Five months on from the Houston Astros' World Series triumph, Major League Baseball is back and bigger than ever on BT Sport. 

BT Sport will show no fewer than eight matches per week throughout the 2023 campaign - plus every ball from the play-offs and World Series.

Read on for all the information on how to watch the first batch of confirmed live games on BT Sport for April.

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How to watch MLB live on BT Sport

Selected games from the 2023 MLB season will be available to watch live on BT Sport via the BT Sport app or online at btsport.com.

With as many as eight live games per week, UK baseball can also stay abreast of all the key storylines in the MLB with ESPN's weekly show, Baseball Today in the UK, which will be available to watch on the app or btsport.com.

Live MLB schedule for April on BT Sport

BT Sport will show no fewer than eight game lives each weekend, starting with the season curtain raiser on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium.

 

Full TV schedule for April

Wednesday 12 April

Yankees @ Guardians - 6pm on BT Sport 3HD

Athletics @ Orioles - 11.30pm on BT Sport 1HD

 

Thursday 13 April

Dodgers @ Giants - 2.30am on BT Sport 2HD

 

Friday 14 April

Twins @ Yankees - Midnight on BT Sport 1HD

 

Saturday 15 April

Rays @ Blue Jays - Midnight on BT Sport 2HD

Brewers @ Padres - 2.30am on BT Sport 4HD

 

Sunday 16 April 

Cubs @ Dodgers - 2am on BT Sport 2HD

Rays @ Blue Jays - 6.30pm on BT Sport 4HD

 

Monday 17 April

Rangers @ Astros - Midnight on BT Sport 1HD

Angels @ Red Sox - 4pm on BT Sport 2HD

Giants @ Marlins - 11.30pm on BT Sport 2HD

 

Wednesday 19 April

Phillies @ White Sox - Midnight on BT Sport 2HD

Braves @ Padres - 2.30am on BT Sport 3HD

Mets  Dodgers - 8pm on BT Sport 3HD

 

Thursday 20 April

Angels @ Yankees - Midnight on BT Sport 1HD

 

Friday 21 April

Dodgers @ Cubs - 00.30am on BT Sport 1HD

Mets @ Giants - 2.30am on BT Sport 2HD

Dodgers @ Cubs - 7pm on BT Sport 4HD

Reds @ Pirates - 11.30pm on BT Sport 2HD

 

Saturday 22 April

Blue Jays @ Yankees - 6pm on BT Sport 4HD

 

Sunday 23 April

Astros @ Braves - Midnight on BT Sport 3HD

Astros @ Braves - 6.30pm on BT Sport 3HD

 

Monday 24 April

Mets @ Giants - Midnight on BT Sport 1HD

Astors @ Rays - 11.30pm on BT Sport 2HD

 

Tuesday 25 April

Mariners @ Phillies - 11.30pm on BT Sport 2HD

 

Wednesday 26 April 

Cardinals @ Giants - 2.30am on BT Sport 3HD

Dodgers @ Pirates - 11.30pm on BT Sport 2HD

 

Thursday 27 April

Mariners @ Phillies - 6pm on BT Sport 4HD

 

Friday 28 April

National @ Mets - Midnight on BT Sport 1HD

Houston Astros beat Philadelphia Phillies to win the 2023 World Series back in October

Rule changes for 2023

Following a fan-led review in 2022, the MLB has implemented three significant rule changes in the hope of making the game more exciting for 2023.

 

1. Pitch timer

To create a faster-paced game, pitchers will now be required to start their throwing action based off a pitch timer.

They will have 15 seconds from receiving the ball with the bases empty OR 20 seconds with runners on base.

If they don't begin their motion before the timer goes off, they will be charged with an automatic ball.

 

2. Bigger bases

While the distance from home plate to the back of first base will still be 90 feet, first, second and third base have been expanded to 18 inches on each side.

The primary reason for the change is safety. MLB rulemakers hope runners and fielders will now have more space to operate, reducing the number of collisions on base.

However, with slightly reduced distances between the first and third bases, base stealers will also have a new advantage for the 2023 season.

 

3. Defensive shift limits

Over the years baseball has become more and more analytical.

To return the game to its more traditional fielding alignment and show-off its players' athleticism, the extreme defensive shifts thats contributed to plummeting batting averages have been outlawed.

The defensive team must now have a minimum of four players on the in-field dirt when the pitch is delivered, with at least two in-fielders on opposite sides of second base.

Failure to adhere to the fielding restrictions will result in an automatic ball for the batting team.

 

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