White Sox fans won’t find the team’s game Wednesday afternoon on NBC Sports Chicago, or any other TV or cable channel, for that matter. YouTube will carry the broadcast exclusively and for free. Go to YouTube.com/MLB or search “MLB” in the YouTube app on all smart devices. First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. Central.
Matt Yallof and Bill Ripken of MLB Network will host the pregame show beginning at 11:30 a.m. Play-by-play voice Scott Braun, analyst LaTroy Hawkins and reporter Lauren Gardner will provide the game commentary. But fans can choose to listen to their team’s radio call instead.
Starting this week for YouTube’s weekly games, the broadcast will include a feature that gives fans the option to listen to the home or away radio feed. So as viewers watch the stream, they can listen to Braun and Hawkins, the Sox’ Len Kasper and Darrin Jackson or the Twins’ Cory Provus and Dan Gladden. In settings, select “Audio Track” and choose from the primary stream, home radio or away radio.
In addition to the multi-audio feature, viewers can participate in a live chat and follow commentary from more than 40 sports-focused YouTube creators. The broadcast also will ask viewers to vote in polls, including for the YouTube Player of the Game. That player will receive a trophy during the postgame show.
Sox-Twins is YouTube’s 15th game in a 21-game exclusive schedule this season. It’s also the Sox’ first appearance in the “MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube,” which is in its third season.