Games involving Judge, Pujols only available on Apple TV+

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans looking to watch Aaron Judge’s pursuit of the AL home run record or Albert Pujols’ pursuit of 700 home runs live Friday night will need it via streaming.

Apple TV+ has exclusive coverage of both games as part of its “Friday Night Baseball” package. The games were selected and announced in early August.

When games are broadcast nationally, it also means that other networks cannot make live cuts. ESPN and MLB Network did this earlier in the week when the games were only available on the team’s regional networks.

Fans can access both Friday Night games on Apple TV+ for free and without the need for a subscription. The Apple TV app is available on all Apple devices and can also be accessed on smart TVs, game consoles and set-top boxes.

This is the first season of Apple’s deal with Major League Baseball, which is part of a trend of leagues in partnership with streaming platforms for a game pack.

Judge is at 60 home runs as the New York Yankees host the Boston Red Sox. His next home run would tie him with Roger Maris for the AL record. Maris hit 61 for the Yankees in 1961.

The St. Louis de Pujols Cardinals visit the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pujols needs two to become the fourth player to hit the 700 home run milestone, but he hasn’t gone deep in his last six games.

Pujols played most of last season with the Dodgers after being released by the Los Angeles Angels. Of the 12 homers he hit for the Dodgers last season, eight came at Dodger Stadium.

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