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The long, dark nights of winter are about over. The first spring training games have started, and with the best baseball apps, you can keep up with the latest MLB news for the 2019 season, watch and listen to live games and even join a fantasy baseball league.

For example, with MLB's At Bat app for iPhone, iPad and Android, you can tune in to radio and TV broadcasts of all major league baseball games from spring training to the World Series, check schedules and follow team and player news. MLB also has an app for following your favorite minor league team.

You can grab apps from ESPN or The Athletic if you're mainly interested in keeping up with team and player news.

If you are attending a game, check out the handy MLB Ballpark app to manage your digital tickets and track the games you've attended.

And if you want to try your hand at managing, join a fantasy baseball league, where you can draft and trade players, set your lineup and compete against other other fantasy baseball owners.

MLB At Bat

After you try MLB's At Bat (download for Android and iOS), you'll wonder why other professional sports apps aren't as usable (we're looking at you, NFL). The well-designed app is simple to navigate, does a great job of displaying MLB scores and stats on a small screen, shows the latest MLB news, lets you listen to or watch home and away live games and doesn't bother you with alerts. It's the essential app for the baseball fan, from spring training through the playoffs to the World Series.

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MLB Ballpark

A perfect digital companion for when you attend baseball games, MLB Ballpark (download for Android and iOS) manages your digital tickets, highlights perks once you're in the park and tracks the games you've attended at different ballparks.

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MiLB First Pitch

The minor league version of MLB At Bat, the MiLB First Pitch app (download for Android and iOS) offers live gameday audio, team schedules, news, updates, stats and real-time pitch-by-pitch updates for 160 minor league teams for free. With an MiLB.TV subscription, you can watch live home games from 30 Triple-A teams, plus Double-A teams and other classifications.

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CBS Sports Fantasy

Designed to give you a quick look at your current matchup and roster, news, and player analysis, the CBS Sports Fantasy app (download for Android and iOS) is full of drafting and roster advice. You can set your lineup, add and drop players and propose and accept trades, all from within the app.

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Yahoo Fantasy Sports

With Yahoo's fantasy baseball app (download for Android and iOS), you start up or join a league, draft players and manage your team. While fantasy baseball leagues usually require daily roster adjustments, Yahoo has a league option that lets you set your lineup once a week.

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The Athletic

Offering in-depth, longform writing, The Athletic (download for Android and iOS) covers sporting news in nearly 50 cities and regions across the U.S. and Canada for $10 a month, with significant discounts if you subscribe for a year. The writing is thoughtful and timely, and if you live in one of the areas The Athletic covers, your sporting life will be better with a subscription.

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ESPN

It calls itself the "Sports Leader" for a reason. ESPN (download for Android and iOS) broadcasts Sunday Night Baseball April through September (with other evenings now and then). All the games are watchable via ESPN's app, as long as you have a subscription to an authorized TV provider. You can also organize and join a baseball fantasy league and read top-drawer baseball writers.

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Fox Sports Go

Fox and FS1 handle Saturday games via the Fox Sports app (download for Android and iOS). A second pillar for MLB national broadcasts, Fox and its companion channel FS1 broadcast Saturday afternoon and evening games.

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Clifford is an Associate Managing Editor for CNET's Download.com. He spent a handful of years at Peachpit Press, editing books on everything from the first iPhone to Python. He also worked at a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWEEK and MacUser. Unrelated, he sits next to fellow editor Josh Rotter and roots for the A's.