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NEW YORK Major League Baseball will stream the Aug. 26 matchup between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers gratis on MLB.com, marking the five-year anniversary of the site's first live-game Webcast.

On Aug. 6, 2002, the site streamed a game between the Yankees and Texas Rangers to roughly 30,000 viewers. Since then, it has gone on to build a strong subscription-based business built around delivering fans live games on the Web, just as online video has come into its own.

The league now streams its entire schedule of games on the Internet, and fans have accessed more than 1.2 billion streams of live and on-demand game footage on MLB.com since 2002.

"The first live broadcast was the foundation to offering fans the opportunity to watch games anywhere, anytime and on any device," said Dinn Mann, evp, content and editor in chief, MLB.com. "We remain committed to our charter goal of expanding that reach to as many fans as possible and will build from that foundation by leveraging innovative and interactive multimedia platforms and continuing to foster meaningful partnerships."

For the Aug. 26 Webcast, only fans outside of the New York and Detroit markets will be able to view the live game on MLB.com.