ESPN will televise 10 MLB Spring Training games – including telecasts from both the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues – beginning Thursday, March 3, with the Detroit Tigers and Triple Crown threat Miguel Cabrera facing the Atlanta Braves and Jason Heyward at 1 p.m. ET. The Tigers/Braves game will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as part of ESPN The Weekend.
The Spring Training schedule will also include a prime-time telecast featuring the New York Yankees facing the Boston Red Sox with newcomers Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford on Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Additionally, ESPN2 will feature a unique Saturday national telecast – the defending American League Champion Texas Rangers and Josh Hamilton facing the Chicago Cubs and offseason acquisition Carlos Pena – March 26 at 4 p.m.
Further highlights include:
§ three appearances by the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees;
§ two appearances by the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies;
§ intra-divisional matchups – Yankees vs. Red Sox, March 14; Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles, March 22; and Braves vs. Phillies, March 25;
§ a showdown of cross-town teams, Chicago White Sox vs. Cubs, March 24.
ESPN and ESPN2’s Spring Training games will be full national telecasts, unless noted, with each game also available via ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV.
ESPN’s Spring Training schedule:
|Thu, March 3||1 p.m.||Detroit vs. Atlanta||ESPN|
|Mon, March 14||7 p.m.||N.Y. Yankees vs. Boston||ESPN2^|
|Wed, March 16||1 p.m.||Boston vs. Atlanta||ESPN|
|Mon, March 21||1 p.m.||Boston vs. Philadelphia||ESPN|
|Tue, March 22||1 p.m.||N.Y. Yankees vs. Baltimore||ESPN|
|Wed, March 23||1 p.m.||N.Y. Mets vs. St. Louis||ESPN|
|Thu, March 24||5 p.m.||Chicago White Sox vs. Cubs||ESPN2|
|Fri, March 25||1 p.m.||Atlanta vs. Philadelphia||ESPN|
|Sat, March 26||4 p.m.||Chicago Cubs vs. Texas||ESPN2|
|Tue, March 29||1 p.m.||Detroit vs. N.Y. Yankees||ESPN|
^ denotes ESPNEWS will be shown in the team markets