To start the 2010 Championship Season of Major League Baseball, the MLB Network is going to have all 30 teams make it into a live game broadcast in April.
Talk about your 30 pieces of silver.
It starts with the Yankees-Red Sox telecast on Tuesday, April 6 with Bob Costas and John Smoltz calling it at 4 p.m. — the first time Smoltz will do a game for the network as he tries to decide whether he’s really retired or not.
Right after that, MLB Net will do the Angels’ home game against the Twins, but it won’t be carried in Southern California because FSW has the rights to it.
Even more cool, a series of weekday afternoon games will air on the MLB Network in April, starting with Colorado at Milwaukee at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7. The best: Monday, April 18, when the Red Sox host the Rays at Fenway Park on Patriot’s Day — 8 a.m. start PDT.
A Thursday night MLB Net package will be produced by the network with its own broadcasters. Otherwise, the games pick up the call of the home-team broadcasts and broadcasters.
== April 6, 4 p.m.: Yankees @ Red Sox (MLB Net team); 7 p.m., Twins @ Angels (blacked out locally, airs on FSW)
== April 7, 10 a.m.: Rockies @ Brewers
== April 8, 9:30 a.m.: Dodgers @ Pirates (blacked out locally, airs on Prime Ticket); 12:30 p.m.: Mariners @ Athletics; 4 p.m.: Cubs @ Braves (MLB Net broadcast)
== April 9, 1:30 p.m.: Braves at Giants
== April 10, 6 p.m.: Athletics @ Angels (blacked out locally, airs on FSW)
== April 12, 4 p.m.: Reds @ Marlins
== April 13, 10 a.m.: Angels @ Yankees (blacked out locally, airs on FSW); 1 p.m.: Diamondbacks @ Dodgers (blacked out locally; airs on Prime Ticket)
== April 14, 10 a.m.: Red Sox @ Twins
== April 15, noon: Nationals @ Phillies; 4 p.m.: Angels @ Yankees (blacked out locally, airs on FSW)
== April 16, 11:15 a.m.: Astros @ Cubs
== April 17, 6 p.m.: Tigers @ Mariners
== April 19, 8 a.m.: Rays @ Red Sox (Patriots Day; Boston Marathon Day)
== April 20, 4 p.m.: Phillies @ Braves
== April 21, 9:30 a.m.: Royals @ Blue Jays
== April 22, 10 a.m.: Indians @ Twins; 4 p.m.: Dodgers @ Reds (blacked out locally, airs on Prime Ticket)
== April 23, 5 p.m.: Tigers @ Rangers
== April 24, 6 p.m.: Cardinals @ Giants
== April 27, 4 p.m.: Dodgers @ Mets (blacked out locally, airs on Channel 9)
== April 28, 9 a.m.: Padres @ Marlins; 12:30 p.m.: Phillies @ Giants
== April 29, 11 a.m.: White Sox @ Rangers, 4 p.m.: Yankees @ Orioles (MLB Net production)
== April 30, 11:15 a.m.: Diamondbacks @ Cubs; 4 p.m.: Twins @ Indians