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Watch free games on MLB.TV's 16th birthday

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You can traverse the baseball landscape today. You can seek out the sizzle of Rays ace Blake Snell as he tries to shut down the red-hot Red Sox (1:10 p.m. ET), scope out trade acquisition Chris Archer's fifth outing with the Pirates against the Brewers (2:10 p.m.), check in on the developing National League MVP race as Matt Carpenter and Nolan Arenado play on the same field in the finale of a scintillating series between the Cardinals and Rockies (3:10 p.m.) or watch Zack Greinke try to master the Mariners (4:10 p.m.).

Thanks to MLB.TV, you can watch it all in the palm of your hand or on the comfort of your lap or with the convenience of the nearest tabletop.

You can traverse the baseball landscape today. You can seek out the sizzle of Rays ace Blake Snell as he tries to shut down the red-hot Red Sox (1:10 p.m. ET), scope out trade acquisition Chris Archer's fifth outing with the Pirates against the Brewers (2:10 p.m.), check in on the developing National League MVP race as Matt Carpenter and Nolan Arenado play on the same field in the finale of a scintillating series between the Cardinals and Rockies (3:10 p.m.) or watch Zack Greinke try to master the Mariners (4:10 p.m.).

Thanks to MLB.TV, you can watch it all in the palm of your hand or on the comfort of your lap or with the convenience of the nearest tabletop.

And you can do it all for free.

Ain't technology great?

Watch Sunday's games free on MLB.TV

To celebrate the 16th anniversary of the service's launch, Sunday's MLB.TV slate will be presented free of charge (local and national blackout restrictions apply). Here's a chance to explore all the features that have made MLB.TV the longest-running and most successful sports streaming service, available across more than 400 supported mobile and connected devices (including the MLB At Bat app).

When MLB.TV debuted on Aug. 26, 2002, it launched in conjunction with the 63rd anniversary of the first broadcast of a Major League Baseball game in 1939. Today, if you were to look at the stream from that 2002 broadcast between the Yankees and Rangers (which was presented on a media player roughly the size of a postage stamp and was bedeviled by buffering issues) and compare it to the quality of a modern-day MLB.TV presentation, well, 2002 might as well have been 1939.

Video: Hernandez, Soriano lead Yanks past Rangers in 2002

Streaming has been streamlined over the past 16 years, and now MLB.TV brings us the ballgames with the definition of high-definition, making it one of the most popular over-the-top streaming services in the country. MLB.TV's initial stream was described as "too choppy and too fuzzy" by The New York Times. As it evolved, it came to be described as "a pioneer in sports on the web" by the Wall Street Journal.

The birthday broadcasts will give the uninitiated an idea of what all the fuss is about -- how MLB.TV incorporates enhanced Gameday, pitch-by-pitch features (including clickable line scores and tracking of the location, type and speed of every pitch live), includes both the home-and-away broadcasts (with the option of overlaying the audio from the home or away radio broadcasts or the Spanish-language audio, where available), lets you pause and rewind with live DVR controls and brings it all in a brilliant 60-frames-per-second presentation.

So settle into the streams, wade into the waters. MLB.TV will take you on a trip through the Majors, free of charge. You'll see we've come a long way from 1939. And from 2002, for that matter.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.