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MLB games today: Full TV schedule for 2021 Opening Day baseball on ESPN, Fox, MLB Network



MLB games today: Full TV schedule for 2021 Opening Day baseball on ESPN, Fox, MLB Network

No jokes: Baseball is back.

With Opening Day happening today, expect plenty of players to be April fooled on breaking balls, but it’s all serious business on diamonds across the country this year. 

MLB is back with a full serving of baseball after the 60-game sprint in 2020, and it’s getting underway for everyone quick: All 30 teams are scheduled to take the field, and if they do, it’ll be the first time since 1968 that every squad in MLB started on the same day.

MLB has tried scheduling teams on the same day in recent years, but rainouts and overseas series have sullied those plans.

It’s April Fool’s day: Beware Fake Ken Rosenthal accounts. But very real baseball is coming your way today. Here’s how and where you can watch:

MORE: Watch MLB Opening Day games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

MLB Opening Day schedule 2021

Baseball starved fans will have the opportunity to take in a host of nationally televised games over the first weekend of the sport’s return.

Thursday, April 1

All 30 teams are scheduled to play on Opening Day this year, weather permitting.

Game First pitch (ET) Channel
Yankees vs. Blue Jays 1:05 p.m. ESPN, YES Network, fuboTV
Tigers vs. Indians 1:10 p.m.
Red Sox vs. Orioles 2:10 p.m. MASN, NESN, fuboTV
Brewers vs. Twins 2:10 p.m. BSNO/BSWI
Cubs vs. Pirates 2:20 p.m. Marquee SN, ATT Sportsnet, fuboTV
Phillies vs. Braves 3:05 p.m. BSSO
Marlins vs. Rays 4:10 p.m. BSF
Reds vs. Cardinals 4:10 p.m. BSM, BSO
Rockies vs. Dodgers 4:10 p.m. ESPN, Sportsnet LA, Sportsnet RM, fuboTV
Padres vs. Diamondbacks 4:10 p.m. BSA, BSSD
Royals vs. Rangers 4:10 p.m. BSSW, BSKC
Nationals vs. Mets 7:09 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Angels vs. White Sox 10:05 p.m. NBCS Chicago, FSW
Athletics vs. Astros 10:07 p.m. ESPN, NBCS California, fuboTV
Mariners vs. Giants 10:10 p.m. ROOT Sports NW

Friday, April 2

The following are the nationally televised games scheduled for Friday, April 2.

Game First pitch Channel
Marlins vs. Rays 7:10 p.m. MLB Network
Rockies vs. Dodgers 8:40 p.m. MLB Network (OOM)

Saturday, April 3

The following games are scheduled for Saturday, April 3 for national broadcasts:

Game First pitch Channel
Yankees vs. Blue Jays 1:05 p.m. MLB Network (OOM)
Red Sox vs. Orioles 1:10 p.m. MLB Network (OOM)
Phillies vs. Braves 4:05 p.m. FS1, fuboTV
Rockies vs. Dodgers 8:10 p.m. FS1, fuboTV

Sunday, April 4

The following games are scheduled for Saturday, April 4 for national broadcasts:

Game First pitch Channel
Phillies vs. Braves 1:05 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV
Athletics vs. Astros 4:07 p.m. MLB Network
Padres vs. Diamondbacks 4:10 p.m. MLB Network
Angels vs. White Sox 8:37 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV

How to watch MLB games on Opening Day

As many are familiar, regional sports networks (RSNs) own the MLB landscape now, meaning your favorite team will be able to be caught on their home RSN, if the game is not nationally televised.

On Opening Day, there will be four games nationally televised on ESPN: Yankees vs. Blue Jays (1:05 p.m. ET), Rockies vs. Dodgers (4:10 p.m. ET), Nationals vs. Mets (7:09 p.m. ET) and Athletics vs. Astros (10:07 p.m. ET). Games will be available on ESPN+, as well.

For those not in the cable business, there are several options:

MLB live streams for Opening Day

MLB streams can be separated into three major categories. All have significant limitations, meaning a combination of options is required to ensure access to every game.


MLB TV has games except for your local, in-market teams. Blackout restrictions, as always, apply.

MLB TV can be had for an $129.99 yearly cost, $24.99 monthly cost or $109.99 for a single team.

Network apps

Major sports networks — ESPN, Fox Sports — have their own streaming apps which are usually attached to a cable subscription. However, as always, blackout restrictions apply and 

ESPN+ is also a viable option for fans wanting to catch some baseball this year, at a monthly cost of $5.99. 

Online streaming bundles

If you don’t have cable, there are a few other options:

YouTube TV costs $64.99 per month and  Hulu + Live TV is 54.99 per month. For those in markets with NBC Sports channels, Sling TV and fuboTV are additional options.

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ESPN’s Holly Rowe speaks French and English in WNBA Draft interview; Twitter reacts



ESPN's Holly Rowe speaks French and English in WNBA Draft interview; Twitter reacts

ESPN reporter Holly Rowe received many a “tres bien” from her confrères in media for conducting a bilingual interview with WNBA Draft pick Iliana Rupert, a France international, on Thursday night.

Rupert was chosen 12th overall by the Las Vegas Aces. With the draft being a virtual event for the second year in a row because of COVID-19, Rowe conducted the post-selection interview in an ESPN studio while Rupert was on camera remotely.

MORE: Why Paige Bueckers was ineligible for ’21 WNBA Draft

Rowe began the interview with “Bonsoir,” or “Good evening,” and asked Rupert in French whether she spoke English. Rupert responded in the affirmative and the interview proceeded in English.

“It’s always been one of my dreams and it’s amazing being recognized,” Rupert said. “I’m really happy to [represent] my country and I’m just excited to finally start this journey.”

After two more questions and responses in English, Rowe switched back to French for the interview’s conclusion, telling Rupert “Bienvenue,” or “Welcome,” to the WNBA. She also gave her regards to Rupert’s family.

Rowe’s media colleagues were quick with the compliments.

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‘It shows how exciting we can be!’ – Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout



'It shows how exciting we can be!' - Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

Bukayo Saka says Arsenal have a real chance of winning the Europa League after their rout of Slavia Prague, and claims their latest performance “shows everyone how exciting we can be”.

Arsenal bounced back from a disappointing 1-1 draw against Slavia in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Emirates Stadium by picking up a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the Czech Republic on Thursday night.

Saka was among the scorers as the Gunners booked a last-four clash with Villarreal, and he is confident they can now go all the way in the competition after flexing their attacking muscles at the Sinobo Stadium.

What’s been said?

“It was fantastic from start to finish. We did it for all the fans, they all deserve it for all the support they give us. We are really happy to progress,” the Arsenal winger told BT Sport.

“We showed real character. The first one was disallowed, Emile deserved a goal, we kept going and got the first one again. We pretty much killed the game in the first half.

“In the first leg we played well but weren’t clinical, credit to the manager and coaching staff, the way we set up, pressed, they couldn’t get out.

“It shows everyone how exciting we can be, when we play like this it is so amazing to be involved in. We have a chance of going to the final and winning this competition, it is up to us. We look forward to the next opponent.”

Arsenal put Slavia to the sword

The Gunners went at their Czech opponents right from the first whistle in the second leg clash, and found themselves in front after just 18 minutes when Nicolas Pepe dinked the ball into the net after being teed up by Emile Smith Rowe.

Alexandre Lacazette then doubled the visitors’ account from the penalty spot after Saka was fouled in the box, and the teenager got his goal moments later when he cut in from the right-wing before firing the ball low past the goalkeeper at his near post.

Lacazette added extra gloss to the final scoreline with a trademark finish 13 minutes from time as Arsenal progressed to the semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate.

What’s next?

Arsenal will now turn their attention back to the Premier League, with a home fixture against Fulham scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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What pressure? Arsenal sweeps Slavia Prague aside to set up a reunion with Emery



What pressure? Arsenal sweeps Slavia Prague aside to set up a reunion with Emery

Slavia Prague 0-4 Arsenal: Match statistics

What was all the fuss about?

It was billed as the game that would define Arsenal’s season, a night that could even shape Mikel Arteta’s future at the club.

The pressure was supposed to be on against Slavia Prague but within 25 superb minutes, the Gunners were in cruise control.

Last week’s 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium had left the Gunners with a very simple equation going into the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal in the Czech capital: score a goal.

Arteta’s side knew failure to find a way through a Slavia side that was unbeaten at home in all competitions this season would send it crashing out of the tournament and leave an already disappointing season in tatters.

Serious questions were being asked of the players after the way in which they threw away a lead in the closing stages of the first leg to hand Prague the advantage going into Thursday night’s return fixture.

But in the space of six scintillating first-half minutes, those questions were answered in emphatic style.

The brilliant Emile Smith Rowe had already had a goal ruled out for the tightest of offside calls before Nicolas Pepe gave the visitors the lead on 18 minutes, thus canceling out Slavia’s away goal.

Alexandre Lacazette then struck from the penalty spot three minutes later to make it 2-0 on the night before Bukayo Saka added a classy third goal – all within 24 minutes of the game getting underway.

It was game, set and match Arsenal before we had even reached the half-hour mark.

Even in his wildest dreams, Arteta would never have imagined such an impressive start from his side, especially with his captain and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missing due to contracting malaria while away with Gabon on international duty.

This was a major statement from his side and another example of why there is genuine belief within the club that things are heading in the right direction under the Spaniard.


The abject performances throughout November and the majority of December may have led to a hugely disappointing Premier League campaign, but the improvement since Christmas has been undeniable.

Since beating Chelsea 3-1 on Boxing Day, Arteta’s side sits fourth in the form table, with only Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham picking up more points.

And now the Gunners have booked their spot in the Europa League semifinals, where they will meet Unai Emery’s Villarreal.

Clearly, there is still much for Arsenal to improve on and failure to go on and win the Europa League will more than likely leave it facing up to a season without European competition for the first time in 25 years.

For a club of Arsenal’s stature, that is not good enough, but there are still plenty of reasons for optimism and they were all on show as Prague was blown away in its backyard.

Arsenal’s homegrown youngsters have been the catalyst for the improvement since Boxing Day and one again they led the charge – with academy graduates Smith Rowe and Saka proving far too good for the Czech champions.

Immediately after seeing a goal ruled out for offside, Smith Rowe waltzed through the Slavia defense before working the ball to Pepe, who showed wonderful composure to score his fifth Europa League goal of the season.

Saka then took center stage, winning a penalty, which was converted by Lacazette, before scoring the third himself with a fine finish from the edge of the box.

At that point, the game was done and dusted. Arsenal had done its job and it cruised through the remainder of the quarterfinal, with Lacazette putting the gloss on a fabulous night’s work with a fourth goal on 77 minutes.

All eyes now turn to the semifinal against Villarreal and the return of Emery, the man Arteta replaced just over 16 months ago.

Emery led Arsenal to the Europa League final in 2019 and now he is the man standing in their way of repeating the trick two years later.

A return to the Champions League is now within touching distance for Arsenal. Just three games stand between the Gunners and a seat back at Europe’s top table.

They went to Prague with their season on the line and they return to London with the dream still alive.

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