KBO on ESPN schedule, how to watch, teams for the Korea baseball league and more

Addison Russell gets his first KBO career hit (0:55)

Former Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell hits a single for the Kiwoom Heroes on his debut against the Doosan Bears. (0:55)

The regular season for the Korea Baseball Organization, the highest level of baseball in South Korea, is in full swing, making the KBO one of the first major professional sports leagues to return to action during the coronavirus pandemic.

For those just getting familiar with the Korean baseball league, it's action-packed baseball filled with home runs, bat flips (lots and lots of bat flips), former MLB players and Korean-born stars who could follow the path of Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ji-Man Choi from the KBO to major league stardom.

You can watch the action with six regular-season English-language broadcast games per week, airing primarily on ESPN at 5:30 a.m. ET Tuesdays through Fridays, 5 a.m. ET on Saturdays and 4 a.m. ET on Sundays.

KBO on ESPN broadcast schedule

Stream live KBO games and replays on the ESPN App

(All times ET and all games on ESPN -- except where noted -- and for streaming via the ESPN App)

Tuesday, Aug. 4

5:30 a.m.: LG Twins vs. Kia Tigers

Wednesday, Aug. 5

5:30 a.m.: NC Dinos vs. Hanwha Eagles

Thursday, Aug. 6

5:30 a.m.: LG Twins vs. Kia Tigers

Friday, Aug. 7

5:30 a.m.: Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears

Saturday, Aug. 8

5 a.m.: KT Wiz vs. Hanwha Eagles

Sunday, Aug. 9

4 a.m.: Lotte Giants vs. Doosan Bears

ESPN's KBO Power Rankings

1. NC Dinos: 45-24-2 (Last week: 1) -- The Dinos had their worst week of the season -- pretty much their first bad week of the season -- as they dropped three of four, allowing 37 runs.

2. Kiwoom Heroes: 44-31 (4) -- The Heroes went 5-0, including a 22-7 rout of Samsung on Saturday, a run that coincided with the arrival of Addison Russell. The former Cubs All-Star went 10-for-25 with a homer, five runs and six RBIs in his first five KBO games.

3. Doosan Bears: 42-31 (2) -- Kyeong-Min Ho moved into the KBO batting lead with a .390 average, going 10-for-21 for the week.

4. LG Twins: 40-32-1 (5) -- LG fattened up on the league's bottom feeders, going 4-1 against SK and Hanwha. The Twins' demolition of the Wyverns was particularly notable, as LG scored 44 runs in a three-game sweep that included a 24-7 rout.

5. Kia Tigers: 38-32 (3) -- Kia's bats went silent as the Tigers scored just seven runs in losing three of four.

6. KT Wiz: 37-33-1 (7) -- Nobody beat the Wiz last week as they went 3-0 (with three rainouts) and improved to 5-0 against the Wyverns, making KT the only team that is undefeated against a single opponent this season. The teams have a makeup game scheduled for Monday.

7. Samsung Lions: 35-38 (6) -- The slumping Lions had a 1-3 week, and they had to scratch out an 11-inning, 2-1 win over last-place Hanwha for the one victory.

8. Lotte Giants: 35-35 (8) -- Stuck near the back of the pack most of the season, the Giants moved within three games of a playoff spot after going 3-1.

9. SK Wyverns: 24-49-1 (9) -- It's hard to imagine having a week much worse than what the Wyverns just went through. After a 5-5 tie with Hanwha, SK was outscored 66-15 in losing its next five games.

10. Hanwha Eagles: 19-54-1 (10) -- The Eagles have had a rough season, but one bright spot has been the recent run of starter Shi-Hwan Jang, who allowed one hit and struck out eight in seven shutout innings against LG. Aside from a bad outing against SK on July 24, Jang has a 1.50 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 36 innings over six starts.

(Selected by Joon Lee, Alden Gonzalez and Dan Mullen)

Key links

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