Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

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The social media network confirmed that it will stream one game a week of the nation's second most popular sport, beginning with Friday's contest between the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds.

Facebook and the MLB announced a new partnership today that will see 20 regular season baseball games live-streamed on Facebook this season, according to TechCrunch.

"It is something we would really like to do in 2019", said Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. Twitter Inc. also live-streams some baseball and National Hockey League games.

"We'd love to have a new system in place for the signing season 2017-2018", Manfred said, noting that different rules apply to players coming to Major League Baseball from different countries.

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NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball fans can like their team's games with a click starting Friday. The partners will stream games every Friday at 7.10 pm, Eastern Time. The other group is led by businessman Tagg Romney, son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and includes Hall of Famer Tom Glavine. "It's really between the Marlins and the bidders", Manfred said.

The new streaming deal will expand beyond these earlier efforts to actually stream live games to Facebook users - broadening access to games beyond their local markets. Feeds will come from the home team's televised broadcast as "The Facebook" tries to gain ground on Twitter, who is already on its second season of broadcasting Major League Baseball contests.

The move was made Thursday before the Marlins began a four-game series against the Dodgers, and was retroactive to Wednesday. They'll be available on the official MLB Facebook page.

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