ESPN’s 25th Sunday Night Baseball Season: Boston Red Sox to Host New York Yankees on August 3

ESPN-MLBESPN announced today its game selection for the August 3 edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. The defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz will host the rival New York Yankees and Derek Jeter on Sunday, August 3, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Dan Shulman, analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney will provide commentary for the telecast. Sunday Night Baseball is the exclusive, national Major League Baseball game of the week.
 
Sunday Night Baseball is also available on ESPN Radio with Jon Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and WatchESPN.
On deck:
The Red Sox and Ortiz will host the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera in a 2013 American League Championship Series rematch on Sunday, May 18, at 8 p.m.
 
Upcoming Sunday Night Baseball schedule:
Date Game
May 18 Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
May 25 St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds
June 1 Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers
June 8 Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
July 13 New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
July 20 Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals
Aug 3 New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
 
Note: Additional game selections for Sunday Night Baseball telecasts in June and July will be made three weeks in advance, while selections for August and September will be made two weeks in advance.
Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet previews Sunday Night Baseball at 7 p.m. with Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin and John Kruk.
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ESPN to Present the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship

espn-logoCoverage From Seven Regional Sites, Every Game Televised From Super Regionals and Women’s College World Series

ESPN will be the home of the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship presented by Capital One beginning Friday, May 16, featuring exclusive coverage from seven Regional sites, all eight Super Regionals and the Women’s College World Series.  Regional round coverage (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3) features up to 49 games from seven campus sites (May 16 – May 18). ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will televise every game from the eight Super Regionals (May 22 – May 25) and Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. (May 29 – June 4).  ESPN began televising the entire Women’s College World Series in 2001 and Super Regionals in 2007.

ESPN’s Regional coverage will feature six of the top 11 seeds in the tournament, including No. 2 Alabama (Tuscaloosa Regional) and No. 3 UCLA (Los Angeles Regional). Additional top seeds include No. 6 Louisiana Lafayette (Lafayette Regional), No. 7 and defending champion Oklahoma (Norman Regional), No. 8 Florida State (Tallahassee Regional), No. 9 Arizona State (Tempe Regional), and No. 11 Arizona (Tucson Regional).  ESPN will carry every game from these seven Regionals – a four-team, double-elimination tournament with one team from each site advancing to the Super Regionals.  A full schedule is provided below.

The 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship bracket was unveiled during ESPNU’s NCAA Softball Championship Selection Show presented by Capital One on Sunday, May 11.  The Southeastern Conference received the most bids (11), followed by the Big Ten (5), Pac 12 (5), Atlantic Coast (4), Big 12 (4), and American Athletic (3). Overall, 32 conferences are represented in the field and six teams will make their first appearance: Bryant University, Charleston Southern University, Dartmouth University, Utah Valley University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Texas Southern University. The complete 64-team bracket can be seen here.

 

ESPN’s NCAA Division I Softball Championship Coverage Highlights

ESPN Analysts: ESPN’s softball analysts are accomplished former college, Olympic and professional softball players.

o    College: Alabama

o    Honors: Three-time All American, National Champion (2012),  SEC Freshmen of the Year (2010)

o    College: Arizona

o    Honors: National Player of the Year (1996) and Women’s College World Series MVP (’96) Four-time National Champion, winning three as a player (1993, ’94, and ’96) and one as an assistant coach, also with Arizona (1997)

 

o    College:  UCLA

o    Honors: National Champion (1999), pitched in the three other WCWS (2000, ’01, ’02, ’03), member of gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics

 

o    College: Stanford

o    Honors: Four-time All-American (1999, 2000, ’01, ’02), member of gold medal-winning team at the 2004 Athens Olympics and silver medal winning team  at 2008 Beijing Olympics

 

o    College:Arizona

o    Honors: Won three national championships (1993, ’94,  ’97), member of goal medal-winning teams at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2004 Athens Olympics

 

o    College:  Texas A&M

o    Honors: Two-time All-American (2005, ’07). Only player in Big 12 history to receive Freshman of the Year and Player of Year in same season (2005), played in two WCWS (2007, ’08)

 

o    College: Oklahoma State

o    Honors: Two-time All American, member of goal medal-winning teams at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2000 Sydney Olympics, eight-time Japan Pro League MVP

Garland Cooper, three-time Big Ten Play of the Year, and Cheri Kempf, Hall of Famer, will be in-studio throughout the Regionals.

espnW.com — The online destination for 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship coverage.

  • Comprehensive Recaps:Graham Hays will provide daily recaps in a “five things you should know” format.
  • Tourney Snapshots: Behind-the-scenes video and photos from teams and student athletes participating in the championship. Fans can submit their photos by tagging them #RoadtoWCWS in the Regionals and Super Regionals and then #WCWS during the Women’s College World Series.
  • Student-Athlete Perspective: Six student-athletes will blog throughout their championship experience: Ally Carda (UCLA) Amber Freeman (Arizona State), Victoria Hayward (Washington), Ellen Renfroe (Tennessee), Janie Takeda (Oregon), and Lacey Waldrop (Florida State).

Social Media Integration:

  • @ESPNU and @espnW will provide news, game updates, photos and videos throughout the championship. Fans can join the conversation by tagging their tweets with #RoadtoWCWSin the Regionals and Super Regionals and then #WCWS during the Women’s College World Series.

 

ESPN Regional Coverage Information (May 16 – 18)

Please note: A day-by-day Regional Schedule, can be found here

 

Region by Region Schedule

 

Tallahassee Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 4:30 p.m. South Florida vs. South Carolina

Pam Ward, Michele Smith

ESPN2
  7 p.m. Fordham vs. No. 8 Florida State ESPN2
Sat, May 17 Noon Game:  No. 3 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN
  5 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 18 Noon Game:  No. 6 ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN2

 

Tempe Regional                                                                         

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 3:30 p.m. San Diego State vs. Michigan

Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza

ESPNU
  6 p.m. Dartmouth vs. No. 9 Arizona State  ESPNU
Sat, May 17 6 p.m. Game: No. 3 ESPNU
  8:30 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPNU
  11 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPNU
Sun, May 18 5:30 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPNU
  8 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPNU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tucson Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 8 p.m. Louisville vs. LSU

Adam Amin, Amanda Scarborough

ESPN3
  11 p.m. Boston University vs. No. 11 Arizona   ESPNU
Sat, May 17 4:30 p.m. Game: No. 3 ESPN
  7 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN
  9:30 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN
Sun, May 18 4:30 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPN2
  7 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN2

 

Los Angeles Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 6 p.m. Long Beach State vs. Notre Dame

Tracy Warren, Amanda Freed

ESPN3
  9 p.m. Southern Utah vs. No. 3 UCLA     ESPN3
Sat, May 17 3 p.m. Game:  No. 3 ESPN3
  6 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN3
  9 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 18 3 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPN3
6 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN3

 

Norman Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 6 p.m. Hofstra vs. Texas A&M

Mark Neely, Jenny Dalton-Hill

ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Bryant vs. No. 7 Oklahoma     ESPN3
Sat, May 17 2 p.m. Game:  No. 3 ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 18 2 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN3

 

Tuscaloosa Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 4:30 p.m. USC Upstate vs. South Alabama

Cara Capuano,  Leah O’Brien-Amico

ESPN3
  7 p.m. SIU Edwardsville vs. No. 2 Alabama   ESPN3
Sat, May 17 2 p.m. Game: No. 3 ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 18 2 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPN3
4:30- p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN3

 

Lafayette Regional

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
Fri, May 16 4 p.m. Mississippi State vs. Texas

Melissa Lee, Kayla Braud

ESPN3
  7 p.m. Texas Southern vs. No. 6 Louisiana Lafayette    ESPN3
Sat, May 17 1 p.m. Game: No. 3 ESPN3
  4 p.m. Game:  No. 4 ESPN3
  7 p.m. Game:  No. 5 ESPN3
Sun, May 18 1 p.m. Game:  No. 6 ESPN3
  4 p.m. Game:  No. 7 (if nec) ESPN3

 

ESPN Super Regionals Television Schedule (May 22-25)

Commentators will be announced after the Regional round

Date Time (ET) Site and Game Network
Thur, May 22 7 p.m. Site No. 1: Game No. 1 ESPN2
  9 p.m. Site No. 2: Game No. 1 ESPN2
Fri, May 23 2 p.m. Site No. 3: Game No. 1 ESPNU
  4 p.m. Site No. 1: Game No. 2 ESPNU
  6 p.m. Site No. 2: Game No. 2 ESPNU
  7 p.m. Site No. 1: Game No. 3 (if nec) ESPN
  7 p.m. Site No. 4: Game No. 1 ESPN2
  9 p.m. Site No. 2: Game No. 3 (if nec) ESPN
  9 p.m. Site No. 5: Game No. 1 ESPNU
Sat, May 24 Noon Site No. 3: Game No. 2 ESPN
  1 p.m. Site No. 6: Game No. 1 ESPNU
  3 p.m. Site No. 3:  Game No. 3 (if nec) ESPN
  3 p.m. Site No. 5: Game No. 2 ESPNU
  5 p.m. Site No. 4: Game No. 2 ESPN
  6 p.m. Site No. 5: Game No. 2 ESPNU
  8 p.m. Site No. 4: Game No. No. 3 (if nec) ESPN2
  8 p.m. Site No. 7: Game No. 1 ESPNU
  10 p.m. Site No. 8: Game No. 1 ESPN2
Sun, May 25 Noon Site No. 6: Game No. 2 ESPN
  3 p.m. Site No. 6: Game No. 3 (if nec) ESPN
  3 p.m. Site No. 7: Game No. 2 ESPNU
  5 p.m. Site No. 8: Game No. 2 ESPN
  6 p.m. Site No. 7: Game No. No. 3 (if nec) ESPNU
  8 p.m. Site No. 8: Game No. No. 3 (if nec) ESPN2

 

ESPN Women’s College World Series Television Schedule (May 29 – June 4)

Commentators will be announced after the Super Regionals

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thurs, May 29 Noon WCWS: Game No. 1 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 2 ESPN
  7:00 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 3 ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 4 ESPN2
Friday, May 30 7 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 5 ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 6 ESPN2
Sat, May 31 Noon WCWS: Game No. 7 ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 8 ESPN2
  7 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 9 ESPN
  9:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 10 ESPN
Sun, June 1 1 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 11 ESPN
  3:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 12 ESPN
  7 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 13( if nec) ESPNU
  9:30 p.m. WCWS: Game No. 14 (if nec) ESPNU
Mon, June 2 8 p.m. WCWS Finals: Game No. 1 ESPN2
Tue, June 3 8 p.m. WCWS Finals: Game No. 2 ESPN
Wed, June 4 8 p.m. WCWS Finals: Game No. 3 (if nec) ESPN

Networks and times are subject to change

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ESPN to Bring Sunday Night Baseball Back to Pittsburgh

ESPN-MLBMillion Dollar Arm’s Jon Hamm to Serve as Guest Analyst on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown
ESPN’s 25th season of Major League Baseball continues Sunday, May 11, when the Pittsburgh Pirates and reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen host the St. Louis Cardinals and Yadier Molina in the first-ever edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell from PNC Park in Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Pirates last hosted Sunday Night Baseball on July 28, 1996 – 18 seasons ago – against the Philadelphia Phillies at Three Rivers Stadium. Sunday Night Baseball’s Dan Shulman, analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney will provide commentary for the exclusive national telecast.
Actor, avid baseball fan and star of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm Jon Hamm will serve as guest analyst on Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet alongside host Karl Ravech and analyst and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin live at 7 p.m. from just outside of PNC Park on Federal Street near the Roberto Clemente Bridge.
Based on a true story, Million Dollar Arm follows sports agent JB Bernstein (Hamm) to India where his “Million Dollar Arm” reality show competition helps to discover Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, both of whom ultimately signed with the Pirates organization. Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Suraj Sharma, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin also star in the film, which opens in theaters Friday, May 16. Ravech, Larkin, ESPN analyst Curt Schilling, SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy and ESPN MLB Insider Jayson Stark all make cameo appearances in the motion picture.
Sunday Night Baseball is also available on ESPN Radio with Jon Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio. Sunday Night Baseball and Baseball Tonight are available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku via WatchESPN.
The Pirates and McCutchen next appear on Sunday Night Baseball when they visit the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yasiel Puig on Sunday, June 1.
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Costas Moderates Expert Panel on “MLB Network Roundtable: The Pitching Dilemma”

mlb-networkExpert Panel Headlines MLB Network Roundtable: The Pitching Dilemma

On Widespread Pitching Injuries in MLB This Season

Bob Costas Moderates Panel Discussion with Dr. David Altchek, Tom House, Jim Kaat,

John Smoltz & Tom Verducci

Exclusive One-on-One Interview with Dr. James Andrews & Costas

Covers the Current Prevalence of Elbow Injuries in Youth Baseball

 

May 8, 2014With 17 Major Leaguers having undergone Tommy John surgery so far this year, MLB Network assembled an expert panel to examine the prevalence of elbow injuries among MLB pitchers and what it means for the future of the game. In MLB Network Roundtable presented by Delta Airlines: The Pitching Dilemma, Bob Costas moderates a roundtable discussion with Hospital for Special Surgery Co-Chief of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service Dr. David Altchek; pitching expert Tom House; Jim Kaat, who pitched more than 4,500 innings and 180 complete games in his 25-year career;1996 NL Cy Young Award winner John Smoltz, who had Tommy John surgery in 2000 and finished his career as the only pitcher with 200 wins and 150 saves; and MLB Network insider Tom Verducci, who has covered the topic extensively.

Costas also hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, one of the foremost authorities on Tommy John surgery, to discuss his latest research on the biggest risk factors for elbow injuries among young pitchers before they reach the Major League level.

The one-hour program airs this Saturday, May 10, immediately following MLB Network’s 1:00 p.m. ET telecast of the Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers game, and on Sunday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m. ET. A clip from the program is available here and quotes from the program are transcribed below:

Dr. James Andrews on what causes elbow injuries:

“The basic thing that parents out there and coaches and players alike need to know is if you throw with fatigue at a young age – in high school, for example, or youth baseball – you have a 36-to-1 chance of injuring your shoulder or elbow. … Fatigue could be event fatigue, seasonal fatigue or year-round fatigue, so it’s a big problem.”

“What we really found out is that [high school patients] only had one week off each year from competitive baseball and that one week was – you could guess what – between Christmas and New Year’s. So they’re playing year-round baseball – that’s the number one risk factor in youth baseball.”

“If you take a coat hanger and you bend it enough times, what happens? It breaks clean, and then of course that injury didn’t begin with that last bend, it began with all of those multiple, multiple bends. It’s a developmental ligament and the stress that it will take is only about 80-miles per hour, so our high-velocity throwers in high school – unless they’ve got great genetics – are really suspect to really injure their ligament along the way.”

On what can be done to prevent future elbow injuries:

Tom House: “We’re designed to throw on flat ground. … What happens to kids today? They pitch too much year-round and they don’t throw enough. … They only time they throw is in a practice or a game, and the pitcher’s are [throwing] off the mound. … Let them play on flat ground. Let them throw stuff, throw anything. Stay off the mound except for game day, throw as much as you can on flat ground the rest of the time.”

Jim Kaat: “I had pitched nine innings against [Tommy John] in Chicago and the next day I’m at the mound throwing. Not pitching, [but] exercising. He’s running his laps and he said, ‘What are you doing? You pitched nine innings. You can’t do that.’ I said, ‘Well, I throw every day. It will rust out before it will wear out.’ Well, when he had the surgery, he called me and said, ‘Guess what Dr. [Frank] Jobe told me to do?’ He got his wife in the backyard and played catch every day. Throw a little more – I think that’s one thing that’s lacking.”

On the recent increase in Tommy John surgeries:

Dr. Andrews: “It’s really depressing to go in and see the number of high school kids coming in with this injury. At this point in my career I’m probably seeing more high school kids with a ulnar collateral ligament injury than I am with college and pros.”

Dr. David Altchek: “It’s a constant struggle in terms of trying to treat any of these athletes conservatively with this injury.”

John Smoltz: “A lot of those [success rate] numbers that we see are a little skewed – they make you want to grasp something. They want to say, ‘If you’re going to make it to the big leagues, follow these guys who were successful.’ But I had my surgery after 2,400+ innings in the big leagues [and] I knew how to get back to the big leagues. I feel sorry for the Single-A, Double-A players.”

Tom Verducci: “As more people get the surgery – we know that’s happening – that means that more people don’t come back.”

ESPN’s 25th Sunday Night Baseball Season: Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers June 1, Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers June 8

ESPN-MLBESPN’s 25th Sunday Night Baseball Season: Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers June 1, Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers June 8
 
ESPN announced today game selections for the June 1 and June 8 editions of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. On June 1, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen will make their second Sunday Night appearance this season when they visit the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yasiel Puig. On June 8, the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz will visit the Detroit Tigers and Miguel Cabrera. The 8 p.m. ET telecasts will air on ESPN with Dan Shulman, analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney providing commentary. Sunday Night Baseball is the exclusive, national Major League Baseball game of the week.
 
Sunday Night Baseball is also available on ESPN Radio with Jon Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and WatchESPN.
On deck: The St. Louis Cardinals will visit the Chicago Cubs, May 4, on Sunday Night Baseball. Dan Shulman and John Kruk will celebrate 100 years of Wrigley Field by calling the game from the right field bleachers and singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” during the 7th inning stretch.
 
Upcoming Sunday Night Baseball schedule:
Date Game
May 4 St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
May 11 St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates
May 18 Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
May 25 St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds
June 1 Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers
June 8 Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
July 13 New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
July 20 Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals
 
Note: Additional game selections for Sunday Night Baseball telecasts in June and July will be made three weeks in advance, while selections for August and September will be made two weeks in advance.
Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet previews Sunday Night Baseball at 7 p.m. with Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin and John Kruk.
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“David Ortiz: In the Moment”

mlb-networkEPIX Presents: David Ortiz In the Moment

Exclusive Look at the Life of Boston Red Sox Star “Big Papi”,

Co-Produced by Relativity Sports and Major League Baseball Productions

World Television Premiere July 17, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT

New York, NY, May 1, 2014 – Premium entertainment network EPIX announced today it is offering baseball fans in and around “Red Sox Nation” a close-up look at the life and accomplishments of one of sport’s most colorful, thoughtful and productive stars, David Ortiz of The Boston Red Sox, in the EPIX Original Documentary, David Ortiz In the Moment. The special, produced by Relativity Sports in conjunction with Major League Baseball Productions, traces Ortiz’s path from The Dominican Republic to stardom and lets us into “Big Papi’s” world. David Ortiz In the Moment makesits World Television Premiere on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8PM ET/PT.

“David Ortiz is a larger-than-life baseball star,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX CEO and President. “From his leadership role helping guide the Red Sox to win three World Series titles to his civic work in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic to the compassionate, funny and empathetic way he embraced and comforted Bostonians and all of America following last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, he is a true inspiration.”

“Very few people get to see my life outside of baseball, I am looking forward to sharing my story with all my fans.  I am proud to work with EPIX, Relativity Sports and MLB on this project,” said David Ortiz.

CEO of Relativity Sports Happy Walters added: “David is a great individual and a highly valued client of Relativity Sports.  We are excited to be able to produce original content profiling his unique story.  We plan to continue to create entertaining programming featuring our clients.”

The documentary follows the nine-time MLB All-Star, three-time World Series champion and Red Sox legend during the past two seasons, including Boston’s championship run last fall and the drama on and off the field that the nation witnessed throughout a very emotional run to the title for both the city and the club. Featuring interviews with top-notch athletes, the EPIX In the Moment series provides viewers an inside look at what it takes to become and remain a world champion athlete. David Ortiz is the latest sports figure profiled in the series, which has featured Lindsey Vonn and Amar’e Stoudemire and will continue with Dwight Howard In the Moment slated to premiere this fall.

David Ortiz In the Moment is produced by Relativity Sports in conjunction with Major League Baseball Productions.  Happy Walters, Fernando Cuza, Diego Bentz, Matthew Weaver, Ross Greenburg, David Gavant and David Check are the executive producers, and Ross Bernard is the executive-in-charge of production for EPIX. Alfonso Pozzo is the director.

Join the conversation about #InTheMoment on Twitter http://Twitter.com/EpixHD, on Facebook http://Facebook.com/EPIX and the webpage www.epix.com/epix-presents-david-ortiz-in-the-moment/.

For additional press information and artwork go to http://press.epix.com/.

 

About David Ortiz

David Ortiz, nicknamed Big Papi, is one of the most prolific hitters of the last decade while becoming a fan favorite on and off the field. His role as a key figure in ending the Red Sox World Series curse in 2004 has earned him legendary status as one of Boston’s greatest sports heroes. A nine-time MLB All-Star and three-time World Series Champion, including World Series MVP in 2013, David is one of the greatest and most popular players of this era. David holds the all-time record for most hits and home runs by a designated hitter and became the 49th player in baseball history to join the 400 Home Run club.

For more information about David Ortiz, please go to http://www.davidortiz.com/.

Follow David Ortiz on Twitter @davidortiz (https://twitter.com/davidortiz) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/davidortiz).

About Major League Baseball Productions

Major League Baseball Productions is the Emmy® award-winning television and video production division of Major League Baseball and the official video archivists of the game. With unparalleled access to the Clubs and their players, Major League Baseball Productions produces original programming for growing audiences worldwide through its network specials, exclusive home videos, commercials and other specialty programming. For more information on Major League Baseball Productions, log on to www.MLBProductions.com.

About EPIX

EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices.   Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android tablets and phones, Windows 8.1 and Roku® players. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads® and iPhones® and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 45 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (google.com/+EPIX) and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX).

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: MLB, NASCAR, Soccer & More

MLB ON FOX: LOGOFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

MLB ON FOX: Angels vs. Yankees / Pirates vs. Cardinals Saturday Doubleheader on FOX Sports 1

NASCAR:  Harvick Looks for Third Win This Season Saturday on FOX

SOCCER: UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Final Four on FOX Sports 1

#ICYMI:

In Case You Missed It – FOX SPORTS LIVE: Parents are naming their kids FOX Sports 1: http://www.snappytv.com/snaps/fs1-onrait-about-fox-sports-live-on-fox-sports-1_9p

 

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MLB

ANGELS VS. YANKEES / PIRATES VS. CARDINALS SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, April 26 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Kevin Burkhardt introduces fans to Saturday’s baseball action from FOX Sports 1’s Los Angeles studio, analysts Gabe Kapler and Eric Karros.

o   Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ New York Yankees: Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci & Ken Rosenthal (reporter) (1:00 PM ET)

o   Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals: Justin Kutcher & C.J. Nitkowski (4:00 PM ET)

MLB WHIPAROUND CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, Weekdays
  • Talent: 

o   Thursday, April 24 (10:00 PM ET) – Ryan Field, Gabe Kapler, C.J. Nitkowski

o   Friday, April 25 (10:00 PM ET) – Ryan Field, Gabe Kapler

o   Monday, April 28 (12:00 AM ET) – Chris Myers, C.J. Nitkowski, Gabe Kapler

o   Tuesday, April 29 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Wednesday, April 30 (12:00 AM ET) – TBD

  • This Week: This nightly program expands FOX Sports 1’s commitment to baseball coverage with quick-turnaround highlights of in-progress games, MLB news and analysis. The hour-long program originates from Los Angeles.

DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE PREMIERES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 29 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Derek Jeter, Joe Torre
  • This Week: New York Yankees shortstop, The Captain, Derek Jeter has made a lasting impression as one of the most graceful, successful and iconic figures not just in baseball, but in all sports. DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE is a one-hour special narrated by Jeter’s longtime manager Joe Torre and features more than 30 current players sharing personal anecdotes and memories in the days following Jeter’s announcement that this season would be his last. Sneak Peek: http://atmlb.com/1hlCHpu

 

NASCAR

NASCAR ON FOX, FOX SPORTS 1 & FOX SPORTS 2 FROM RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY – It’s back to work for NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES teams this weekend at Richmond International Raceway after the season’s first off-weekend. In the series’ last outing two weeks ago at Darlington, Kevin Harvick became the season’s first multi-race winner with his dominating victory in the year’s eighth race, breaking the streak of seven different winners in as many races. Veteran drivers such as reigning champion Jimmie Johnson and current points’ leader Jeff Gordon remain winless in 2014.

EARNHARDT JR. OR KYLE BUSCH ARE THE NEXT MULTI-RACE WINNERS IN 2014, SAYS WALTRIP: “With five top-three finishes in eight races, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had consistency,” says NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip. “He could have won Las Vegas if he hadn’t run out of gas.  He finished second at Darlington, so I look for him to get another win.  Kyle Busch could get it done this weekend at Richmond, too.”

KEVIN HARVICK’S TEAM IS TOPS IN THE GARAGE, SAYS MCREYNOLDS: “I view Harvick’s two wins as a bit of an artificial stat,” says NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds. “While the box score is the box score, if you look at the way they were running at Las Vegas, Bristol and Texas before they had mechanical issues, he could have four or five wins to his credit. They still need to make sure mechanical issues don’t continue to haunt them, but the No. 4 team has a leg up on the competition at the moment.”

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING FROM RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

  • Network/When: FOX, Saturday, April 26 (7:00 PM ET); FOX Deportes on Sunday, April 27 (2:00 AM ET; delayed), FOX Sports GO for participating video providers
  • Talent: Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds. Chris Myers hosts alongside Michael Waltrip with pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

FOX NASCAR SATURDAY RICHMOND PRE-RACE SHOW

  • Network/When: FOX, Saturday, April 26 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda
  • Guests: Kevin Harvick, the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES’ only multiple-race winner so far this season.
  • This Week: The “art of the restart” at Richmond

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, April 26 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda and Rutledge Wood
  • Guests:  Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Marcos Ambrose and Clint Bowyer
  • This Week: McReynolds sits down with Matt Kenseth’s crew chief, Jason Ratcliff; Kaitlyn Vincie with a special “Mock Run” segment; rookie profile on driver Ryan Truex.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, April 24 (12:00 PM ET), Monday, April 28 (4:00 PM ET), Tuesday, April 29 (12:00 PM ET); Wednesday, April 30 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; analysts Matt Clark; Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: “Crunching the Numbers” for Richmond, “Let It Ride” Las Vegas odds segment and team grades through the first eight races on Thursday, April 24

SOCCER

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE SEMIFINALS KICK OFF

  • Network/When:

o   Benfica  vs. Juventus, FOX Sports 1, Thursday, April 24 (2:30 PM ET)

o   Sevilla vs. Valenica, FOX Sports 2, Thursday, April 24 (2:30 PM ET)

  • Talent: John Strong calls the Benfica-Juventus match alongside analyst Brian McBride. Rob Stone hosts, analysts McBride, Warren Barton, Janusz Michallik and FOX Sports soccer insider and Sports Illustrated senior columnist Grant Wahl.

THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS WRAP UP NEXT WEEK

  • Network/When:

o   Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 29 (2:00 PM ET);

o   Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea, FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 30 (2:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: Gus Johnson calls the Bayern Munich-Real Madrid match alongside analyst Eric Wynalda. Host Rob Stone, analysts Warren Barton, Brian McBride, 2008 UEFA Champions League winner Mikael Silvestre (Tuesday) and former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot (Wednesday), plus FOX Sports soccer insider and Sports Illustrated senior columnist Grant Wahl.

WORLD CUP FEVER CONTINUES WITH FINAL EPISODE IN RISE AS ONE SERIES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 29 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Andrew Hamilton, Rudolf Zehmisch, Jay Winter, Lorraine Blackall, Una Barrie.
  • What: Budweiser and FOX Sports’ documentary series culminates with the sixth and final episode, “World War Truce,” which looks at Christmas Eve during World War I between the Germans and Brits and how it testified to the unifying power of soccer.

UFC

TEIXEIRA PRESENTS UNIQUE CHALLENGES FOR JONES AT UFC 172 TITLE FIGHT, SAYS ROGAN: This weekend the UFC heads to Baltimore, Md., for UFC 172, headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and challenger Glover Teixeira. UFC analyst Joe Rogan believes Teixeira presents a lot of unique challenges for Jones: “Teixeira has been a mixed martial arts fighter for a long time. He’s been a longtime training partner of [former champion] Chuck Liddell, he’s trained all over the world and his results inside the Octagon have been nothing short of spectacular. He has vicious one-punch knockout power, he has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and he’s a real threat to Jon Jones’ title. He’s got to figure out a way to get inside the long strikes of Jones, time them, close the distance quickly and land the devastating shots.” To watch his breakdown of the fight, click here: http://bit.ly/1gNNHg2

UFC TONIGHT INTERVIEWS JONES AND TEIXEIRA ABOUT UFC 172 TITLE BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 23 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Hosts Florian and Sonnen interview UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira about their upcoming title match at UFC 172. Light heavyweight contender Phil Davis talks about his UFC 172 bout with Anthony Johnson. Insider Ariel Helwani and Karyn Bryant add reports.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER – TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF WITH MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 23 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar
  • This Week: Eight middleweights and eight light heavyweights move into the fighter house, ready to pursue their dreams of becoming The Ultimate Fighter. The tournament kicks off with a middleweight matchup between Irishman Cathal Pendred and the Mexican-born Hector Urbina. At weigh-ins, coaches BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar must pull their heated fighters apart. Later, the two middleweights enter the Octagon prepared for a vicious battle.

UFC 172 WEIGH-IN SHOW: CORMIER JOINS AS ANALYST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Friday, April 25 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Coverage of UFC 172: JONES VS. TEIXEIRA begins on FOX Sports 2 with the UFC 172 WEIGH-IN as the 22 fighters try to make weight for their fights. UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier and light heavyweight Chael Sonnen join as analysts.

UFC 172 PREFIGHT SHOW: JONES – TEIXEIRA TITLE FIGHT PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, April 26 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Jay Glazer and analysts Cormier, Sonnen and Stann preview the fights at UFC 172.

           

UFC 172 PRELIMS FEATURE KEY MATCHUP BETWEEN TOP-RANKED FLYWEIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, April 26 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: TheUFC 172 PRELIMS feature four exciting fights, including a flyweight bout between No. 2-ranked Joseph Benavidez (19-4) and No. 8-ranked Tim Elliott (10-4-1). Plus, Japanese legend Takanori Gomi (34-9, 1NC) faces Isaac Vallie-Flagg (14-4-1) in a lightweight bout.

UFC 172 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, April 26 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC ON FOX studio crew recaps UFC 172 and analyzes the light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and challenger Glover Teixeira. The one-hour review also features exclusive interviews with the winners, plus UFC President Dana White.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER – FABER ON THE BRINK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 27 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: UFC veteran Urijah Faber provides an exclusive first person account of his much anticipated fight week and bantamweight title tilt against Renan Barao. Plus, UFC stars reveal who their idols are, and how they inspire them to this day. Then, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar contemplate a world in which the UFC never existed, and riff on the careers some of the sport’s most famed fighters would have pursued instead.

SUPERCROSS

 

VILLOPOTO POISED TO COLLECT FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TITLE THIS WEEKEND – SHEHEEN SAYS ROCZEN IS SEASON’S BIGGEST SURPRISE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, April 26 (7:30 PM ET); FOX Sports 1 re-airs Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Ricky Carmichael, Jenny Taft, Danielle Trotta
  • This Week: Three-time defending 450SX Class champion Ryan Villopoto is a virtual lock for a fourth consecutive title when Monster Energy Supercross rolls into MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday. As riders prepare for the season’s penultimate race, FOX Sports’ Ralph Sheheen offers insight into Supercross surprises and disappointments: “The biggest surprise might have been the rookie class. There were a lot of expectations coming into the year as to how Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac would do. Tomac struggled with injuries and still hasn’t really found the speed many thought he would have. Roczen, on the other hand, has been in the title chase all season, won a couple of rounds and even claimed the highly prestigious Anaheim season opener. I think the biggest disappointment has to be Ryan Dungey. Once again, he was a title contender and a pre-season favorite and, once again, he is going to come up short. He also had a handful of races he should have won that he came up short in. He rides well but just ends up a hair short.” To take a virtual run on the MetLife course, please visit: http://foxs.pt/1hiB4gQ. In addition, a premiere airing of the AMSOIL Arenacross race from Albuquerque debuts Sunday, April 27 (2:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

MOTOGP

MOTOGP HEADS TO ARGENTINA FOR THE FIRST TIME

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 27 (12:00-2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Bob Varsha; analysts Gregory Haines and Nick Harris
  • This Week: MotoGP heads to Argentina for the first time ever this weekend at the newly upgraded Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. The MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Argentina marks the series’ first race in South America since the 2004 Rio De Janeiro Grand Prix in Brazil. MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez dominated all weekend long in the Grand Prix of the Americas two weeks ago in Austin, Texas, en route to netting his second win in as many races this season. He leads the point standings by 14 points over Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.  Two-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo looks to jumpstart his season in the season’s third race after enduring a terrible start to the season that saw him crash out on the first lap in the season opener at Qatar and suffer a penalty at Austin en route to finishing 10th.

BOXING

GOLDEN BOY BOXING RETURNS TO PUERTO RICO WITH TWO BELTS ON THE LINE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, April 28 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rich Marotta, Beto Duran and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Golden Boy Promotions returns to the boxing-rich island of Puerto Rico with a 10-round WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title fight between Michael “The Artist” Perez (19-1-2, 10 KOs) from Newark, N.J. and 23-year-old Jorge “Koky” Romero (24-8, 21 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The bout is Perez’ sixth in Puerto Rico and he will attempt to extend his five-fight unbeaten streak against Mexican warrior Romero, reigniting the storied Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry. In the co-main event, two of the top junior bantamweights in the world battle for a world title shot, as Puerto Rico’s own McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) faces off against fellow unbeaten Ezequiel Aquino (15-0-1, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in an IBF Junior Bantamweight title elimination bout.

RED BULL

RED BULL AIR RACE HEADS TO CROATIA FOR SECOND STOP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, April 28 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Nick Fellows, analyst Mike Mangold
  • This Week: On the Adriatic Sea amidst the breathtaking scenery of the historic town of Rovinj, Croatia, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship readies for the second leg of its eight-stop series. Britain’s Paul Bonhomme won the season opener in Abu Dhabi, and is holding a slim lead over Austria’s Hannes Arch and Canada’s Pete McLeod. In the Red Bull Air Race, pilots race against the clock as they try to navigate their race planes as fast as possible through a challenging low-altitude slalom course filled with Air Gate obstacles. The pilots endure forces of up to 10Gs in the tight air-course turns..

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – KAPLER ON WHY PUJOLS IS ONE OF BEST HITTERS OF OUR GENERATION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Charissa Thompson, Gary Payton, Jim Jackson, Gabe Kapler, Bill Reiter and Petros Papadakis
  • This Week: On Thursday, April 24, Detroit Pistons Point Guard and 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups joins in studio as a guest panelist.On Tuesday night’s edition of FOX SPORTS LIVE, Gabe Kapler broke down Albert Pujols’ power resurgence and how the Angels’ slugger hit career home runs Nos. 499 and 500 on the same night: “What we’re seeing this year is just an absolute resurgence in his pure pop. It’s not necessarily his line drives or his base hits, but his home runs are there. What’s happening here is we get to celebrate a man that has been arguably the greatest right-handed hitter of our generation, right up there with Miguel Cabrera.” Click here to watch the entire segment.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – 2004 NBA FINALS MVP BILLUPS ON THURSDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill and Molly McGrath
  • This Week: This week, Mike and Molly are joined by FOX Sports analysts Royce Clayton, Scott Fujita, Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Matt Iseman and Jim Jackson, while 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups is in studio on Thursday, April 24.

CROWD GOES WILD – 3X SUPERCROSS CHAMP RYAN VILLOPOTO ON THURSDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (5:00 PM ET); airs at 8:00 PM ET on Friday, April 25
  • Talent:  Regis Philbin, Georgie Thompson, Jason Gay, Michael Kosta, Trevor Pryce and Katie Nolan. Guest panelist Cliff Floyd on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25.
  • Guests: Bill Laimbeer (New York Liberty Head Coach & General Manager) and Ryan Villopoto (three-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion) on Thursday, April 24; Jim Norton (comedian & radio personality) and Nick Young (Los Angeles Lakers) on Friday, April 25; and Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers football player and host of “A Walk to Believe”) on Monday, April 28.
  • ICYMI: In case you missed it, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones stopped by CROWD GOES WILD this week and talked about his cat, Ronda Rousey vs. Floyd Mayweather, and why, despite having two brothers in the NFL, he didn’t play football. Click here to watch the full interview.

THE MIKE FRANCESA SHOW

  • Network: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (1:00-4:00 PM ET) and FOX Sports 2, weekdays (4:00-6:30 PM ET); airs from 1:00-6:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, April 23, Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30; preempted Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25
  • Talent:  Mike Francesa

Baseball Honors Retiring Yankee Captain on FOX Sports 1

fox-sports-1-logoDEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE Premieres April 29

                     Current and Former Players Share Stories, Memories of Jeter

SNEAK PEEK – DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE

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New York – Before he announced he would hang up his cleats at the end of the season, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had already made a lasting impression as one of the most graceful, successful and iconic figures ever to play the game. Led by current and former players from around Major League Baseball, FOX Sports and MLB Productions honor one of baseball’s best ambassadors in DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE, a one-hour special premiering Tuesday, April 29 (8:30 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

A career New York Yankee, Jeter’s numerous accolades and achievements include the 1996 Rookie of the Year Award, 13 All-Star Game selections, five World Series rings, membership in MLB’s prestigious 3,000 hits club and the longest-tenured captaincy of any Yankees player. In his two decades in baseball, he has been admired by fans, media and his peers for his professionalism, poise and leadership. DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE presents intimate and previously untold stories directly from those whom Jeter played with and against combined with 20 years of archival footage from Jeter’s career.

Narrated by Jeter’s longtime manager Joe Torre, DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE includes new interviews from more than 30 current players sharing personal anecdotes, memories and more recorded in the days following Jeter’s retirement announcement. The outpouring of respect from players like Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Evan Longoria, David Price, Mike Trout, David Wright and many others offers a glimpse into why Jeter has become one of game’s most recognizable faces and how he has influenced others throughout his career. The special also features former teammates such as David Cone, Don Mattingly, Paul O’Neill, Jorge Posada and others, as well as archival interviews with Commissioner Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner, Hal Steinbrenner, Joe Girardi, Billy Crystal, Bernie Williams, Dave Winfield, Don Zimmer and more.

Among the tributes, outfielder Josh Reddick recalls the congratulations he received from Jeter when he, at the time a member of the Boston Red Sox, recorded his first hit and home run: “I was so thrown back that a guy of his status looking at a guy like me and knew I got my first hit and home run. It made me respect the history of the game more.”

Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder remembers meeting Jeter while his father played with the Yankees: “My dad played with him in ’96 when he was a rookie. Just being able to be in the clubhouse with him – my dad’s locker was right next to him – not many kids get to say they got to hang out with Jeter when he was a rookie. Just got to watch him every day – he’s a lot of fun. I got to see him in a World Series. It’s so awesome to have that experience.”

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Josh Hamilton recollects a dinner with Jeter when Hamilton was new to professional baseball: “I’ll never forget when I was 18 years old and we had the same agent, and I was fortunate to go to dinner with him and his father. Knowing the caliber of player that he was, and for him to take the time and really talk with me and share with me some of his stories – how to handle himself as a young player – that was pretty special.”

Through these memories players share of Jeter, viewers are reminded of how special the Yankee captain is on the field and off of it. DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE runs throughout the baseball season as a tribute to Jeter and all he has given to the game as he concludes his illustrious career.

DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE is produced by MLB Productions in conjunction with FOX Sports Originals, led by David Gavant, Executive in Charge of Production, MLB Productions, David Check, Executive Producer, MLB Productions, and Tareq Naouri, Lead Producer, MLB Productions, and Michael Bloom, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, FOX Sports.

– FOX SPORTS –

Civil Rights Game & Weekday Tripleheader Highlight May Game Schedule

mlb-networkCIVIL RIGHTS GAME AND WEEKDAY TRIPLEHEADER HIGHLIGHT MLB NETWORK’S MAY GAME SCHEDULE

Bob Costas, Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds, John Smoltz, Sam Ryan & Tom Verducci to Call Four MLB Network Showcase Games               

Secaucus, N.J., April 24, 2014 – Major League Baseball stars Bryce Harper, Derek Jeter, Andrew McCutchen and Mike Trout will be featured throughout MLB Network’s live May game schedule, which includes:

  • Prime time games on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, featuring division matchups, interleague rivalries, and four MLB Network Showcase games, including the Washington Nationals against the Pittsburgh Pirates live from PNC Park on Thursday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
  • Afternoon games on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, featuring 20 different teams, including the Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.
  • A Tripleheader on Thursday, May 8, featuring the Houston Astros visiting the Detroit Tigers at 1:00 p.m. ET, followed by the Tampa Bay Rays hosting the Baltimore Orioles at 7:00 p.m. ET, and ending with the San Francisco Giants taking on rival Los Angeles Dodgers at 10:00 p.m. ET.
  • A Memorial Day prime time showdown featuring the Cincinnati Reds against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, May 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Ø  The MLB Network Showcase telecast of the eighth installment of the Civil Rights Game on Thursday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET, featuring the Houston Astros hosting the Baltimore Orioles. Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Sam Ryan will call the game, which pays tribute to those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans.

Ryan Dempster Joins MLB Network

mlb-nlogo2013 World Series Winner to Make On-Air Debut Tomorrow at Wrigley Field’s 100th Anniversary

MLB Network to Televise Wednesday’s Diamondbacks at Cubs Game at 2:00 p.m. ET

Secaucus, N.J., April 22, 2014 – MLB Network today announced that veteran MLB pitcher Ryan Dempster has joined its roster of on-air talent as an analyst. A frequent guest on MLB Tonightand Intentional Talkwith Chris Rose and Kevin Millar, Dempster will appear across MLB Network’s studio programming and make his debut tomorrow, April 23 live from Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary celebration during High Heat with Christopher Russo at 1:00 p.m. ET and Intentional Talk at 5:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Network’s coverage of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary on Wednesday will also include the national telecast of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs game at 2:00 p.m. ET (game subject to local blackouts).

A two-time National League All-Star, Dempster won 132 games and saved 87 games during 16 seasons as a starter and a reliever. He pitched 200 innings or more in seven seasons, including two seasons with over 200 strikeouts. Dempster began his career with the Florida Marlins (1998-2002) and Cincinnati Reds (2002-2003), and after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2003, Dempster spent nine seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2004-2012) before joining the Texas Rangers (2012). After starting 29 games in 2013 for the Boston Red Sox, Dempster closed out Game One of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, on the way to the Red Sox’s third championship in ten years. In 2000, Dempster received the James “Tip” O’Neill Award from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and he was the Chicago Cubs’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for community service in 2006 and 2008.