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FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK at Special 1:00 PM ET Start Time
Yankees and Red Sox Battle in Boston * Phillies and Braves Meet in Atlanta
Saturday Night’s Alright for Racing at Texas Motor Speedway – Coverage at 7:00 PM ET
NASCAR on FOX Rolls in for First Ever Prime Time Sprint Cup Race from Ft. Worth
YANKS/BOSOX SET TO TANGLE FOR FIRST TIME IN ‘11 – Week two of the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK starts at a special time, 1:00 PM ET on Saturday, April 9 with live regional coverage of two major league matchups. The MLB on FOX crew heads up to Boston as Derek Jeter and the Yankees take on their long-time rivals, the Red Sox. In Atlanta, Ryan Howard and the Phillies are set for an NL East battle as they take on the Braves. Pregame originates live from Fenway Park, with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal as a field reporter.
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New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (84% of nation)
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal
Fenway Park – Boston, MA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. Clay Buchholz, RHP (0-1, 5.68 ERA)
Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves (15% of nation)
Matt Vasgersian & Eric Karros
Tuner Field – Atlanta, GA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Nashville, Philadelphia
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. Brandon Beachy, RHP (0-0, 1.50 ERA)
KARROS: DON’T CROWN PHILADELPHIA NL EAST CHAMPS QUITE YET – MLB on FOX analyst Eric Karros is anxious to get behind the mike this Saturday in Atlanta to call Phillies/Braves. Even though Philadelphia’s rotation makes them the clear favorite in the division to many, Karros likes the pieces that Atlanta has put together and can’t wait to see them match up first hand. “I like the Braves an awful lot because they’re the team in that division that is in a better spot right now health wise,” said Karros. “You’re going to have Chipper Jones, who you didn’t have the last two months of last year, and he had an unbelievable spring. You’ve got Dan Uggla and then you add in the pitching staff with some great young arms. The Phillies have an incredibly loaded rotation but a lot of question marks right now, especially on offense. The thing with Chase Utley scares me because he is an integral part of that team. When he’s healthy, he changes the whole dynamic of that ball club. Jayson Werth is gone, Placido Polanco has had some injury issues, Ryan Howard is streaky and Jimmy Rollins has had some health issues. So offensively you’re saying; is that going to be the same team? Because of that, I like the Braves, they are a bit more balanced.”
EVERYONE IS RACING SATURDAY NIGHT AT TMS – On Saturday, April 9 (7:00 PM ET) the NASCAR on FOX team heads to Texas Motor Speedway for NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Texas. Can Kevin “The Closer” Harvick make it three weeks in a row? After chasing down Jimmie Johnson at Auto Club Speedway and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at Martinsville, Harvick looks to do it again, this time under the lights at the first ever prime time Sprint Cup race at TMS. Coverage starts with the NASCAR on FOX prerace show hosted by Chris Myers, along with analysts Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond. The show airs live from the infield with updates from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set providing updates from drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action. Once the green flag drops, the voice of NASCAR Mike Joy is 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 reports on teams and pit stops.
BILLICK: THIS YEAR’S QB CROP ISN’T READY TO LEAD A FRANCHISE – NFL on FOX analyst Brian Billick evaluates what he sees from the quarterback position in the 2011 draft class. “The problem I have with this quarterbacking group is we seem to be making excuses for all of them,” said Billick. “A guy like Jake Locker, his lack of completion percentage, we seem to be making an excuse for it. For Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton, it’s the fact that they came out of a spread offense. In each instance, we’re saying it’s going to take time to develop and I don’t know that any of them are prepared to step in and take a franchise from the very first snap like Matt Ryan, Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco did. Clearly, Gabbert is the best of the bunch. He’s the most ready both physically and maturity wise to step in and maybe lead an organization but I think it’s going to take a while”.
BILLICK: LOCKOUT WILL IMPACT QUARTERBACK POSITION THE MOST AT DRAFT – “The lockout very definitely is affecting this draft, particularly at the quarterback position. There are a number of teams that would like to reach out and maybe get a veteran like Kevin Kolb or Matt Hasselbeck or Marc Bulger. None of that’s going to happen before the draft now. You’re running a bit of a risk if you don’t address the quarterback situation in the draft, that you then after the draft might be able to get one of these guys. There’s no question that the current lack of a collective bargaining agreement is affecting the drafting profile of these quarterbacks.”
ROB DIBBLE TELLS BARFLY: PIRATE PLAYERS USED TO ASK OPPOSING PITCHERS TO HIT THEIR TEAMMATE BARRY BONDS – In a new edition to FOXSports.com’s “Lunch With Benefits” lineup, national columnist Mark Kriegel hosts BARFLY, a candid, topical, sports-centric show where viewers get to eavesdrop on conversations with sport’s and entertainment’s biggest personalities every Tuesday (1:00 PM ET). In this week’s edition, Kriegel sat down with co-anchor of The Insider, Kevin Frazier, and former MLB pitcher Rob Dibble. On the topic of Barry Bonds, Dibble said that during Bonds’ playing days in Pittsburgh, Bonds’ own teammates would ask opposing pitchers to hit Bonds. “I like Barry personally. He’s never been bad to me and has always been respectful to my wife and me, so I deal with him on a different level. When he was with the Pirates, his teammates would come to Norm Charlton and I and say, ‘we’ll give you a steak dinner if you hit him.’” Dibble never hit Bonds.
DENNIS QUAID TALKS SURFING ON “CUBED” ON FUEL TV FRIDAY NIGHT, APRIL 8 – Actor Dennis Quaid talks surfing and his role in the upcoming movie “Soul Surfer” on “Cubed” Friday, April 8, at 12AM ET/PT on FUEL TV. In addition, Strip Teach gives tax advice, while Penthouse Pet of the Year Nikki Benz previews The Masters.
FOX SOCCER TRAVELS TO FRISCO FOR MLS CUP 2010 REMATCH – FOX Soccer’s Major League Soccer coverage moves to Frisco’s Pizza Hut Park this Friday, April 8th as FC Dallas hosts the Colorado Rapids in the much-anticipated MLS Cup 2010 rematch. Coverage begins at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT. In November 2010, a 107th-minute own goal lifted Colorado to a dramatic 2-1 extra-time win and its first MLS title. Three matches into this MLS season, Colorado has not missed a beat, winning all three and leading MLS with nine points. The Rapids, yet to concede a lead this season, scored two goals from forward Caleb Folan in Sunday’s 4-1 demolition of D.C. United. Jamaican striker Omar Cummings and Scottish midfielder Jamie Smith added their second goals of the season in the second half. FC Dallas will rely on its Colombian trio of Milton Rodriguez, Fabian Castillo and David Ferreira to ignite its attack. J.P. Dellacamera serves as play-by-play announcer with former MLS standout Kyle Martino providing analysis and Brian Dunseth contributing sideline reports. Former US National Team and MLS players Eric Wynalda and Christopher Sullivan team up for the pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. For the latest MLS news, information and FOX Soccer’s 2011 telecast schedule, visit: http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/mls.