The Dodgers on ESPN are becoming appointment television, as yet another game was added to the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball schedule. The Dodgers' game against the Reds in Cincinnati on Sept. 8 was selected on Friday as an ESPN game, to be played at 5 p.m. PT. Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and John Kruk are on the call, with Buster Olney on hand as well reporting from the dugouts.
This will mark the fourth time the Dodgers will have been on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball in 2013. They lost 4-3 at AT&T Park on May 5 in San Francisco, they beat the Rays 8-2 this past Sunday, and will host the Red Sox on Aug. 25 at Dodger Stadium. The game against the Reds will mark the third time in five weeks the Dodgers are on ESPN's showcase baseball telecast.
With exclusive television broadcast rights, moving the game to ESPN removes a Dodgers broadcast. But unlike the game against the Rays on Aug. 11 or the Red Sox on Aug. 25, the Sept. 8 game in Cincinnati won't affect a Vin Scully broadcast, as the Hall of Famer doesn't travel east of Arizona.
The series against the Reds is just one of four series remaining for the Dodgers against teams with winning records. In their final 42 games the Dodgers' games against currently winning teams include three at home against the Red Sox, three in Cincinnati against the Reds and seven games against the Diamondbacks, including four in Phoenix.
ESPN selected its Sunday Night Baseball schedule through Sept. 22, including the Yankees vs. Red Sox on Sept. 15. The Dodgers host the Giants on Sept. 15, a game that was previously held for potential ESPN selection. That finale of a four-game series against San Francisco will now be a 1:10 p.m. PT game on Prime Ticket, and another game broadcast by Scully.