Whether you like it or not,. The iPhone maker has been showing Friday night games all season and it will continue tonight with two potentially historic games. The first game is a game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at 7:05 p.m. ET (4:05 p.m. PT). Baseball’s most storied rivalry usually commands attention, but with the Yankees already destined for the playoffs and the Red Sox nearly eliminated from the playoffs, all eyes are on Yankees slugger Aaron Judge.
Judge has currently hit 60 home runs this season, one shy of the American League record 61 hit by Yankee great Roger Maris in 1961. The Yankees’ star outfielder came within feet of the game-tying hit Thursday night.
Apple TV Plus’ second game of the night could see another scoring home run. The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in California at 10:10 p.m. ET (7:10 p.m. PT). The 104-win Dodgers have already locked down the NL West division, while the 88-win Cardinals are closing in on a playoff spot. As with the Yankees game, however, one player in particular will be in the spotlight: Cardinals great (and former Dodger) Albert Pujols and his quest for 700 homers. He currently sits on 698 career dingers.
Because these games are on Apple’s streaming service, the only way to watch either contest will be on Apple TV Plus. They won’t air on TV at all, even if you live in a local market like New York or Los Angeles.
Here’s everything you need to know about these games and how to watch the rest of Apple TV Plus’ baseball slate.
Apple normally charges $5 a month for Apple TV Plus, but its baseball games this season are available for free to “anyone with internet access.”
What devices can I watch on?
You can watch the games on all devices with the Apple TV app. This includes iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and Macs as well as streaming platforms like Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Google’s Android TV and Google TV.
If you have a game console, there’s an Apple TV app for Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox Series S and X, and Sony’s PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Recent TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio may also have Apple TV apps. More details on supported devices can be found on the Apple site.
What about Android and Windows devices?
Apple doesn’t have Apple TV Plus apps for Android devices or Windows computers, but it lets you stream its shows and games using a web browser by going to tv.apple.com.
However, you will need to sign in or create an Apple account to watch the matches.
Are the games also available on TV?
No. These shows are exclusive to Apple TV Plus, so you won’t be able to watch them on your local regional sports network.
Who calls the games?
Stephen Nelson (play-by-play), Katie Nolan (analyst), Hunter Pence (analyst) and Heidi Watney (reporter) will call the Yankees/Red Sox game.
Wayne Randazzo (play-by-play), Russell Dorsey (analyst), Chris Young (analyst) and Tricia Whitaker (reporter) will call the Dodgers/Cardinals game.
Will games be streamed in 4K?
Apple currently streams games in 1080p HD.