As the regular season is only two weeks from today, fans are already planning out their daily schedules to make time to watch the New York Yankees. Even though some Yankees’ fans don’t live close to the team, they will get plenty of chances to watch their team on the national stage and see the new stars in action.
According to Awful Announcing, the Yankees will have 17 of their first 27 games on either ESPN, MLB Network, and Fox Sports 1. That is about 63% of their April schedule being featured on national TV. These games include one game in every series and six of the seven meetings with the Boston Red Sox. The only non-national televised Red Sox game will be Wednesday, April 23rd at Fenway Park on YES.
The most intriguing thing about the April schedule is that the Yankees will face the Red Sox seven times. Considering they play 19 times in a season, it is rather unusual to see these match ups front loaded when they are usually pushed back towards the end of the season. This is a chance for ESPN to show the changes the Yankees have made and how they stack up to the defending World Series champions. These two teams even have nationally televised spring training match ups against each other that will take place Tuesday afternoon (Tampa) and Thursday night (Fort Myers).
The debut of Masahiro Tanaka will also take place on Friday April 4th at 7:05 ET on YES and MLB Network when the Yankees travel to Rogers Centre to take on the Blue Jays.