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ESPN plans higher tech ball b’casts

Feeling the heat from Fox’s newfangled, jazzier Major League Baseball coverage, ESPN announced Monday that it will introduce several new production wrinkles into its own game telecasts beginning with the April 1 opening of the baseball season.

Starting that day, the sports cablenet will run an up-to-date box score of the game in progress at screen bottom, flashing batting, pitching and fielding stats of both teams three times per game.

Additionally, ESPN will — during select Sunday-night telecasts — mount a robotic camera on the screen behind home plate that will bring unobstructed, up-close views of infield replays.

Also planned is a diamond inside the running on-screen score box that denotes the position of runners. And after each pitch, the speed will appear in the lower left portion of the box.

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