Publish date:

You need MLB Network to watch Game 1 between the Twins and Yankees

That could be a problem for fans, especially those with Comcast in the Twin Cities.

2:50 P.M. UPDATE

Comcast has now included the Minneapolis-St. Paul market in its agreement to provide a free preview of MLB Network for Friday's Twins-Yankees game, which will be broadcast exclusively on MLB Network. 

Here's the statement from Comcast: 

"Comcast will make the MLB Network free preview available to all customers in time for Friday’s Twins-Yankees playoff game. Video customers will have access to MLB Network at no additional cost through October 11. The MLB Network free preview will be available on the following channels: 272/733 SD, 873/1219 HD. Customers can also say “watch MLB Network” into their Xfinity Voice Remote."

Original story

Game 1 of the best-of-five playoff series between the Twins and Yankees starts just after 6 p.m. Friday, but some fans in Minnesota could have a hard time watching it at home. 

MLB Network has the exclusive rights to the first game of the series, with Games 2, 3, 4 and 5 scheduled to be televised on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). If you don't subscribe to a package on Comcast that includes MLB Network, you're out of luck in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. 

The Minneapolis-St. Paul market is not among the Comcast network that is included in MLB's partnership with numerous cable/streaming providers to offer MLB Network for free as a bonus Oct. 1-11. Among the providers that are getting the free offer: 

  • AT&T U-verse
  • Cablevision (Altica)
  • Comcast (participating markets)
  • Cox
  • DirecTV
  • DISH
  • Frontier
  • RCN
  • Sling TV
  • Verizon FiOS

So if you live in the metro area and subscribe to a Comcast package that doesn't already include MLB Network, you're either out of luck or will have to pay $9.99/month to add MLB Network. 

Another solution is to sign up for a free 7-day trial of YouTube TV, which includes MLB Network. You could do the same with other streaming providers that include MLB Network, or just head to a sports bar or a friend's place to watch Game 1 of the series. 

You could also dial it up on radio via AM-830 WCCO. 

One bonus of the game being on MLB Network is that it'll receive an All-Star broadcast crew featuring Bob Costas, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci. The game starts at 6:07 p.m. Friday at Yankee Stadium. 

MLB Network only gets the exclusive rights to two games during the postseason, so this is the only time it'll cause issues for potential viewers. 

Next Up

mickey moore driver's license shared

Beleaguered Ward 9 city council candidate loses Strib endorsement

Mickey Moore has faced questions in recent days about where he actually lives.

CDC biohazard scientist health work

New clue may explain how rare tropical disease sickened Minnesotan

The disease, known as melioidosis, killed 2 people earlier this year.

Sen Mark Koran crop

MN lawmaker encourages donations for locals charged in Jan. 6 insurrection

"They are a good family!" Sen. Mark Koran wrote Friday.


Money Gal Coaching: Mastering the spiritual parts of money

Kelly Blodgett used her passion behind becoming debt free to launch Money Gal Coaching.

University of minnesota sign

U of M will now require proof that employees have been vaccinated for COVID

Previously, only students were required to be vaccinated.

Jim Hagedorn

Report reveals details about ethics investigation into Rep. Hagedorn

The congressman described the report's findings as "unfounded conclusions."


SkyWest cancels hundreds of flights due to server error

More than 80 have been canceled at MSP Airport.


First elk in more than 100 years spotted in parts of southern WI

The elk population was reintroduced to Wisconsin in recent decades.

grand marais

10 beautiful Minnesota cities to visit for outdoor adventures

These places are perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway.


Nelson Cruz

Here's the Twins' batting order for Game 1

Eddie Rosario is batting fourth and starting in right field.

Miguel Sano

Better playoff matchup for Twins: Astros or Yankees?

Barring a collapse in the Central Division, the Twins are headed to New York or Houston.

Comcast customers might not get Gophers football games

Comcast's contract with Big Ten Network and FS1 expires soon.

Rocco Baldelli

Baldelli not convinced of intimidation factor at Yankee Stadium

The Yankees have knocked the Twins out of the playoff 5 times since 2004.

Giancarlo Stanton

Attacking the heart of the Yankees' order: Part 1

Twins Daily breaks down the big bats in New York's batting order.