ESPN Sets Baseball Schedule


ESPN2 will toss out the first pitch on the Sunday-night Major League Baseball
schedule March 31.

The first of 26 weekly Sunday ESPN and ESPN2 baseball telecasts throughout
the season pits the Cleveland Indians against the Anaheim Angels.

The opener and three September contests will air on ESPN2, while the
remaining 22 Sunday-night games will appear on ESPN, network executives

Longtime ESPN baseball announcers John Miller and Joe Morgan will call the
games, which will feature the 'ESPN K one' graphic representation of the strike

Some of the key matchups include Boston at Seattle (May 12), New York Yankees
at Boston (May 26), Colorado at San Francisco (June 2), Yankees at New York Mets
(June 16) and Mets at Yankees (June 30).

As part of their baseball schedule, ESPN and ESPN2 will air five games April
1, which will mark Opening Day for most clubs. The two networks will also
combine to telecast five Memorial Day games.

And ESPN will air weekly Wednesday-night doubleheaders beginning April 3.

ESPN will look to improve on last year's 1.23 MLB rating, which was slightly
down from a 1.26 in 2000. ESPN2 averaged a 1.55 during 2001, edging up from a
1.54 in 2000.