The MLB Network has set its schedule for Thursday night games in April and May, and the Orioles are making an early season appearance. Do you figure the network wanted to get them out of the way in May (and felt the same about the Royals, their opponent)?

Though this is a Thursday night package, the schedule includes the opener for the new Yankee Stadium on April 16. The schedule, with announcers:


April 9, 7 p.m.: Brewers @ Giants -- Matt Vasgersian and Joe Magrane

April 16, 1 p.m.: Indians @ Yankees -- Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds and Jim Kaat

April 16, 8 p.m.: Blue Jays @ Twins -- Victor Rojas and Dan Plesac

April 23, 8 p.m.: Dodgers @ Astros -- Vasgersian and Magrane

April 30, 7 p.m.: Red Sox @ Rays -- Rojas and Magrane

May 7, 7 p.m.: Phillies @ Mets -- Costas and Al Leiter

May 14, 8 p.m.: Orioles @ Royals --TBD

May 21, 8 p.m.: Cubs @ Cardinals -- TBD