The Opening Day action is rolling right along on ESPN, as the Cleveland Indians will head to Arlington for a showdown with the Texas Rangers. Both of these teams were division champs last year, with Cleveland going 94-67 to win the AL Central and Texas taking the AL West with a 95-67 record.
In the 2016 playoffs, the Rangers were swept 3-0 by the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALDS, while the Indians were heartbreakingly close to winning it all. Cleveland blew a 3-1 lead to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, which had to have felt like the biggest gut punch of all-time.
In tonight’s game, Corey Kluber will take the ball for the Indians and Yu Darvish for the Rangers. Out of all of the Opening Day pitching matchups, this is the best duel of the bunch. Kluber made his first All-Star team last year after going 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA and 1.06 WHIP while striking out 227 batters over 215 innings. It was a long overdue honor for the 30-year-old righty, as he won the 2014 AL Cy Young Award and boasts a lifetime ERA of 3.33.
Darvish has been slowed down by injures over the last few years, including missing all of the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. But when the 30-year-old righty is healthy enough to pitch, he’s still one of the top arms in baseball. In 2016, Darvish went 7-5 with a 3.41 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, and he struck out 132 batters over 100.1 innings. Let’s hope the three-time All-Star can avoid the disabled list in 2017, as it’s always a treat watching him baffle hitters.
Now that the stage has been set, let’s breakdown all of the different ways you can watch the Indians and Rangers kick off their seasons.
Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers Viewing Details
Date: Monday, April 3, 2017
Time: 7:00 P.M. EST
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington in Arlington, Texas
TV Channel: ESPN (Check local listings.)
How To Live Stream Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers Online
Your best bet for watching the Indians battle the Rangers via a live stream is WatchESPN. You will need your log-in and password information for your cable or satellite provider and you’re good to go.
If you don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch the game through Sling TV. Sling TV is a service that allows subscribers to watch live and on-demand TV channels on TVs, computers, or mobile devices for a monthly fee. It’s just like a cable or satellite TV service, except it’s delivered over the internet. The service’s Orange package includes ESPN and costs $20 a month, but you can sign up for a free seven-day trial. If you cancel your subscription within the week, you will not be charged. Once signed up, simply download the app for your computer to start watching.
You can also live stream ESPN online through DIRECTV NOW. DIRECTV offers a free seven-day trial, so you will receive a full week free before your paid membership begins. If you cancel your subscription within the seven day period, you will not be charged. DIRECTV NOW is available on Desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.
Watch Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers On Phone, Tablet Or Mobile
If you can’t watch tonight’s game on your TV or computer, the Worldwide Leader has you covered with the WatchESPN app. As long as you have a cable or satellite provider, you can download the app for free in the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Store, or Windows Store.
You can also watch the game on the Sling app. Sign up for a free Sling trial and download their app from the App Store or Google Play. There is also a Sling app for Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.