Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saltalamacchia is Rube Baker!

OK, the Red Sox newest catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia does come with baggage. Apparently, he's been in the minors because he's Rube Baker from the movie "Major League II." Yes, he can't throw the ball back to the pitcher!

In case you've forgotten, here's the exchange from the movie between Rube and Jake Taylor -

Jake Taylor: Rube, what's going through your head just before you throw the ball back to the pitcher?
Rube Baker: I'm thinking, "Damn, I don't want to screw this up."
Jake Taylor: Well, what are you thinking when you throw a strike to nail the runner down at second base?
Rube Baker: Well, I, I'm not thinking nothing. I just throw it.
Jake Taylor: You see what I'm getting at?
Rube Baker: You want the pitcher to pitch from second base?
Jake Taylor: [frustrated, blank look] Oooogh.

Oh my indeed!

Here's more from Mr. Baker -

NFL Injuries - Desean Jackson & Percy Harvin

Wow, they are dropping like flies!

First it was Dez Bryant off for significant time with an ankle injury and now two more today!

Both Desean Jackson of the Eagles and Percy Harvin of the Vikings (both on last years TCN fantasy team BTW) were carted off the practice field with injuries.

Jackson with a back injury and Harvin with an undisclosed injury.

Oh my!

Red Sox get Saltalamacchia

Right at the deadline, the Red Sox get their catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia according to WEEI's Alex Speier.

The Sox give up prospects, a player to be named later and cash.

So, today, the Sox pick up Saltalamacchia, Ryan Kalish and Dustin Richardson to the big league roster while getting rid of Jeremy Hermida (cut) and Ramon Ramirez (traded to Giants).

Expect Dusty Brown to be next on the way out of Boston.

One Hour to Go - MLB Trading Deadline

So, at 3pm (ET), here's how we stand -

Red Sox - done nothing

Yankees - added 1B Lance Berkman and OF/DH Austin Kearns

Rays - added RP Chad Qualls

Dodgers - added LHP Ted Lilly and 2B Ryan Theriot

Cardinals - added RHP Jake Westbrook

Padres - added OF Ryan Ludwick

Time is ticking....

Saturday's MLB Pitching Probables

CLE at TOR 1:07 PM
CLE: J Westbrook (R) 6-7, 4.65
TOR: B Cecil (L) 8-5, 3.89

DET at BOS 4:10 PM
DET: M Scherzer (R) 7-8, 4.45
BOS: D Matsuzaka (R) 7-3, 4.09

ATL at CIN 4:10 PM
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 3-3, 4.37
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 10-6, 4.21

LAD at SFO 4:10 PM
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 9-5, 4.00
SFO: B Zito (L) 8-6, 3.49

OAK at CHW 7:05 PM
OAK: D Braden (L) 5-7, 3.77
CHW: J Danks (L) 11-7, 3.23

MIL at HOU 7:05 PM
MIL: D Bush (R) 5-8, 4.27
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 8-11, 4.80

PHI at WAS 7:05 PM
PHI: J Blanton (R) 4-6, 5.85
WAS: R Detwiler (L) 0-1, 0.00

BAL at KAN 7:10 PM
BAL: B Bergesen (R) 3-9, 6.95
KAN: Z Greinke (R) 6-10, 4.01

SEA at MIN 7:10 PM
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 7-7, 2.86
MIN: K Slowey (R) 9-5, 4.76

ARI at NYM 7:10 PM
ARI: B Enright (R) 2-2, 2.73
NYM: H Takahashi (L) 7-5, 4.47

NYY at TAM 7:10 PM
NYY: J Vazquez (R) 9-7, 4.54
TAM: M Garza (R) 11-5, 4.06

PIT at STL 7:15 PM
PIT: D McCutchen (R) 1-4, 8.58
STL: J Suppan (R) 0-6, 6.18

CHC at COL 8:10 PM
CHC: T Gorzelanny (L) 6-5, 3.22
COL: J Hammel (R) 7-6, 4.34

FLA at SDG 8:35 PM
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 11-7, 4.35
SDG: K Correia (R) 7-6, 5.09

TEX at LAA 9:05 PM
TEX: R Harden (R) 3-3, 5.68
LAA: D Haren (R) 7-9, 4.57

MLB Trade Deadline Day!

It's MLB Trade Deadline Day, so plenty of rumors and hopefully deals coming our way today before the 4pm (ET) deadline.

Here's your coverage:

On the web:
MLB Trade Rumors (the best!)
CSNNE.com
Boston Globe - Extra Bases
SI.com
ESPN.com

On TV: 
11am MLB Trade Deadline Special - MLB Network
12pm The Baseball Show - CSN NE
12pm MLB Trade Deadline Special - ESPNNews
3pm MLB Trade Deadline Special - NESN

So far, the Yankees appear to be cleaning up with Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns and maybe Ted Lilly.

The Red Sox need some bullpen help desperately, now 6.5 behind the Rays in the AL Wild Card and 7.5 behind NY in the AL East.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Berkman to Yankees & the Astros pay NY!

Are you serious? The Yankees get Houston first baseman Lance Berkman, have to give up NO serious prospect of note AND they get $4 million from the Astros?

How in the world is ANYONE paying the Yankees to take a good player is beyond me! Plus, it comes on the heels of the Astros paying for a good chunk of Roy Oswalt's contract to go to Philly.

It used to be that back in the day, any contender would pick up the freight of a weighty contract just to get a good player in a deal. Now, it seems like the rich get richer without batting an eyelash!

Read more on the deal from ESPN's Buster Olney.

Brady speaks on contract

In his first spot in front of the cameras for training camp, Patriots QB Tom Brady talks contract, or the lack thereof in the means of an extension.   Take a listen from NBC Sports.com.

Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more.


We'll have more to discuss on Brady's next deal later this weekend. Keep checking back!

Chocolate Milk Mommy Chronicles!






 

Check out my lovely wife Laura's brand new website - Chocolate Milk Mommy Chronicles!

It's chockful of great stuff all you parents can use out there for you and your little ones!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

PC's soft non-conference schedule

Talk about your softies! Here's what Providence College announced as its non-conference schedule. Looks like lots of empty seats coming at The Dunk!

November 6 Bentley (exhibition)
November 13 Dartmouth
November 15 Yale
November 18 Morgan State (Cancun Challenge)
November 20 Prairie View A&M (Cancun Challenge)
November 23 LaSalle (Cancun Challenge - Cancun, Mexico)
November 24 Wyoming or Missouri (Cancun Challenge - Cancun, Mexico)
November 29 Central Connecticut
December 1 Northeastern
December 4 URI
December 6 Brown
December 8 at Boston College
December 11 Alabama
December 21 Sacred Heart


The only problem for the Friars is that they've lost half of their players from a bad 2009-10 team, so things don't bold well in Providence.

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

PHI at WAS 7:05 PM
PHI: R Oswalt (R) 6-12, 3.42
WAS: C Stammen (R) 2-4, 5.50

CLE at TOR 7:07 PM
CLE: J Masterson (R) 3-9, 5.19
TOR: S Marcum (R) 9-4, 3.36

DET at BOS 7:10 PM
DET: A Galarraga (R) 3-3, 4.43
BOS: J Lester (L) 11-5, 2.92

ATL at CIN 7:10 PM
ATL: K Medlen (R) 6-2, 3.57
CIN: J Cueto (R) 10-2, 3.18

ARI at NYM 7:10 PM
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 5-8, 4.10
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 10-5, 4.00

NYY at TAM 7:10 PM
NYY: P Hughes (R) 12-3, 4.04
TAM: W Davis (R) 8-9, 4.32

MIL at HOU 8:05 PM
MIL: M Parra (L) 3-7, 5.33
HOU: J Happ (L) 1-0, 1.76

OAK at CHW 8:10 PM
OAK: D Braden (L) 5-7, 3.77
CHW: D Hudson (R) 1-1, 6.32

BAL at KAN 8:10 PM
BAL: J Arrieta (R) 3-3, 5.40
KAN: S O'Sullivan (R) 1-1, 4.00

SEA at MIN 8:10 PM
SEA: D Fister (R) 3-6, 3.56
MIN: S Baker (R) 8-9, 5.00

PIT at STL 8:15 PM
PIT: J Karstens (R) 2-6, 4.72
STL: C Carpenter (R) 11-3, 3.09

CHC at COL 9:10 PM
CHC: T Gorzelanny (L) 6-5, 3.22
COL: J Francis (L) 3-3, 4.56

TEX at LAA 10:05 PM
TEX: S Feldman (R) 5-9, 5.46
LAA: E Santana (R) 9-7, 3.55

FLA at SDG 10:05 PM
FLA: C Volstad (R) 4-8, 4.76
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 5-8, 3.35

LAD at SFO 10:15 PM
LAD: C Monasterios (R) 3-2, 3.30
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 10-4, 3.12

Yankees/Rays again on TBS

From TBS -

“Sunday MLB on TBS” to Feature a Battle between AL East Frontrunners with New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays

Cy Young Award-Winning Yankee CC Sabathia to Pitch Against the Rays’ James Shields


“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on August 1 when eleven-time All-Star and former World Series MVP Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees visit All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field at 1:30 p.m. (ET). CC Sabathia is scheduled to pitch for the Yankees against the Rays’ probable starter James Shields. Ernie Johnson will call play-by-play alongside analysts Buck Martinez and Dennis Eckersley.

“Sunday MLB on TBS” includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. The network will also begin providing exclusive coverage of the Division Series and the American League Championship Series (ALCS) in October 2010.

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., August 1
1:30 p.m. New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
Announcers: Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Buck Martinez (analyst) & Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

Sun., August 8
1:30 p.m. San Francisco Giants @ Atlanta Braves
Announcers: Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Buck Martinez (analyst)

Red Sox/Yankees on MLB Network

From MLB Network -

AL EAST RIVALS NEW YORK YANKEES AND BOSTON RED SOX MATCH UP ON MLB NETWORK ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 WITH BOB COSTAS AND JIM KAAT CALLING THE GAME

Game Schedule Includes AL Central Showdown Between Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers on August 3

Thursday Night Baseball Features NL East First-Place Atlanta Braves Against NL Wild Card Leader San Francisco Giants on August 5

Secaucus, N.J., July 29, 2010
– The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox continue one of the longest-running rivalries in sports when they face off on Friday, August 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET, part of MLB Network’s live game schedule for August 3-7. MLB Network’s Bob Costas and Jim Kaat will call the game live from Yankee Stadium, with pregame coverage beginning on MLB Tonight at 4:00 p.m. ET. MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds and Kevin Millar, a key member of the 2004 World Champion Red Sox, will be part of the pregame coverage, including live on-field interviews.

The AL Central first-place Chicago White Sox match up against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Tuesday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Tigers trail the White Sox by five games in the AL Central. Select markets will see the NL East first-place Atlanta Braves host the New York Mets at 7:00 p.m. ET. The AL Central second-place Minnesota Twins visit the AL Wild Card-leading Tampa Bay Rays during MLB Matinee on Thursday, August 5, at 12:00 p.m. ET, which will be available on MLB Network in the Twins’ home television territory. Later that day, the Atlanta Braves host the NL Wild Card-leading San Francisco Giants, who have won eight of their last ten games, on Thursday Night Baseball at 7:00 p.m. ET. Rounding out the week, the New York Mets face NL East division rival Philadelphia Phillies, who are on a seven-game winning streak, at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Select markets will see the San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves.

MLB Tonight, MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning signature nightly studio show with look-ins at live games, will air live at 5:30 p.m. ET on August 2 and 3 as well as after MLB Matinee on August 5 and the Yankees and Red Sox game on August 6. MLB Tonight will also air on Wednesday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET and on Sunday, August 8 at 5:00 p.m. ET, followed by Quick Pitch at 7:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Network’s August 3 – August 7 live game schedule:

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

August 3
7:00 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Detroit
7:00 p.m. New York Mets at Atlanta [In select markets]

August 5
12:00 p.m. Minnesota at Tampa Bay [Available in Twins market]
7:00 p.m. Thursday Night Baseball: San Francisco at Atlanta
7:00 p.m. Cleveland at Boston [In select markets]

August 6
7:00 p.m.* Boston at New York Yankees – Bob Costas & Jim Kaat
7:00 p.m. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Detroit [Only in Boston & New York markets]

August 7
7:00 p.m. New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies
7:00 p.m. San Francisco at Atlanta [In select markets]

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Lowell keeps slammin!

Another night and another home run for Mike Lowell!

That's four in two nights while playing for the Pawsox in his rehab stint!

Oops ESPN!

Got to love ESPN's toss from A-Rod to Mets - "lets get back to sh*tty field" instead of Citi Field - classic!

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

STL at NYM 12:10 PM
STL: B Hawksworth (R) 4-6, 5.23
NYM: R Dickey (R) 6-4, 2.55

DET at TAM 12:10 PM
DET: R Porcello (R) 4-8, 5.55
TAM: D Price (L) 13-5, 2.90

ATL at WAS 12:35 PM
ATL: D Lowe (R) 10-8, 4.48
WAS: C Stammen (R) 2-4, 5.50

PIT at COL 3:10 PM
PIT: P Maholm (L) 6-8, 4.13
COL: U Jimenez (R) 15-2, 2.75

FLA at SFO 3:45 PM
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 7-6, 3.59
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 4-2, 2.43

LAD at SDG 6:35 PM
LAD: V Padilla (R) 4-3, 3.41
SDG: M Latos (R) 11-4, 2.48

NYY at CLE 7:05 PM
NYY: D Moseley (R) 0-0, 4.22
CLE: M Talbot (R) 8-9, 4.08

ARI at PHI 7:05 PM
ARI: J Saunders (L) 6-10, 4.62
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 6-4, 4.60

OAK at TEX 8:05 PM
OAK: V Mazzaro (R) 6-2, 3.45
TEX: C Wilson (L) 9-5, 3.03

SEA at CHW 8:10 PM
SEA: D Pauley (R) 0-2, 2.18
CHW: F Garcia (R) 9-4, 4.74

BAL at KAN 8:10 PM
BAL: B Matusz (L) 3-11, 5.22
KAN: K Davies (R) 5-6, 5.52

T-Pain Auto Tunes President Obama

Thanks to the fine folks at the Jimmy Kimmel Show, we get President Obama in song with T-Pain through his new app!



Classic!

Turner goes 3-D for PGA Championship

From Turner Sports -

Turner Sports and The PGA to Offer 3D Coverage of the 92nd PGA Championship Through PGA.com and TNT’s Television Distributors

Vince Cellini to host coverage alongside 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem


Turner Sports and The PGA of America announced today they will offer coverage of the 92nd PGA Championship in 3D on Thursday, Aug. 12 and Friday, Aug. 13, on PGA.com and through TNT’s television distributors Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications, DIRECTV, and Time Warner Cable. The 3D coverage will focus on the par-3 12th and 17th holes at Whistling Straits from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET each day. Host Vince Cellini who will be joined by 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem will provide commentary and analysis on the holes. Beem also will provide analysis throughout the weekend during PGA.com’s extensive 2D online offerings.

The 3D production will utilize eight cameras produced specifically for 3D that will provide a unique look at course action and give fans a one-of-a-kind visual experience to watch the world’s best golfers play the course’s challenging par-3s. In order to experience

the event in 3D, viewers will need a 3D TV or PC display with matching 3D glasses. Fans can visit http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2010/3d to get more information about the hardware and software used to view the 3D production online.

In addition to 3D coverage, Turner Sports will also offer 20 hours of television coverage on TNT, live 2D coverage on PGA.com and on mobile devices, with additional details to be announced at a later date.

“At Turner Sports we continually look to provide the fan with an innovative viewing experience through our ability to test and explore new opportunities,” said Lenny Daniels, Turner Sports EVP and COO. “The PGA Championship has always been a platform for forward thinking and interactive technology. During previous PGA Championship coverage on TNT and PGA.com, we have introduced our marquee follow coverage, live streaming action through mobile apps and included social networking within our linear broadcast. Introducing 3D coverage to this crown jewel event allows us another opportunity to better serve our audience and add to our multitude of platforms.”

“The PGA Championship has perennially been the source of many of the game's most special moments,” said PGA of America Director of Broadcast & New Media Casey Morton. “The addition of 3D television and online technology unfolding at Whistling Straits, a spectacular venue for viewers, is yet another new level of excitement for fans to follow the world's premier players. We anticipate that the addition of this bonus for viewers opens another chapter in PGA Championship tradition.”

Each year during the PGA Championship, Turner provides fans with an exclusive and interactive viewing experience combining television, online and mobile. Through TNT’s four days of coverage, the ability to follow marquee groups live on PGA.com and instant player alerts and notifications on the PGA Championship iPhone app, fans get an all-access pass for all the tournament action.

MLB Network Trade Deadline Coverage

From MLB Network -

MLB NETWORK TO AIR MORE THAN FIVE HOURS OF LIVE TRADE DEADLINE COVERAGE ON SATURDAY, JULY 31

Gammons, Hart, Heyman, Reynolds, Verducci & Others Part of Coverage Starting at 11:00 a.m. ET

MLB Network to Countdown the 40 Most Memorable Trades in MLB History at 6:00 p.m. ET

Secaucus, N.J., July 28, 2010
– MLB Network will provide more than five hours of live coverage of the MLB Trade Deadline on Saturday, July 31 from 11:00 a.m. ET until 4:30 p.m. ET. Greg Amsinger, Matt Vasgersian, Peter Gammons, John Hart, Jon Heyman, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci will cover every move leading up to the 4:00 p.m. ET deadline. MLB.com senior writer Jonathan Mayo and MLB Network Insiders and sportswriters Phil Rogers, Richard Justice and Tracy Ringolsby will contribute analysis on-air throughout the day. Saturday’s coverage follows MLB Network’s hour-long Path to the Trade Deadline specials airing daily this week before MLB Tonight.

MLB Network will air MLB Network Countdown: The 40 Most Memorable Trades in MLB History, an hour-long show recapping the most influential trades that led to Hall of Fame careers, pennants, World Series titles and other significant franchise moments. Narrated by Vasgersian, the countdown includes: John Smoltz being traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Atlanta Braves in 1987, the New York Mets trading Hall of Famer Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds in 1977, the Texas Rangers trading Alex Rodriguez to the New York Yankees for Alfonso Soriano in 2004, Hall of Famer Nellie Fox’s trade to the Chicago White Sox from the Philadelphia Athletics in 1949, and the Cincinnati Reds trading Hall of Famer and pitching great Christy Mathewson to the New York Giants in 1900.

Saturday Night Baseball at 7:00 p.m. ET will feature the AL first-place New York Yankees at division rival Tampa Bay Rays, with select television markets seeing the Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox at 7:00 p.m. ET. Immediately following the game, MLB Tonight will return live for one hour, while MLB Network’s Hazel Mae will recap the day’s game action on Quick Pitch at 11:00 p.m. ET.

PGA on CBS hits West Virginia

From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS BROADCASTS PGA TOUR’S INUAGURAL “THE GREENBRIER CLASSIC” FROM “OLD WHITE” COURSE IN WEST VIRGINIA, JULY 31-AUGUST 1


The PGA TOUR moves to White Sulphur Springs in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia this week for the inaugural GREENBRIER CLASSIC. CBS Sports wil be on hand with third- and final-round coverage of the Greenbrier Classic from the venerable Old White course on Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, Aug. 1 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET, both days), live on the CBS Television Network.

Jim Nantz, the 2009 Emmy Award Winner for “Outstanding Sports Personality - Play-by-Play” and 2009 National Sportscaster of the Year, serves as anchor of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Sir Nick Faldo, winner of six major championships and more than 40 tournaments worldwide, serves as lead analyst. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Peter Kostis at the 16th hole. David Feherty serves as on-course reporter.

The Greenbrier is an award-winning resort and a National Historic Landmark in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains. The Greenbrier’s original of three courses, Old White, will measure 7.013 yards and play to par 70 this week. Sam Snead, World Golf Hall of Famer and the winningest player in PGA TOUR history, was the resort’s pro for 29 years and served as Golf Professional Emeritus from 1993 until his death in 2002.

Kenny Perry from nearby Kentucky should be a gallery favorite this week and is dedicating his play to the 29 families affected by the West Virginia mining disaster by pledging $2,000 for every birdie he makes. In addition, funds raised through the Greenbrier Classic will be donated to the families through the West Virginia Council of Churches. Other players with local ties include J.B. Holmes from Campbellsville, Kent., Johnson Wagner and Brendon De Jonge who both attended Virginia Tech. They will be part of an impressive field that includes Jim Fury, Sergio Garcia, Nick Wanted, Trevor Immelman, Matt Kuchar, Justin Leonard, Davis Love III, Kevin Na, Steve Marino, Rocco Mediate, Ricky Barnes, J.J. Henry, Paul Goydos, Ben Crane, Charley Hoffman, Tim Herron, Brian Gay, Brandt Snedeker, Tom Pernice, Jr., Boo Weekley and David Toms.

Red Sox/Tigers on FOX

FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES




Ringolsby: “Bubble Teams Notably Absent From Chatter”


DIVISION LEADERS FACE OFF IN CINCY – As high temps sweep across the country, playoff races are also heating up across MLB. On Saturday, July 31 (4:00 PM ET), the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK features three enticing matchups. In Cincinnati, a pair of division leaders face off as Brian McCann and the NL East-leading Braves visit Joey Votto and the NL Central-leading Reds. In Boston, the Red Sox continue their push for a postseason birth when they welcome Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers to Fenway. Out west, California rivals meet and look to keep pace in the NL Wild Card race as Barry Zito and the Giants host Andre Ethier and the Dodgers in San Fran. This week, the pregame show originates live from AT&T Park in San Francisco with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Kenny Albert 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.
    
Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds                 
Thom Brennaman & Kevin Millar                     42%
Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati, OH
MARKETS INCLUDE:  Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Greensboro, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. Bronson Arroyo, RHP (10-6, 4.21 ERA)

Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox   (37%)                              
Dick Stockton, Mark Grace   & Ken Rosenthal
Fenway Park – Boston, MA
MARKETS INCLUDE:  Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Myers, Hartford, Kansas City, Miami, New York, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Providence, Seattle, Tampa, West Palm Beach

Probable Pitchers: Max Scherzer. RHP (7-8, 4.45 ERA) vs. TBA


Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants   (20%)      
Kenny Albert & Eric Karros                                            
AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE:  Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco
Probable Pitchers:TBA vs. Barry Zito, LHP (8-6, 3.49 ERA)


RINGOLSBY: “BUBBLE TEAMS NOTABLY ABSENT FROM CHATTER” – With the trade deadline just days away, it’s time for teams to decide whether they’re sellers, buyers, or just staying put. FOXSports.com writer Tracy Ringolsby discusses how the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers are in unfamiliar territory. “The deadline is nearing and the Red Sox are lumped with Detroit, Oakland, the Mets, Colorado and Florida on the list of teams that would like to be buyers but find themselves in limbo as to whether they should buy or sell,” said Ringolsby. “Boston has become more of an observer, at least publicly, than a participant in this year’s deadline deal discussions. Detroit was considered at one point to be involved in the bidding for pitchers Dan Haren and Roy Oswalt, but the Tigers have had to take a step backward in light of their suddenly injury-ravaged roster.  More concerning is that Boston has been hit with a series of serious injuries that have put them eight games back of the AL East-leading Yankees and five games behind second-place Tampa Bay.”

For more from Tracy click here:  http://tinyurl.com/29rty77


GLAZE ACROSS AMERICA TOUR KICKS OFF – The offseason has been left to yesterday.  Vacation is over and it’s time for FOXSports.com’s NFL Insider Jay Glazer to go “camping” again.  NFL players exchange their summer vacation rentals for college dormitories. Cafeteria chow lines replace fine cuisine and hours of lounging by the pool gives way to hours of meetings and practice under the blazing sun. Since 1999 Glazer has annually embarked upon a 40-day NFL training camp tour, something fans can follow this year on FOXSports.com’s “Glaze Across America.”  Follow Jay for forty straight days of hopping from town to town, hotel to hotel, rental car to rental car and visits to 25 teams.



Schilling explains move to RI on WEEI

Thanks to our friends at Regan Communications, here's what Curt Schilling had to say to WEEI about moving his gaming company to Rhode Island.

Schilling to WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan:

“Why I’m Moving My Company to Rhode Island”

The former Sox hurler tells morning duo why he’s taking his biz south down Route 95

BOSTON (July 28, 2010
) – Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling spoke to WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan this morning regarding the reason for moving his gaming company, 38 Studios, from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. Schilling responded to critics that say Rhode Island should not have given him the $75 million in bonds to move his company from Massachusetts.

In response to former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee publicly criticizing the $75 million state loan guarantee and his questioning of Curt Schilling’s infamous bloody sock, Schilling had this to say: “I will put up $1 million to anybody who can take my sock and prove that my DNA is not on that sock.” Schilling also speaks for the first time on the specific offer presented to him by Massachusetts legislature.

To hear Schilling’s interview with Dennis & Callahan in its entirety log on to: http://audio.weei.com/m/32805139/curt-schilling-38-studios.htm

Lackey shows Angels who's Boss!

John Lackey returned to Anaheim and showed why he was the ace of the Angels for so many years. Fortunately for the Red Sox, it gave them a 4-2 win, netting them two straight over the Halos.

Here's your recap from ESPN in a game in which Jed Lowrie's two-run double in the seventh turned things around for Boston.

Today at 3:35pm, Josh Beckett goes for the sweep for the Sox.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

CHC at HOU 2:05 PM
CHC: R Wells (R) 5-7, 4.07
HOU: B Norris (R) 2-7, 6.08

MIN at KAN 2:10 PM
MIN: B Duensing (L) 3-1, 1.69
KAN: B Bannister (R) 7-9, 5.73

CIN at MIL 2:10 PM
CIN: T Wood (L) 0-1, 2.76
MIL: C Narveson (L) 8-6, 5.93

BOS at LAA 3:35 PM
BOS: J Beckett (R) 1-1, 6.66
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 10-7, 4.18

NYY at CLE 7:05 PM
NYY: A Burnett (R) 8-8, 4.77
CLE: F Carmona (R) 10-7, 3.51

ATL at WAS 7:05 PM
ATL: T Hudson (R) 10-5, 2.47
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 7-6, 3.12

ARI at PHI 7:05 PM
ARI: E Jackson (R) 6-9, 5.01
PHI: R Halladay (R) 11-8, 2.28

FLA at SFO 7:05 PM
FLA: A Sanabia (R) 1-1, 2.11
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 7-6, 3.35

BAL at TOR 7:07 PM
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 4-10, 4.46
TOR: S Marcum (R) 9-4, 3.36

STL at NYM 7:10 PM
STL: J Garcia (L) 9-4, 2.21
NYM: H Takahashi (L) 7-5, 4.52

DET at TAM 7:10 PM
DET: E Bonine (R) 4-0, 2.72
TAM: J Niemann (R) 8-3, 2.95

OAK at TEX 8:05 PM
OAK: T Cahill (R) 9-4, 3.15
TEX: C Lewis (R) 9-6, 3.52

SEA at CHW 8:10 PM
SEA: J Vargas (L) 6-5, 2.94
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 9-8, 3.96

PIT at COL 8:40 PM
PIT: R Ohlendorf (R) 1-8, 4.39
COL: A Cook (R) 4-6, 4.78

LAD at SDG 10:05 PM
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 8-8, 3.48
SDG: C Richard (L) 7-5, 3.57

Mike Lowell's slammin' tonight!

Mike Lowell's got two home runs tonight in Toledo for the Pawsox.

Just in case you were wondering!

Get the popcorn ready in Foxboro!

No, the Patriots didn't sign Terrell Owens, but the Pats first week opponent did. That's right, the Bengals will be bringing TO and Chad Johnson to town September 12th!

Here's hoping we get an outburst like this one...

Tuesday's MLB Pitching Probables

NYY at CLE 7:05 PM
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 13-3, 3.18
CLE: J Tomlin

ATL at WAS 7:05 PM
ATL: T Hanson (R) 8-6, 4.12
WAS: S Strasburg (R) 5-2, 2.32

ARI at PHI 7:05 PM
ARI: R Lopez (R) 5-9, 4.58
PHI: C Hamels (L) 7-7, 3.40

BAL at TOR 7:07 PM
BAL: K Millwood (R) 2-9, 5.84
TOR: R Romero (L) 7-7, 3.52

STL at NYM 7:10 PM
STL: A Wainwright (R) 14-5, 1.94
NYM: J Niese (L) 6-4, 3.54

DET at TAM 7:10 PM
DET: J Verlander (R) 12-5, 3.76
TAM: J Shields (R) 8-9, 4.90

OAK at TEX 8:05 PM
OAK: G Gonzalez (L) 9-6, 3.75
TEX: C Lee (L) 9-4, 2.56

CHC at HOU 8:05 PM
CHC: T Lilly (L) 3-8, 3.88
HOU: B Myers (R) 7-6, 3.24

SEA at CHW 8:10 PM
SEA: R Rowland-Smith (L) 1-9, 6.27
CHW: G Floyd (R) 5-8, 3.87

MIN at KAN 8:10 PM
MIN: C Pavano (R) 12-6, 3.26
KAN: B Chen (L) 5-4, 4.38

CIN at MIL 8:10 PM
CIN: E Volquez (R) 1-1, 7.56
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 9-4, 2.45

PIT at COL 8:40 PM
PIT: Z Duke (L) 4-9, 5.22
COL: J De La Rosa (L) 3-2, 5.65

BOS at LAA 10:05 PM
BOS: J Lackey (R) 9-5, 4.36
LAA: J Weaver (R) 9-6, 3.22

LAD at SDG 10:05 PM
LAD: C Billingsley (R) 8-5, 4.22
SDG: J Garland (R) 9-6, 3.61

FLA at SFO 10:15 PM
FLA: J Johnson (R) 10-3, 1.61
SFO: M Cain (R) 8-8, 3.10

Monday, July 26, 2010

This will freak you out!

From ESPN's Outside the Lines, a look inside how YOUR food at YOUR local stadium is getting to YOU.



Oh My!

NFL Network to air 65 Preseason Games

Again this preseason, the NFL Network is THE place to watch the NFL!

NFL.com's new 'NFL Preseason Live' offers preseason games online

All 65 preseason games air in high-definition on NFL Network

NFL Network's 10 live broadcasts include McNabb's debut in Washington,
Tebow's first NFL game and Pete Carroll's return to the NFL sidelines


With preseason kicking off in August, NFL Network and NFL.com features the most NFL preseason game coverage ever. NFL.com unveils NFL Preseason Live to watch games online and NFL Network once again carries all 65 preseason games in HD.

For the first time, NFL.com offers NFL Preseason Live, a subscription product that delivers fans preseason games live. Users can watch available games online and choose from home or away broadcasts to complement a new viewing experience that includes movable picture-in-picture and mosaic layouts to watch multiple games at once. NFL Preseason Live is available for $39.99.

NFL Network is home to the entire NFL preseason game slate with all 65 matchups, including multiple replays, airing on the only network dedicated to football. The 2010 preseason schedule on NFL Network includes 10 live nationally-televised games, with all matchups available in high definition.

Week 1 of the 2010 NFL preseason on NFL Network features five live games highlighted by veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb's debut in Washington, the NFL debut of Broncos rookie quarterback Tim Tebow and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's return to the NFL sidelines.

The Redskins kick off NFL Network's live game schedule vs. the Buffalo Bills Friday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Saturday, Aug. 14 features a doubleheader with Tampa Bay at Miami at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Tennessee at Seattle at 10 p.m. ET. The weekend wraps up with San Francisco at Indianapolis Sunday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. ET, followed by Denver at Cincinnati at 7 p.m. ET.

There's no better place for fantasy football fans to prepare their picks and depth charts for the 2010 regular season than with NFL Network and NFL.com's all-encompassing coverage of the 2010 preseason. All 10 live preseason games will include halftime reports featuring NFL Network 's team of analysts from its Los Angeles studios and five-minute NFL Network Now updates between game broadcasts reporting the most up-to-date news and information. NFL Network's schedule includes a total of 162 telecasts as it includes every game, live games and game replays of all the preseason action.

Here is a preview of the 10 live games on NFL Network:

Buffalo Bills vs. Washington Redskins -- Friday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET

QB Donovan McNabb and head coach Mike Shanahan open a new chapter with the Washington Redskins, while new Bills head coach Chan Gailey makes his return to the NFL with a young offense that includes rookie RB C.J. Spiller.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Miami Dolphins -- Saturday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. ET

No. 3 overall draft pick Gerald McCoy gets his first taste of NFL action as part of the Buccaneers defense against a Miami Dolphins offense led by QB Chad Henne and free agent addition WR Brandon Marshall.


Tennessee Titans vs. Seattle Seahawks -- Saturday, Aug. 14 at 10 p.m. ET
The second game of Saturday's doubleheader features Pete Carroll's return to the NFL sidelines as Seahawks head coach, hosting QB Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans.


San Francisco 49ers vs. Indianapolis Colts -- Sunday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. ET
Mike Singletary and Jim Caldwell begin their sophomore seasons with their respective teams. Singletary's 49ers feature a talented defense including Pro Bowl LB Patrick Willis and rookie FS Taylor Mays, while Peyton Manning begins his 13th NFL season as quarterback of the AFC champion Colts.


Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati Bengals -- Sunday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. ET
Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels shows off his trio of young quarterbacks as Kyle orton, Brady Quinn and rookie Tim Tebow battle for the Denver's starting QB spot against a Bengals defense that ranked fourth in the league in 2009.


Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants -- Saturday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. ET
Super Bowl XLIII and XLII champions meet Week 2 of the preseason when the Giants host the Steelers in their first game in the New Meadowlands Stadium.


Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks -- Saturday, Aug. 21 at 10 p.m. ET
QB Aaron Rodgers leads a Packers offense that finished sixth in the league last year against a young Seahawks team featuring first-round draft picks Russell Okung and Earl Thomas.


Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions -- Saturday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. ET
Lions DT and No. 2 overall pick Ndamukong Suh gets his third preseason look against a Cleveland Browns squad that boasts rookie CB Joe Haden and QB Colt McCoy.


New England Patriots vs. New York Giants -- Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. ET
The Patriots complete their preseason game slate in the New Meadowlands Stadium against the New York Giants.


Washington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals -- Thursday, Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. ET
Two teams debuting different looks on offense in 2010 face off in the final preseason game of the season. The Cardinals look to replace QB Kurt Warner and WR Anquan Boldin, while new QB Donovan McNabb leads the Redskins.

NFL NETWORK SCHEDULE FOR 2010 PRESEASON GAMES
(Bold indicates live games/first airings only)


Monday, Aug. 9
1 p.m. ET - Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys


Thursday, Aug. 12
11 p.m. ET - New orleans Saints at New England Patriots


Friday, Aug. 13
9:30 a.m. ET - Carolina Panthers at Baltimore Ravens
3:30 p.m. ET - Oakland Raiders at Dallas Cowboys
7:30 p.m. ET - Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins -- LIVE
10:30 p.m. ET - Jacksonville Jaguars at Philadelphia Eagles


Saturday, Aug. 14
1:30 a.m. ET - Kansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons
7 p.m. ET - Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins -- LIVE
10 p.m. ET - Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks -- LIVE


Sunday, Aug. 15
1 a.m. ET - Chicago Bears at San Diego Chargers
10 a.m. ET - Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers
1 p.m. ET - San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts -- LIVE
7 p.m. ET - Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals -- LIVE
10 p.m. ET - Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams


Monday, Aug. 16
1 a.m. ET - Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals
4 p.m. ET - Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers


Thursday, Aug. 19
1 p.m. ET - New York Giants at New York Jets
11 p.m. ET - Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills


Friday, Aug. 20
1 p.m. ET - New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons


Saturday, Aug. 21
4 p.m. ET - Philadelphia Eagles at Cincinnati Bengals
7 p.m. ET - Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants -- LIVE
10 p.m. ET - Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks -- LIVE


Sunday, Aug. 22
1 a.m. ET - Houston Texans at New orleans Saints
4 a.m. ET - Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7 a.m. ET - New York Jets at Carolina Panthers
10 a.m. ET - Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins
1 p.m. ET - Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos
4 p.m. ET - Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers
11 p.m. ET - Oakland Raiders at Chicago Bears


Monday, Aug. 23
4 p.m. ET - St. Louis Rams at Cleveland Browns
11 p.m. ET - Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars


Tuesday, Aug. 24
1 p.m. ET - Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers


Thursday, Aug. 26
1 p.m. ET - Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans
11 p.m. ET - St. Louis Rams at New England Patriots


Friday, Aug. 27
2 a.m. ET - Indianapolis Colts at Green Bay Packers
11 p.m. ET - Philadelphia Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs


Saturday, Aug. 28
2 a.m. ET- Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
2 p.m. ET - Washington Redskins at New York Jets
5 p.m. ET - Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions -- LIVE
11 p.m. ET - Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings


Sunday, Aug. 29
2 a.m. ET - Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills
7 a.m. ET - San Diego Chargers at New orleans Saints
10 a.m. ET - Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers
1 p.m. ET - New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens
4 p.m. ET - Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears
11 p.m. ET - San Francisco 49ers at Oakland Raiders


Monday, Aug. 30
2 a.m. ET - Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4 p.m. ET - Dallas Cowboys at Houston Texans


Wednesday, Sept. 1
1 p.m. ET - Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos


Thursday, Sept. 2
7 p.m. ET - New England Patriots at New York Giants -- LIVE
10 p.m. ET- Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals -- LIVE


Friday, Sept. 3
1 a.m. ET- San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
6 a.m. ET - Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans
9 a.m. ET - Baltimore Ravens at St. Louis Rams
12 p.m. ET - Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions
3 p.m. ET - Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings
7 p.m. ET - Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys


Saturday, Sept. 4
12 a.m. ET - Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs
7 a.m. ET - Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars
1 p.m. ET - Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns
4 p.m. ET - New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles
8 p.m. ET - Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers
11 p.m. ET - Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders


Sunday, Sept. 5
10 a.m. ET - New orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans
1 p.m. ET - Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts

* Live games on NFL Network and NFL Preseason Live will be blacked out when televised on local stations. NFL Preseason Live features all the preseason games except the 11 that are televised nationally by NFL network partners.

Hard Knocks is coming!

From HBO -

COUNTDOWN TO HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE NEW YORK JETS PREMIERES WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 ON HBO®

HBO Sports® will present “Countdown to Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The New York Jets,” a 12-minute preview of the upcoming NFL reality series featuring the New York Jets, which is set to air exclusively on HBO. Debuting Wednesday, July 28 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, the preview special will serve as an introduction to the acclaimed series for new fans as well as a first look at the 2010 New York Jets football team, which reports to training camp on Aug. 1 in Cortland, NY. Last season, under the guidance of first-year head coach Rex Ryan, the Jets stormed into the NFL post-season as a wild card and earned a berth in the AFC Championship Game.

“Countdown to Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The New York Jets” will air a total of 11 times on the main service.

The dates and times are:

Wed. July 28 at 11:00 p.m.

Fri. July 30 at 2:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Sun. Aug 1 at 9:45 a.m.
Wed. Aug 4 at 7:45 p.m.
Sat. Aug 7 at 9:45 p.m.
Mon. Aug 9 at 7:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.
Tue. Aug 10 at 10:45 p.m.
Sat. Aug 14 at 11:45 a.m.
Mon. Aug 16 at 3:30 p.m.
All times are ET/PT.


The Emmy-Award®-winning reality series premieres season six when “Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The New York Jets” debuts Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. The hour-long program will air for five consecutive Wednesdays with multiple replay dates and times, including an immediate encore replay Wednesdays at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Brady reports to camp - contract deal near?

Tom Brady is in camp Pats fans! Brady reported with the rookies on Sunday according to Fox Sports.com.

More good news for Patriots fans - ESPN and TCN fav Adam Schefter reports that a new contract deal is within reach. Read more at Pro Football Talk.

I guess all that doom and gloom being spouted by local talk sportsradio and tv just hasn't been all that true. What a shock, eh!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Monday's MLB Pitching Probables

COL at PHI 1:05 PM
COL: J Hammel (R) 7-5, 4.23
PHI: J Blanton (R) 3-6, 6.03

NYY at CLE 7:05 PM
NYY: J Vazquez (R) 8-7, 4.68
CLE: J Westbrook (R) 6-6, 4.74

BAL at TOR 7:07 PM
BAL: B Bergesen (R) 3-8, 6.51
TOR: B Morrow (R) 6-6, 4.71

DET at TAM 7:10 PM
DET: M Scherzer (R) 7-7, 4.43
TAM: M Garza (R) 10-5, 4.36

CHC at HOU 8:05 PM
CHC: C Silva (R) 9-4, 3.86
HOU: W Wright (L) 0-0, 4.40

SEA at CHW 8:10 PM
SEA: F Hernandez (R) 7-6, 2.75
CHW: J Danks (L) 10-7, 3.37

MIN at KAN 8:10 PM
MIN: F Liriano (L) 8-7, 3.54
KAN: Z Greinke (R) 6-9, 3.59

CIN at MIL 8:10 PM
CIN: B Arroyo (R) 10-5, 4.26
MIL: R Wolf (L) 7-9, 5.20

BOS at LAA 10:05 PM
BOS: C Buchholz (R) 10-5, 2.81
LAA: J Pineiro (R) 10-7, 4.18

FLA at SFO 10:15 PM
FLA: R Nolasco (R) 10-7, 4.50
SFO: B Zito (L) 8-5, 3.45

Sox sunk in Seattle

After five straight hits off Hideki Okajima, the Red Sox turn a 2-1 lead into a 4-2 deficit in losing their second straight to Seattle Sunday.

What does it mean?

Well, heading into Anaheim for three games against the Angels, who just happened to trade for Dan Haren today (he'll pitch Tuesday against the Sox), it's now eight games back behind the Yankees in the AL East and five games behind the Rays in the AL Wild Card.

When all is said and done, that Saturday night error by Eric Patterson might have been the start of the end of this season just like Roberto Kelly taking Jeff Reardon deep in Fenway sunk the Sox season back in 1991.

Patriots Rookies Report Today

Sure, it's going to feel about 100 today in New England, but football's back today baby!

The Patriots welcome the rookies, those that have signed anyway including Jermaine Cunningham who came to terms Saturday, to Foxboro. The vets report later this week with full practices on Thursday.

Here's your schedule for the week:

Thursday, July 29
9:30am - 11:15am;
3:45pm - 5:30pm

Friday, July 30
9:30am - 11:15am;
3:45pm - 5:30pm

Saturday, July 31
9:30am - 11:15am;
3:45pm - 5:30pm

Sunday, August 1
9:30am - 11:15am;
3:45pm - 5:30pm

Monday, August 2
9:30am - 11:15am

"My Boys" is back tonight on TBS

Back for season 4 tonight at 10pm on TBS is "My Boys."

Jordana Spiro and the gang are back on our tv screens hoping for more with less. Take a look...



Thanks to our friends at TBS for the clip.

Lester loses perfect game - Patterson's Brutal Error

Jon Lester had a perfect game into the sixth inning last night in Seattle, but after this Eric Patterson brutal error, that was gone. So was the no-hitter, shutout and lead after the next hitter, Michael Saunders jacked a two-run home run.

Here are the lowlights courtesy of ESPNBoston.com's Sportscenter -

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

TAM at CLE 1:05 PM
TAM: W Davis (R) 7-9, 4.41
CLE: J Masterson (R) 3-8, 5.25
 
KAN at NYY 1:05 PM
KAN: S O'Sullivan (R) 1-0, 2.08
NYY: P Hughes (R) 11-3, 3.99
 
TOR at DET 1:05 PM
TOR: B Cecil (L) 8-5, 3.99
DET: A Galarraga (R) 3-3, 4.50
 
ATL at FLA 1:10 PM
ATL: J Jurrjens (R) 3-3, 4.25
FLA: C Volstad (R) 4-8, 4.78
 
MIN at BAL 1:35 PM
MIN: K Slowey (R) 8-5, 4.94
BAL: J Arrieta (R) 3-2, 4.87
 
COL at PHI 1:35 PM
COL: J Francis (L) 3-3, 4.63
PHI: J Happ (L) 1-0, 0.00
 
SDG at PIT 1:35 PM
SDG: W LeBlanc (L) 4-8, 3.28
PIT: B Lincoln (R) 1-3, 6.29
 
CIN at HOU 2:05 PM
CIN: M Leake (R) 7-1, 3.45
HOU: W Rodriguez (L) 7-11, 5.11
 
WAS at MIL 2:10 PM
WAS: R Detwiler (L)
MIL: D Bush (R) 4-8, 4.34
 
CHW at OAK 4:05 PM
CHW: D Hudson (R) 1-0, 5.06
OAK: D Braden (L) 4-7, 3.74
 
NYM at LAD 4:10 PM
NYM: R Dickey (R) 6-4, 2.73
LAD: C Kershaw (L) 9-5, 3.15
 
BOS at SEA 4:10 PM
BOS: D Matsuzaka (R) 7-3, 4.29
SEA: D Fister (R) 3-6, 3.56
 
SFO at ARI 4:10 PM
SFO: T Lincecum (R) 10-4, 3.18
ARI: B Enright (R) 2-2, 2.66
 
TOR at DET 6:05 PM
TOR: J Litsch (R) 1-4, 5.79
DET: J Bonderman (R) 5-6, 4.98
 
STL at CHC 8:05 PM
STL: C Carpenter (R) 11-3, 3.05
CHC: R Dempster (R) 8-7, 3.70
 
LAA at TEX 8:05 PM
LAA: T Bell (R) 1-1, 6.05
TEX: T Hunter (R) 7-0, 2.09

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Jessica Simpson on Entourage

Take a look, courtesy of  HBO & E!Online.

Who would you rather - Heidi Watney vs. Kathryn Tappen


 

Who would you rather?








NFL Players - are you serious?

As we all know, the NFL and the NFL Player's Association are battling it out over a new collective bargaining agreement. The CBA that is running out has allowed for 2010 to be an uncapped year. After that, who really knows how it will work.

On Friday, I heard a few interviews on both ESPN Radio and the Dan Patrick Show that made me really go against the players.

Former Vikings wide receiver (and should be Hall of Famer) Cris Carter was co-hosting with Erik Kaselias and Kaselias asked him his stance on the 18-game season. This, in summary mode and not exact quotes, is what he said:

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Our bodies can't handle 18 games. Kaselias' response was that you already have 20 games with preseason included. To which Carter answered: That's ok, I don't play in those games anyway, so why would I trade two real games for two I KNOW I won't play in. And furthermore, you probably won't get 100% of a players effort if you have to go 18 games.

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Seriously? And to further the ignorance, Carter had no response when Kaselias asked how about the fan you're asking to pay $100 tickets, $25 parking and etc. to for preseason games that you won't play in.

Then, we add in Ryan Clark, who non-chalantly says the players around the league know there will be a work stoppage at some point. They are resigned to it. Ridiculous!

And to back up that point, Jay Glazer from Fox Sports hosted the Dan Patrick Show and had Drew Brees, Tony Gonzalez and Ryan Grant were on with pretty much the same tune.

Why should we play 18 games when we can just get out of playing in preseason and still have the fans pay for the freight.

Now, when asked that they will be commpensated for the extra games, the players seem to think that doesn't matter.

Why millionaries can't get together to come up with a plan to split billions is beyond me.

But here's something that is 100& true - the 18 game season benefits the fans entirely. Two more games that count instead of raiding their wallets for two that don't is a win-win!

Now, stop acting like idiots and get it done. The owners put it to the vote in August. That is, of course, unless this whole 18-game season is a sham to get something else in the CBA negotiations like a new wage scale, drug testing, etc.

Brawlin' in Seattle

Josh Beckett returned to the tasty tune of a 2-1 victory Friday night in Seattle. Bill Hall's solo home run was the difference.

The big news though is Chone Figgins and the brawl in the dugout. Check it out from ESPN.com.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Saturday's MLB Pitching Probables

KAN at NYY 1:05 PM
KAN: K Davies (R) 4-6, 5.45
NYY: S Mitre (R) 0-1, 2.88

STL at CHC 1:05 PM
STL: B Hawksworth (R) 4-5, 4.85
CHC: T Gorzelanny (L) 5-5, 3.12

CHW at OAK 4:10 PM
CHW: F Garcia (R) 9-3, 4.37
OAK: V Mazzaro (R) 5-2, 3.50

NYM at LAD 4:10 PM
NYM: M Pelfrey (R) 10-5, 4.01
LAD: C Monasterios (R) 3-2, 3.61

COL at PHI 4:10 PM
COL: U Jimenez (R) 15-1, 2.38
PHI: K Kendrick (R) 5-4, 4.82

MIN at BAL 7:05 PM
MIN: S Baker (R) 7-9, 5.15
BAL: B Matusz (L) 3-10, 5.21

TAM at CLE 7:05 PM
TAM: D Price (L) 12-5, 2.84
CLE: M Talbot (R) 8-8, 3.89

TOR at DET 7:05 PM
TOR: B Cecil (L) 8-5, 3.99
DET: J Bonderman (R) 5-6, 4.98

CIN at HOU 7:05 PM
CIN: J Cueto (R) 9-2, 3.39
HOU: R Oswalt (R) 6-11, 3.12

SDG at PIT 7:05 PM
SDG: M Latos (R) 10-4, 2.45
PIT: J Karstens (R) 2-5, 4.84

WAS at MIL 7:10 PM
WAS: J Martin (R) 1-5, 4.14
MIL: M Parra (L) 3-7, 5.52

ATL at FLA 7:10 PM
ATL: K Medlen (R) 6-2, 3.31
FLA: A Sanchez (R) 7-6, 3.62

LAA at TEX 8:05 PM
LAA: E Santana (R) 8-7, 3.63
TEX: S Feldman (R) 5-8, 5.48

SFO at ARI 8:10 PM
SFO: M Bumgarner (L) 3-2, 2.41
ARI: I Kennedy (R) 5-7, 4.02

BOS at SEA 10:10 PM
BOS: J Lester (L) 11-4, 2.81
SEA: D Pauley (R) 0-2, 2.40

Entourage Preview - "Tequila Sunrise"

Let's get a little Entourage fix for a Fridy night.

This week, we head south of the border with Turtle. Plus, Eric continues to fight for the right not to share Vince.

Check out the preview from HBO!

Friday's Three-for-All!

A new one for you tonight, it's the debut of our Friday Three-for-All. No, not free-for-all, but yes, still free to you to enjoy!

Today's initial installment has three videos to watch and listen. A country diddy, Sara Bareilles' new one that will make you giddy and an oldie but goodie.

First up, Billy Currington's "I'm Pretty Good at Drinking Beer!"


Then, Miss Bareilles' "King of Anything"



And finally, let's go old school with a little Kid & Play with "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody"



Enjoy!

Red Sox option Bowden - Line-ups for Friday

To make room for Josh Beckett's comeback start tonight in Seattle, the Red Sox have optioned Michael Bowden back to Pawtucket.

Beckett will get to see Celtics guard Nate Robinson through out the ceremonial first pitch before the game with the Mariners.

Here are your line-ups, courtesy of Boston.com -

RED SOX (54-42)
Scutaro SS
Lowrie 2B
Ortiz DH
Youkilis 1B
Beltre 3B
Drew RF
Cameron CF
Hall RF
Cash C

RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 7.29)

MARINERS (37-59)
Suzuki RF
Figgins 2B
Gutierrez CF
Lopez 3B
Smoak 1B
Bradley DH
Saunders LF
Johnson C
Ja. Wilson SS

LHP Jason Vargas (6-4, 2.97)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

STL at CHC 2:20 PM
STL: J Suppan (R) 0-5, 6.05
CHC: R Wells (R) 4-7, 4.33

MIN at BAL 7:05 PM
MIN: B Duensing (L) 3-1, 1.67
BAL: J Guthrie (R) 3-10, 4.58

TAM at CLE 7:05 PM
TAM: J Niemann (R) 8-2, 2.92
CLE: F Carmona (R) 9-7, 3.65

TOR at DET 7:05 PM
TOR: S Marcum (R) 8-4, 3.36
DET: R Porcello (R) 4-7, 5.63

KAN at NYY 7:05 PM
KAN: B Bannister (R) 7-8, 5.65
NYY: A Burnett (R) 7-8, 4.99

COL at PHI 7:05 PM
COL: A Cook (R) 4-5, 4.56
PHI: R Halladay (R) 10-8, 2.40

SDG at PIT 7:05 PM
SDG: K Correia (R) 6-6, 5.22
PIT: P Maholm (L) 6-7, 4.03

ATL at FLA 7:10 PM
ATL: D Lowe (R) 10-8, 4.39
FLA: A Sanabia (R) 1-1, 2.12

LAA at TEX 8:05 PM
LAA: J Saunders (L) 6-9, 4.83
TEX: C Wilson (L) 8-5, 3.23

CIN at HOU 8:05 PM
CIN: T Wood (L) 0-1, 2.03
HOU: B Norris (R) 2-7, 6.09

WAS at MIL 8:10 PM
WAS: C Stammen (R) 2-4, 5.50
MIL: C Narveson (L) 8-6, 5.83

SFO at ARI 9:40 PM
SFO: J Sanchez (L) 7-6, 3.42
ARI: E Jackson (R) 6-8, 4.96

CHW at OAK 10:05 PM
CHW: M Buehrle (L) 8-8, 4.18
OAK: T Cahill (R) 9-3, 3.19

BOS at SEA 10:10 PM
BOS: J Beckett (R) 1-1, 7.29
SEA: J Vargas (L) 6-4, 2.97

NYM at LAD 10:10 PM
NYM: J Santana (L) 7-5, 2.87
LAD: V Padilla (R) 4-2, 3.65

MLB Network highlights the top teams

From MLB Network -

FIVE FIRST-PLACE TEAMS IN ACTION DURING MLB NETWORK’S LIVE GAME SCHEDULE FOR JULY 22- JULY 31

Schedule features New York Yankees against Kansas City Royals today on Thursday Night Baseball

MLB Network plans for extensive coverage of 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and July 31 Trade Deadline

Secaucus, N.J., July 22, 2010
–The New York Yankees, who are at a Major League best 59-34 on the season, host the Kansas City Royals on Thursday Night Baseball tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET, part of MLB Network’s live game schedule for July 22 – July 31. MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian and John Smoltz will call the game, the first of a four-game series with the Royals, live from Yankee Stadium.

The remainder of MLB Network’s live game schedule for the month includes the NL Central second-place Cincinnati Reds taking on the Washington Nationals during MLB Matinee on Thursday, July 22 at 12:30 p.m. ET, which will be available on MLB Network in the Reds’ home television territory. On Friday, July 23, the Philadelphia Phillies, with their ace pitcher Roy Halladay probable to be on the mound, face the Colorado Rockies at 7:00 p.m. ET. The AL West first-place Texas Rangers match up against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Next week, the surging St. Louis Cardinals, who have won eight games in a row and are in first place in the NL Central, travel to Citi Field to take on the New York Mets on Tuesday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Cardinals will once again face Mets during MLB Matinee on Thursday, July 29 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Later that day, the NL West first-place San Diego Padres host the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday Night Baseball at 6:30 p.m. ET. The NL East first-place Atlanta Braves visit the Cincinnati Reds in an NL matchup on Friday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m. ET. The July game schedule ends with an AL East showdown between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Network’s July 22 - July 31 live game schedule
:

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

July 22
12:30 p.m. Washington at Cincinnati (available in Reds market)
7:00 p.m.* Thursday Night Baseball: Kansas City at New York Yankees
7:00 p.m. Minnesota at Baltimore (only in Royals and Yankees markets)

July 23
7:00 p.m. Colorado at Philadelphia
7:00 p.m. Atlanta at Florida (only in Rockies and Phillies markets)

July 24
8:00 p.m. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Texas
8:00 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona (only in Angels and Rangers markets)

July 27
7:00 p.m. St. Louis at New York Mets
7:00 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay (only in Cardinals, Mets & Twins markets)

July 29
12:00 p.m. St. Louis at New York Mets
6:30 p.m.* Thursday Night Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego
7:00 p.m. New York Yankees at Cleveland (only in Dodgers and Padres markets)

July 30
7:00 p.m. Atlanta at Cincinnati
7:00 p.m. Detroit at Boston (in select markets)

July 31
7:00 p.m. New York Yankees at Tampa Bay
7:00 p.m. Oakland at Chicago White Sox (only in Yankees and Rays markets)

MLB on TBS Sunday - Barkley visits!

From TBS Sports -

“Sunday MLB on TBS” Features a National League Clash Between the Colorado Rockies @ Philadelphia Phillies

TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley to visit the TBS broadcast booth


“Sunday MLB on TBS” continues on July 25 when Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies host Carlos Gonzalez and the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park at 1:30 p.m. (ET). J.A. Happ is scheduled to pitch for the Phillies against the Rockies’ Jeff Francis. TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley will visit the broadcast booth during the game. His NBA on TNT colleague Ernie Johnson will handle the play-by-play alongside analysts Buck Martinez and David Wells.

“Sunday MLB on TBS” includes match-ups on TBS every Sunday afternoon throughout the regular season. The network will also begin providing exclusive coverage of the Division Series and the American League Championship Series (ALCS) in October 2010.

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., July 25
1:30 p.m. Colorado Rockies @ Philadelphia Phillies
Announcers: Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Buck Martinez (analyst) & David Wells (analyst)

SUNDAY MLB ON TBS UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
Sun., August 1
1:30 p.m. New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
Announcers: Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Buck Martinez (analyst) & Dennis Eckersley (analyst)

Pujols to the Late Show with Letterman

From CBS Sports -

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS STAR ALBERT PUJOLS TO MAKE FIRST VISIT ON CBS's "LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN," MONDAY, JULY 26

Pujols Will Also Participate in Outdoor Batting Demonstration During the Broadcast


St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols will make his first visit to the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Monday, July 26 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Pujols, a nine-time All-Star and three-time winner of the National League Most Valuable Player Award, has played with the National League Central-leading Cardinals since he joined the majors in 2001. One of the most feared hitters in baseball, he currently has a .309 batting average with 22 home runs and 67 runs batted in for the season. Among active players, he ranks as one of the leading home run hitters in Major League Baseball, with a career total of 338.

In addition to his interview with Letterman, Pujols will also participate in an outdoor batting demonstration during the broadcast.

Also visiting the LATE SHOW Monday, July 26 are actor and comedian Denis Leary and musical guest Jimmy Webb.

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

COL at FLA 12:10 PM
COL: J De La Rosa (L) 3-2, 6.16
FLA: J Johnson (R) 10-3, 1.62

WAS at CIN 12:35 PM
WAS: L Hernandez (R) 6-6, 3.27
CIN: E Volquez (R) 1-0, 1.50

TOR at DET 1:05 PM
TOR: R Romero (L) 7-6, 3.50
DET: J Verlander (R) 11-5, 3.86

SDG at ATL 1:05 PM
SDG: C Richard (L) 7-4, 3.53
ATL: T Hudson (R) 9-5, 2.60

PHI at STL 2:15 PM
PHI: C Hamels (L) 7-7, 3.63
STL: A Wainwright (R) 14-5, 2.02

MIN at BAL 7:05 PM
MIN: C Pavano (R) 11-6, 3.48
BAL: K Millwood (R) 2-8, 5.77

KAN at NYY 7:05 PM
KAN: B Chen (L) 5-3, 4.06
NYY: C Sabathia (L) 12-3, 3.13

MIL at PIT 7:05 PM
MIL: Y Gallardo (R) 8-4, 2.58
PIT: R Ohlendorf (R) 1-7, 4.62

LAA at TEX 8:05 PM
LAA: J Weaver (R) 9-5, 3.16
TEX: C Lee (L) 8-4, 2.59

SFO at ARI 9:40 PM
SFO: M Cain (R) 7-8, 3.30
ARI: R Lopez (R) 5-8, 4.62

BOS at SEA 10:10 PM
BOS: J Lackey (R) 9-5, 4.65
SEA: R Rowland-Smith (L) 1-9, 6.18

NYM at LAD 10:10 PM
NYM: H Takahashi (L) 7-4, 4.69
LAD: H Kuroda (R) 7-8, 3.74

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

My MLB Realignment

OK, after hearing so many fans moan and groan about the inequities of interleague play and the way the divisions are set up in Major League Baseball, it's time to put on the Bud Selig beer hat and make some changes!

That's right, we're realigning people! No more AL, no more NL, just some good ol' fashion reshuffling!


Fay Vincent Division
Boston
NY Mets
NY Yankees
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh

Marvin Miller Division
Atlanta
Baltimore
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Peter Ueberroth Division
LA Angels
LA Dodgers
Oakland
San Francisco
San Diego

Donald Fehr Division
Arizona
Colorado
Houston
Seattle
Texas

Shoeless Joe Jackson Division
Chicago Cubs
Chicago White Sox
Detroit
Minnesota
Toronto

Bud Selig Division
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Kansas City
St.Louis
Milwaukee


Here's how we work the playoffs:

All 6 division winners get in with a first round bye. Then, the next four teams with the best record, regardless of division make it in, for a total of 10 teams. Yes, we will seed the teams according to record.

So, in our first round, best of three series, we get 7 vs. 10 and 8 vs. 9.

Now, since we will have a true bracketing system, we get:

#1 vs. winner #8/#9
#2 vs. winner #7/#10
#3 vs. #6
#4 vs. #5

These second round series are best of five.

Semi-finals and finals are best of seven with only travel days built in. No off days when teams are in the same city for a back-to-back games.

Oh yeah, and while we're at it. The regular season is now kicked back to 140 games with an unbalanced schedule to allow for the playoffs to be over before November!

Now, just in case you were wondering, here's how the playoffs would look like if we had this system today (Wednesday night 8pm, ET):

Division Winners:
NY Yankees 59-34 (1)
Tampa Bay 57-37 (2)
San Diego 54-38 (3)
Texas 55-39 (4)
St.Louis 53-41 (5)
Chicago White Sox 52-41 (6)

Wild Cards:
Atlanta 55-38 (7)
Boston 53-42 (8 - flip of the coin - it's my rules!)
Cincinnati 53-42 (9)
San Francisco 53-42 (10)

First round:
Atlanta vs. San Francisco
Boston vs. Cincinnati

Round 2:
NY Yankees vs. Boston/Cincinnati
Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta/SF
San Diego vs. Chicago White Sox
Texas vs. St.Louis

Now, that's shaking things up ladies and gentlemen!

MLB on Fox this weekend

From Fox Sports -

FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES

Rosenthal: Contenders Playing Poorly Since All-Star Break

PLAYOFF CONTENDERS LOOK TO STAY IN RACE
– On Saturday, July 24 (4:00 PM ET) the Mets, Phillies and Dodgers are featured on the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK. Each has struggled to begin the second half and is looking to reignite their playoff chases. In Los Angeles, two of those teams meet as David Wright and the Mets take on Joe Torre’s Dodgers. The Phillies will have a tough time getting back in the win column as they face Rockies ace Ubaldo Jiminez in Philly. One team that is not struggling is the White Sox; they travel to Oakland to take on the A’s. This week, the pregame show originates live from Oakland with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Mark Grace to handle play-by-play duties.

New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers (51% of nation)
Kenny Albert & Eric Karros
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Atlanta, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Phoenix, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, San Diego, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach

Probable Pitchers: Mike Pelfrey, RHP (10-5, 4.01 ERA) vs. TBA

Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies (24%)
Dick Stockton, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal
Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tulsa

Probable Pitchers: Ubaldo Jimenez. RHP (15-1, 2.38 ERA) vs. TBA

Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics (24%)
Chris Rose & Mark Grace
Oakland Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, CA

MARKETS INCLUDE:
Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle

Probable Pitchers: Freddy Garcia, RHP (9-3, 4.37 ERA) vs. Vin Mazzaro, RHP (5-2, 3.50 ERA)

KEN ROSENTHAL: “MANY CONTENDERS PLAYING POORLY SINCE ALL-STAR BREAK” – “As the trade market heats up, one interesting thing is how poorly some of the contenders have played since the All-Star break,” said MLB on FOX’s Ken Rosenthal. “The Dodgers and Tigers started 0-6, the Mets and Phillies 1-5, and the Mets' one win came on a disputed call at home plate in San Francisco. None of those teams is further than four games out for a post-season berth, so it's not as if any should be in sell mode. Indeed, maybe each team is just going through a bad stretch. At the same time, smart clubs are realistic about their chances. Should the Phillies, for example, expend prospects for Astros right-hander Roy Oswalt when they have yet to really play well this season? This will be an important question for the Phillies to answer in the next 10 days.”

GERMAN GRAND PRIX – The German Grand Prix comes to FOX on Sunday, July 25 (12:00 PM ET) from Hockenheimring Race Track in Hockenheim, Germany, home to the German Grand Prix from 1977-2006. Current points leader Lewis Hamilton looks to take back his first place honor for the race, after he was robbed of consecutive victories last year from Mark Webber who is a mere 17 points back, sitting third in points. Drivers will navigate the newly constructed and dramatically shortened tight cornered raceway which hasn’t had a fatal accident since Tony Boden in 1986.