When MLB first announced the selection of the Tampa Bay Rays as the team that would take on the Cuban national team in their capital of Havana, ESPN swooped in and snagged the exclusive broadcast rights. The entire trip be historic as the United States and Cuba continue to normalize relations.
To kick off their coverage, ESPN will air an hour-long Outside the Lines special about the MLB returning to Cuba on Sunday, with features on Jose Abreu as well as the Gurriel brothers. That will begin at 9:00 am, with a rerun scheduled for Monday at 1:30 pm.
The Rays will have an 'off day' Monday, meaning there is no game but they will still be working out at the stadium in Havana, an event that ESPN cover live on Sports Center.
Game Day Coverage
On Tuesday, the day of the game, Sports Center will be hosted on site in Havana, beginning at 12:00 pm and lasting until the game coverage begins a hour and a half later.
The game coverage will begin at 1:30 pm eastern time with the first pitched scheduled to take place right after 2:00. All 55,000 seats of Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana will be filled.
Update: MLB.com will air a live feed of the pregame ceremonies, starting at 1:30 EST, as well as the first half inning, then the rest of the game will be available through MLB.tv and the MLB At Bat App.
When: 2:00 EST on Tuesday, March 22
How to Watch: ESPN / WatchESPN app / MLB.tv / MLB At-Bat app
How to Listen: Rays Radio / MLB At-Bat app / MLB.com
The three television broadcasters will be Doug Glanville, Karl Ravich, and former Rays player Eduardo Perez, son of a Cuban born player in the MLB Hall of Fame, Tony Perez.
Pedro Gomes (the son of Cuban refugees) and Tim Kurkjian will also be on site to provide reports.
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