 2009) – MLB Network today announced its Thursday Night Baseball schedule for April and May, featuring 16 different MLB clubs in its first eight live regular season games. MLB Network’s first-ever regular season game broadcast will occur on April 9 with the Milwaukee Brewers at the San Francisco Giants. The following week, MLB Network will air two games including the debut of the new Yankee Stadium on April 16, which will also mark Bob Costas’ play-by-play debut for MLB Network. Costas last appeared in a baseball broadcast booth at the old Yankee Stadium for NBC on October 17, 2000, where the Yankees closed out the ALCS with a win in Game Six over the Seattle Mariners.
Other highlights of the April and May game schedule include matchups of division rivals such as the Boston Red Sox at the Tampa Bay Rays (April 30), the Philadelphia Phillies at the New York Mets (May 7) and the Chicago Cubs at the St. Louis Cardinals (May 21). The Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals will also be featured. MLB Network will announce future Thursday Night Baseball games coinciding with its selection windows. 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.
“It’s important for MLB Network right from the start to establish a national footprint with live games, and we’ve done that with this Thursday night package to complement our ambitious nightly studio show, MLB Tonight,” said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network. “We’re very excited about the mix of games we’ll show in the first two months, and think fans will continue to appreciate the versatility of our on-air talent as they transition seamlessly between the studio and the broadcast booth.”
MLB NETWORK THURSDAY NIGHT BASEBALL SCHEDULE
Date Time (ET) Game Announcers
April 9 7:00 p.m. Brewers @ Giants Matt Vasgersian & Joe Magrane
April 16 1:00 p.m. Indians @ Yankees Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds & Jim Kaat
April 16 8:00 p.m. Blue Jays @ Twins Victor Rojas & Dan Plesac
April 23 8:00 p.m. Dodgers @ Astros Matt Vasgersian & Joe Magrane
April 30 7:00 p.m. Red Sox @ Rays Victor Rojas & Joe Magrane
May 7 7:00 p.m. Phillies @ Mets Bob Costas & Al Leiter
May 14 8:00 p.m. Orioles @ Royals TBD
May 21 8:00 p.m. Cubs @ Cardinals TBD
During the regular season, MLB Network’s signature program will be MLB Tonight, which will air live beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET until the final MLB game of the night ends each Monday through Saturday, featuring live look-ins of games in progress, updates, highlights, reporting and analysis. On Thursday nights, the show will lead in to Thursday Night Baseball and provide viewers with highlights and analysis after the game as well as live studio updates during the game broadcast.