New York Mets' Max Scherzer flips the ball around in...

New York Mets' Max Scherzer flips the ball around in the second inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins on March 21, 2022. Credit: AP/Sue Ogrocki

The Mets and Nationals will premiere Apple TV+’s new series of live streaming doubleheaders on April 8, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.

Initially, the games will be free to anyone with an internet connection, even those who are not subscribers to Apple TV+. But there figures to be a learning curve for many fans who at least will be inconvenienced by the absence of the game from traditional broadcast or cable television.

Eventually the games are expected to be available only to subscribers, much like this season’s slate of exclusive NHL games on the ESPN+ streaming service.

Apple and MLB announced the first half of the “Friday Night Baseball” schedule, starting with Mets-Nationals in Washington and Astros-Angels from Anaheim, California. The Mets game is expected to feature the regular-season Mets debut of Max Scherzer.

Other Apple TV+ games involving local teams include Yankees at Royals on April 29, Tigers at Yankees on June 3 and Mets at Angels on June 10.

“Friday Night Baseball” on Apple TV+ schedule so far

(all times Eastern)

Friday, April 8

New York Mets at Washington Nationals, 7 p.m. 

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Angels, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, April 15

Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox, 7 p.m. 

Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10 p.m.

Friday, April 22

St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds, 6:30 p.m. 

Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, April 29

New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals, 8 p.m.

Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants, 10 p.m.

Friday, May 6

Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox, 7 p.m.

Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, May 13

San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves, 7 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, May 20

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates, 6:30 p.m. 

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros, 8 p.m.

Friday, May 27

Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox, 7 p.m.

Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, June 3

Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees, 7 p.m. 

Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 10

Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins, 8 p.m. 

New York Mets at Los Angeles Angels, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, June 17

Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros, 8 p.m.

Cleveland Guardians at Los Angeles Dodgers, 10 p.m.

Friday, June 24

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals, 8 p.m.

Detroit Tigers at Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:30 p.m.

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