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ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Schedule Includes Angels, Dodgers Early

ESPN on Wednesday announced their schedule for Sunday Night Baseball for the first eight weeks of the 2012 season, as well as two Sundays in July. The Los Angeles Angels, now with 100% more Albert Pujols, will be on the network on two of the first six Sundays of the year, while the Los Angeles Dodgers have one scheduled ESPN Sunday night game in the first two months.

Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser, who for my money are the best announcing duo in baseball, return to broadcast Sunday Night Baseball this year, and they will be joined by Terry Francona, essentially trading places with Bobby Valentine, who was part of the Sunday night crew last year but is now in New England to manage the Boston Red Sox.

The Angels are on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball on April 15 against the New York Yankees in the Bronx, as well as May 13 in Arlington against the two-time defending American League pennant-winning Texas Rangers. The Angels will also be on ESPN during the opening week of the season, as their opening day game on Friday, April 6 against the Kansas City Royals in Anaheim will be on the network.

The Dodgers are on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball on May 20 against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers will have a new owner in place by then, as the team is to be sold by April 30 per Frank McCourt's agreement with MLB.

ESPN has not yet announced its Sunday Night Baseball schedule for June 3 to July 1, and July 22 to September 23.

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