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The pennant races for 2021 Major League Baseball season are starting to heat up. In the American League, the Rays have passed the fading Red Sox in the AL East, while the Yankees are threatening to overtake the Red Sox for a Wild Card spot. The White Sox are running away in the AL West, and the Astros are leading the A’s in the AL West. Over in the National League, the Phillies lead the Braves and Mets in the NL East, the Giants lead the Dodgers and Padres in the NL West, and the Reds are making a run at the Brewers in the NL Central.

With about 50 games left in the season, MLB has dropped the price of its MLB.TV season subscription, and there are also a few free ways to watch live baseball in August and September. You don’t need cable to watch your favorite team’s games, but your options depend on which team you follow and where you live.

Behind the bat and 바카라 glove of shortstop Brandon Crawford, the San Francisco Giants have the best record in baseball as the pennant races begin to heat up.

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Live TV streaming service vs. MLB.TV

There are two major ways to stream MLB games day in, day out without a cable or satellite TV subscription:

Subscribe to a like AT&T TV or YouTube TV.Subscribe to .

Depending on where you live, one of the major live TV streaming services could carry the channel that has your favorite team. Those channels, called regional sports networks, deliver almost all of the regular-season games live. 

Most such services, however, carry only a handful of the 30 RSNs that show MLB games — and they’re typically the most expensive. AT&T TV carries the most RSNs, but you’ll need to spring for its $85-a-month plan; its basic $70-a-month plan doesn’t include RSNs. Sling TV, a service that costs $35 per month, doesn’t have any RSNs for baseball. If you’re a baseball fan who needs your team’s RSN, a cable subscription might actually be cheaper than streaming.

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The other option is , a separate service that carries every game played by every team live. It’s great for hard-core fans in general. MLB.TV costs $53 for the remainder of the season and also includes the playoffs and World Series.

The big catch with MLB.TV is the local blackout restriction: You can’t watch your local team’s games live. Instead, they become available about 90 minutes after the game ends. If you’re a Yankees fan in the New York area, for example, you can’t start to watch the Yankees game until an hour and a half after the final out. Other teams’ games aren’t blacked out live, which makes MLB.TV ideal for fans who want to follow one or more of the 28 or 29 teams based in other cities, aka out-of-market teams.

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AT&T TV: Best for fans of the home team

Due to MLB.TV’s blackout restriction, a live TV streaming service is the best bet for following your local team. Many services carry the RSN that has exclusive rights to every regular season game, but availability varies by location and service. 

In addition to the RSNs listed below, live TV services carry most if not all of the major national networks — ESPN, Fox, FS1, MLB Network and TBS — that regularly televise matchups from different teams around the league. Details are at the top of this article.

Here’s how the RSNs stack up on each service.

RSN availability by team and streaming service

Team

Network Name

AT&T TV

FuboTV

YouTube TV

Hulu with Live TV

Sling Blue

Arizona Diamondbacks

Bally Sports Arizona

Yes

No

No

No

No

Atlanta Braves

Bally Sports South

Yes

No

No

No

No

Baltimore Orioles

MASN

Yes

No

No

No

No

Boston Red Sox

NESN

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Chicago Cubs

Marquee Sports Network

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Chicago White Sox

NBC Sports Chicago

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Cincinnati Reds

Bally Sports Ohio

Yes

No

No

No

No

Cleveland Indians

SportsTime Ohio

Yes

No

No

No

No

Colorado Rockies

AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain

Yes

No

No

No

No

Detroit Tigers

Bally Sports Detroit

Yes

No

No

No

No

Houston Astros

AT&T SportsNet Southwest and Bally Sports Southwest

Yes

Yes (AT&T SportsNet Southwest)

No

No

No

Kansas City Royals

Bally Sports Kansas City

Yes

No

No

No

No

Los Angeles Angels

Bally Sports West

Yes

No

No

No

No

Los Angeles Dodgers

Spectrum SportsNet LA

Yes

No

No

No

No

Miami Marlins

Bally Sports Florida

Yes

No

No

No

No

Milwaukee Brewers

Bally Sports Wisconsin

Yes

No

No

No

No

Minnesota Twins

Bally Sports North

Yes

No

No

No

No

New York Mets

SportsNet NY

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

New York Yankees

YES

Yes

No

No

No

No

Oakland Athletics

NBC Sports California

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Philadelphia Phillies

NBC Sports Philadelphia

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Pittsburgh Pirates

AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

San Diego Padres

Bally Sports San Diego

Yes

No

No

No

No

San Francisco Giants

NBC Sports Bay Area

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Seattle Mariners

Root Sports Northwest

Yes

No

No

No

No

St. Louis Cardinals

Bally Sports Midwest

Yes

No

No

No

No

Tampa Bay Rays

Bally Sports Sun

Yes

No

No

No

No

Texas Rangers

AT&T SportsNet Southwest and Bally Sports Southwest

Yes

Yes (AT&T SportsNet Southwest)

No

No

No

Toronto Blue Jays

SportsNet

No

No

No

No

No

Washington Nationals

MASN

Yes

No

No

No

No

Some key takeaways:

The RSNs above are typically only available to local subscribers. Refer to the individual service’s details below to find out if you live in a place where you can receive a particular RSN. None of the (US-based) services carry the RSN for the Toronto Blue Jays.AT&T TV’s $85-a-month Choice package includes 28 of the 30 RSNs for baseball — all but the Phillies and aforementioned Blue Jays.It’s slim pickings for the other four services. FuboTV offers 10 RSNs for baseball, while Hulu Plus Live TV and YouTube TV offer only five. Sling TV doesn’t offer a single RSN.YouTube TV is the only service that carries MLB Network in its base package. The others either charge more or don’t carry it at all.

One other note: Fox Sports RSNs have been rebranded as Bally Sports, because the channels are no longer owned by Fox but Sinclair, which has since partnered with casino group Bally’s to rename them. So, Fox Sports Ohio is now called Bally Sports Ohio and so on. 

If you are looking to watch your local team night in and night out, AT&T TV is your best bet. It offers by far the most RSNs of the live TV streaming services. Philadelphia and Toronto are the only MLB cities whose RSN is not offered on AT&T TV. FuboTV is second with 10 RSNs, giving you only a one-in-three chance of getting your local RSN to watch baseball.

AT&T TV is the priciest of the five major live TV streaming services, but it’s also the one with the most RSNs. Its cheapest, $70-a-month Plus package includes ESPN, Fox, FS1 and TBS. You’ll need to move up to the $85-a-month Choice plan to get MLB Network and any available RSN. You can use its to see which local channels and RSNs are available in your area. 

MLB.TV subscription: Best for out-of-market games

Major League Baseball’s official streaming service is great for following your favorite team if you live outside its TV market. Because of the 90-minute blackout described above, however, it’s much less useful for following your local home team. 

MLB.TV subscribers also miss games that are broadcast nationally on ESPN, Fox, FS1, MLB Network and TBS. Those games are blacked out on MLB.TV, which can be particularly irksome for fans of the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and other big-market teams that are frequently selected for national broadcasts.

Here are MLB.TV’s 2021 pricing options for the rest of the season:

Pay $53 to be able to watch out-of-market games live or on demand, and the in-market (home) team with a 90-minute delay from the end of the game.

Pay $45 to watch a single out-of-market team. If you’re only interested in watching your favorite team play and don’t live in its TV market, then this plan can save you a few bucks. You sacrifice, however, the ability to switch over to a potential no-hitter in progress elsewhere or any other exciting matchup or moment that does not involve your team.

Pay $25 per month to be able to watch out-of-market games live or on demand, and the in-market (home) team with a 90-minute delay from the end of the game. This is a good option if you have doubts about your team contending this year and can see your attention waning along with your team’s chances by the All-Star break.

With MLB.TV, you can also listen to home and away radio broadcasts. The radio broadcasts aren’t subject to the blackout rule, so you can listen to home team games live. MLB.TV also includes a ton of video content, including classic games, baseball documentaries and old This Week in Baseball episodes.

Even if you don’t subscribe, you can still watch baseball with the MLB app. It offers one Free Game of the Day that anyone can stream live for free.

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ESPN’s stand-alone streaming service costs $6 a month or $60 a year and shows one game nearly every day of the six-month MLB season. The catch is that your local team’s games are blacked out when they appear on ESPN Plus, similar to MLB.TV. Also, the games shown on ESPN Plus are not exclusive to ESPN Plus and are also available on MLB.TV.

Best options for nationally broadcast games

Aside from AT&T TV, the odds are long that a live TV streaming service carries the RSN for your local team’s games, which makes the other four services better bets for watching nationally televised games. YouTube also shows a game a week for free.

FuboTV costs $65 per month and offers 10 RSNs for baseball. It also includes ESPN, Fox, FS1 and MLB Network but not TBS. Check out which .

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and offers five RSNs for baseball, along with all five channels for national broadcasts. Plug in your ZIP code on its to see which local networks and RSNs are available in your area.

Hulu with Live TV costs $65 a month and carries five RSNs for baseball along with ESPN, Fox, FS1 and TBS, but not MLB Network. Click the “View all channels in your area” link at the bottom of its to see which local networks and RSNs are available where you live.

Sling Blue currently lacks a single RSN to watch baseball. You can, however, use Sling to watch national baseball broadcasts. Sling TV’s Orange plan includes ESPN, and the Blue plan includes Fox and FS1. Both plans offer TBS. The MLB Network is available as part of the Sports Extra add-on, which costs $11 a month for either the Blue or Orange plan or $15 for the combined Orange-and-Blue plan. The individual plans cost $35 a month each, and the Orange-and-Blue plan costs $50 a month. You can .

Each live TV streaming service offers a free trial, allows you to cancel anytime and requires a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our .

For the third year, YouTube will stream some MLB games for free. For the 2021 season, 21 games will be shown as the MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube. The next four games scheduled are: 

White Sox and Twins on Aug. 11Blue Jays and Nationals on Aug. 17Royals and Astros on Aug. 25Brewers and Giants on Sept. 2

Yankees games on Prime Video

For Yankees fans in the team’s market, this season. While you don’t need to live in the Bronx to stream these games, the area where they’re available is limited — New York state, Connecticut, northeast Pennsylvania, and north and central New Jersey. You’ll need to be a Prime member, too. 

The next game is Sunday, Aug. 15 against the White Sox. The Yankees have two more clashes against their rivals from Boston scheduled for Prime Video on Aug. 17 and Sept. 24. The final game is scheduled for Sept. 29 against the Blue Jays.

MLB At Bat add-on

The MLB At Bat app is great on phones and even better on tablets. If you bought an MLB.TV subscription (as outlined above), you can log in to your account and watch games live in the app. There is a cheaper subscription option for use with the mobile app only, but it’s limited in what it lets you watch.

You can buy an via the MLB At Bat app. It costs $20 a year (or $3 a month) and lets you listen to the home or away radio broadcasts — baseball is the only sport I can listen to on the radio — and watch one game per day during the season. You can’t choose which game you want to watch; you’re stuck with the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day.

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