Sox and A’s opener on XM radio

Major League Baseball will open the 2008 regular season on
March 25 with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s in
Japan. XM Satellite Radio will air three live broadcasts of the game, including
one broadcast in Japanese.

The Red Sox will play the A’s in front of a sold-out crowd at the Tokyo Dome
at 6:05 am ET. XM will air the Red Sox radio broadcast, the A’s broadcast, and
a Japanese-language broadcast on three separate channels.

“There is no sport better suited to radio than baseball,” said
Eric Logan, XM executive vice president, programming. “This year’s season
opener is especially exciting because the game is being played in
Tokyo. With the time
difference, a lot of fans will be able to hear the game on XM while they drive
to work. This is our fourth season as the official satellite radio network of
MLB. Whether you’re a Yankees fan living in Los Angeles
or a Cubs fan vacationing in
you can hear the games for all thirty teams on your XM radio.”

For Opening Night on March 30, the Washington Nationals will play their
first game at
Park, their brand-new
stadium near the U.S. Capitol. The Nationals will host the Atlanta Braves
starting at 8:05 pm ET. XM will air the Nationals broadcast, the Braves
broadcast, and the ESPN Radio broadcast of the game. The MLB Home Plate channel
will be live from
Park throughout the day.

The traditional Opening Day on March 31 will bring 14 baseball games to the
XM roster, starting with the New York Yankees’ season opener against the
Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 pm ET. This will be the last Opening Day game at
Yankee Stadium, and the MLB Home Plate channel will report live from the site.

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