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Batter up: Google Chromecast now streams Major League Baseball

Chromecast MLB baseball
Now Chromecast users don't need to go out to the ball game

Google has announced that its minuscule streaming stick, the Chromecast, can now receive live Major League Baseball games in the US.

"Thanks to our friends at MLBAM [Major League Baseball Advanced Media], as of today, you can cast live games straight to the TV with a tap of the cast button," Google wrote in a post on its Chrome blog.

MLB.TV subscribers can watch a variety of streams, including home and away feeds of live, out-of-market games.

Users can also check scores, stats and news, and control the broadcasts, from their phones or tablets while watching on their TVs using Chromecast.

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Chromecast turns any old TV with an HDMI input effectively into a smart TV, enabling various streaming services and more.

It suffers somewhat from a lack of apps, but Google is clearly working on fixing that.

The addition of MLB games will likely be a big draw for sports fans looking for an easy way to watch baseball games on their TVs.

In addition Google announced recently that Chromecast will soon be able to stream live, local TV thanks to a partnership with TV streaming service Aereo.

Google is hardly the first to sail these waters, but at $35 the Chromestick is definitely the cheapest set-top solution.