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Twins/Red Sox * Reds/Cubs * Rays/Orioles
Kick Off FOX Sports’ MLB (1:00 PM ET)/NASCAR (7:00 PM ET) Doubleheader
McReynolds: Richmond Track One of the Toughest; Kyle Busch Has Tools to Tame It
Jeter & JLo “Stand Up 2 Cancer” in FOX Sports Supports PSAs Debuting This Weekend
Audience for UEFA Champions League on FSC, FX & FOX Deportes Up 93% from 2010
TWINS COME OUT SWINGING AT FENWAY – The FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK returns to its special start time of 1:00 PM ET on Saturday, May 7 with live regional coverage of three matchups. Hoping Francisco Liriano’s no-hitter kick-starts their season, the Twins are in Boston to take on Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox. A pair of NL Central rivals meet as the Reds travel to the North Side to face the Cubs. The Rays continue to keep pace behind the division-leading Yankees. This weekend they face the Orioles in an AL East matchup in Baltimore. The MLB on FOX pregame originates live from Wrigley Field, with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew with Thom Brennaman and Tim McCarver.
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Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox (48% of nation)
Dick Stockton & Eric Karros & Ken Rosenthal
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, San Antonio, Seattle, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Brian Duensing, LHP (2-1, 2.91 ERA) vs. TBA
Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs (44% of nation)
Thom Brennaman, Tim McCarver
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Bronson Arroyo, RHP (3-3, 4.17 ERA) vs. Casey Coleman, RHP (1-2, 7.36 ERA)
Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles (7% of nation)
Kenny Albert & Mark Grace
Oriole Park Camden Yards – Baltimore, MD
MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Washington
Probable Pitchers: Jeremy Hellickson, RHP (2-2, 4.31 ERA) vs. Jeremy Guthrie, RHP (1-4, 3.00 ERA)
ROSENTHAL TAKES A ‘BOW’ FOR FERDINAND'S BALL – FOX Sports reporter and FOXSports.com senior MLB columnist Ken Rosenthal continues his weekly support of “The Bow Tie Cause” during Saturday’s Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox game. Rosenthal calls attention to Ferdinand’s Ball, an annual fundraiser in Louisville, KY created in honor of Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner sent to slaughter in Japan after making millions while racing and becoming Horse of the Year. The goal is to raise awareness and funds so that legacies like Ferdinand can retire in peace and with dignity on a beautiful farm in Georgetown, Kentucky. Look for Ken’s bow tie this Saturday at Fenway Park and 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 Ferdinand’s Ball, please visit www.ferdinandsball.com.
MOROSI: LIRIANO’S NO-HITTER STRAIGHT OUT OF LEFT FIELD – Even though the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox have been among baseball’s biggest disappointments this season, FOXSports.com MLB writer Jon Paul Morosi writes that Francisco Liriano’s no-hitter for the Twins had an October-like feel. “The outcome of this game was in doubt until the very last pitch. We should appreciate the way baseball can seize the national sports conversation at a time when you least suspect. All no-hitters are unexpected — even if your name is Roy Halladay but this one, a moment of icy bliss for baseball’s worst team, was more unexpected than most.”
Click here for Morosi’s complete analysis of Liriano’s no-hitter: http://tinyurl.com/44p4d35
JETER AND JLO “STAND UP 2 CANCER” IN FOX SPORTS PSA –This Saturday, MLB on FOX debuts new public service announcements to raise awareness of its chosen charity this baseball season, Stand Up 2 Cancer. MLB’s brightest stars including Derek Jeter, Brian Wilson and Ryan Howard along with American Idol judge and People Magazine’s “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” Jennifer Lopez participated in multiple spots that will be unveiled throughout the MLB on FOX regular and postseason. For more information about the partnership visit http://www.standup2cancer.org/foxsports
RICHMOND COULD BE TURNING POINT IN SOME DRIVERS SEASONS – Darlington Raceway offers little comfort for even the most prolific NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitors. On Saturday, May 7 (7:00 PM ET) the world’s best drivers battle each other and the treacherous track. Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon and Denny Hamlin know how to win at Darlington but need to make some moves in the points standings. Could this be the week where their season gets righted? 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. This week’s show features a live interview with NASCAR Sprint Cup superstar Ryan Newman.
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.
NASCAR ON FOX ANALYST LARRY MCREYNOLDS: DRIVERS MUST ATTACK THIS TRACK – According to NASCAR on FOX analyst and former crew chief Larry McReynolds, this Saturday night’s race is not going to come down to driver vs. driver. “The biggest competitor at Darlington is the racetrack itself and outside of road courses, ‘The Lady in Black,’ is the most challenging track for drivers,” said McReynolds. “You’ve got to race hard and attack it. It has a fair amount of banking but what really makes this track so tough is how narrow the groove is. On turns 1 and 3, the groove runs drivers right up against the wall. Pit road is one of the most treacherous.” Following a trip to victory lane for Kyle Busch in Richmond, Larry Mac decided he is comfortable choosing the younger Busch as Saturday night’s winner. “I’ve got to go with Wild Thing, Kyle Busch. He has the most car control which allows him to attack the track harder than anybody.”
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AUDIENCE NEARLY DOUBLES – US viewership for last week’s first leg of the 2011 UEFA Champions League semifinal round showed big growth on FOX Sports Media Group networks, attracting a combined television audience of over 1.5 million people, a 93% viewership increase over the combined FOX Soccer/FOX Deportes 2010 airing. The 2011 matches, which featured Manchester United vs. FC Schalke 04 and Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona, were televised live by FOX Soccer and FOX Deportes (Spanish) on Tuesday, April 26 and FX and FOX Deportes on Wednesday, April 27, respectively. All four windows combined to deliver 1.506 million viewers, nearly doubling viewership of last year’s games (781,000). Online, FOXSoccer.com also witnessed healthy year-over-year increases in visits (1.2 million vs. 1 million, or +16%), page views (9.7 million vs. 8.1 million, or +20%) and average time per visit (7 min. vs. 4 min., or +47%).
FOX SOCCER INTRODUCES ‘SOCCER NIGHT IN AMERICA’ ON FRIDAY – The debut of FOX Soccer’s “Soccer Night In America” show begins at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, when the Timbers welcome the Philadelphia Union Friday May 6 at 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT. Portland is riding an emotional high after a 1-0 victory over a Real Salt Lake squad that came in riding an 18-match MLS unbeaten streak. The Union has allowed just two goals in six games en route to second place in the Eastern Conference. J.P. Dellacamera has the play-by-play, with former MLS standout Kyle Martino handling analysis and Brian Dunseth contributing sideline reports. Former U.S. 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.
FOX SOCCER ADDS PR/COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER -- Monica Rigali has been named FOX Soccer Public Relations and Communications Manager. In this newly-created position, Monica oversees all aspects of FOX Soccer PR/Communications as well as FOX Soccer’s social media platforms. New to FOX, Monica is no stranger to soccer, having managed Nike Soccer’s professional athlete sports marketing and grassroots soccer programs for the past 10 years. Monica comes with strong relationships throughout Major League Soccer as well as with Nike’s European pro clubs, including Manchester United, FC Barcelona and Arsenal. Before joining FOX Soccer, she led Nike’s aggressive grassroots agenda throughout the US, establishing partnerships with powerhouse youth properties such as the Dallas Texans, Rush Soccer and Dallas Cup. Monica got her start at Nike in 1999 as a Brand Communications Manager in Nike’s busy PR department. Prior to that she worked as a broadcast news producer for KGW-TV, Newschannel 8 in Portland, Oregon, and as a production assistant with Fred Roggin, KNBC-TV’s legendary sports anchor in Los Angeles.
MONSTER WAVES TACKLED ON FUEL TV – On Tuesday, May 10 (9:00 PM ET/PT) FUEL TV premieres "Storm Surfers," a documentary following former World Champion Surfer Tom Carroll and Big Wave Surf Legend Ross Clark-Jones as they track storms around the continent of Australia in search of the largest, most dangerous waves and attempt to ride them. These fearless adventurers ride 40-foot monsters, battling sub-zero water temps, hail storms, and each other in this exciting show.