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Here’s how to watch the Tampa Bay Rays play the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight, only on YouTube

As part of an MLB package, select games are moved off traditional TV for viewing via mobile devices, smart TVs, laptops.
Blake Snell returns to the mound tonight in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. [AP photo]
Published Sep. 17

LOS ANGELES — The Rays are back in action playing the Dodgers in Los Angeles tonight with as 10:10 Tampa Bay time start, and Blake Snell will be back on the mound for the first time since late July elbow surgery. But you can’t watch the game on Fox Sports Sun or any other traditional over-the-air or cable TV network.

That’s because it was chosen for exclusive broadcast via YouTube through an arrangement with MLB.

The game is free to watch, but a bit more complicated, requiring either a device (phone, laptop, iPad, smart TV) that can access www.youtube.com/mlb or the YouTube app (search for MLB). Also, if you have a subscription to YouTube TV. Specific instructions are below.

You will see a familiar face on the broadcast crew, as former Rays standout B.J. Upton is one of the analysts, along with Nomar Garciaparra, who does Dodgers TV. MLB Network’s Scott Braun is calling the game, and Dodgers TV reporter Alanna Rizzo will do the on-field reports.

Here are instructions to find the game provided by YouTube:

Every MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube broadcast is free to watch. There are no fees or sign-ups required. You do not need a YouTube account to access the games. The game broadcasts are not available anywhere else on TV or online. Here are the easy ways to watch every MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube for each of your devices.

Mobile device:

1. Open the YouTube app.

2. Search for "MLB."

3. Tap the MLB YouTube channel.

4. If the game is on, tap the game thumbnail to watch live.

5. If the game is upcoming, tap the game thumbnail and click on “Set Reminder” to receive a notification when the game is live (log-in required to set reminder).

6. Click on the Chromecast button to watch on the big screen with a Chromecast device.

Smart TV:

1. Open the YouTube app.

2. Search for "MLB."

3. Click on the MLB YouTube channel.

4. If the game is on, tap the game thumbnail to watch live.

Desktop

1. Go to www.youtube.com/mlb on your browser.

2. If the game is on, click the game thumbnail to watch live.

3. If the game is upcoming, click the “Set Reminder” button to receive a notification when the game is live (log-in required to set reminder).

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