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ESPN today announced an update to its Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA schedule for May 1: the Boston Red Sox, expected to be led by red-hot starting pitcher Chris Sale, will host the Baltimore Orioles and slugger Mark Trumbo at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The telecast will be subject to local blackout restrictions in both the Boston and Baltimore markets. This telecast replaces the previously selected Cleveland Indians-Detroit Tigers matchup.
ESPN’s exclusive MLB Opening Night telecast, in which the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3, was the company’s most-watched Opening Night game ever, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen. It delivered an average total live audience (television + streaming) of 3,707,000 average viewers, up 26 percent from 2,947,000 total live viewers for last year’s New York Mets-Kansas City Royals World Series rematch.
MLB Opening Night on ESPN, in which the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs 4-3, was the highest-rated Opening Night telecast since 2010, based on metered market ratings from Nielsen. The ESPN telecast delivered a 2.3 metered market rating, up 10 percent from last year, which was a World Series rematch between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals.
Today, New ESPN MLB analysts David Ross and Mark Teixeira discussed the 2017 MLB season, as well as their new MLB studio analyst roles at ESPN. Both Ross and Teixeira are former World Series Champions who retired after the 2016 season.
The 2017 MLB regular season begins on ESPN with seven games in two days across Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3. The seven-game slate is highlighted by an April 2 Opening Night telecast between the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs and their rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, at Busch Stadium (8:30 p.m. ET).