MLB is back to air its 30 Games, 30 Clubs, 30 Days schedule of early season live games beginning Thursday, April 5, at 7pm ET with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the San Diego Padres. Every club is featured at least once on the early schedule. In areas where local blackouts apply, in most cases an alternate game will be shown in that time slot. Press release and 2012 MLB Network live game schedule from MLB Network below:
MLB NETWORK ANNOUNCES FIRST LIVE GAME SCHEDULE FOR 2012 MLB REGULAR SEASON
30 Games, 30 Clubs, 30 Days Begins Thursday, April 5 with the Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres
MLB Network Showcase, A Series of MLB Network-Produced Live Games, Begins with
Bob Costas & Jim Kaat Calling the Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies on April 12
Opening Day Studio Coverage to Include More Than 10 Live Hours Starting at 10:00 a.m. ET on April 5
Secaucus, N.J., March 27, 2012 – With Opening Day less than two weeks away, MLB Network today announced its live game schedule for the 2012 regular season through Friday, May 4. The schedule features the return of 30 Games, 30 Clubs, 30 Days, a package of 30 live games featuring all 30 Clubs, beginning with the only prime time matchup scheduled for Opening Day on Thursday, April 5, as 2011 N.L. Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw takes the ball for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the San Diego Padres in the Padres’ home opener at 7:00 p.m. ET. The 30 Games, 30 Clubs, 30 Days schedule features eight home openers, including the 2011 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals hosting their division rival Chicago Cubs on Friday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Nine matinee games and two Tuesday night doubleheaders will be featured, including the 2011 A.L. Champion Texas Rangers taking on the Boston Red Sox on April 17 at 7:00 p.m. ET, followed by the 2011 N.L. East Champion Philadelphia Phillies matching up against the San Francisco Giants.
The game schedule also includes the debut of MLB Network Showcase presented by Chevrolet, a series of MLB Network-produced games, that starts with an N.L. East matchup between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network’s Bob Costas and Jim Kaat, who were each nominated for a 2011 Sports Emmy Award, will call the game live from Citizens Bank Park. To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Fenway Park, MLB Network Showcase will feature the Boston Red Sox hosting their division rival New York Yankees on Friday, April 20 at 3:00 p.m. ET with MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz calling the game. Pregame coverage will start with a special live edition of Intentional Talk, hosted by Chris Rose and Kevin Millar, at 1:00 p.m. ET from Fenway Park.
As part of Opening Week presented by Home Depot on MLB Network, Opening Day, Thursday, April 5, will include more than 10 hours of live studio coverage beginning with Intentional Talk with Rose and Millar at 10:00 a.m. ET, followed by the season debut of The Rundown with Matt Yallof and Lauren Shehadi at 11:00 a.m. ET. MLB Tonight will come on at 1:00 p.m. ET, leading up to a special edition of Intentional Talk at 5:00 p.m. ET live from the MLB Fan Cave in New York City. Following the Dodgers at Padres game, MLB Network’s regular season highlight show of record Quick Pitch will recap the day’s action. A preview of MLB Network’s Opening Day coverage can be viewed here. MLB Tonight will continue to air live seven days a week this season, including extended coverage on Sunday’s beginning on April 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
“FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL Pregame Show,” a co-production between MLB Network and FOX Sports, premieres Saturday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET. For the season opener, host Matt Vasgersian will be joined by analysts Kevin Millar and Harold Reynolds. Week 1 coverage on FOX Sports features the Boston Red Sox at the Detroit Tigers, the St. Louis Cardinals at the Milwaukee Brewers, the San Francisco Giants at the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the Kansas City Royals.
To preview the season, MLB Network will air a special live MLB Tonight: 2012 Predictions show on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Hosted by Greg Amsinger, the show will feature MLB Network analysts Peter Gammons, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds and Mitch Williams breaking down each division and making their Postseason picks. MLB Network’s panel of analysts will also serve as mock general managers in My Team Right Now: The Reality Draft on Sunday, April 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Hosted by Matt Vasgersian, the show will feature Eric Byrnes, John Hart, Al Leiter, Kevin Millar, Harold Reynolds and Mitch Williams each constructing the lineup they think would have the best chance to win a World Championship, using the position rankings from MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now episodes from this past offseason. The champion will be determined by simulating a regular season and Postseason using Major League Baseball 2K12 from 2K Sports.
MLB Network’s complete game schedule through May 4 is available here. Games will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory unless otherwise announced. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.
MLB Network 30 Games, 30 Clubs, 30 Days Schedule
All times Eastern. Games subject to local blackout.
Thursday, April 5
7pm — L.A. Dodgers at San Diego Padres
Friday, April 6
2pm — Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers or N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays (3pm)
Saturday, April 7
7pm — N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays or Philadelphia Phillies at Pittsburgh Pirates
Monday, April 9
1pm — Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies
4pm — L.A. Angels at Minnesota Twins or San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies
Tuesday, April 10
4pm — Pittsburgh Pirates at L.A. Dodgers
7pm — St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds or N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
10pm — Kansas City Royals at Oakland A’s or Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres
Wednesday, April 11
12:30pm — Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays or St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds
Thursday, April 12
1pm — Cincinnati Reds at Washington Nationals or Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers
7pm — Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies
Friday, April 13
3pm — Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals or Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox (2pm)
7:30pm — Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta Braves or Houston Astros at Miami Marlins (7pm)
Saturday, April 14
8pm — Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies or Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta Braves
Tuesday, April 17
7pm — Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox or Minnesota Twins at N.Y. Yankees
10pm — Philadelphia Phillies at San Francisco Giants or Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners
Thursday, April 19
12:30pm — Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins or L.A. Dodgers at Milwaukee Brewers (1pm)
7pm — Texas Rangers at Detroit Tigers or Minnesota Twins at N.Y. Yankees
10pm — Cleveland Indians at Seattle Mariners or Oakland A’s at L.A. Angels
Friday, April 20
3pm — N.Y. Yankees at Boston Red Sox or Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs (2:15pm)
8pm — Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers or L.A. Dodgers at Houston Astros
Saturday, April 21
9pm — Baltimore Orioles at L.A. Angels or Cleveland Indians at Oakland A’s
Tuesday, April 24
8pm — N.Y. Yankees at Texas Rangers or Boston Red Sox at Minnesota Twins
Thursday, April 26
8pm — Boston Red Sox at Chicago White Sox or Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles (7pm)
Friday, April 27
7pm — Detroit Tigers at N.Y. Yankees or Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies
Saturday, April 28
7pm — Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies or Arizona Diamondbacks at Miami Marlins
Tuesday, May 1
7pm — Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves or Oakland A’s at Boston Red Sox
Wednesday, May 2
2pm — N.Y. Mets at Houston Astros or Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers (1pm)
Thursday, May 3
8pm — N.Y. Yankees at Kansas City Royals or Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox
Friday, May 4
7pm — Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals or Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers