Costas and Verducci to Call N.L. West First-Place San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves on August 18
MLB Network’s Coverage of Youth Baseball Begins This Sunday, August 13
Secaucus, N.J., August 9, 2011 – The N.L. West-contending Arizona Diamondbacks travel to Citizens Bank Park to take on the N.L. East first-place Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m. ET, part of MLB Network’s live game schedule for August 16 – 20. The Phillies currently hold Major League Baseball’s best record at 75-40, while the D-backs trail the first-place San Francisco Giants by a half-game game in the N.L. West. In an afternoon matchup, the Los Angeles Dodgers will take on the N.L. Central first-place Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m. ET, which will be available on MLB Network in the Brewers’ home television territory.
Later that day, the Giants will face the N.L. Wild Card-leading Atlanta Braves at 7:00 p.m. ET, called by MLB Network’s Bob Costas and Tom Verducci live from Turner Field. In an A.L. Central showdown, the first-place Detroit Tigers host the second-place Cleveland Indians on Friday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Rounding out the week, the D-backs match up against Braves on Saturday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Throughout August, MLB Network will feature some of the best young baseball talent in the world during Youth Baseball Month, including coverage of the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, the Senior Baseball Division and Softball Division Championship Games of the 2011 Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) World Series, Cal Ripken World Series and New Era National Youth Baseball Championships. The schedule begins with the 2011 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game on Saturday, August 13 at Chicago’s Wrigley Field live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 2:00 p.m. ET with Greg Amsinger and Jonathan Mayo calling the game, while MLB Network’s Bill Ripken and Larry Bowa will wear microphones and serve as guest coaches during the game. The game will showcase 36 of the world’s most promising rising juniors and seniors. Over the first three years of the game, 88 of the 103 draft eligible players who competed in the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, including 18 first round picks.
Live coverage of the Senior Baseball Division Championship Game of the 2011 RBI World Series begins on MLB Network and MLB.com Sunday, August 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET with MLB.com’s Ed Cohen and four-time World Champion and former relief pitcher Jeff Nelson calling the game at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. MLB Network and MLB.com will also air the Softball Division Championship Game of the RBI World Series, called by Jeremy Brisiel and Nelson, on Sunday, August 21 at 12:00 p.m. ET from the University of Minnesota. The RBI World Series is the championship round of the RBI program, the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from underserved areas the opportunity to play baseball and softball. For more information on the program, now in its 23rd year of operation, please visit MLB.com/rbi.
Sixteen teams from around the country and throughout the world will compete to participate in the Cal Ripken World Series International, U.S. and World Championship games, airing live from the Ripken Academy in Aberdeen, Maryland, called by Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Ripken and Greg Amsinger on MLB Network and MLB.com. On Saturday, August 20, the International Championship Game will be played at 11:00 a.m. ET, followed by the U.S. Championship Game at 2:00 p.m. ET. The World Championship will be played on Sunday, August 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The games are part of the culminating tournament of the Babe Ruth League’s 12 & Under Cal Ripken Division.
The New Era National Youth Baseball Championships 12-Under division round out Youth Baseball Month on MLB Network and MLB.com from August 27-28. Played at Gameday Baseball’s First Tennessee Fields in Memphis, Tennessee, the tournament crowns national champions in the 10-under and 12-under divisions of eight participating organizations, including AABC (American Amateur Baseball Congress), AAU (Amateur Athletic Union of the United States), Babe Ruth Baseball, Dixie Youth Baseball, NABF (National Amateur Baseball Federation), Pony Baseball, Super Series Baseball of America and USSA (United States Specialty Sports Association), totaling more than 100,000 teams. MLB.com’s Mark Leinweaver, Jim Duquette and Jeff Nelson will call each game. For more information on the New Era National Youth Baseball Championships, please visit YouthMajors.com.
MLB Network’s MLB game schedule through August 20 is available here and the Youth Baseball Month schedule is listed below. MLB games will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory unless otherwise announced. Viewers in areas subject to MLB blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming. MLB Network’s complete programming lineup is available here.
Date Time Game
August 13 2:00 p.m. Under Armour High School All-American Game
August 14 2:00 p.m. RBI World Series – Senior Baseball Division Championship Game
August 20 11:00 a.m. Cal Ripken World Series International Championship
August 20 2:00 p.m. Cal Ripken World Series U.S. Championship
August 21 12:00 p.m. RBI World Series – Softball Division Championship Game
August 21 3:00 p.m. Cal Ripken World Series World Championship Game
August 27 10:00 a.m. New Era National Youth Baseball Championships 12-Under Pool Play
August 27 1:00 p.m. New Era National Youth Baseball Championships 12-Under Pool Play
August 27 4:00 p.m. New Era National Youth Baseball Championships 12-Under Pool Play
August 28 11:30 a.m. New Era National Youth Baseball Championships 12-Under Semi-Finals
August 28 2:00 p.m. New Era National Youth Baseball Championships 12-Under Semi-Finals
August 28 8:00 p.m. New Era National Youth Baseball Championships 12-Under Finals