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Costas joins MLB Network

Bob Costas will be a regular presence on MLB Network, hosting a studio show and other programming and calling some games, the network announced today.

MLB Network Studio 42 with Bob Costas debuts Thursday at 8 p.m. with a Joe Torre interview. Costas also will be the play-by-play voice on "a select number" of MLB Network's 26 games.

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The latter is the best part of this deal. Costas always was a terrific baseball announcer, but he has been parked in studios for a long time. He oozes love of baseball from his pores -- OK, that's not the most appealing imagery -- so this is a great move by MLB.

This is an exclusive cable deal for Costas, which means he won't appear anymore on HBO.

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