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2017 Sunday Night Baseball Early Season Schedule has World Series Champion Chicago Cubs in High-Profile Appearances

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Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone, Jessica Mendoza & Buster Olney to Return as Sunday Night Baseball Team

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will return for its 28th season in 2017 as the exclusive, national Major League Baseball game of the week. The weekly, prime-time telecast will feature the sport’s top stars and best teams throughout the season, beginning with Opening Night– the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs visit their rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Sunday Night Baseball generally airs at 8 p.m. across several platforms, including ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN International networks, WatchESPN and the ESPN App. Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet generally precedes Sunday Night Baseball with a one-hour pre-game show, beginning at 7 p.m.

Sunday Night Baseball team returns

Dan Shulman, the voice of Sunday Night Baseball, will return for his seventh season as the play-by-play commentator. He’ll be joined by returning analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza (second full-season for both) and reporter Buster Olney, who will also begin his seventh season. It will be the second-consecutive season for this Sunday Night Baseball quartet.

Schedule highlights include:

  • Five appearances by the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, including back-to-back matchups against the Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park, Apr. 30) and the New York Yankees (Wrigley Field, May 7);
  • ESPN to air Derek Jeter’s number retirement and plaque dedication prior to Houston Astros at New York Yankees matchup on May 14;
  • Bryce Harper, one of MLB’s most popular stars, is set to take center stage on Apr. 23 as his Washington Nationals face the New York Mets;
  • Four appearances by the St. Louis Cardinals (Opening Night vs. Chicago Cubs on Apr. 2; at New York Yankees on Apr. 16; at Chicago Cubs on June 4; at Chicago Cubs on July 23);
  • Three appearances by the New York Mets (vs. Miami Marlins on Apr. 9; vs. Washington Nationals on Apr. 23; at Pittsburgh Pirates on May 28).

Opening Night & Sunday Night Baseball early-season schedule:

Date Time(ET) Telecast
Apr. 2 8:30 p.m. MLB Opening Night: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Apr. 9 8 p.m. Miami Marlins at New York Mets telecast presented by Taco Bell
Apr. 16 8 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Yankees presented by Taco Bell
Apr. 23 8 p.m. Washington Nationals at New York Mets telecast presented by Taco Bell
Apr. 30 8 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Boston Red Sox telecast presented by Taco Bell
May 7 8 p.m. New York Yankees at Chicago Cubs telecast presented by Taco Bell
May 14 7:30 p.m. Houston Astros at New York Yankees telecast presented by Taco Bell
May 21 8 p.m. Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers presented by Taco Bell
May 28 8 p.m. New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates telecast presented by Taco Bell
June 4 7:30 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs telecast presented by Taco Bell
June 11 8 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox telecast presented by Taco Bell
June 18 8 p.m. Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros presented by Taco Bell
June 25 8 p.m. Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals presented by Taco Bell
July  2 8 p.m. Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals presented by Taco Bell
July 9 8 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians telecast presented by Taco Bell
July 16 8 p.m. New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox telecast presented by Taco Bell
July 23 8 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs telecast presented by Taco Bell
July 30 8 p.m. San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers telecast presented by Taco Bell
Aug 6 8 p.m.   Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets telecast presented by Taco Bell
Aug 13 8 p.m.   Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees telecast presented by Taco Bell
Aug 20 7 p.m.   MLB Little League Classic: St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates presented by Taco Bell
Aug 27 8 p.m.   New York Mets at Washington Nationals telecast presented by Taco Bell
 Sep 3 8 p.m.    Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees telecast presented by Taco Bell

ESPN Deportes enters its 14th season as the Spanish-language home to Sunday Night Baseball.ESPN Radio – entering its 20th season of Major League Baseball coverage – will continue as the exclusive, national radio home of Sunday Night Baseball.  Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN Radio is described by Jon “Boog” Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton. Weekly coverage begins at 7 p.m. and is also streamed on ESPNRadio.com and via the ESPN app. additionally, all MLB on ESPN Radio games will be preceded by the one-hour Baseball Tonight pre-game show offering news, previews and analysis of upcoming games.Note: game selections for future dates will be made up to two weeks in advance.

Sunday Night Baseball is also available across ESPN International platforms in Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Rim and on cruise ships.

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Media contacts: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or ben.cafardo@espn.com. On twitter: @Ben_ESPN;

Michael Skarka at 860-766-1342 or michael.skarka@espn.com. On twitter: @Michael_ESPN.