With pitchers and catchers reporting one month from today, it is that time of year where the networks start to release their national television schedule. In ESPN’s case, it is a partial television schedule for the games leading up to the month of July.
Despite that partial schedule, the New York Yankees will still be on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball three times in the first four months. Two of these games will take place at the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium. On April 13th, the Yankees will host the Boston Red Sox. They will also host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 27th. Three months later (July 13th), the Yankees will go on the road to take on the Baltimore Orioles.
Right out of the gate, the Boston Red Sox series stands out because it is during the Yankees’ first home stand of the season and the two rivals will play each other seven times in the month of April. Normally, you see these match ups spread out towards the latter part of the season. ESPN has left May 4th a vacant spot on their schedule. The Yankees do host the Tampa Bay Rays game that day, but I doubt that game will be moved from its 1:05 ET start time.
The ESPN broadcast booth will also look different this year as Orel Hershiser‘s spot will be taken by ESPN analyst and former Boston Red Sox’ pitcher Curt Schilling. Schilling will be joined by fellow analyst John Kruk and play-by-play broadcaster Dan Shulman. That being said, the Yankees are tied for the most Sunday night appearances to start the season as the nation will get many chances to see the new look Yankees.