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Facebook agrees to stream 25 MLB games during 2018 season

FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2015, file photo, a basket of baseballs sits on a practice field as Pittsburgh Pirates catchers take batting practice during a baseball spring training workout in Bradenton, Fla. Facebook is getting deeper into the professional sports streaming game, signing a deal with Major League Baseball to show 25 afternoon games in an exclusive deal. The games will be available Facebook users in the U.S. on Facebook Watch, the company’s video feature, via the MLB Live show page Facebook said Friday, March 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Facebook is ready to play ball.

The social media giant inked a deal with Major League Baseball to stream 25 games during the 2018 season.

This is the first time a major U.S. league has agreed to show regular season games exclusively on Facebook.

MLB owners unanimously approved the $35 million move.

All of the games will take place on weekday afternoons, primarily Wednesdays.

The agreement begins with the April 4 game between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets.

Viewers will be able to watch on smartphones, tablets, computers and other connected devices, including home TV’s.

MLB Network also signed a deal with YouTube TV earlier this week, allowing the company to include the network as part of its streaming television service. It comes after partnering with YouTube during the 2017 World Series.

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