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ESPN to Exclusively Televise the MLB Little League Classic on Sunday Night Baseball

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Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone, Jessica Mendoza & Tim Kurkjian to Call St. Louis Cardinals-Pittsburgh Pirates Game at the Little League World Series in Williamsport

ESPN will exclusively televise the MLB Little League Classic on Sunday Night Baseball from Williamsport, Pa. – site of the Little League World Series – on Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. ET. The MLB Little League Classic will feature the St. Louis Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a special regular-season game, which will celebrate youth baseball and support MLB’s PLAY BALL initiative.

The Sunday Night Baseball team of Dan Shulman, analysts Aaron Boone and Jessica Mendoza and reporter Tim Kurkjian will provide commentary. The game will be available across ESPN platforms, including ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and it will stream via the ESPN app and WatchESPN.

 Julie Sobieski, ESPN vice president, league sports programming:

“We’re proud to collaborate with two of our longstanding partners – MLB and Little League International – on what will truly be a celebration of baseball at all levels. We’re also excited to continue our trend of producing baseball in innovative ways at special and unique locations. Between the MLB Little League Classic on Sunday Night Baseball and our Little League World Series coverage from Williamsport, it’s shaping up to be an unforgettable August on ESPN.”

 ESPN and ABC will once again combine to televise all 32 Little League World Series games from Williamsport, Pa. this August, culminating with the Little League World Series Championship Game on ABC, Sunday, Aug. 27.

The MLB Little League Classic will emanate from the renovated BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, the home of the Class-A Williamsport Crosscutters of the NY-Penn League. BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field, which opened in 1926, is the second oldest Minor League ballpark in the United States. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been designated as the “home team.” The game will be hosted by MLB and the MLBPA.

Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell generally airs weekly at 8 p.m. ET throughout the regular season. The updated 2017 Sunday Night Baseball schedule is available at ESPN Media Zone.

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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.