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Posted by Kristen Hudak on February 6, 2013

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour Begins February 11

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Tim Kurkjian to Anchor Four-Week Tour of Spring Training Sites with Various ESPN MLB Commentators

ESPN’s 2013 Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour will begin its journey through MLB Spring Training sites in Arizona and Florida on Monday, Feb. 11, with a visit to the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz. Each visit includes player and manager interviews, in-depth perspective on the team’s camp and discussion of off-season storylines in advance of the 2013 MLB season. Tour content will be featured in Baseball Tonight, which airs weekdays generally at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and via WatchESPN with additional SportsCenter segments each day.*

Veteran ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian will anchor the four-week tour with ESPN MLB commentators John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Rick Sutcliffe, Aaron Boone, Buster Olney and Karl Ravech joining the tour for various segments.

“The tour will provide an insightful look into MLB’s top storylines and biggest superstars heading into the 2013 season, said Kurkjian. “All of the excitement and intrigue of the season begins in spring training – my favorite time of year.”

The Cactus League portion of the tour will highlight the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox.

The Grapefruit League schedule begins on Monday, Feb. 25, with the new-look Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla. followed by visits to the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers.

Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour Schedule – Cactus League:

DateTime (ET)TeamSite (Ariz.)Commentators
Mon, Feb 112:30 p.m.San Francisco GiantsScottsdaleKarl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian, Curt Schilling, Rick Sutcliffe
Tues, Feb 123 p.m.L.A. DodgersGlendaleRavech, Kurkjian, Schilling, Sutcliffe
Wed, Feb 133 p.m.L.A. AngelsTempeRavech, Kurkjian, Schilling
Thurs, Feb 143 p.m.Texas RangersSurpriseRavech, Kurkjian, Schilling, Sutcliffe
Fri, Feb 153 p.m.Oakland AthleticsPhoenixRavech, Kurkjian, Schilling
Mon, Feb 183 p.m.Cleveland IndiansGoodyearKurkjian, Aaron Boone
Tues, Feb 193 p.m.Cincinnati RedsGoodyearKurkjian, Boone
Wed, Feb 203 p.m.Milwaukee BrewersMaryvaleKurkjian, Boone
Thurs, Feb 212:30 p.m.Arizona DiamondbacksScottsdaleKurkjian, Boone
Fri, Feb 223 p.m.Chicago White SoxGlendaleKurkjian, Boone

Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour Schedule – Grapefruit League:

DateTime (ET)TeamSite (Fla)Commentators
Mon, Feb 252:30 p.m.Toronto Blue JaysDunedinKurkjian, John Kruk
Tues, Feb 263 p.m.Philadelphia PhilliesClearwaterKurkjian, Kruk
Wed, Feb 273 p.m.Baltimore OriolesSarasotaKurkjian, Kruk
Thurs, Feb 283 p.m.Tampa Bay RaysPort CharlotteKurkjian, Kruk
Fri, March 13 p.m.Boston Red SoxFort MyersKurkjian, Kruk
Mon, March 42:30 p.m.St. Louis CardinalsJupiterKurkjian, Schilling
Tues, March 53 p.m.Washington NationalsVieraKurkjian, Schilling
Wed, March 63 p.m.N.Y. YankeesTampaKurkjian, Schilling
Thurs, March 73 p.m.Atlanta BravesLake Buena VistaKurkjian, Schilling
Fri, March 83 p.m.Detroit TigersLakelandKurkjian, Schilling

ESPN.com will have comprehensive spring training coverage from Jayson Stark, Jerry Crasnick, Jim Caple and David Schoenfield on site in Florida and Arizona. ESPN.com will also feature a countdown clock to Opening Day, videos from the Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour and a spring training blog with daily posts.

On Twitter:

@ESPN_BBTN; @Kurkjian_ESPN; @JohnKruk_ESPN; @gehrig38; @Buster_ESPN; @AaronBoone_ESPN; @Sut_ESPN; @karlravechespn; @jaysonst; @jcrasnick; @jimcaple; @dschoenfield.

*Baseball Tonight will air four times at 2:30 p.m. throughout the tour.