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World Champion Giants Battle Braves In San Francisco Saturday At 4:00PM ET
Billick: Newton Has A lot To Prove
Waltrip Nominated For 2012 NASCAR Hall Of Fame
DEFENDING CHAMPION GIANTS RETURN HOME FOR FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK – First pitch of week four of the 2011 FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK is thrown on Saturday, April 23 (4:00 PM ET) with live regional coverage of three matchups. Pablo Sandoval and the World Series Champion Giants look to defend their home field as Chipper Jones and the Braves travel to San Francisco. In St. Louis, Albert Pujols continues to turn his season around as the Cardinals host the Reds. Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko lead the White Sox offense into the Motor City to take on Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers. Pregame originates live from AT&T Park, with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins Josh Lewin and Eric Karros as a field reporter.
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Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants (69% of nation)
Josh Lewin & Eric Karros
AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Tim Hudson, RHP (2-2, 4.05 ERA) vs. TBA
Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals (19% of nation)
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal
Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Travis Wood, LHP (1-2, 5.73 ERA) vs. TBA
Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers (11% of nation)
Thom Brennaman & Mark Grace
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis
Probable Pitchers: Edwin Jackson, RHP (2-1, 3.51 ERA) vs. Brad Penny, RHP (0-2, 8.44 ERA)
MCCARVER: I DON’T THINK RADAR GUNS ARE THAT MISLEADING! – During an appearance with Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick Show, MLB on FOX lead analyst Tim McCarver was asked if he thought Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman actually threw a ball 106 mph against the Pirates earlier this week. “I think some radar guns can be misleading but I’ve never heard of one being that misleading! MLB on FOX had Chapman last year in an early September game and when he was warming up he was clocked at 105 mph so yes I do think he threw it that hard,” said McCarver.
WALTRIP NOMINATED FOR 2012 NASCAR HALL OF FAME CLASS – NASCAR announced its list of 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s third induction class to be enshrined in January 2012. From that list, five inductees will be elected by the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel, which includes a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.COM. Of the 25 nominees, 20 return from last year’s group, including NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip. This round of nominees, which again includes many of the sport’s legendary names, were selected by a 21-person nominating committee consisting of representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and track owners from both major facilities and historic short tracks. The NHOF’s inductees will be determined by the Voting Panel, which has 54 members – the entire Nominating Committee, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs) and recognized industry leaders. In addition, the fan vote will result in the Voting Panel’s 55th and final ballot. Fan voting on NASCAR.COM opens on April 28 and closes June 12.
ROSENTHAL: IT’S TIME TO TRADE REYES – FOX Sports reporter and FOXSports.com senior MLB columnist Ken Rosenthal says the Mets should take advantage of Jose Reyes’ great start and trade him now. “The Mets are not bereft of shortstop prospects — Ruben Tejada at Triple A, Jordany Valdespin at Double A and the best of all, Wilmer Flores at High Single A. The idea of trading Reyes would be to acquire additional prospects with the goal of building a more well-rounded club. Shortstop is a thin position throughout the sport. The Giants, Angels, Reds, Brewers and Cardinals are among the teams who would benefit significantly from the addition of Reyes.”
ROSENTHAL’S BOW TIE OF THE WEEK: JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION – FOX Sports reporter and FOXSports.com senior MLB columnist Ken Rosenthal will continue his weekly support of “The Bow Tie Cause” during Saturday’s Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals game, calling attention to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The bow tie design is meant to symbolize the ups & downs of juvenile diabetes, and uses the official color path of JDRF. “The Bow Tie Cause” was created by Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones, whose company has produced bow ties that represent a number of nationally known charities. For more information and to keep track of all of the bow ties Rosenthal wears throughout the season, click here: www.bowtiecause.org. For more information on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, please visit www.jdrf.org.
BILLICK: NEWTON HAS A LOT TO PROVE – Cam Newton probably won’t have to wait very long to hear his named called during the NFL Draft but as NFL on FOX analyst Brian Billick points out, a quarterback with his skill set has yet to win a Super Bowl. “Yes, I do think that he can bring immediate excitement and playmaking ability to a team, but in the long run, he will have to develop his pocket presence and look to make plays with his arm rather than his legs,” said Billick. “Newton has only 292 passing attempts on his resume, and as one quarterback coach recently told me only about 10 percent of throws in a spread offense are comparable to NFL style routes. That means that we are asking a club to pay this young man almost $50 million based off game analysis of just 30 throws.”
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SHARK FIGHTS HITS FUEL TV FRIDAY, APRIL 22 – Don’t miss a replay of the exciting SHARK FIGHTS 13 on FUEL TV Friday, April 22 at 10:00PM ET/PT, with a battle between “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine and South African Trevor Prangley, in a must-win fight for both men. In other action, Joey Villasenor must adapt to the game Danillo Villefort as a late replacement opponent. Also, Paul "The Gentleman" Bradley looks to solidify his standing in the Welterweight division as he fights submission expert Johnny Rees.
TWICE THE ACTION ON FOX SOCCER THIS WEEKEND – FOX Soccer doubles its Major League Soccer coverage this weekend with games on Friday and Saturday nights. Friday’s game (9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT) features the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids hosting the Seattle Sounders. The Rapids’ captain, former U.S. International Pablo Mastroeni, is expected to return from a calf injury that sidelined him for the last two games. Seattle, unbeaten in its last four games, is gaining confidence with Fredy Montero up top and Steve Zakuani in the midfield marshaling the attack. J.P. Dellacamera has the play-by-play, with former MLS standout Kyle Martino handling analysis and Brian Dunseth contributing sideline reports. On Saturday, April 23 (10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT) the action moves to the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA where the Galaxy makes its 2011 MLS debut on FOX Soccer by welcoming the expansion Portland Timbers. Galaxy, currently in a first-place tie with Real Salt Lake atop the Western Conference, get midfielders David Beckham and Juninho, back from suspension and U.S. captain Landon Donovan back from injury. Mark Rogondino provides the play-by-play, with Kyle Martino bringing the analysis and Allen Hopkins handling sideline reports. Former U.S. National Team and MLS players Eric Wynalda and Christopher Sullivan team up for the pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage. For the latest MLS news, information and FOX Soccer’s 2011 telecast schedule, visit: http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/mls.
EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS ON FX and FOX SOCCER APRIL 26-27; MAY 4-5 – Three of the world’s most prestigious clubs and a tournament Cinderella clash in the Champions League semifinals, televised exclusively on FX and FOX Soccer Channel. For the first time ever FX, Fox Network Group’s popular basic cable network delivered to 99 million US homes, carries one game from each semifinal with the other two games appearing on FOX Soccer.
First Leg: Tuesday, April 26FC Schalke 04 vs.Manchester United
Live at 2:30 ET on FOX Soccer
First Leg: Wednesday, April 27
Real Madrid vs.FC Barcelona
Live at 2:30 ET on FX
Second Leg: Tuesday, May 3
Barcelona vs.Real Madrid
Live at 2:30 ET on FOX Soccer
Second Leg: Wednesday, May 4
Manchester United vs. FC Schalke 04
Live at 2:30 ET on FX
FOX NFL SUNDAY host Curt Menefee and FOX Soccer’s Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Christopher Sullivan preview and analyze Champions League semifinal action on UEFA Champions League Pregame, live at 2:00 PM ET each matchday from FOX Soccer’s brand-new, state-of-the-art studio set at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles. FOX Sports, for the second straight year, broadcasts the UEFA Champions League Final, Saturday, May 28 with pre-match coverage beginning at 2:00 PM ET, live from London.