D-backs-Phils only on Facebook today

Both clubs are off to strong starts in 2018

April 25th, 2018

This week, MLB offers fans another unique viewing experience with the continuation of its digital-only broadcasts. Today's D-backs-Phillies matchup will air live in the United States exclusively on Facebook. The finale to the four-game series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB's partnership with Facebook this season.

Fans can catch the 1:05 p.m. ET contest by logging onto Facebook's MLB live page from their phones, tablets, smart TVs or other streaming devices. MLB Network will produce the game, with play-by-play announcer Scott Braun, analysts Ben Davis and Eric Byrnes -- who played for the D-backs from 2006-09 -- and in-game reporter Alexa Datt.

How to watch on mobile and desktop

1. Search for "MLB Live" on Facebook

2. Follow the "MLB Live" show page

3. Download the Facebook video app on your TV or streaming device and search for "MLB Live"

4. Or stream the game from your phone to a TV on the same WiFi network by tapping the TV icon.

Upcoming Facebook games (all times ET)

• Thursday, April 26: ARI-PHI, 1:05 p.m.

• Thursday, May 3: LAD-ARI, 3:40 p.m.

• Thursday, May 10: SF-PHI, 1:05 p.m.

• Wednesday, May 16: TEX-SEA, 3:40 p.m.

• Thursday, May 24: LAA-TOR, 12:37 p.m.

• Wednesday, May 30: STL-MIL, 1:10 p.m.

What to know about the D-backs-Phillies game

Both the Phillies and D-backs are off to strong starts in 2018. Arizona began the week having won each of its first seven series this season, while the Phillies entered the series against the D-backs with a 9-1 record at home.

Right-hander will start for the Phillies, coming off his best start of the young campaign. Lively held the Pirates to five hits and one run in six innings on Friday.

"I was a lot more controlled," Lively said. "I got texts all week. Even my grandpa [Jim] said, 'Hey, you're rushing.' So I was like, 'OK, I'm going to go slow.'"

For Arizona, righty Matt Koch will toe the rubber. He was called up from Triple-A Reno last week to start in place of (Tommy John surgery), and pitched well enough to keep the job for at least one more outing. Koch held the Padres to just two hits and one run over six innings Friday.