Batter up! No chance you’ll swing and miss with these 5 baseball apps for Windows and Windows Phone

The start of the Major League Baseball season is a time of hope for all fans of the game – even for fans of teams that haven’t come close to sniffing the playoffs in years. The season is still young, the players are still healthy and the possibilities seem limitless.

And so, in the spirit of that optimism, we’ve rounded up five apps for Windows and Windows Phone to help keep you up to date on the latest scores, stats and news for your favorite team. Play ball!

  
MLB.com At Bat for Windows Phone, the official Major League Baseball app, was just updated to keep fans up to speed on breaking news and lead changes through push notifications. Subscribers also receive pitch-by-pitch tracking with realistic renderings of all 30 Major League ballparks.

MLB.com At Bat also provides Live Tile and Lock screen updates, live scores, news, video highlights, schedules and more. Fans can pin their favorite teams to the Start screen of their Windows Phone 8 device too.

If you’re the type of fan who can’t get enough of America’s pastime, be sure to check out some of the premium features for MLB.TV Premium or At Bat subscribers. Fans with an MLB.TV premium subscription can watch every out-of-market game live and access archives to watch 2014 Major League games on demand.

Take yourself out to the ballgame and download MLB.com At Bat from the Windows Phone Store today.

With the MLB.TV app for Windows, fans with an MLB.TV premium subscription can watch every out-of-market Major League game live or on demand in HD on their Windows PC or tablet. Full disclosure: blackout restrictions apply.

The app has all the standard features fans have come to know and love: HD-quality live video, full-game video archives, home and away broadcasts where available, live-game DVR controls (pause, play, rewind, fast forward), live and archived radio broadcasts, a daily Major League scoreboard, closed captioning where available, full-screen video, and favorite team support.

Download the MLB.TV app from the Windows Store so you don’t have to miss a single inning.

  
If you’re one of those fans who likes to keep score while you’re at the ballpark, then Scorekeeper for Windows Phone is the app for you. And you don’t even have to be an expert. Scorekeeper is designed to make it easy. You can score a game without knowing the lineups in advance, or even how many players are in each lineup.

Scorekeeper has a deep roster of features, including batted ball tracking and related spray charts, season statistics available from YourGameLive.com, pitching information shown in box scores, pitch and inning count alerts, and stolen base tracking. You can also track put-outs, display the results of a batter’s previous at-bats and tap baserunners to display their information.

You can find the Scorekeeper app for $1.49 in the Windows Phone Store.

  
If you’re looking for a quick glance-and-go app to keep track of the latest Major League Baseball scores, then Baseball Scoresfor Windows Phone is a solid app that gets the job done.

Game details are available by tapping the score to launch ESPN Game Center. All game times are shown in the device owner’s local time, and news is loaded from ESPN, Bing and a few other sources. Fans can also pin the app to their Windows Phone device’s Start screen and get that day’s scores in just a few seconds.

Baseball Scores is free in the Windows Phone Store.

Last but not least, be sure to check out Baseball Now, an app for Windows Phone that provides the latest standings, stats and news, official tweets from Major League Baseball, animated wallpapers and the ability to track your favorite team by pinning a tile with your team’s logo to your Windows Phone device’s Start screen.

Baseball Now is available for free in the Windows Phone Store.

Here’s to your hometown nine making it all the way to the World Series this season! And if they don’t, well, as Tanner from the “Bad News Bears” once said, “Just wait till next year!”

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Jeff Meisner
Microsoft News Center Staff