Cards-Yanks open ESPN's slate of spring telecasts

Season debut of network's Grapefruit League games also available on MLB.TV

ESPN will broadcast eight Grapefruit League games this spring, kicking off its slate of televised games with a Cardinals-Yankees matchup on March 11.

The second meeting of the spring between New York and St. Louis will be played at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., and will also be available on MLB.TV.

The Yankees and Phillies will each make three appearances on ESPN this spring, while the Cardinals, Red Sox and Mets will also play in multiple televised games. All of ESPN's Spring Training games will begin at 1 p.m.

A week after the Cardinals and Yankees meet in Tampa, ESPN will air the Phillies-Braves tilt on March 18, the debut of ESPN's new Sunday Night Baseball crew: Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney.

The Phillies will be back on TV on March 19, when they host the Yankees at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. On March 20, the Yankees and Red Sox will meet at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Fla. That game will be televised on ESPN2.

The following games will round out ESPN's Spring Training schedule: Red Sox at Orioles on March 25, Cardinals at Mets on March 26, Phillies at Tigers on March 27 and Mets at Nationals on March 28.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.