MLB's digital-only national broadcasts continue this week with today's Twins-Brewers contest at Miller Park, which airs live in the United States exclusively on Facebook.This Interleague bout between Central clubs is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB's partnership with the social media network.Fans can catch
MLB's digital-only national broadcasts continue this week with today's Twins-Brewers contest at Miller Park, which airs live in the United States exclusively on Facebook.
This Interleague bout between Central clubs is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB's partnership with the social media network.
Fans can catch the 4:10 p.m. ET contest at www.facebook.com/MLBLiveGames or 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 man Scott Braun, analysts Bill Schroeder and LaTroy Hawkins and in-game reporter Stephen Nelson.
Both sides will be represented in the booth. Schroeder, a former catcher, played six of his eight Major League seasons with the Brewers from 1983-89, while Hawkins -- who retired in 2015 after a 21-year career -- begin his career with nine seasons in Minnesota (1995-2003) and also played two seasons in Milwaukee (2010-11). Schroeder is a longtime color commentator for Brewers television broadcasts, while Hawkins, currently serving as a special assistant for the Twins, made his broadcasting debut on FOX Sports North last season.
How to watch on mobile and desktop
1. Search for "MLB Live" on Facebook
2. Follow the "MLB Live" show page
1. Download the Facebook video app on your TV or streaming device and search for "MLB Live"
2. 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)
• Tuesday, July 3: MIN-MIL, 4:10 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 11: WSH-PIT, 12:35 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 25: SF-SEA, 4:10 p.m.
What to know about the Twins-Brewers game
This is the first series between Minnesota and Milwaukee in 2018. The Twins swept last year's four-game season series, outscoring the Brewers, 27-10.
Jake Odorizzi will start for Minnesota. Acquired by the Twins via trade with the Rays this winter to help solidify their rotation, Odorizzi has seen mixed results through 17 starts this season. The right-hander is coming off a bounce-back outing, however, after pitching six scoreless frames against the White Sox on Thursday. Odorizzi struck out eight batters and held Chicago to three hits and three walks in the no-decision.
Milwaukee will counter with Junior Guerra, who's been the Brewers' most consistent and effective starter in 2018. He's struck out at least six batters in three straight starts, and topped 100 pitches in back-to-back outings, a rarity on a team that leans on its bullpen like the Brewers do.
The Twins welcomed back shortstop Jorge Polanco this week as he was reinstated from his 80-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing drugs. Polanco broke out in the second half of 2017, batting .293/.359/.511 with 10 home runs, 15 doubles and 43 RBIs in 63 games.
"I think we all miss that aspect of his game," manager Paul Molitor said. "He's another one of those guys who helps everyone in the lineup by how he takes good at-bats over the course of a season."
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.