Spring training is over – regular season MLB baseball is finally back! And over in Florida today sees the now former-World Series champs Houston Astros in action. Will they build on yesterday’s 5-1 win? Find out with an Astros vs Rays live stream today.
Astros vs Rays MLB 2019 – when and where?
The Houston Astros and Tamp Bay Rays do battle in a four-match series to kick off the new season, starting March 28. The action of game two starts at 7.10pm local time – so that’s just after 6pm Texas time – on Friday, March 29.
The first games of the 2019 campaign take place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Trop will only hold around 25,000 baseball fans this season, with the top tier closed for renovations.
After a long awaited off-season and all the anticipation that spring training brings, baseball has returned to cities across the US. Although Floridians may have preferred that it had come a day later, with the Astros coasting to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on the Opening Day.
That was largely thanks to a three-run homer flown to center field by George Springer. As you’d hope from his name, Springer has form for getting MLB seasons off to a flying start and yesterday was no exception. It was his third consecutive season hitting a home run in the first game up. Today’s pitching match-up sees Gerrit Cole go up against Charlie Morton, with Cole the favorite to give Houston a two game series lead.
Keep reading to see the best ways to get an Astros vs Rays live stream. As you’ll see, it’s available via the ESPN+ subscription service (which comes with a 7-day free trial if you haven’t tried it before). And we’ll also tell you how to catch it even if you’re not in the US this weekend.
How to watch Astros vs Rays in the US for FREE
Subscription service ESPN+ has snagged the coverage of the game 2 clash between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. The broadcasting giant’s online subscription platform only launched in 2018, but has already made waves by hosting big-ticket tennis, soccer, UFC and boxing events.
It costs $4.99 per month – so not huge sums, and less than streaming services like Netflix (and a lot less than cable). That lets you watch online, but also via its mobile app and TV streamer apps on the likes of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PS4 and Xbox.
But the best news is that you can grab a seven-day FREE trial. So if you haven’t used ESPN+ before, you can sign up for that and get a taster of its baseball coverage without paying a thing. If you do decide to take a full sub, ESPN+ is promising more than 180 MLB regular season games in 2019.
Live stream MLB baseball from outside your country
If you’ve been looking forward to this opening day match-up but now find yourself abroad, you’ll find that your coverage will be geo-blocked. Annoying for sure, but not the end of the road…as you can try using a VPN to change your IP address to a US server and watch as if you were back at home.
Virtual Private Networks are also handy if you’re concerned about streaming safely on the web, thanks to the encryption they use to hide your details. And the best won’t log your personal information, either. We’ve tested hundreds of VPNs and can recommend these as the best VPN options currently available:
1. Express VPN (comes with a 30 day money back guarantee) Simply put, this is our pick as the #1 VPN in the world right now. You can watch on many devices at once including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets etc. Check out Express VPN and get 3 months FREE on an annual plan.
2. IPVanish supports up to 10 devices, so great on the go
3. NordVPN: SmartPlay tech makes NordVPN a great, affordable choice for streaming