Thursday, April 29, 2010

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

ARI at CHC 2:20 PM
ARI: R Lopez (R) 1-0, 4.88
CHC: R Wells (R) 2-0, 2.49

BOS at BAL 7:05 PM
BOS: J Lackey (R) 2-1, 5.09
BAL: D Hernandez (R) 0-3, 4.84

MIN at CLE 7:05 PM
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 1-1, 6.85
CLE: F Carmona (R) 3-0, 2.96

LAA at DET 7:05 PM
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 2-2, 3.42
DET: R Porcello (R) 1-2, 7.91

CHW at NYY 7:05 PM
CHW: F Garcia (R) 0-2, 5.82
NYY: A Pettitte (L) 3-0, 1.29

NYM at PHI 7:05 PM
NYM: J Niese (L) 0-1, 3.68
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 0-0, 7.71

OAK at TOR 7:07 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R)
TOR: B Morrow (R) 1-2, 6.14

WAS at FLA 7:10 PM
WAS: S Olsen (L) 1-1, 6.14
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 2-0, 3.03

KAN at TAM 7:10 PM
KAN: B Bannister (R) 1-1, 4.13
TAM: J Niemann (R) 1-0, 3.27

HOU at ATL 7:35 PM
HOU: B Myers (R) 1-1, 3.81
ATL: T Hanson (R) 1-2, 2.14

CIN at STL 8:15 PM
CIN: J Cueto (R) 0-1, 5.73
STL: B Penny (R) 3-0, 0.94

MIL at SDG 10:05 PM
MIL: D Bush (R) 1-1, 4.84
SDG: C Richard (L) 0-2, 3.75

TEX at SEA 10:10 PM
TEX: C Lewis (R) 3-0, 3.80
SEA: C Lee (L)

PIT at LAD 10:10 PM
PIT: C Morton (R) 0-4, 16.20
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 1-1, 5.40

COL at SFO 10:15 PM
COL: A Cook (R) 1-2, 5.01
SFO: B Zito (L) 3-0, 1.32

MLB Network Latest Game Schedule



From MLB Network -

MLB Network Live Game Schedule for May 1-8 Features St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies & New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

Secaucus, N.J., April 29, 2010
– MLB Network today announced its live game schedule for May 1 – 8. The schedule begins with Saturday Night Baseball on May 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET when the Milwaukee Brewers visit the San Diego Padres.

MLB Network will air two MLB Matinee games during the week, starting with an AL East matchup between the Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees on Wednesday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m. ET, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Later that evening, MLB Network’s Bob Costas and John Smoltz will call the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Boston Red Sox on May 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET as part of Thursday Night Baseball.

Rounding out the week, AL East rivals New York Yankees will visit the Boston Red Sox during a special Friday night matchup on MLB Network on May 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET while AL West rivals Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim face the Seattle Mariners on Saturday Night Baseball on May 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Tonight, MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning signature nightly studio show, will air live at 6:00 p.m. ET on May 3-5 and before and after Thursday Night Baseball and the Yankees at Red Sox matchup on May 7. MLB Tonight airs each weeknight until the final MLB game of the night ends, featuring live look-ins of games in progress, updates, highlights, reporting and analysis.

Game telecasts other than Thursday Night Baseball will be carriage of local telecasts, including local announcers. Games will be blacked out in each team’s home television territory. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.

MLB Network’s May 1-8 live game schedule:

* Indicates game produced by MLB Network

All times ET and subject to change, check MLBNetwork.com for updates

Unless otherwise announced, games will be blacked out in each club's home television territory

May 1
8:30 p.m. Milwaukee @ San Diego
7:00 p.m. Washington @ Florida (only in Milwaukee & San Diego markets)

May 5
1:00 p.m. Baltimore @ New York Yankees

May 6
1:00 p.m. St. Louis @ Philadelphia
7:00 p.m.* Los Angeles Angels @ Boston – Bob Costas & John Smoltz
7:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh (only in Los Angeles & Boston markets)

May 7
7:00 p.m. New York Yankees @ Boston
7:00 p.m. St. Louis @ Pittsburgh (only in New York & Boston markets)

May 8
9:00 p.m. Los Angeles Angels @ Seattle
8:00 p.m. Kansas City @ Texas (only in Los Angeles & Seattle markets)

NHL on NBC begins with Bruins/Flyers



From NBC Sports -

“No doubt, the best player in the world.” – NBC Sports’ Eddie Olczyk on Sidney Crosby

SIDNEY CROSBY & DEFENDING STANLEY CUP CHAMPION PENGUINS HOST CANADIANS SUNDAY ON NBC SPORTS; BRUINS HOSTS FLYERS ON SATURDAY

“No doubt, the best player in the world.” – NBC Sports’ Eddie Olczyk on Sidney Crosby

NEW YORK - April 29, 2010
– Sidney Crosby leads the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins against the Montreal Canadians at Mellon Arena in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals on NBC Sports this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. NBC Sports’ third weekend of NHL playoff coverage begins Saturday with another Eastern Conference Semi-Final matchup at 12:30 p.m. ET when the Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden in Game 1 of their series.

Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) call the action for both games. McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury.

Fourth-seeded Pittsburgh won its Quarter-Final series, 4-2, over the fifth-seeded Ottawa Senators. Crosby led all players in the first round of the playoffs with 14 points and nine assists, along with five goals. Pittsburgh is 2-1 on NBC this season with all three games being decided by one goal; two needing overtime and one a shootout. Eight-seeded Montreal knocked off top-seeded Washington in seven games. This is the Canadians first appearance on NBC this season.

OLCZYK: “Montreal has a lot of confidence coming off the Washington series. Their goalie is playing well. You could argue that Pittsburgh’s offense is similar to Washington and we know what just happened. But the Penguins have a lot of players with proven playoff experience and, no doubt, the best player in the world. It should be an entertaining series.”

Sixth-seeded Boston defeated third-seeded Buffalo, 4-2, in its Quarter-Final series, while seventh-seeded Philadelphia disposed of second-seeded New Jersey in five games. The two teams kicked off NBC’s 2010 NHL coverage by meeting in the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park on January 1. The Bruins needed overtime to defeat the Flyers, 2-1. Boston is a perfect 4-0 on NBC this season, including a 5-3 win over Buffalo in the Quarter-Finals on April 17. The Flyers are 1-2 on NBC in 2010, losing two one-goal games and defeating Washington on the last day of the regular season, 4-3, in a shootout.

OLCZYK: “This series just goes to show that the Winter Classic is a breeding ground for playoff success. The first two winners advanced to the Stanley Cup and one of these teams will advance to at least the conference final. Boston is so strong defensively and in goal. Getting Marc Savard back is a big boost. The Flyers will play big and fast, up tempo. They have the edge in depth.”

FIRST-ROUND VIEWERSHIP: Viewership for NBC Sports’ four 2010 Quarter-Final broadcasts (1.72 million viewers) was up 18 percent compared to 2009 (1.46 million), and the most since 2006. The household rating of a 1.1 for the four games is also the best since 2006. Last Sunday’s Phoenix-Detroit game (1.1) was up 57 percent vs. last year’s Washington-New York Rangers game (0.7). Last Saturday’s Nashville-Chicago game registered a 1.0 rating, which was even with last year’s Pittsburgh-Philadelphia game.

NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com’s “Star-cam” continues in the playoffs. “Star-cam” tracks a player(s) from both teams throughout each of their shifts. Following the game, NBCSports.com will present bonus material, including “Star-cam” and “Net-cam” and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators.

Kentucky Derby Preview

From NBC Sports -

“Of the 20 horses, I could make a strong case for about 16 of them in this race.” – NBC’s Gary Stevens on the Kentucky Derby Field

NBC SPORTS PRESENTS UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE OF THE 136th RUNNING OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY THIS SATURDAY AT 4 PM ET

“It’s an incredible piece of Americana.” – NBC’s Costas

“Of the 20 horses, I could make a strong case for about 16 of them in this race.” – NBC’s Stevens

“We could be primed for another huge upset.” – NBC’s Battaglia

“There is already a lot of drama involved in this years Derby.” – NBC’s Hammond

LOUISVILLE, KY – April 29, 2010
– NBC Sports broadcasts exclusive coverage of the 136th Kentucky Derby this Saturday starting at 4 p.m. ET. NBC Sports’ broadcast will bring the spectacle of the Kentucky Derby, the oldest continuous sporting event in the U.S. which has been contested annually since 1875, home to viewers with behind-the-scenes access, celebrities and fashion surrounding the legendary Run for the Roses. A Red Carpet will feature celebrity interviews as the stars arrive to Churchill Downs to enjoy the greatest day in horse racing.

Costas, who this week won his 21st Emmy Award, and Hammond co-host the Derby alongside Stevens, a three-time Derby winner. NBC Sports’ broadcast team also includes race-caller Tom Durkin; contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; reporter Kenny Rice and on-track reporter Donna Brothers. The Kentucky Derby on NBC Sports is produced by Sam Flood and directed by David Michaels. Additionally, the TODAY Show’s Natalie Morales will contribute reports and interview celebrities as they arrive on the red carpet. Derby weekend coverage begins Friday with Ladies First: Bravo at the Kentucky Derby at 5 p.m. ET/PT.

COSTAS ON THE BIG EVENT FEEL OF THE DERBY: “As always it’s my job to set the stage in broad strokes, do a few interviews and then turn things over to Tom Hammond and the rest of the crew which have more expertise about horse racing than I do. I’ve grown to love this event since I’ve started to be a part of our coverage in 2002. It’s an incredible piece of Americana. I don’t know what the weather is going to be on Saturday, but generally speaking it’s a beautiful piece of panorama. It’s just a magnificent piece of television even more so these days if you have HD.

STEVENS ON THIS YEAR’S DERBY: “This is one of the most wide-open Kentucky Derbys I've not only covered, but witnessed. It’s my job to tear this race apart, analyze it, prior to the gates opening and it’s a difficult job to do this year. It’s going to be just as difficult for the jockeys that are involved in this race. Of the 20 horses, I could make a strong case for about 16 of them in this race. With Lookin at Lucky drawing down on the inside, (jockey) Derek Gomez, who is as good a tactician in the game as there is, has got his work cut out for him. This race is really going to turn into a jockey’s race.”

BATTAGLIA ON DERBY FIELD: “Lookin at Lucky threw the rail and I do think it changed the complexion of the whole race, although there is still a lot of early speed in here. A lot of horses want to get out there and go on that front end. The pace is going to be very quick. I don’t think we’re going to be able to see a horse go out there in front and steal this race. Now, it’s going to really set up for the stalkers and for the closers. So I’m kind of looking forward to it. The favorite down the rail, the second choice on the outside, we could be primed for another huge upset.”

HAMMOND ON LONG SHOTS WINNING THE DERBY: “When the 50-1 shot wins, like Mine that Bird did last year, it encourages everyone to take a shot at the Kentucky Derby. What that means is sometimes the best horse doesn’t win because you have to be able to overcome adversity with so many horses in a race. It seems like every year we say it’s wide open. This year it seemed like it was going to be different because Eskendereya was going to be a solid favorite and then was injured last week and taken out of the Derby so it opens it up again. This will be our tenth Kentucky Derby broadcast. It’s one of the greatest sporting events in the country and it’s one we look forward to every year.”

FLOOD ON THE BROAD AUDIENCE THAT WATCHES THE DERBY: “The Derby is it's much more than a horse race. It’s the biggest event to kickoff spring and we are going to capture all of the elements to make this such a special day that draws 150 plus thousand people to this racetrack and millions more to the television. It was interesting for me to learn that the Derby is one of only three major sporting events that draws more female viewers than men. The Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics are the other two. So we’re making sure we cater to a broader audience.”

FLOOD ON THE DERBY BROADCAST: “When we come on the air at 4 p.m. we’re going to be capturing all of the blend of racing, the spectacle, the pageantry and, as we get closer to race time, we transition more into traditional horse stories. There are plenty of stories of owners and trainers that will make you care beyond just the horses on the track, and we’ll take advantage of that.”

COSTAS ON INTERVIEW WITH JOE TORRE: “One thing that will be an element of the telecast that I’ll be involved in is we’ll do an interview with Joe Torre, who owns a piece of Homeboykris. He’ll be in the Dodger clubhouse around 2:30 PT and we’ll hook up with him and talk about his love of horse racing. Even though Homeboykris is a long shot, Mine that Bird and Giacomo are a part of recent history and long shots have come in at Churchill Downs so you never know.”

HAMMOND ON FAVORITE LOOKIN AT LUCKY IN NO. 1 POST: “Lookin at Lucky drew the No. 1 post position, which is a tough post position to go a mile and a quarter in the Kentucky Derby if you don’t break out of the gate with some alacrity you’re going to get shut off and maybe lose all chance to win the race. On the other bookend, Sidney’s Candy, one of the favorites, one of the front-runners, is on the outside No. 20 post position. There is already a lot of drama involved in this years Derby. You can bet the opinions of who will win are going to be widely dispersed between maybe 15 or 16 of the 20 horses. Only a couple horses seem to be ranked outsiders.”

NEUMEIER ON THE FILLY DEVIL MAY CARE: “We have a filly in this year, called Devil May Care, that I rank in my top 5 selections and would not be particularly surprised if she won this race, essentially repeating what Rachel Alexandra did. Meaning a filly beating the boys, which happens very rarely. Now, Gary Stevens knows very well because he rode one in Winning Colors. His trainer that year was D. Wayne Lukas and he’s in the race as well with Dublin. The irony of that would be that Todd Pletcher, who is 0 for 24 and has been preeminent trainer in the country in the last five years, still looking for his first Derby win, saddles Devil May Care. She wouldn’t have been in if Eskendereya had been in the race. So imagine that scenario, if she had won, and Pletcher’s first Derby winner would be a filly, that wouldn’t have entered the race had Eskendereya been injured.”

NEUMEIER ON HIS CONVERSATION WITH BOB BAFFERT ON THE TRACK SURFACES: “Something I asked Bob Baffert the other day because I grew up, like most of us, on dirt and turf in following racing. I asked him flat out, ‘Do you know when you make the transition from synthetic to dirt that your horse will run as good or better’ and he looked at me and said ‘I’m just guessing. We’re all just guessing.’ That was his response to the question and that’s Bob Baffert who has won three Kentucky Derbys.”

STEVENS ON ALTERING THE NUMBER OF HORSES ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO THE DERBY: “I’m a purist when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. If you change it, you’re changing history. There have been suggestions that the race should be shortened up. The Kentucky Derby cannot be touched.”

HAMMOND ON ALTERING THE NUMBER OF HORSES ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO THE DERBY: “You might want to tweak the graded earnings part. A lot of times two-year-old graded earnings factor into it and some horses get into the race that perhaps haven’t done much lately. Perhaps make it a three-year-old graded earnings and tweak the criteria. So many people want to run their horse in the Kentucky Derby. It’s such a great event. It’s America’s race. It’s produced so many great upset stories that you should leave it at 20.”

STEVENS ON THE JOCKEYS AND A MUDDY TRACK: “Realistically you can see these jockey’s wearing up to 10 pairs of goggles. When you’ve got that many layers of goggles stacked up, everything becomes very distorted. Your vision is impaired significantly. Front-runners are definitely going to have an advantage with a sloppy type of racetrack and there is already an over abundance of speed in this race. There are six or seven horses that are confirmed front-runners but some of these horses are going to be taking mud for the first time and kick back for the first time.”

FLOOD ON POSSIBLE WEATHER PROBLEMS: “The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore has been called out of the bullpen. It looks to be coming into the area for Saturday, so Mr. Cantore will make sure we have the right knowledge on what might happen weather-wise. Some are saying that 3-5 inches of rain might come on Saturday but these horses run on the mud and it could make for an interesting spectacle if it all comes down that way. The weather does add some production challenges. In fact, we’ve put an airplane on hold for the blimp. Normally the blimp is above us. Last year at the Preakness we had some weather and they scrambled an airplane up for us for the overhead shot so we’ve got that plan B in place.”

MICHAELS ON THE WEATHER CHALLENGES: “It'll be unique if the lightning comes and it kind of harkens back to what happened in 2004, when I was producing the event. My No. 1 memory was Tom Hammond jumping off the announce platform and taking shelter underneath while the rain and lightning came. We took the format for that show and basically ripped it up and just moved into a sports news operation. You have animals running on dirt, you have mud everywhere, you have cameramen who are holding pointers to the sky that are nothing more than high-tech lightening rods, so the potential for chaos is there and we run through a lot of scenarios. We have all kinds of contingency plans and one of the interesting things was the fact that now that they have the lights here at Churchill Downs they could run a race at any time, so the track assures us that the Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday. That we know.”

KENTUCKY DERBY DREAM BET

If you had the chance to make a $100,000 wager on one horse to win the 136th Kentucky Derby, who would you pick? That’s the lucky dilemma facing Glen Fullerton of the Houston, Texas, area, as the winner of the first-ever $100,000 Derby DreamBet Sweepstakes sponsored by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) and presented in partnership with CNBC. For the first time ever, a national television audience will watch Fullerton make his selection and have his $100,000 DreamBet placed on one horse to win in the Derby during NBC Sports’ live coverage of Kentucky Derby 136.

Fullerton’s name was drawn from more than 67,000 entries. He won a VIP trip to Kentucky Derby 136, including the opportunity for a free $100,000 “win” wager on one horse in the Kentucky Derby race.

Fullerton was ecstatic when told he was coming to Kentucky with the chance to make a life-changing wager on America’s premier horse race. “This VIP trip to the Kentucky Derby is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me,” said Fullerton. “Everybody keeps asking me who I’m going to bet on, long-shot or favorite. I’m just thrilled to be heading to Louisville where my mom lives, and while I haven’t made up my mind yet about which horse to bet the $100,000 on, I’m sure I’ll get lots of advice.”

The CNBC “Call the Close” $100,000 Derby DreamBet Sweepstakes was the featured wagering promotion within Churchill Downs Incorporated’s and NBC Universal’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” television series. The three-part series provided live coverage of six important Kentucky Derby prep races where the equine winners earned a coveted spot in the Derby’s 20-horse starting gate. During each telecast, a DreamBet winner selected at the broadcast host site and was given the chance for a free $10,000 “win” wager on the featured Derby prep race of the telecast.

Based on final odds for Kentucky Derby 135 on May 2, 2009, a $100,000 DreamBet placed on 2009 winner Mine That Bird would have returned more than $5 million.

LADIES FIRST: BRAVO AT THE KENTUCKY DERBY

Bravo celebrates the Kentucky Derby with the second annual "Ladies First: Bravo at the Kentucky Derby" special live from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., airing this Friday, 5 p.m. ET/PT. This one-hour special, produced by NBC Sports and hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen, celebrates the very best in food, fashion and the celebrity experience associated with the 136th running of the Kentucky Oaks. Dina Manzo from ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos from “Flipping Out” join Andy to celebrate a day for women and to give viewers a history on the fashion and festivities before and after the Oaks race. Isaac Mizrahi, renowned designer and host of Bravo’s “The Fashion Show” will dress “Today” show correspondent Natalie Morales for the festivities, and “Top Chef” stars Michael Voltaggio, Jennifer Carroll and Eli Kirshtein will be cooking from the Infield Club.

Kentucky Oaks 136, the companion event to the annual Kentucky Derby, will feature a day of events to raise money and awareness for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world's largest breast cancer organization, which leads the global movement for breast cancer research, education, advocacy and community support. Churchill Downs Racetrack, host of the Kentucky Derby® and the Kentucky Oaks®, and Komen, formed a partnership to raise funds to aid in breast cancer awareness and research.

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL AT THE DERBY

PLAY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN THE DERBY DREAMTRIP: Viewers at home can pick a horse they think will win and be entered for a chance at the Derby DreamTrip, including $10,000 and a VIP trip to the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Fans can play online at NBCSports.com or text their vote during the broadcast on Saturday.

SEE THE DERBY ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE: Users on the go can watch the Kentucky Derby live on their mobile phones exclusively through NBC Sports Mobile and NBC 2Go. Plus, fans can watch exclusive video and race highlights on NBC Sports Mobile (http://m.nbcsports.com).

KENTUCKY DERBY A RATINGS SUCCESS

The shared vision of Churchill Downs and NBC Sports’ successful ‘Big Event Strategy’ to assemble the broadest possible audience led to the 2009 Kentucky Derby being the most-watched Kentucky Derby in 20 years. Last year’s Derby averaged 16.3 million viewers, two million more than 2008’s 14.2 million (up 15 percent) and the most since 1989 when Sunday Silence won the Derby (18.5 million). NBC Sports’ coverage of the Kentucky Derby now reaches seven million more viewers than the last Kentucky Derby broadcast by ABC in 2000 (16.3 million vs. 9.1 million, up 51 percent).

Yankees/White Sox on TBS



From TBS -

The New York Yankees host the Chicago White Sox on “Sunday MLB on TBS”

Cy Young Award Winner John Smoltz Joins the TBS Booth as an Analyst


“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on April 25 with a match-up featuring Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees hosting Paul Konerko and the Chicago White Sox at 1 p.m. (ET). Phil Hughes is scheduled to start for the Yankees against the White Sox probable starter Mark Buehrle. Eight-time NL All-Star and winner of the 1996 Cy Young Award, John Smoltz will join the TBS booth as an analyst for the first time during the regular season and will be joined by Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst) to call the action.

“Sunday MLB on TBS” includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. The network will also exclusively televise the MLB All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 4. Additionally, beginning in October TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the Division Series and the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

TBS has broadcast MLB coverage for more than 30 years serving as the exclusive home of the MLB Division Series (DS) and one League Championship Series (LCS) since 2007 and home of Atlanta Braves coverage from 1977 to 2007.

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS SCHEDULE:
Sun., May 2
1 p.m. Chicago White Sox @ New York Yankees
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst) and John Smoltz (analyst)

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Sun., May 9
1:30 p.m. Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)

Sun., May 16
1 p.m. Minnesota Twins @ New York Yankees
Announcers: Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Buck Martinez (analyst) and David Wells (analyst)

Worry about Lester? No way!

On the heels of Jon Lester's masterpiece, with help from Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon, last night over the Blue Jays, Red Sox Nation is beginning to feel a bit better about their starting rotation.

The team has now won seven of its last nine and climbed back to the .500 mark (11-11) after the 2-0 whitewashing of Toronto.

Now, as for Mr. Lester, it was his best outing of the season with seven shutout innings of work allowing just one hit and 11 K's. His 119 pitch effort proved to be the longest of the season. And it also marks the second straight no-run start for Lester, who claimed his first win of the young season (1-2).

So far this season, it's been Lester who likes the nightlife! In three games under the lights, he's 1-0 with a 2.04 ERA while giving up just four runs in 17 innings of work. Meanwhile at night, he's 0-2 with a robust 9.00 ERA in surrendering 11 runs over 11 innings pitched.

But, that's not where the numbers begin to tell the story. All you have to do is look at Lester's career numbers to prove that this could be the start to his annual upstart. Take a look as Lester seems to get better as the summer gets hotter:

March/April: 3-6 4.76 ERA

May: 5-4 4.40 ERA

June: 9-1 2.56 ERA

July: 8-2 3.02 ERA

August: 7-3 4.87 ERA


September/October: 11-2 2.64 ERA

In that, Red Sox Nation should be feeling very good today.

Next up: Baltimore in Camden Yards Friday night.

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

MIN at DET 1:05 PM
MIN: C Pavano (R) 3-1, 4.24
DET: D Willis (L) 0-1, 5.00

ATL at STL 1:40 PM
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 0-2, 5.48
STL: A Wainwright (R) 3-1, 1.69

CHW at TEX 2:05 PM
CHW: G Floyd (R) 0-2, 8.38
TEX: S Feldman (R) 1-2, 5.40

ARI at CHC 2:20 PM
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 0-1, 4.43
CHC: T Lilly (L) 1-0, 0.00

NYY at BAL 7:05 PM
NYY: A Burnett (R) 2-0, 3.20
BAL: B Matusz (L) 2-0, 4.38

OAK at TOR 7:07 PM
OAK: J Duchscherer (R) 2-0, 1.82
TOR: R Romero (L) 1-1, 1.80

KAN at TAM 7:10 PM
KAN: L Hochevar (R) 2-0, 3.55
TAM: M Garza (R) 3-1, 2.17

CIN at HOU 8:05 PM
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 0-2, 7.43
HOU: R Oswalt (R) 2-2, 2.42

MIL at SDG 10:05 PM
MIL: D Davis (L) 0-2, 8.35
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 1-0, 0.82

PIT at LAD 10:10 PM
PIT: B Burres (L) 0-1, 9.31
LAD: C Kershaw (L) 1-0, 3.13

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bruins/Flyers 2nd Round Playoff Schedule

Saturday, May 1 at Boston, 12:30 p.m. NBC, TSN
Monday, May 3 at Boston, 7:00 p.m. TSN, VERSUS
Wednesday, May 5 at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m. TSN, VERSUS
Friday, May 7 at Philadelphia, 7:00 p.m. TSN, VERSUS
*Monday, May 10 at Boston, 7:00 p.m. TSN, VERSUS
*Wednesday, May 12 at Philadelphia, TBD TSN, VERSUS
*Friday, May 14 at Boston, 7:00 p.m. TSN, VERSUS


* - if necessary

Celtics/Cavs Schedule

Game 1 Saturday, May 1 @ Cleveland Cavaliers TBD TNT -
Game 2 Monday, May 3 @ Cleveland Cavaliers TBD TNT -
Game 3 Friday, May 7 Cleveland Cavaliers TBD ESPN -
Game 4 Sunday, May 9 Cleveland Cavaliers 3:30 p.m. ABC -
Game 5* Tuesday, May 11 @ Cleveland Cavaliers TBD TNT -
Game 6* Thursday, May 13 Cleveland Cavaliers TBD ESPN -
Game 7* Sunday, May 16 @ Cleveland Cavaliers 3:30 p.m. ABC

* - if necessary

Woods back - CBS ratings should be up this weekend



From CBS Sports -

WOODS, MICKELSON, WESTWOOD, FURYK, VILLEGAS AND COUPLES COMPETE IN STAR-PACKED FIELD AT QUAIL HOLLOW CHAMPIONSHIP ON CBS SPORTS MAY 1-2

The world’s top-ranked players, including No. 1 Tiger Woods and No. 2 Phil Mickelson, compete this weekend at the PGA TOUR's QUAIL HOLLOW CHAMPIONSHIP. Mickelson, 2010 Masters champion, Woods, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk, Camilo Villegas, Fred Couples, Padraig Harrington, Anthony Kim, Vijay Singh and defending champion Sean O’Hair are among the field this week as CBS Sports broadcasts third- and final-round coverage from Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET; both days), live on the CBS Television Network.

Jim Nantz, who this week was honored with his second consecutive Emmy Award for “Outstanding Sports Personality - Play-by-Play” in addition to being named 2009 National Sportscaster of the Year, his fifth overall, serves as anchor of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Sir Nick Faldo, winner of six majors and more-than 40 tournaments worldwide, serves as lead analyst alongside Nantz in the 18th hole tower. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th. David Feherty and Peter Kostis serve as on-course reporters. Lance Barrow is Coordinating Producer and Steve Milton is Director of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

Since the first tournament in 2003, the Quail Hollow Championship annually attracts one of the top fields in golf. This year all of the past champions are competing except for 2004 champion Joey Sindelar, who is playing on the Champions Tour. The field includes Woods, Mickelson, Westwood, Furyk, Villegas, Couples, Harrington, Kim, Singh, O’Hair, Geoff Ogilvy, Rory McIlroy, Angel Cabrera, Kenny Perry, Lucas Glover, Hunter Mahan, David Duval, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney, Stewart Cink, Retief Goosen, Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson, Robert Allenby, Matt Kuchar, Steve Marino, Rocco Mediate, Ricky Barnes, Chad Campbell, Kevin Na, J.B. Holmes, as well local favorite Davis Love III, playing here for the eighth consecutive year.

NBA Playoffs Continue on TNT & NBA TV

Teams Continue to Battle it Out as They Must “Win or Go Home” During TNT and NBA TV’s NBA Playoff Coverage

TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs continues tonight, April 28 at 8 p.m. (ET) with Joe Johnson and the Atlanta Hawks hosting Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks at 8 p.m. (ET) in Game #5 of their best-of-seven series. The Bucks won Game #4 in Milwaukee to tie the series at 2-2. Matt Devlin (play-by-play), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (reporter) will call the game. The second game of the doubleheader features Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz trying to eliminate Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets at 10:30 p.m. (ET) for Game #5 of the series, which is currently led by the Jazz 3-1. Sitting courtside will be Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Marc Fein (reporter). The night will conclude with the Emmy® award-winning studio show Inside the NBA with Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst).

The NBA action continues on Thursday, April 29 with TNT airing another playoff doubleheader with Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs hosting Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks at 8 p.m. (ET) in Game #6 of their best-of-seven series. The Spurs lead the series 3-1 and can advance with a win. Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Marty Snider (reporter) will call the game. The second game of the doubleheader will see Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns attempt to eliminate Brandon Roy and the Portland Trail Blazers at 10:30 p.m. (ET) for Game #6 of the series. Sitting courtside will be Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Doug Collins (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter). To finish the evening’s coverage, Johnson (host), Barkley, and Smith (analyst) will break down the action on Inside the NBA.

NBA TV will also continue to provide extensive coverage of the playoffs beginning tonight, April 28 with host Rick Kamla and analysts Dennis Scott and Eric Snow recapping the night’s action beginning at 10:30 p.m. (ET). The network will continue to air highlights, updates and live press conferences throughout the duration of the NBA Playoffs.

Exclusive content, analysis from TNT announcers and replays of Inside the NBA are available on TNT OverTime on NBA.com. The broadband channel offers an all-access pass to the excitement and drama of the NBA Playoffs, with special features and reports being added throughout the postseason.

NBA PLAYOFFS ON TNT SCHEDULE
Wednesday, April 28
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

Milwaukee Bucks @ Atlanta Hawks (Game #5)
Matt Devlin (play-by-play), Kevin McHale (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (reporter)

10:30 p.m. Utah Jazz @ Denver Nuggets (Game #5)
Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) and Marc Fein (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

Thursday, April 29
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs (Game #6)
Dick Stockton (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Marty Snider (reporter)

10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns @ Portland Trail Blazers (Game #6)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Doug Collins (analyst) and Craig Sager (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai
Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

NBA PLAYOFFS ON NBA TV SCHEDULE
Wednesday, April 28
10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m NBA GameTime (Bucks/Hawks Game #5 postgame)
Rick Kamla (host), Eric Snow (analyst) and Dennis Scott (analyst)

1 – 2 a.m. NBA GameTime (Jazz/Nuggets Game #5 postgame)
Rick Kamla (host), Eric Snow (analyst) and Dennis Scott (analyst)

Thursday, April 29
10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m NBA GameTime (Mavericks/Spurs Game #6 postgame)
Matt Winer (host), Eric Snow (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

1 – 2 a.m. NBA GameTime (Suns/Trail Blazers Game #6 postgame)
Matt Winer (host), Eric Snow (analyst) and Chris Webber (analyst)

NESN looks for Boston's Biggest Sports Legend



From NESN -

WHO IS BOSTON’S BIGGEST SPORTS LEGEND? nesn ASKS SPORTS FANS TO SETTLE THE DEBATE
Boston’s Biggest Sports Legend Tournament presented by Nissan is a Cross-Platform Initiative Launched on NESN and NESN.com

BOSTON, MA
– NESN, New England’s most-watched sports network, has launched a cross-platform initiative that asks sports fans to determine once and for all who is the biggest Boston sports legend of all time. The six-week event is sponsored by Nissan and features a 64-legend field in a bracket style- tournament, where each sports legend goes head-to-head against another sports legend each week of the promotion.

The polls opened on NESN.com Monday, April 26, and each round of voting will run one week. Results will be finalized every Monday at noon. The winner of each matchup will advance to the next round, and voting will commence for the new matchups. Voting will continue every week on NESN.com until the champion is crowned on Monday, June 7, 2010.

“Boston boasts some of the most legendary figures in all of sports, both past and present, and New England’s sports fans are some of the most knowledgeable in the country,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s president and CEO. “This initiative is another example of how we are able to effectively package the combination of NESN.com and the NESN network in a unique and compelling manner.”

Boston’s Biggest Sports Legend tournament will be promoted during NESN’s Red Sox programming and during regular segments on NESN SportsDesk when NESN’s sports experts will debate some of the more interesting weekly matchups and announce the previous week’s winners. NESN.com also will offer fans a chance to win preferred seating tickets to The Sports Museum’s annual Tradition gala held at TD Garden on June 14 and a limited edition, professionally framed print of artists Michael Coyne’s mural entitled “Boston.”

Fox Notes for the Weekend



From Fox Sports -

MLB & NASCAR Doubleheader This Saturday at Special 3:00 PM ET Start Time

McCarver: Manuel Deserves Credit for Mets Impressive Turnaround

Local Broadcasting Legends Take Over The MLB on FOX Game of the Week In The Emerald City This Saturday

NL EAST RIVALS DO BATTLE IN PHILLY
– The FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK kicks off FOX Sports’ MLB-to-NASCAR doubleheader with three enticing matchups Saturday, May 1 (3:00 PM ET). Fresh off a successful homestand, David Wright and the Mets head into Philadelphia to take on Ryan Howard and the three-time defending NL East Champion Phillies. In Seattle, one of the games best pitchers, Felix Hernandez, leads the Mariners against AL West rival Rangers. Also, rookie sensation Jason Heyward and the Braves welcome the Astros to Atlanta. This week, the pregame show originates live from Safeco Field in Seattle, WA with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Josh Lewin and Eric Karros as a field reporter.

For instant updates throughout the week and during games from the entire MLB on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MLBONFOX. Fans can gain more access to exclusive FOX Sports content by logging on to www.facebook.com/foxsports and www.myspace.com/foxsports.

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies (70%)
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal
Citizen’s Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA

MARKETS INCLUDE
: Albuquerque, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach

Probable Pitchers: Mike Pelfrey, RHP (4-0, 0.69 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay, RHP (4-1, 1.80 ERA)

Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves (19%)
Kenny Albert & Mark Grace
Turner Field – Atlanta, GA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Houston, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio

Probable Pitchers: Wandy Rodriguez, LHP (1-2, 3.65 ERA) vs. Tim Hudson, RHP (1-1, 3.28 ERA)

Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners (10%)
Josh Lewin & Eric Karros
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Dallas, Oklahoma City, Portland, Seattle, Tulsa

Probable Pitchers: Matt Harrison, LHP (0-1, 5.48 ERA) vs. Felix Hernandez, RHP (2-1, 2.23 ERA)

DON’T LIKE THE NL EAST STANDINGS? WAIT FIVE MINUTES, THEY’LL CHANGE – Just last week, the 2010 Mets seemed hopelessly doomed for another disappointing season. Now after ripping off seven straight wins, ‘The Amazins’ are sitting atop the NL East looking ahead to a critical series against their division rival and defending NL champion Philadelphia Phillies. MLB on FOX lead analyst Tim McCarver calls Saturday’s contest and talks about the Mets impressive turnaround. “Getting Jose Reyes back as soon as they did was very important from a physiological stand point because he is a real catalyst to their offense. Mike Pelfrey has just been sensational and Johan Santana has just been his elegant, talented self and has pitched very well. Ike Davis appears to be a young man with his head on right but you’re not going to be able to replace a whole team so the guys that are struggling have to get straightened out to be successful. Even with his troubles, you can see how much teams respect David Wright and what he can do defensively and offensively when things are right. Jerry Manuel deserves a lot of credit for getting this team back on track. New York was just waiting to lower the boom when the season started and he’s been able to right the ship for now.”

LOCAL BROADCASTING LEGENDS TAKE OVER THE MLB ON FOX GAME OF THE WEEK IN THE EMERALD CITY THIS SATURDAY – During this weekend’s Rangers/Mariners game featured on the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK some local legends who combined for nearly 65 years of baseball broadcasting experience take over center stage. Mariners’ radio play-by-play announcer Dave Niehaus calls the bottom of the 4th inning and Rangers baseball voice Eric Nadel is behind the mike for the top of the 5th inning. Each legendary broadcaster will have the game turned over during that half inning to their respective radio broadcasts. Niehaus has called Mariners games since the clubs’ inception in 1977 and is inducted in the broadcaster’s wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Nadel was hired by the Rangers in 1979 and was behind the mike for Nolan Ryan’s 5000th career strikeout and the Rangers' major league record 30-run outburst in August 2007. He is a member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.

NASCAR ON FOX IS READY FOR PRIMETIME IN RICHMOND – On Saturday, May 1, FOX Sports presents NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Richmond. Following last week’s fireworks, the brewing rivalry between Hendrick Motorsports drivers; Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson may be ignited again, this time under the lights of Richmond International Raceway. In contrast to the noise coming from Hendrick, Kevin Harvick quietly captured his first victory of 2010 and vault to second in the Sprint Cup points standings. Coverage starts with FOX NASCAR SATURDAY host Chris Myers, along with analysts Waltrip and Jeff Hammond from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set providing live interviews with drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action. Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy will be alongside analysts Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for up-to-the-second news and notes.

For instant updates throughout the week and during the race from the entire NASCAR on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NASCARONFOX.

SATURDAY, MAY 1
NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING FROM RICHMOND 7:00 PM ET


LARRY MCREYNOLDS: WHEN MR. H. SPEAKS, PEOPLE LISTEN – After this season’s most exciting race on the circuit’s fastest track, two of the sport’s most decorated drivers again bumped heads as Jimmie Johnson cut off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon sparking a pile up that ended Gordon’s day. In his postrace interview with FOX Sports Pit Reporter, Dick Berggren, Gordon lashed out at Johnson prompting this reaction from NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds on FOXSports.com: “The forgotten man in this equation, is perhaps the most important — team owner Rick Hendrick…when Mr. H speaks, people listen — and you can bet those two boys will listen and listen good.” Gordon’s frustration according to McReynolds is warranted and the former crew chief went on to opine that there could be a little jealousy involved in this feud. “The last contributing factor is the success the No. 48 team has had over the last couple of years and that could be taking a toll on the No. 24 team. Gordon has not won a championship since Johnson, Chad Knaus and the No. 48 team came on the scene full time in 2002,” said McReynolds.

For more from McReynolds and a Talladega race recap click here: http://tinyurl.com/2fcxyu4

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

SDG at FLA 12:10 PM
SDG: K Correia (R) 3-1, 3.13
FLA: N Robertson (L) 2-1, 3.98

PIT at MIL 1:10 PM
PIT: P Maholm (L) 1-2, 4.74
MIL: C Narveson (L) 1-0, 7.20

LAD at NYM 1:10 PM
LAD: Undecided
NYM: J Maine (R) 0-1, 8.64

SEA at KAN 2:10 PM
SEA: R Rowland-Smith (L) 0-1, 4.63
KAN: G Meche (R) 0-2, 11.37

WAS at CHC 2:20 PM
WAS: L Atilano (R) 1-0, 1.50
CHC: R Dempster (R) 2-0, 2.60

ARI at COL 3:10 PM
ARI: K Benson (R) 1-1, 3.00
COL: G Smith (L) 1-2, 5.24

PHI at SFO 3:45 PM
PHI: C Hamels (L) 2-2, 5.11
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 4-0, 1.00

MIN at DET 7:00 PM
MIN: S Baker (R) 2-2, 4.81
DET: M Scherzer (R) 1-1, 2.63

NYY at BAL 7:05 PM
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 2-1, 3.00
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 0-2, 3.46

CLE at LAA 7:05 PM
CLE: J Westbrook (R) 0-2, 5.82
LAA: E Santana (R) 1-2, 4.73

BOS at TOR 7:07 PM
BOS: J Lester (L) 0-2, 6.23
TOR: B Cecil (L) 1-0, 5.40

OAK at TAM 7:10 PM
OAK: D Braden (L) 3-0, 2.77
TAM: J Shields (R) 2-0, 3.96

CHW at TEX 8:05 PM
CHW: J Peavy (R) 0-1, 7.66
TEX: R Harden (R) 0-1, 4.58

CIN at HOU 8:05 PM
CIN: M Leake (R) 1-0, 3.92
HOU: F Paulino (R) 0-2, 5.94

ATL at STL 8:15 PM
ATL: K Kawakami (R) 0-3, 4.76
STL: J Garcia (L) 1-1, 1.42

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

WWE Draft



Here's the rundown of who's going where after today's WWE Supplemental Draft! RAW makes it huge with Edge and Chris Jericho, plus the Hart Dynasty as the Tag Champs on board. On the down side, RAW loses Kelly Kelly and Big Show to Smackdown.

2010 SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT PICKS (Tuesday)
* The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh: From Smackdown to Raw
* Chavo Guerrero: From Raw to Smackdown
* Cody Rhodes: From Raw to Smackdown
* Natalya: From Smackdown to Raw
* Chris Masters: From Raw to Smackdown
* Ezekiel Jackson: From Smackdown to Raw
* Goldust: From Smackdown to Raw
* Hornswoggle: From Raw to Smackdown
* Rosa Mendes: From Raw to Smackdown
* One Half of the Unified Tag Team Champions DH Smith: From Smackdown to Raw
* One Half of the Unified Tag Team Champions Tyson Kidd: From Smackdown to Raw
* MVP: From Raw to Smackdown

2010 DRAFT PICKS (MONDAY)
* Kelly Kelly: From Raw to Smackdown
* The Big Show: From Raw to Smackdown
* John Morrison: From Smackdown to Raw
* R-Truth: From Smackdown to Raw
* Edge: From Smackdown to Raw
* Kofi Kingston: From Raw to Smackdown
* Christian: From Raw to Smackdown
* Chris Jericho: From Smackdown to Raw

The coolest thing I've ever seen!

Tuesday's MLB Pitching Probables

LAD at NYM 4:10 PM
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 2-0, 2.18
NYM: J Santana (L) 2-1, 2.59

NYY at BAL 7:05 PM
NYY: P Hughes (R) 2-0, 2.19
BAL: K Millwood (R) 0-3, 3.38

MIN at DET 7:05 PM
MIN: F Liriano (L) 2-0, 1.29
DET: J Verlander (R) 1-1, 6.95

BOS at TOR 7:07 PM
BOS: C Buchholz (R) 1-2, 2.70
TOR: S Marcum (R) 0-1, 4.00

SDG at FLA 7:10 PM
SDG: J Garland (R) 1-2, 2.86
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 1-1, 4.82

OAK at TAM 7:10 PM
OAK: B Sheets (R) 1-1, 2.74
TAM: W Davis (R) 1-1, 2.65

LAD at NYM 7:10 PM
LAD: C Haeger (R) 0-2, 6.46
NYM: O Perez (L) 0-2, 3.71

CHW at TEX 8:05 PM
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 2-2, 4.56
TEX: C Wilson (L) 1-1, 1.37

WAS at CHC 8:05 PM
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 2-1, 0.75
CHC: T Gorzelanny (L) 0-2, 2.40

CIN at HOU 8:05 PM
CIN: A Harang (R) 0-3, 8.31
HOU: B Norris (R) 1-1, 4.26

SEA at KAN 8:10 PM
SEA: I Snell (R) 0-2, 5.14
KAN: Z Greinke (R) 0-2, 3.28

PIT at MIL 8:10 PM
PIT: J Karstens (R)
MIL: R Wolf (L) 2-1, 3.70

ATL at STL 8:15 PM
ATL: D Lowe (R) 3-1, 5.24
STL: C Carpenter (R) 2-0, 3.60

ARI at COL 8:40 PM
ARI: E Jackson (R) 1-1, 3.81
COL: U Jimenez (R) 4-0, 0.95

CLE at LAA 10:05 PM
CLE: M Talbot (R) 2-1, 2.25
LAA: J Saunders (L) 1-3, 5.82

PHI at SFO 10:15 PM
PHI: J Moyer (L) 2-1, 5.00
SFO: T Wellemeyer (R) 0-3, 8.16

Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday's MLB Pitching Probables

BOS at TOR 7:10 PM
BOS: J Beckett (R) 1-0, 5.26
TOR: D Eveland (L) 2-0, 1.93

LAD at NYM 7:10 PM
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 2-0, 2.18
NYM: O Perez (L) 0-2, 3.71

SDG at FLA 7:10 PM
SDG: M Latos (R) 1-1, 3.57
FLA: J Johnson (R) 1-1, 4.09

DET at TEX 8:05 PM
DET: J Bonderman (R) 1-1, 7.20
TEX: M Harrison (L) 0-1, 4.24

WAS at CHC 8:05 PM
WAS: J Lannan (L) 1-1, 5.82
CHC: C Silva (R) 2-0, 0.95

SEA at KAN 8:10 PM
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 2-0, 2.15
KAN: K Davies (R) 1-1, 4.82

PIT at MIL 8:10 PM
PIT: Z Duke (L) 2-1, 4.13
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 1-2, 4.30

ATL at STL 8:15 PM
ATL: T Hudson (R) 1-1, 2.89
STL: K Lohse (R) 0-1, 7.31

ARI at COL 8:40 PM
ARI: D Haren (R) 2-1, 5.19
COL: J Hammel (R) 0-1, 8.04

CLE at LAA 10:05 PM
CLE: D Huff (L) 1-2, 3.00
LAA: J Weaver (R) 2-0, 2.77

PHI at SFO 10:15 PM
PHI: R Halladay (R) 4-0, 0.82
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 1-1, 1.86

Sunday, April 25, 2010

WFX Wrestling gets TV Deal

Major news from WFX Wrestling -

The latest wrestling organization that will try to rival TNA and become the #2 organization in America seems to be WFX Wrestling.

Out of nowhere, WFX Wrestling just announced that with their latest television deals, they will reach well over 60 million homes throughout the US (and that doesn't even include Canada) beginning May 1st!

This could shake up the U.S. wrestling scene like never before!

Mr. PEC-Tacular Jessie Godderz from CBS' Big Brother headlines this upstart federation and, as a result, WFX has been attracting a huge fan following thus far (and I'm sure his rub helped secure this deal).

WFX Wrestling also boasts many other major superstars such as Christopher Daniels, Sabu, Charlie Haas, KIP (formerly known as Billy Gunn), U-Gene Dinsmore, Jonny Fairplay, Hardcore Holly, Tajiri, Bushwacker Luke, Gangrel, "The Living Legend" Larry Zbyszko and, rumor has it...possibly Shelton Benjamin very soon.

WFX Wrestling just signed television deals to carry it's weekly WFX Overload show with major syndicator America One (which airs in most markets, including on MSG+ in New York)...and now the show will also air on TUFF TV as well.

Here's all of the info:

http://www.wfxwrestling.com/NEWS/tabid/59/ctl/ViewItem/mid/430/ItemId/45/Default.aspx?SkinSrc=/Portals/_default/Skins/wfxskin/subwfx

Back to the 80's

Ah yes, when the music was good and the videos were actually played!











Ah yes, those were the days!

WWE Exterme Rules PPV Predictions



It's time to go back to the extreme! Well, as extreme as it gets with no blood and gore right? It's the Extreme Rules PPV from the WWE and we've got your predictions for the evening. But first, a little tribute to real Team Extreme - the original ECW!



Strap Match: Shad Gaspard vs. JTG
Cryme Tyme splits up. We get a coin flip for a match that probably shouldn't be on a PPV, but what the heck, I'm all for giving the guys a chance to show their wares.
Winner: Shad

Street Fight: Sheamus vs. HHH
I thought Sheamus would get the win at Wrestelmania 26, but Triple H got over. Since Trips is doing a movie, I say he pays back his buddy here with a victory to keep his street cred up. It should be a decent match with the street fight rules too which plays to both of their strengths.
Winner: Sheamus

Steel Cage Match: Edge vs. Chris Jericho
Match of the night right here. No title on the line now that Jack Swagger has the World Title. Jericho has been nursing those sore ribs, but expect them to feel a little worse for ware after an Edge winning spear.
Winner: Edge

If CM Punk Loses, He Loses His Hair: Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
I can't imagine having the stipulation if they're not going to use it, right? But, why have CM Punk lose back-to-back to little Rey Rey. I think Punk's heel rise gets an intense push with a bald look! It'll make him a little nastier and better to watch.
Winner: Rey Mysterio - bye bye hair CM Punk!

Extreme Makeover Women's Title Match: Michelle McCool vs. Beth Phoenix
Can someone please tell me what the bleep an Extreme Makeover match is? Well, regardless of what it is, the WWE needs a new top face now they they cut our fav Mickie James. Beth Phoenix can fill the role, plus can actually wrestle.
Winner: New Women's Champ Beth Phoenix

Extreme Rules World Title Match: Jack Swagger vs. Randy Orton
Jack Swagger's lost to everyone under the sun since winning the title, including twice to Randy Orton. This one's a no-brainer.
Winner: Jack Swagger

Last Man Standing WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. Batista
Another no-brainer here! The WWE already took Batista's title and his movie role (gave it to Triple H) since he hasn't resigned with the company. I'm banking on Batista just walking away after this match, never to be heard from in the WWE until the next contract is signed.
Winner: John Cena

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

SDG at CIN 1:10 PM
SDG: C Richard (L) 0-2, 3.38
CIN: H Bailey (R) 0-1, 7.47

BAL at BOS 1:35 PM
BAL: D Hernandez (R) 0-3, 4.67
BOS: T Wakefield (R) 0-1, 6.38

LAD at WAS 1:35 PM
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 1-0, 7.07
WAS: S Olsen (L) 0-1, 11.74

TOR at TAM 1:40 PM
TOR: B Morrow (R) 1-1, 7.31
TAM: D Price (L) 2-1, 3.20

SEA at CHW 2:05 PM
SEA: J Vargas (L) 2-1, 3.93
CHW: J Danks (L) 2-0, 1.29

PIT at HOU 2:05 PM
PIT: C Morton (R) 0-3, 16.55
HOU: B Myers (R) 0-1, 4.05

MIN at KAN 2:10 PM
MIN: K Slowey (R) 2-1, 2.45
KAN: B Bannister (R) 0-1, 4.58

CHC at MIL 2:10 PM
CHC: R Wells (R) 1-0, 2.45
MIL: D Bush (R) 1-0, 2.41

DET at TEX 3:05 PM
DET: R Porcello (R) 1-1, 6.46
TEX: C Lewis (R) 2-0, 3.12

NYY at LAA 3:35 PM
NYY: J Vazquez (R) 1-2, 8.27
LAA: S Kazmir (L) 1-1, 7.45

CLE at OAK 4:05 PM
CLE: J Masterson (R) 0-2, 3.00
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 1-1, 5.40

STL at SFO 4:05 PM
STL: B Penny (R) 2-0, 1.29
SFO: M Cain (R) 0-0, 3.86

PHI at ARI 4:10 PM
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 0-0, 7.24
ARI: R Lopez (R) 1-0, 3.50

FLA at COL 5:05 PM
FLA: C Volstad (R) 1-1, 3.79
COL: J De La Rosa (L) 2-1, 4.00

ATL at NYM 8:05 PM
ATL: T Hanson (R) 1-1, 2.81
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 3-0, 0.86

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Paul Pierce is da man!

Celtics go up 3-0 on the Heat, thanks to Paul Pierce!



Game 4 Sunday at 1pm on ABC. Thanks to ESPN for the video

Saturday MLB Pitching Probables

LAD at WAS 1:05 PM
LAD: C Kershaw (L) 1-0, 3.18
WAS: C Stammen (R) 1-0, 8.16

SDG at CIN 1:10 PM
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 0-0, 1.80
CIN: J Cueto (R) 0-0, 5.06

ATL at NYM 1:10 PM
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 0-1, 6.06
NYM: J Niese (L) 0-1, 4.32

CLE at OAK 4:05 PM
CLE: F Carmona (R) 2-0, 3.60
OAK: B Anderson (L) 1-1, 2.65

NYY at LAA 4:10 PM
NYY: A Pettitte (L) 2-0, 1.35
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 2-1, 1.77

SEA at CHW 4:10 PM
SEA: D Fister (R) 2-1, 1.42
CHW: F Garcia (R) 0-2, 8.10

FLA at COL 5:10 PM
FLA: N Robertson (L) 2-0, 2.20
COL: A Cook (R) 0-2, 7.53

TOR at TAM 6:10 PM
TOR: R Romero (L) 1-1, 1.57
TAM: J Niemann (R) 1-0, 2.93

PIT at HOU 7:05 PM
PIT: C Jakubauskas (R)
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 0-2, 4.67

BAL at BOS 7:10 PM
BAL: B Matusz (L) 2-0, 4.34
BOS: J Lackey (R) 1-1, 5.63

MIN at KAN 7:10 PM
MIN: N Blackburn (R) 1-1, 6.05
KAN: L Hochevar (R) 2-0, 2.89

CHC at MIL 7:10 PM
CHC: T Lilly (L)
MIL: D Davis (L) 0-1, 11.25

DET at TEX 8:05 PM
DET: D Willis (L) 0-1, 4.24
TEX: S Feldman (R) 1-1, 4.41

PHI at ARI 8:10 PM
PHI: N Figueroa (R) 1-1, 2.45
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 0-1, 5.65

FLA at COL 8:10 PM
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 1-0, 3.74
COL: G Smith (L) 1-1, 4.67

STL at SFO 9:05 PM
STL: A Wainwright (R) 3-0, 1.50
SFO: B Zito (L) 2-0, 1.86

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

LAD at WAS 7:05 PM
LAD: C Haeger (R) 0-1, 7.20
WAS: L Atilano (R)

BAL at BOS 7:10 PM
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 0-2, 3.15
BOS: J Lester (L) 0-2, 8.44

SDG at CIN 7:10 PM
SDG: K Correia (R) 2-1, 3.12
CIN: J Cueto (R) 0-0, 5.06

ATL at NYM 7:10 PM
ATL: K Kawakami (R) 0-2, 4.91
NYM: J Maine (R) 0-1, 10.38

TOR at TAM 7:10 PM
TOR: B Cecil (L)
TAM: M Garza (R) 3-0, 0.75

DET at TEX 8:05 PM
DET: M Scherzer (R) 1-1, 2.12
TEX: S Feldman (R) 1-1, 4.41

PIT at HOU 8:05 PM
PIT: P Maholm (L) 1-1, 4.58
HOU: R Oswalt (R) 1-2, 2.37

SEA at CHW 8:10 PM
SEA: R Rowland-Smith (L) 0-1, 4.50
CHW: G Floyd (R) 0-2, 9.00

MIN at KAN 8:10 PM
MIN: C Pavano (R) 2-1, 4.96
KAN: G Meche (R) 0-1, 11.57

CHC at MIL 8:10 PM
CHC: R Dempster (R) 1-0, 3.15
MIL: J Suppan (R) 0-0, 7.20

FLA at COL 9:10 PM
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 1-0, 3.74
COL: G Smith (L) 1-1, 4.67

PHI at ARI 9:40 PM
PHI: C Hamels (L) 2-1, 3.86
ARI: K Benson (R) 0-1, 3.00

NYY at LAA 10:05 PM
NYY: A Burnett (R) 2-0, 2.37
LAA: E Santana (R) 1-2, 4.35

CLE at OAK 10:05 PM
CLE: J Westbrook (R) 0-1, 5.40
OAK: J Duchscherer (R) 1-0, 2.41

STL at SFO 10:15 PM
STL: J Garcia (L) 1-0, 0.69
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 3-0, 0.90

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mickie James and Shelton Benjamin released from WWE



A bad Thursday as six wrestlers were released today from the WWE, including our favorite diva, Mickie James.



Here's the full release from WWE.com -

WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Divas Mickie James and Katie Lea Burchill as well as Superstars Shelton Benjamin, Kung Fu Naki, Slam Master J and Jimmy Wang Yang as of today, April 22, 2010. We wish them the best in all future endeavors.

It's a shame they never really used Shelton Benjamin to his full potential. I'm sure he'll be headed to TNA for the X-Division!

NCAA ups to 68 - adds Turner to CBS coverage

OK, so we didn't get the expected increase to 96 teams, but instead we get three more meaningless play-in games. Plus, now all games are live on TV with the addition of Turner to the mix with CBS, putting TNT, TBS and truTV in play.

Here are the details from the NCAA...

CBS SPORTS, TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC. AND THE NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION REACH 14-YEAR AGREEMENT FOR DIVISION I MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Agreement Includes Television, Internet, Wireless and Marketing Rights Through 2024

INDIANAPOLIS
--- The NCAA today announced a new 14-year television, internet and wireless rights agreement with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., to present the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship beginning in 2011 through 2024 for more than $10.8 billion. As part of the agreement, all games will be shown live across four national networks beginning in 2011 – a first for the 73-year old championship.

Additionally, CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting have been licensed and will collaborate on the NCAA’s corporate marketing program.

Late Wednesday, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee unanimously passed a recommendation to the Division I Board of Directors to increase tournament field size to 68 teams beginning with the 2011 Championship. The recommendation will be reviewed by the Division I Board of Directors at its April 29 meeting.

The new agreement sustains the long-term financial stability of the Association. As with the current contract, approximately 96 percent of the revenue generated from this new agreement will be used to benefit student-athletes through either programs, services or direct distribution to member conferences and schools. Further, the agreement ensures student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions will continue to be supported in a broad range of championship opportunities, access to funds for personal and educational needs, and through scholarships in Divisions I and II.

Beginning with the 2011 championship, opening- , first- and second-round games will be shown nationally on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. CBS and Turner will split coverage of the regional semi-final games. CBS will provide coverage of the regional finals, as well as the Final Four® including the National Championship Game through 2015. Beginning in 2016, coverage of the regional finals will be split by CBS and Turner with the Final Four and the National Championship game alternating every year between the CBS Television Network and Turner’s TBS.

CBS Sports has broadcast the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship since 1982. This year’s broadcast of the Championship game earned an average national household rating/share of 14.2/23, up 31% from a 10.8/18 last year, the highest rating in five years.

Under the new rights agreement, NCAA March Madness on Demand®, the Emmy Award-
winning video player that provides live streaming video of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, will continue to be launched from NCAA.com and CBSSports.com. Turner has also secured the rights for any Time Warner digital property. The player will be operated and developed by Turner and have enhanced digital rights allowing the NCAA to deliver content for multiple Turner and Time Warner platforms.

“This is an important day for intercollegiate athletics and the 400,000 student-athletes who compete in NCAA sports,” said NCAA Interim President Jim Isch. “This agreement will provide on average more than $740 million annually to our conferences and member schools to help student-athletes in 23 sports learn and compete.”

“We’re excited this agreement continues our long-standing relationship with CBS, a partner company that has captured the unique spirit of the collegiate model of athletics, and brings a new partner in Turner Broadcasting to the Championship and NCAA basketball,” added Isch.

“This agreement with our colleagues at Turner and the NCAA secures CBS’s standing as a year-round leader in sports television well into the next decade,” said Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports.

“In this agreement, we have created a new strategic partnership that not only makes this prestigious property an ongoing core asset in our stable of major television events, but a profitable one as well. We look forward to working with our friends at Turner as together we combine our industry-leading media assets to maximize the value of this great NCAA Championship.”



"This is a landmark deal for Turner Broadcasting and we’re extremely pleased to begin a long-term relationship with the NCAA and our partners at CBS and to have a commitment that extends well into the next decade," said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has a rich tradition and is one of the most talked about sporting events every year highlighted by the Final Four and the National Championship Game.”

"We are well-positioned to monetize our investment in NCAA programming across three nationally distributed networks. With the combined linear and digital assets of these two large media companies we'll be able to maximize the exposure of the Tournament, as well as provide incomparable access for viewers. "

Moving forward under the new contract, a committee headed by Harvey Perlman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor, will study and recommend prospective revenue distribution formulas to the Division I Board of Directors. Under the current contract, 96 percent of all NCAA revenue is returned to membership either in direct payments or in programs and services. The committee will follow principles of the current formula that ensure access to funds by student-athletes for educational, personal and emergency needs; that favor a broad-based approach to sports sponsorship; that continue to encourage more grants-in-aid rather than less; and that promote enhanced academic support of student-athletes.

Additionally, given the NCAA emphasis on academic reform, the committee will examine the need to strike a balance between Division I men’s basketball championship performance and academic achievement through either the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate or Graduation Success Rate metrics or both.

ESPN, the long-standing home for NCAA Championships such as the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, College World Series, Frozen Four and others, will continue to broadcast a full complement of events over the coming years as well.

“The economic challenges of the day are being felt on campuses across the country. The amount of revenue from this agreement isn’t the focus of this moment, rather it is the long-term security it provides as well as what is done with the money. We put our money where our mission is…supporting student-athletes so they can be successful in the classroom and in life,” said Isch.

NBC's NHL Playoff Weekend



From NBC -

RED WINGS-COYOTES SERIES CAN BE CLINCHED WITH GAME 6 WIN ON SUNDAY; BLACKHAWKS HOST PREDATORS IN GAME 5 ON SATURDAY

“This is America’s team against the Cinderella team of the year.” – NBC Sports’ Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick on Detroit-Phoenix

“It's hard to find any network right now that covers a sport better than NBC covers hockey.” – St. Petersburg Times (4-19-10)

NEW YORK - April 22, 2010
– The Detroit Red Wings-Phoenix Coyotes Western Conference Quarter-Final series can be decided this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC Sports when the two teams face off in Game 6. NBC Sports’ second weekend of NHL playoff coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET this Saturday when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of their series.

Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), who is nominated for a 2010 Sports Emmy Award, Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter) call the action for both games. McGuire will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury.

The Coyotes host the Red Wings in Game 5 of their 2-2 series Friday night. The winner will have a chance to clinch the series on NBC Sports on Sunday.

MCGUIRE: “This is an old fashioned hockey series. It’s been a lot more physical than people thought. Both teams are extremely well coached. Detroit’s stars have not shied away from the physicality. Phoenix is playing like a really cohesive, tight unit. They play for one another and listen to their coach. They are showing surprising playoff composure.”

EMRICK: “This is America’s team against the Cinderella team of the year. It will be an incredible return if Phoenix’s Shane Doan can come back from his injury. He’s the team’s inspirational leader, but the rest of the Coyotes showed what they could do without him. And we’ll have to see if that professionalism the Red Wings are know for and that we all admire pays off.”

The Predators currently lead their series, 2-1, over the Blackhawks. The teams play Game 4 tonight in Nashville. If the Predators win and take a 3-1 lead, they will be able to clinch the series with a victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday.

MCGUIRE: “The speed of Nashville has surprised Chicago. The goaltending of Pekka Rinne has been a major story, and that’s combined with Nashville’s defensemen taking a lot of the offensive thrust out of Chicago’s game. The Blackhawks need more energy and thump and passion. They’re not playing on the edge like they were earlier in the year.”

EMRICK: “We certainly know that Finland is going to be well taken care of in goal in the next Olympics with these two great goaltenders. Similar to Phoenix last week, it will be good for the country to see Nashville. They’ve earned it. It’s unfair to say that this is David vs. Goliath. But the Predators are definitely on a mission.”

FIRST WEEKEND RECAP: Viewership for NBC Sports’ first weekend of NHL playoff coverage was up five percent compared to the comparable weekend in 2009. Boston-Buffalo and Detroit-Phoenix averaged 1.74 million viewers, up from 1.66 million for New York Rangers-Washington and Philadelphia-Pittsburgh in 2009.

“It's hard to find any network right now that covers a sport better than NBC covers hockey.” – St. Petersburg Times (4-19-10) after NBC Sports’ first weekend of NHL playoff coverage.

NBCSPORTS.COM: NBCSports.com’s “Star-cam” continues in the playoffs. “Star-cam” tracks a player(s) from both teams throughout each of their shifts. Following the game, NBCSports.com will present bonus material, including “Star-cam” and “Net-cam” and bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators.

Drew Brees hits Letterman for Madden NFL 11

From CBS -

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS QUARTERBACK AND SUPER BOWL XLIV MVP DREW BREES, NEWLY-SELECTED COVER ATHLETE FOR THE "MADDEN NFL 11" VIDEO GAME, WILL PRESENT THE TOP TEN LIST ON CBS's "LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN," THURSDAY, APRIL 22

NEW YORK, April 22
– Super Bowl XLIV MVP and New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, the newly-selected cover athlete for the "Madden NFL 11" video game, will present the Top Ten List on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Thursday, April 22 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Brees was selected by fans in a special online vote to become the latest NFL star to grace the cover of the new edition of the popular EA Sports video game, it was announced earlier today. "Madden NFL 11" hits stores August 10.

Also featured on the LATE SHOW tonight will be actor and comedian David Spade, star of the CBS comedy series "Rules of Engagement"; EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, who will be making a special Earth Day visit to the broadcast; and musical guests Broken Social Scene.

The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

MIL at PIT 12:35 PM
MIL: R Wolf (L) 1-1, 4.91
PIT: D McCutchen (R) 0-1, 14.73

CLE at MIN 1:10 PM
CLE: M Talbot (R) 1-1, 3.21
MIN: S Baker (R) 2-1, 3.38

NYY at OAK 3:35 PM
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 2-0, 2.84
OAK: D Braden (L) 2-0, 2.70

COL at WAS 4:35 PM
COL: U Jimenez (R) 3-0, 1.29
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 2-0, 0.00

TEX at BOS 7:10 PM
TEX: C Wilson (L) 0-1, 2.08
BOS: C Buchholz (R) 1-1, 1.80

PHI at ATL 7:10 PM
PHI: J Moyer (L) 1-1, 7.50
ATL: D Lowe (R) 3-0, 4.67

LAD at CIN 7:10 PM
LAD: V Padilla (R) 1-1, 8.04
CIN: M Leake (R) 0-0, 2.63

CHC at NYM 7:10 PM
CHC: T Gorzelanny (L) 0-1, 1.93
NYM: J Santana (L) 1-1, 3.00

FLA at HOU 8:05 PM
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 0-1, 6.75
HOU: F Paulino (R) 0-1, 7.36

TAM at CHW 8:10 PM
TAM: J Shields (R) 1-0, 4.50
CHW: J Peavy (R) 0-0, 6.00

DET at LAA 10:05 PM
DET: J Verlander (R) 0-1, 6.88
LAA: J Saunders (L) 1-2, 4.26

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kevin Millar joins MLB Network



Kevin Millar's got a new gig.



No, not as Kenny Chesney's backup singer, but for the MLB Network. Here are the details.

KEVIN MILLAR JOINS MLB NETWORK AS STUDIO ANALYST

Member of 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox to join MLB Tonight on April 27

Secaucus, N.J., April 21, 2010
- 12-year Major League Baseball veteran Kevin Millar has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst. Millar, who served as a guest analyst on MLB Network during the 2009 Postseason, will make his 2010 debut on MLB Tonight on Tuesday, April 27 at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Millar joins MLB Tonight analysts Sean Casey, John Hart, Barry Larkin, Al Leiter, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Billy Ripken, John Smoltz and Mitch Williams at MLB Network.

“Kevin Millar brings a fresh and current perspective to MLB Network, having played this past season,” said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. “During the 2009 Postseason, Kevin proved that he can provide valuable analysis and commentary to baseball fans and we’re excited to have him join our already deep roster of on-air talent.”

“Working with the guys at the MLB Network is the next best thing to actually being in a clubhouse,” said Millar. “I am really excited to get started and have some fun.”

A first baseman and outfielder, Millar has batted .274 with 170 home runs and 699 RBI in his career. He was a key member of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox, hitting .297 with 18 home runs and 74 RBI for the season. He has played for the Florida Marlins (1998-2002), Boston Red Sox (2003-2005), Baltimore Orioles (2006-2008) and the Toronto Blue Jays (2009).

After the 2003 season, Kevin received the Jackie Jensen Award, presented annually by the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) to the player who best embodies the spirit and desire of the former Red Sox outfielder. Following the 2001 season, Kevin was presented with the Charlie Hough Good Guy Award from the Florida chapter of the BBWAA.

Fox notes on Roethlisberger, MLB & Nascar

From Fox Sports -

FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES

World Champion Yankees Visit the Angels for an ALCS Rematch Sat at 4PM on FOX

Kenny Albert Reflects on Last Saturday’s Mets/Cardinals 20-Inning Marathon

NASCAR on FOX Rolls into Talladega Sunday at 12PM

McReynolds: Childress & Harvick Have Decisions to Make

Strahan and Billick Weigh-In on Roethlisberger Suspension

ALCS COMBATANTS FACE OFF IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
– Week three of the MLB on FOX schedule takes FOX Sports to Anaheim, CA for a rematch of the 2009 ALCS. Derek Jeter and the World Champion Yankees are off to a hot start and look to continue their strong play as they take on former Yankee Hideki Matsui and the Angels. In Chicago, the resurgent Andruw Jones and the White Sox host the revamped Mariners. This week, the pregame show originates live from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Joe Buck, Eric Karros and Ken Rosenthal as a field reporter.

For instant updates throughout the week and during games from the entire MLB on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MLBONFOX. Fans can gain more access to exclusive FOX Sports content by logging on to www.facebook.com/foxsports and www.myspace.com/foxsports.

New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels (86%)
Joe Buck, Eric Karros & Ken Rosenthal
Angel Stadium – Anaheim, CA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

Probable Pitchers: Andy Pettitte, LHP (2-0, 1.35 ERA) vs. Joel Pineiro, RHP (2-1, 1.77 ERA)

Seattle Mariners at Chicago White Sox (13%)
Kenny Albert & Tim McCarver
U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle

Probable Pitchers: Ian Snell, RHP (0-2, 5.14 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia, RHP (0-2, 8.10 ERA)

ALBERT LOOKS BACK ON EPIC 20-INNING GAME OF THE WEEK -- FOX Sports’ Kenny Albert is no stranger to working overtime. In 1998, he called a 17-inning game in Seattle and a few years ago he called the last tie game in the NFL (Eagles/Bengals) but last weekend’s Mets/Cardinals 20-inning marathon was the longest game, he or analyst Tim McCarver had been behind the mic for. Albert looked back on what he’ll remember about last weekend’s game. “Even though the game went nearly seven hours, it didn’t feel that long. Part of the reason is it ended at 10:00 PM central, a normal time for a night game. If it had started at 7:00 PM and ended at 2:00 AM, it would have felt different. As far as the preparation and the notes in the later innings, once it got past the 12th and 13th inning that’s when it really started to get fun. We had our production crew and statisticians pulling together graphics and facts and Tim talked about the 19th inning Mets/Braves game he worked back in July of 85 in Atlanta and how Ted Turner still went ahead with the fireworks when the game ended at 4:00 AM. All I know is that for Tim’s first two weeks this season, he’s had a CC Sabathia no hitter until the 8th inning and then a 20-inning marathon. What will happen this week?”

NASCAR ON FOX ROLLS INTO TALLADEGA – FOX Sports heads to Talladega Superspeedway on April, 25 (12:00 PM ET) for NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. Fresh off his remarkable win in Texas and winner of two of the last three races, Denny Hamlin looks primed to challenge points leader Jimmie Johnson. Coverage starts with FOX NASCAR SUNDAY host Chris Myers, along with analysts Waltrip and Jeff Hammond from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set providing live interviews with drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action. Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy will be alongside analysts Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for up-to-the-second news and notes.

For instant updates throughout the week and during the race from the entire NASCAR on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NASCARONFOX.

SUNDAY, APRIL 25
NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING FROM TALLADEGA
12:00 PM ET

MCREYNOLDS: SHAKEUP AT RCR RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT HARVICK’S FUTURE
– This week, Shell-Pennzoil announced a sponsor shakeup taking their dollars from Richard Childress Racing to Penske beginning in 2011. The move has forced all eyes in the NASCAR community to focus on RCR driver Kevin Harvick whose contract with RCR runs out at the end of this season. Without a sponsor for 2011, is Kevin Harvick staying with RCR? NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds believes Harvick’s decision has solely to do with competing for championships. “If he feels like he’s at an organization that can win races and can contend for championships, why would he want to leave? Richard Childress has a very tough scenario: You’ve got to have a driver to sell a sponsor, you’ve got to have a sponsor to sell a driver. He’s got the worst of both worlds staring him in the face.”

PROUD PAPA: LARRY MAC’S SON TAKES ON DEGA -- Brandon McReynolds, son of NASCAR on FOX analyst and former crew chief Larry McReynolds, continues his 2010 season racing in the ARCA 250 this Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. For proud father Larry, the event will add to his already fond memories of Talladega and Davey Allison. “Talladega is my home track and where I saw my first race when I was 10 years old. I finally got my first win as a crew chief there with Davey Allison in the 28 Texaco car in ‘92,” said McReynolds. “To have Brandon, my 18 year old son, racing there as Davey’s Godson and to have the support of Ken Allen and the Talladega/Texaco Walk of Fame is really special. It’s going to be a very overwhelming experience for me and my family and I are really looking forward to it.”

STRAHAN & BILLICK WEIGH-IN ON ROETHLISBERGER SUSPENSION -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended today for six games without pay for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy and ordered to undergo behavioral evaluation. FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan and NFL on FOX game analyst Brian Billick react to Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision.

STRAHAN: “It’s in line with what Roger Goodell has done since he’s taken over as commissioner. He’s trying to set a tone for the NFL. If you’re a player in the NFL, you aren’t representing just yourself or your team you are representing the league and the Commissioner is just trying to protect that. I think the harshness of the penalty was to set an example for other players. Your stature as a star in the NFL doesn’t matter. Goodell has consistently been stiff with his suspensions and fines. In a sense the severity of the suspension is warranted and hopefully it’ll give Ben a chance to reflect and make better decisions going forward.”

BILLICK: “The Roethlisberger suspension was necessary for the Commissioner to maintain his steadfast commitment to ‘drawing a line in the sand’ with regards to player conduct in the NFL. Players must be made to understand that they are responsible for their behavior, even in a predatory environment, such is their life. The boorish behavior of Roethlisberger demanded that this type of sanction be leveled.”

WEEI heads to Foxboro for Draft Day

If you're looking for some quality draft talk on Thursday...

WEEI Brings “The Big Show” Live to Gillette Stadium

Complete coverage of the 2010 NFL Draft starts this Thursday at 2pm

Boston, Mass. (April 20, 2010)
–WEEI will deliver loyal listeners the ultimate in coverage for the upcoming 75th annual 2010 NFL Draft.

WEEI’s afternoon program, “The Big Show,” will broadcast live from Gillette Stadium on Thursday, April 22nd and Friday, April 23rd. Glenn Ordway and co-host Steve DeOssie will feature guests including Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.com, Christopher Price of WEEI.com, Tom Curran from CSNNE.com and Vic Carrucci of NFL.com. In addition to draft coverage, Chris Price will report live from Gillette during the Red Sox games on both nights. WEEI will continue to provide regular updates during the Celtics/Heat playoff game on Friday.

On Saturday, April 24th, full coverage continues from noon to 6p live from Gillette with Craig Mustard/Larry Johnson, Eric Frede and Mike Mutnansky. The station will provide continuous updates from Patriots personnel and roving reporters plus live press conferences with the Patriots top picks. On Monday, April 26th, Bill Belichick will be live with the Big Show to wrap up all the draft coverage.

WEEI Program Director, Jason Wolfe says, “The NFL draft is the most significant off season event for the Patriots, and once again this year, I’m excited to be able to provide our listeners with comprehensive coverage live from the stadium and during our Red Sox and Celtics broadcasts. With the draft moving to prime time, it gives a terrific opportunity to utilize the Big Show prior to the first three rounds, with a long list of NFL experts who will have up to the minute information on what the Pats and teams around the league are doing.”

For continuing coverage on the 2010 NFL Draft, tune into the WEEI Sports Radio Network or listen live at www.weei.com

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

KAN at TOR 12:37 PM
KAN: Z Greinke (R) 0-2, 3.57
TOR: S Marcum (R) 0-1, 4.05

SFO at SDG 6:35 PM
SFO: T Wellemeyer (R) 0-2, 9.58
SDG: J Garland (R) 0-2, 3.60

COL at WAS 7:05 PM
COL: J Hammel (R) 0-1, 11.42
WAS: J Lannan (L) 1-1, 5.74

MIL at PIT 7:05 PM
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 0-2, 5.50
PIT: Z Duke (L) 2-0, 2.37

PHI at ATL 7:10 PM
PHI: R Halladay (R) 3-0, 1.13
ATL: T Hudson (R) 1-0, 2.84

TEX at BOS 7:10 PM
TEX: M Harrison (L) 0-1, 1.38
BOS: J Beckett (R) 1-0, 3.86

LAD at CIN 7:10 PM
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 1-0, 1.20
CIN: A Harang (R) 0-2, 7.88

CHC at NYM 7:10 PM
CHC: C Silva (R) 1-0, 0.69
NYM: O Perez (L) 0-1, 3.75

FLA at HOU 8:05 PM
FLA: J Johnson (R) 1-1, 4.50
HOU: B Norris (R) 1-1, 3.52

TAM at CHW 8:10 PM
TAM: W Davis (R) 0-1, 4.09
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 2-1, 3.00

CLE at MIN 8:10 PM
CLE: D Huff (L) 1-1, 1.80
MIN: F Liriano (L) 1-0, 2.08

STL at ARI 9:40 PM
STL: C Carpenter (R) 2-0, 3.50
ARI: E Jackson (R) 1-1, 3.50

DET at LAA 10:05 PM
DET: J Bonderman (R) 1-1, 9.00
LAA: J Weaver (R) 2-0, 2.84

NYY at OAK 10:05 PM
NYY: P Hughes (R) 1-0, 3.60
OAK: B Sheets (R) 1-0, 2.65

BAL at SEA 10:10 PM
BAL: K Millwood (R) 0-2, 2.89
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 1-0, 3.10

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2010 NBC Sunday Night Football Schedule



From NBC Sports -

2010 “NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Thursday Night Opener: Vikings at Super Bowl Champion Saints; McNabb and Redskins Host Cowboys in Opening SNF Game

“Manning Bowl” in Week 2

3 Appearances Each by Colts, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Packers and Steelers; 2 Appearances Each by Chargers, Patriots, Redskins and Vikings

NEW YORK – April 20, 2010
– Three appearances each by six marquee NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers; a rematch of the NFC Championship Game as the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints host the Minnesota Vikings in the opening Thursday night game; the “Manning Bowl” rematch in Week 2; and storied rivalries including three NFC East games, Chargers-Colts, Vikings-Packers at Lambeau, Steelers-Ravens and Jets-Dolphins highlight the “NBC Sunday Night Football” schedule as the league announced its 2010 slate of games today.

Highlights of “NBC Sunday Night Football” schedule:

Sixteen of NBC’s 17 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season; eight of 17 include two playoff teams.

Fourteen of the 17 teams playing on “Sunday Night Football” had .500 or better records.

Three appearances from six marquee teams: Colts (vs. Giants, Redskins, Chargers), Cowboys (Redskins, Packers, Eagles), Eagles (49ers, Giants, Cowboys), Giants (Colts, Bears, Eagles), Packers (Vikings, Cowboys, Patriots) and Steelers (Saints, Patriots, Ravens).

A rematch of last year’s NFC Championship game between the Vikings and Saints to kickoff the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 9.

Peyton and Eli meet in the anticipated rematch of the “Manning Bowl” when the Giants and Colts face off in Week 2. They last met in the network debut of “Sunday Night Football” in 2006 in a game that was seen by 22.6 million viewers, the third-most ever in the history of “Sunday Night Football.” Six SNF games involve one of the Manning brothers.

A matchup of two of the oldest NFL teams when the Bears and Giants meet in Week 4 in the New Meadowlands Stadium. The Bears-Giants rivalry dates back to 1925.

Three matchups among bitter NFC East rivals: Cowboys-Redskins, Giants-Eagles, and Eagles-Cowboys.

The first “NBC Sunday Night Football” trips to New Orleans, Cincinnati, San Francisco and Miami.

SNF DOMINATED SUNDAY NIGHTS: “Sunday Night Football” was the most- watched Sunday night primetime broadcast in a record 15 of 16 (94 percent) weeks last season. In 2008, SNF won 13 of 16 (81 percent) Sunday nights after winning 11 of 16 in 2007 (69 percent) and nine of 16 in 2006 (56 percent).

SNF NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM FOR 2009 SEASON IN KEY DEMOS: For the full 2009 season, “Sunday Night Football” ranked as the No. 1 program across the key demographics of Adults 18-49 (7.5), Men 25-54 (10.8), Men 18-49 (9.7) and Men 18-34 (8.1). Additionally, SNF ranked No. 2 in viewership (19.6 million) and in household rating (11.7) among all primetime programs during the football season.

NFL OPENING KICKOFF: In a tradition that began in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the following season’s Thursday night season kickoff. The NFL will open this season on NBC, Thursday, Sept. 9, with the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints hosting the NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings, who the Saints defeated in the NFC Championship game last season, 31-28. The first “NBC Sunday Night Football” contest of the season is a classic NFC East rivalry as the Washington Redskins with their new QB Donovan McNabb and head coach Mike Shanahan host Tony Romo and the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys.

2010 “NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” SCHEDULE

Thurs. Sept. 9 NFL Kickoff Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints

Sun. Sept. 12 Week 1 Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins

Sun. Sept. 19 Week 2 New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts

Sun. Sept. 26 Week 3 New York Jets at Miami Dolphins

Sun. Oct. 3 Week 4 Chicago Bears at New York Giants

Sun. Oct. 10 Week 5 Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers

Sun. Oct. 17 Week 6 Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins

Sun. Oct. 24 Week 7 Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers

Sun. Oct. 31 Week 8 Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints

Sun. Nov. 7 Week 9 Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers

Sun. Nov. 14 Week 10 New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sun. Nov. 21 *Week 11 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Sun. Nov. 28 *Week 12 San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts

Sun. Dec. 5 *Week 13 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

Sun. Dec. 12 *Week 14 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Sun. Dec. 19 *Week 15 Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots

Sun. Dec. 26 *Week 16 San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

Sun. Jan. 2 *Week 17 TBA

*Flex Week


“Football Night in America” begins NBC’s NFL coverage every Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

Following is a complete breakdown of the matchups with analysis from “NBC Sunday Night Football” analyst Cris Collinsworth and “NBC Football Night in America” analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison:

THURSDAY, SEPT. 9 - NFL KICKOFF 2010
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.)


In a tradition that began in 2004, the Super Bowl champion annually hosts the following season’s Thursday night season kickoff. This year’s matchup features a rematch of last year’s thrilling NFC Championship Game as the defending Super Bowl champion Saints host the Vikings, who are still awaiting word as to Brett Favre’s return.

Collinsworth: “If I could hand pick one game to start the season – assuming Brett Favre comes back – this would be mine. In many ways this was probably the most memorable and most emotional of all the playoff games last year including the Super Bowl. You had Brett Favre and the New Orleans Saints, with their fans who have endured so much, getting the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl.”

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12 - WEEK ONE
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (FedExField, Landover, Md.)


“NBC Sunday Night Football” kicks off its season with one of the most storied rivalries in sports as the Redskins host the Cowboys. Donovan McNabb will face a familiar foe, but as the quarterback of a new team, as he makes his debut under center with the Redskins. And new Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan makes his regular-season debut in a bitter NFC East rivalry game.

Collinsworth: “Without question the story of the off-season was Donovan McNabb going to divisional rival Washington. The Redskins have almost unbelievably rebuilt the team, starting at the top with Mike Shanahan as the coach and Kyle Shanahan as the offensive coordinator, McNabb at QB and they added Larry Johnson and Willie Parker at RB. It’s been a remarkable quick fix for the Redskins and, the way they played defense last year and with coach and QB now in place, this is a very very different looking Washington Redskins team.”

SUNDAY, SEPT. 19 - WEEK TWO
New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)


Brothers Peyton and Eli Manning face off in the rematch of the “Manning Bowl.” This is the first time the brothers will meet since 2006 when the Colts and Giants met in the first ever “Sunday Night Football” game on NBC, a game that drew 22.6 million viewers and stands as the third most-watched game in SNF history. The Colts won, 26-21, at Giants Stadium. Peyton, who won his fourth NFL MVP last season, has led the Colts to the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons while the Giants, who won Super Bowl XLII, missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2004.

Dungy, head coach of the Colts for the first “Manning Bowl”: “I have never been in a regular season game with that much hype. This will be huge, too.”

Collinsworth: “This game takes on a completely different feel now that Eli has a Super Bowl championship of his own. It’s no longer, ‘could Eli ever measure up to what Peyton has done?’ Certainly Peyton with the four MVPs puts him at the top of the class in many ways but for Eli, he’s no longer the baby brother in this one. This is more about two top quarterbacks going at it…and, oh, by the way, they’re brothers.”

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26 - WEEK THREE
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins (Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.)


A bitter AFC East rivalry as the Jets, who advanced to the AFC Championship Game last season behind rookie head coach Rex Ryan and rookie QB Mark Sanchez, take on the Dolphins who won the division just two seasons ago. The Jets acquired a number of high-profile players during the off-season, including formers Chargers CB Antonio Cromartie and RB LaDainian Tomlinson. The Dolphins recently traded for former Broncos WR Brandon Marshall and signed him to a long-term contract. Marshall will have a difficult task in this game as he goes up against one of the top CBs in the league in the Jets’ Darrell Revis. The Dolphins swept their two meetings last year winning 31-27 at home in Week 5 and 30-25 at the Meadowlands in Week 8.

Harrison: “The Jets made a ton of off-season moves and are definitely looking to reach that next level. But I’m interested to see how Mark Sanchez develops. If the quarterback doesn’t play well, then they won’t have success. I had the opportunity to play against Brandon Marshall. He’s a phenomenal young player and is going to help out the Dolphins tremendously. The Marshall-Revis matchup is awesome. I’m taking Revis all day despite Marshall being a physical specimen.”

SUNDAY, OCT. 3 - WEEK FOUR
Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants (New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.)


The Giants and Bears first met in 1925 at the Polo Grounds. This will be the 56th meeting, including playoff games, between the 85-year old rivals but the first at the New Meadowlands Stadium. The Bears were active in the off-season signing Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers and hiring new offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who specializes in the passing game.

Dungy: “The Bears have a completely different offensive philosophy with Mike Martz there. They are trying to build the team around Jay Cutler and win games through the air. The Giants are looking to get back that pressure defense they had when they won the Super Bowl.”

SUNDAY OCT. 10 - WEEK FIVE
Philadelphia Eagles at San Francisco 49ers (Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Calif.)


The 49ers, poised for a playoff run after an 8-8 season in 2009, make their first appearance on “NBC Sunday Night Football” by hosting the Eagles – making the first of three SNF appearances in 2010 - and their new starting quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Harrison: “Philadelphia went out west to Oakland last year and lost. This will be an interesting game to see how they respond to the West Coast travel. It’s an opportunity for them to show that they are going to be a consistent team no matter who the opponent is or where they play.”

SUNDAY, OCT. 17 - WEEK SIX
Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins (FedExField, Landover, Md.)


A battle of two of the NFL’s top QBs as reigning NFL MVP Peyton Manning leads the AFC Champion Colts into the nation’s capital to take on the Redskins with their new Head Coach Mike Shanahan and new QB Donovan McNabb.

Dungy: “Mike Shanahan knows the Colts well. He played a lot of games against them when he was in Denver. It’s going to be interesting to see how far along Donovan McNabb is in the Redskins offense. I think you’ll see his best around this time.”

SUNDAY, OCT. 24 - WEEK SEVEN
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.)


Will Brett Favre return for another season? If so, this will be the Vikings quarterback’s second trip back to Lambeau Field, a place where he donned the green and gold of the Packers for 16 seasons. His inaugural return last year was the most-watched NFL regular-season game of the year with 29.8 million viewers.

Dungy: “A lot depends on if Brett Favre comes back, and I think he will be back. Even though Brett played at Lambeau last year, it’s always going to be emotional for him and the Packers fans. Green Bay knows it needs to beat Minnesota if it wants to win the division. The Packers lost twice last year despite being able to move the ball and put points on the board. They were unable to stop the Vikings.”

SUNDAY, OCT. 31 - WEEK EIGHT
Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints (Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, La.)


This Halloween Night in New Orleans shouldn’t be so scary with a matchup of the last two Super Bowl winners as the Steelers head to the Big Easy to take on Drew Brees and the Saints.

Collinsworth: “Where else would you have Halloween night? The Saints fans and the city of New Orleans do costumes pretty well so I hope I can keep my attention on the field for what should be a tremendous football matchup. You have arguably the most exciting offense in the Saints going against the most exciting defense in the Steelers.”

SUNDAY, NOV. 7 - WEEK NINE
Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers (Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.)


Two 2009 playoff teams collide at the hallowed grounds of Lambeau Field. This game, in each of the last two years has drawn an impressive 22.2 million and 26.7 million viewers, respectively.

Dungy: “This is a game for people like me who appreciate the history of the NFL. It evokes a lot of memories. It will showcase two up-and-coming quarterbacks. Both teams have good receiving corps, players who can run after the catch, and good pass rushers. It’s going to come down to which pass rushing unit can nullify the other team’s quarterback.”

SUNDAY, NOV. 14 - WEEK 10
New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers (Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.)


Tom Brady leads the Patriots into Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in a matchup of two of the NFL’s top teams of the past decade. The Steelers and Patriots have combined to win five of the last nine Super Bowls.

Harrison: “This is definitely going to be a really physical game. The Steelers definitely have a bitter taste in their mouths from how they ended last year. With all the controversy about Ben Roethlisberger, he’s going to have a chip on his shoulder. The Patriots have not made a lot of off-season moves, they feel comfortable with who they are. They are going to have a renewed energy because the way they finished their season last year is totally unacceptable. They are going to come out and be a lot younger, faster and more physical.”

SUNDAY, NOV. 21 - WEEK 11
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.)


The Eagles have won the last four matchups between these two longtime NFC East rivals, including a two-game sweep in 2009 in which they scored 85 total points. Last year’s on Sunday Night Football in Week 14, the two division rivals combined to score 83 points in a 45-38 Eagles victory.

Dungy: “It will be interesting to see at that time where Philly’s offense is. Are they rolling? Is Kevin Kolb progressing? Is he playing like a veteran or a first-year starter? Have defenses gotten a read on him? I’m sure the Giants will test the Eagles run defense.”

SUNDAY, NOV. 28 - WEEK 12
San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.)


Two of the NFL’s most high-powered offenses that had the two best records in the league last season clash as Philip Rivers leads the Chargers into Indianapolis to talk on Manning and the Colts. The defending AFC West division Chargers were 13-3 last year, tied with the Saints for the second best record in the NFL only behind the Colts (14-2).

Dungy: “This is the game that didn’t happen last year in the playoffs. San Diego has no qualms about going into Indy. They have won there in the past. They will be a little bit different without LaDainian Tomlinson. The challenge for the Colts will be how they react to losing the Super Bowl. But previous disappointing losses just made those guys work harder.”

SUNDAY, DEC. 5 - WEEK 13
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.)


This game has become one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL. They split their two head-to-head meetings last season with the Ravens winning 20-17 in OT in Week 12 in Baltimore and the Steelers taking the Week 16 matchup 23-20 in Pittsburgh. Both teams finished 9-7 last season in the AFC North but the Ravens captured the Wild Card berth by virtue of their better conference record.

Harrison: “You can circle this on your calendar as the most physical football game in the NFL this year on Sunday night. The Ravens came out and smacked the Patriots in the face in the playoffs. Then you’ve got the Steelers who will have Troy Palamalu back. It’s going to be physical.”

SUNDAY, DEC. 12 - WEEK 14
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas)


The Eagles will be looking to exact some revenge for three losses to the Cowboys in 2009, two of them on NBC. On the strength of their defense, which recorded four sacks and two interceptions, the Cowboys defeated the Eagles, 20-16, on SNF in Week 8. In the Wild Card game on NBC and watched by 32.1 million viewers, the most-watched primetime Wild Card game ever, Dallas won, 34-14.

Harrison: “Kevin Kolb, you asked for it, you got it. You got a chance to go in there and beat a team that Donovan McNabb struggle to beat last season, losing three times. They moved in a different direction and handed you the throne and said, you know what, you need to get us over the hump so we can beat Dallas. I’m interested to see how he’s going to respond, or is he going to have to have Michael Vick come in as his savior.”

SUNDAY, DEC. 19 - WEEK 15
Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots (Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.)


QB Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers into Foxboro for the first time since 2002 to take on Brady and the Patriots. Both teams were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last season with the AFC East champion Patriots losing to the Ravens, 33-14, and the Wild Card Packers losing to the Cardinals, 51-45, in OT. This is only the ninth regular-season meeting ever between these two teams and the first since 2006 when the Patriots shutout the Packers 35-0 at Lambeau Field. The series between the Patriots and Packers also includes Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans when the Packers defeated the Patriots 35-21.

Collinsworth: “Set Tom Brady aside. Everyone knows what he has done in the league with three Super Bowl wins. Aaron Rodgers is the next superstar that we will be talking about. I really think that Aaron Rodgers has Drew Brees-like talent and leadership skills and is going to be the next star in this league.”

Harrison: “A game like this could have significant playoff implications. The Patriots will be going up against one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL. He faces a good young secondary. This is a great measuring stick for the Patriots.”

SUNDAY, DEC. 26 - WEEK 16
San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio)


The AFC North champion Bengals host their first ever “Sunday Night Football” game in this battle of division winners as they take on Philip Rivers and the AFC West champion Chargers. These two teams met in Week 15 last season with the Chargers winning 27-24. The playoff berth for the Bengals last season was just their second since 1990.

Collinsworth: “The first “Sunday Night Football” game in Cincinnati and a home game for me. San Diego is one of the clear-cut favorites in the AFC. Cincinnati just has to fix its passing game, which sounds strange when you are talking about a Bengals team that was all passing and couldn’t find a running game and their defense for so long. Assuming they get their passing game back on track, the Bengals can be one of the favorites this year in the AFC.”

SUNDAY, JAN. 2 - WEEK 17
Teams to be announced by NFL at least six days prior.


The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot to conclude the season.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: The season again will utilize “flexible scheduling” in Weeks 11-17. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights.

A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the change will be announced no later than six days before the game. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot to conclude the season.

Flexible scheduling will ensure quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and give “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.