Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Interleague Play hits MLB Fox Saturday

From Fox Sports -

Interleague Action Anchored By Mets/Rangers; Indians/Giants Saturday at 4:00PM ET

Eight MLB All-Star Classics Still Vying for Title of Best Moment

Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Pete Rose and Cal Ripken Jr. Among Candidates

INTERLEAGUE PLAY CONTINUES ON FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL
– For the second consecutive weekend, the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK features interleague action with four matchups on Saturday, June 25 (4:00 PM ET). Jose Reyes and the New York Mets head to Texas to take on Josh Hamilton’s AL West leading Rangers. The Washington Nationals look to continue their hot streak in Chicago, facing Paul Konerko and the White Sox. In Los Angeles, crosstown rivals square off with the Angels heading to Dodger Stadium to take on Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp. As the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants host Asdrubal Cabrera and the AL Central leading Cleveland Indians in an exciting matchup in the Bay Area. The MLB on FOX pregame originates live from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins Dick Stockton and Eric Karros as a field reporter.

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New York Mets at Texas Rangers (50% of nation)
Kenny Albert, Mark Grace
Rangers Ballpark – Arlington, TX
MARKETS INCLUDE:
Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, San Antonio, Seattle, Tampa, Tulsa, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Jon Niese, LHP (6-6, 3.70 ERA) vs. Alexi Ogando, RHP (7-2, 2.66 ERA)

Cleveland Indians at San Francisco Giants (31% of nation)
Jose Mota, Mitch Williams & Ken Rosenthal
AT&T Park– San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE:
Albuquerque, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis
Probable Pitchers: Justin Masterson, RHP (5-5, 3.18 ERA) vs. Matt Cain, RHP (6-4, 3.44 ERA)

Washington Nationals at Chicago White Sox (12% of nation)
Josh Lewin, Sean Casey
AT&T Park– San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE
: Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Norfolk, Richmond, Washington
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. John Danks, LHP (3-8, 4.29 ERA)

LA Angels of Anaheim at LA Dodgers (6% of nation)
Dick Stockton, Eric Karros
Dodger Stadium– Los Angeles, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE:
Las Vegas, Los Angeles
Probable Pitchers: Tyler Chatwood, RHP (4-4, 3.84 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda, RHP (5-8, 3.07 ERA)

WILLIAMS, MUSIAL, RIPKEN, ROSE BATTLE IN NEXT ROUND TO NAME GREATEST MOMENT IN ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY - Eight (four American League and four National League) All-Star moments remain in the quest to crown the fan’s favorite moment in All-Star Game history. This week’s bracket matchups pit such stellar moments as the six straight all-star strikeouts by Fernando Valenzuela and Dwight Gooden vs. Carl Hubbell striking out five consecutive Hall of Famers. Each week during coverage of FOX’s SATURDAY GAME OF THE WEEK, winners of the previous round are announced and fans can vote for the next round’s matchup. One AL and one NL moment face-off in the final week leading into the Midsummer Classic with the top moment revealed during the 82nd MLB All-Star Game, broadcast exclusively on FOX on Tuesday, July 12 (8:00 PM ET).

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The voting periods will be as follows:

Round Two (8 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, June 18 – Saturday, June 25
Round Three (4 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, June 25 – Saturday, July 2
Round Four (2 Midsummer Classics): Saturday, July 2 – Saturday, July 9

WHAT TIE WILL ROSETHAL WEAR TO SALUTE OUR TROOPS? VOTE ON FOXSPORTS.COM
– The fan-designed bow ties supporting our troops are in and we’re one step closer to deciding which bow tie MLB on FOX reporter and FOXSports.com senior MLB columnist Ken Rosenthal wears on the final regular-season broadcast of 2011. The field, which started with the top 32 designs submitted in the Bow Ties for the Troops Tournament, has now been cut in half. Fans can vote for their favorite design through Thursday, July 7 at http://msn.foxsports.com/other/page/Rosenthals-Bow-Tie-Bracket. Rosenthal wears the winning bow tie during the September 24 MLB on FOX SATURDAY GAME OF THE WEEK. The MLB insider has been rocking a bow tie every week this season in support of NFL player Dhani Jones’ Bowtie Cause initiative. For more information on the Bowtie Cause, visit www.bowtiecause.org.

JON PAUL MOROSI: AL IS REAL PITCHING-DOMINANT LEAGUE – National MLB on FOX writer Jon Paul Morosi takes a look at pitching this season and comes up with one clear winner: the American League. “DH, no DH, whatever: Right now, the American League has better pitchers than the National League. For decades, it would have been absurd to make such a statement. Everyone knew the NL pitched and the AL hit. But times have changed. At some point this year, the Junior Circuit sneaked into his older brother’s room and stole his identity. Now the league with the DH rule is ruled by the pitchers.”

For Morosi’s full analysis, visit: http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/josh-beckett-justin-verlander-james-shields-jered-weaver-American-League-is-real-pitching-dominant-league-062011.

EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX ROLLS ONTO FOX SUNDAY – The European Grand Prix comes to FOX Sports on Sunday, June 26 (12:00 PM ET) from Valencia, Spain. Twisting through the America's Cup port, the Juan Carlos I Marina, Valencia is a relatively long track that consists of 25 turns, most of which are sweeping corners that give the circuit a fast and flowing nature. Last year’s winner Sebastian Vettel discusses the challenging course: “The circuit is a street circuit, but the average speed (200 km/h) is extremely high, so it’s tricky. In general you need a lot of wing for the corners and less for the relatively long straights, which means you have to find a compromise. There are no run-off zones, so you can’t make any mistakes - a small slide and you end up in the wall... Overtaking is difficult and the only real possibility is in Turn 12. We had a good race there last year and the car should be good. I’m looking forward to it.”

NO CLEAR FRONTRUNNER YET ON RED BULL X-FIGHTERS FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS TOUR
: The Red Bull X-Fighters Freestyle Motocross Tour heads to Rome for the second time in the history of the sport, airing on FUEL TV Sunday, June 26 (8:00 PM ET). There will be 50,000 spectators this year in the Stadio Olimpico, which was one of the venues of the 1990 World Cup soccer tournament. With two of six competitions held already, no clear frontrunner has emerged, with Spain’s Dany Torres taking the first stop in Dubai and American Nate Adams winning the second stop in Brazil.

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