Seven live studio shows & new original programming featured on MLB network throughout 2017 Opening Week

Monday, April 3 to Feature 15 Hours of Live Opening Day Coverage

March 28, 2017 - With the start of the 2017 Major League Baseball season less than one week away, MLB Network is preparing for wall-to-wall coverage of Opening Week, including live studio coverage every day, 11 live games, the premiere of MLB Network Presents' Mike Trout: Millville to MVP, and the return of the weekly player interview and demonstration show for kids, Play Ball.
 
Starting this Sunday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network will recap the weekend's two afternoon regular season games and look ahead to Opening Week in a live edition of MLB Tonight. MLB Network's 15 hours of live Opening Day coverage begins on Monday, April 3 at 9:00 a.m. ET with Intentional Talk, co-hosted by Chris Rose and Kevin Millar, followed by the third season of MLB Central presented by Hyundai and co-hosted by Lauren Shehadi, Matt Vasgersian and Mark DeRosa at 10:00 a.m. ET from MLB Network's Studio 21. High Heat with Christopher Russo presented by Liberty Mutual will air live at 12:00 p.m. ET, followed by ten consecutive hours ofMLB Tonight presented by Best Western Hotels and Resorts beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET. Live look-ins of games in progress and highlights will air throughout MLB Tonight, with hosts Greg Amsinger, Fran Charles, Brian Kenny and Robert Flores and analysts Eric Byrnes, Al Leiter, Mike Lowell, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Bill Ripken and Ken Rosenthal. Hosted by Heidi Watney, Quick Pitch presented by Degree, television's only studio show dedicated to baseball highlights, will close out Opening Day at 11:00 p.m. ET. Tuesday, April 4 will mark the regular season returns of The Rundown at 2:00 p.m. ET and MLB Now presented by Benjamin Moore at 4:00 p.m. ET, hosted by Brian Kenny. MLB Network's daily programming schedule can be seen here.

MLB Network will air 11 Opening Week games starting with an MLB Network Showcase telecast presented by Chevrolet featuring the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET, with Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Tom Verducci on the call from Busch Stadium. Other game highlights include three home openers on Friday, April 7, beginning with the Boston Red Sox visiting the Detroit Tigers at 1:00 p.m. ET, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Colorado Rockies at 4:00 p.m. ET, and concluding with the Los Angeles Angels hosting the Seattle Mariners at 10:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network's complete game schedule for the month of April is available here.

In addition to studio programming and live games, MLB Network Presents will debut Mike Trout: Millville to MVP on Sunday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The one-hour documentary explores Trout's profound connection to his hometown of Millville, New Jersey and how the town shaped him into one of the game's greatest players. The show features an interview with Trout himself, plus various perspectives on Trout's rise to stardom from interviews with Trout's parents, Jeff and Debbie Trout, former Angels teammate Torii Hunter, Oakland Athletics Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane, MLB Network's Brian Kenny, baseball writers Ben Lindbergh, Bill Petti, and Joe Posnanski, and several Los Angeles Angels personnel, including manager Mike Scioscia, and teammates Kole Calhoun and Garrett Richards.

Play Ball, MLB Network's weekly show geared toward kids, will return for its second season on Saturday, April 8 at 10:00 a.m. ET. MLB stars will share hitting, fielding, base running and pitching tips in one-on-one demonstrations with MLB Network analysts, beginning with Chicago Cubs World Series Champion Anthony Rizzo joining MLB Network's Sean Casey in the first episode of the season. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton (April 15), Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (April 22) and Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier (April 29) will be featured in upcoming Play Ball episodes in April. Following Play Ball, MLB Network Breakdown, a weekly show featuring the best demos by MLB Network analysts, will air on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. ET.