Sunday MLB on TBS Continues Sunday, July 26, with Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets at 1 p.m. ET; Game to be Seen Locally in L.A.

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Coverage Continues with Full National Telecast August 2 – New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox – at 2 p.m.

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue July 26 with a match-up of National League playoff contenders, as the first place Los Angeles Dodgers and All-Stars Adrian Gonzalez, Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson visit the New York Mets and All-Star and probable starting pitcher Jacob deGrom at 1 p.m. ETBrian Anderson will provide play-by-play for the game, seen locally in the Los Angeles market, alongside veteran MLB on TBS analyst Ron Darling.

In a full national broadcast, Sunday MLB on TBS will feature the New York Yankees visiting the Chicago White Sox on August 2 at 2 p.m.  Dick Stockton will provide play-by-play, joined by Darling in the broadcast booth.

TBS is entering its 8th consecutive year of live MLB game coverage, with a lineup featuring regular season telecasts each Sunday afternoon and an extensive MLB Postseason schedule including the exclusive presentation of the National League Wild Card Game, both National League Division Series and the National League Championship Series this year.

Upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS Schedule

July 26, 1 p.m.:            Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Mets

Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)

August 2, 2 p.m.:         New York Yankees @ Chicago White Sox

Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Darling (analyst)

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Notes from Turner Sports’ 2015 Sunday MLB on TBS Media Conference Call

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Notes from Turner Sports’ 2015 Sunday MLB on TBS
Media Conference Call

 

Sunday MLB on TBS will return July 12 with the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez visiting the Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz at 1:30 p.m. ET.  Three-time Sports Emmy Award winning commentator Ernie Johnson will provide play-by-play for the game, seen locally in the Boston market, alongside veteran MLB on TBS analyst Ron Darling.

The following week, Sunday MLB on TBS will feature a match-up of current National League division leaders as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yasiel Puig visit the Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper on July 19 at 1:30 p.m., with the telecast shown locally in Washington, D.C.  Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. will join Johnson and Darling in the broadcast booth.

TBS is entering its 8th consecutive year of live MLB game coverage, with a lineup featuring regular season telecasts each Sunday afternoon and an extensive MLB Postseason schedule including the exclusive presentation of the National League Wild Card Game, both National League Division Series and the National League Championship Series this year.

Notes from today’s media conference call, featuring Ripken, Darling and 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Pedro Martinez:

Ripken on the season’s most interesting storylines: “The Minnesota Twins are the big surprise.  I don’t think anyone expected them to play as well as they’ve played.  [Rookie Manager] Paul Molitor has done a fantastic job and seems like exactly what they needed.  They’re back again, they are always a good story as a small market team making good baseball decisions and baseball evaluations, putting a team together that’s competitive, similar to the Rays.  They will be fun to watch and see if they can keep it going in the second half.  The Oakland A’s are good, and you scratch your head and wonder why they aren’t winning.  The answer there is how important the defensive execution is in one run games and putting yourself in a position to win and developing momentum through their defense.  They are a good club, and it will be interesting to see what happens with them, if they make moves.  Billy Beane is always entertaining to try and predict [what he will do].  It will be fun to see their direction in the second half.”

Martinez on the season’s biggest surprise: “I was very sarcastic about them, so I have to tip my hat to the Houston Astros.  I kept saying no, no, they’re going to land.  I was the same way about the Mets, they wouldn’t hold on.  Both teams have really surprised me with how they’ve played and how consistent they are.  It’s no coincidence that probably the best pitcher in baseball is one of the Houston Astros [left-hander Dallas Keuchel]. I was sarcastic about them but they proved me wrong in the first half and now I have to believe the second half they will keep on playing baseball the way they have.”

Darling on the first half’s standout performers: “Josh Donaldson having an MVP year, he’s become one of my favorites to watch because of his grit and determination and Toronto is better for it…[Houston’s] Carlos Correa…is one of the brightest shortstop prospects we’ve seen in quite some time…We’re talking [a talent level] like the Mike Trouts and Bryce Harpers and Manny Machados.  The future of the game has some great young stars in it.”

Darling on the All-Star Final Vote candidates: “I’m lucky enough to watch [Mets closer Jeurys] Familia every day and he’s had an amazing year.  I think it’s going to be difficult for him to garner enough votes to beat out [Dodgers’ ace Clayton] Kershaw or [Rockies’ shortstop Troy] Tulowitzki.  He didn’t get the closer job until Mejia was suspended, and once he got it, he’s been as good as anyone in baseball.  He has seven saves of more than an inning, which is unheard of. He’s gone above and beyond and I’d like to see him rewarded because of that.  I’ll stick up for [Yankees’ outfielder Brett] Gardner in the American League, I hope he [wins the vote].  They’ve both been their team MVPs and it would be nice if they were rewarded for that.”

Ripken on the Final Vote: “Mine are more sentimental choices.  I know that the game matters for home field advantage in the World Series and if I’m in the manager’s seat I’d look at the make-up of the club and add a specialty piece.  I can’t imagine the way that Clayton Kershaw’s pitched the last few years [penalizing him for] looking a little bit human this year…I would vote for him and his body of work.  Brian Dozier from Minnesota, I really enjoy watching him play and compete.  He jumps out at me, but it’s not to slight anyone else on the list.”

Martinez on the Final Vote: “I have to agree with Ron on Familia because, when you look at the numbers, you don’t really stop to think of the importance he has had for the Mets.  The Mets had [reliever] Bobby Parnell go down, then [closer] Jenrry Mejia came up and got suspended.  If Familia wasn’t there, where would the Mets be, regardless of [Matt] Harvey and [Jacob] deGrom and those guys?  The kid has done an outstanding job and because of the importance of what he means to the team and how steady he has been, I think he deserves a chance.  On the other side, Dozier has done some unbelievable things for the Minnesota Twins and probably the biggest reason they are having the success they are having this year is because of what he does.”

Martinez on his upcoming Hall of Fame induction: “I’ve always been a fan of expressing what I feel at the time.  I had a draft of things and people I wanted to mention that I couldn’t have forgotten that have influenced me and my career and my life.  Things I wanted to say to the fan bases, but I’ll be speaking from my heart.  I’m anxious to see what it’s going to be like.  For Latinos and Dominicans, it’s not every day you get a Hall of Famer.  It’s been 32 years for a Dominican.  It’s really important to acknowledge that and maybe a lot of Dominicans will show up in Cooperstown.  We are different, we are loud, we have drums and merengue and I’m interested in seeing those things.  I did not know [the preparation] was going to be so much work.”

Ripken on his memories of facing 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson: “I’m thankful I was a right-handed hitter.  As tall as he was, it felt like he reached halfway to home plate before he delivered the ball.  His velocity was really high and there was a shortened time when you could see the ball.  I couldn’t imagine hanging in with his three-quarter delivery [as a left-handed hitter].  He was as tough as anyone, tough competitor, his velocity was maintained all game…Randy was an early two-pitch guy, he didn’t need to change up.  His slider was the speed of everybody else’s fastball.  I guess the best compliment you can pay is that I always liked to see the papers and see that he pitched the day before he was coming to town…It was not an easy day when you were facing Randy.”

Ripken on the value of winning a championship when weighing free agency decisions: “I think there’s a lot of considerations when you think about your career that don’t always revolve around money.  It’s where you want to play.  I played in my hometown and we went through some major rebuilding processes.  Even through those, I wanted to stay here and get through those and back to the World Series.  There are a lot of considerations, the money being what it is, you have choices in how much you make.  Sometimes people say, ‘How much money is enough?’ It depends on situation and what your needs are.  I applaud people thinking about their life instead of their job just in terms of money.”

Martinez on money as a deciding factor in free agency: “I had to really think of what I was doing and you have to think about the market.  The Players Association is really strong and works together like a wolf pack.  I became a free agent in two years that were a turning point for baseball in terms of the market.  I had to be careful how I chose because it would affect the market.  If I take a pay cut, from there on, everything else goes down.  Thank God I never was in a position where I had to take a big chunk of money off my salary to go somewhere.  The ring I got in 2004 is priceless to me.  It doesn’t matter what you give me, how much money, I would take my ring.”

Martinez on the development of Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer: “I’ve seen him develop the last few years and it seems like he’s growing in front of our eyes.  Each time you see him, something is improving.  I’m extremely proud that he’s following my footsteps and somehow I’ve influenced his talent.  I’m really proud he’s looking up to me as someone to emulate.  He has no ceiling for improvement.  But I don’t know how the Rays do it.  It seems like every year they have a special rookie that comes up and becomes that mega-star.  I hope they keep Archer for a long time because that kid is really special.  His strength, durability and mechanics are getting better.  I see a determination in him that I don’t see every day when it comes to pitching.”

Darling on Archer as a student of the game: “I think there’s thousands and thousands of kids that emulate Pedro and what he’s done.  The thing I love about Archer is that in this day and age where everyone has to act the same, the great thing that separated Pedro from a lot of pitchers was his passion for the game, and Archer has the same.  He’s a free spirit, has great passion, he stomps around the mound and is a great competitor.  Sometimes he wears his heart on his sleeve, but so be it, I love to see that instead of everyone playing everything close to the vest.  He’s a fun watch and baseball is an entertaining game and there’s none more entertaining than Mr. Archer.”

Ripken on Alex Rodriguez’s first half: “I think all of us could agree that what Alex has done in the first half has surprised us.  He’s been nothing short of amazing.  I kind of think that the All-Star team isn’t always based on someone’s first half performance.  A lot of times you’ll pick your All-Stars because they are All-Stars for their career.  Based on his first half numbers, he’s very deserving.”

Ripken on his impressions of the Baltimore Orioles: “They’ve been hit with the injury bug and somehow they find a player to contribute and get them to where they need to be.  You know how good Buck Showalter is as a manager at finding different talent and handling the bullpen.  Zach Britton and Darren O’Day as All-Stars, it’s really indicative of how great they’ve been at the back end of the bullpen.  Their numbers are extraordinary.  I think a lot of people were concerned that they lost Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis in the off-season, where was the offense going to come from…They are in a particularly good position now having weathered some of the injuries with Matt Wieters and Jonathan Schoop back.  I think they’re positioned pretty well and I’m not surprised about four All-Stars, they’ve got a good ball club.”

Ripken on Chicago Cubs’ group of talented young infielders: “I kind of laugh because everyone was a shortstop at one point in their life…I think it’s a really good problem to have.  Kris Bryant has continued to amaze.  I haven’t gotten to watch him in person closely yet but I’d like to soon.  He’s a big guy, seems to be under control at all times.  His approach and the way that he takes it in stride are amazing to me.  They are all really, really talented players.  You have to find a mix and match to get them to all play together.  I think all teams would be lucky to have those choices.”

Ripken on his memories of playing with Martinez in the 1999 All-Star Game: “The whole All-Star Game in Boston, there’s a lot of really great memorable moments from that experience.  Very rarely do you get pumped up and psyched at the All-Star Game, especially if you’ve had a few under your belt, but the adrenaline was flowing really good.  It was fun to be on that side of it.  I’m glad I wasn’t trying to face Pedro.  It was a much more fun environment and there was this great excitability different than the other All-Star Games.  It was fun to be part of that.”

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Sunday MLB on TBS Returns July 12 with New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox at 1:30 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsCoverage Continues July 19 – Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals – at 1:30 p.m. ET

MLB on TBS Analyst Ron Darling Shares Perspective on Opening Months of 2015 MLB Season

Sunday MLB on TBS will return July 12 with the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez visiting the Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz at 1:30 p.m. ET.  Three-time Sports Emmy Award winning commentator Ernie Johnson will provide play-by-play for the game, seen locally in the Boston market, alongside veteran MLB on TBS analyst Ron Darling.

The following week, Sunday MLB on TBS will feature a match-up of current National League division leaders as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yasiel Puig visit the Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper on July 19 at 1:30 p.m., with the telecast shown locally in Washington, D.C.  Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. will join Johnson and Darling in the broadcast booth.

TBS is entering its 8th consecutive year of live MLB game coverage, with a lineup featuring regular season telecasts each Sunday afternoon and an extensive MLB Postseason schedule including the exclusive presentation of the National League Wild Card Game, both National League Division Series and the National League Championship Series this year.

MLB on TBS analyst Darling shares his reflections on the upcoming Yankees/Red Sox matchup, some early season surprises and a look ahead at a potential NLCS showdown:

Darling on the New York-Boston match-up:

“I’m looking forward to seeing Mookie Betts play in person.  His versatility and athleticism make him one of the more exciting young players in the league.  I also think that a healthy Mark Teixeira has given the New York offense a big boost with his power [18 home runs and a slugging percentage over .550], which has helped him against the shift.”

Darling on teams that have surprised him so far this season:

“Houston has been a great surprise this year, built on power, young talent and a rebuilt bullpen that has been very good.  The recent promotion of shortstop Carlos Correa has given them another young, dynamic, up the middle talent.  Seattle has been disappointing to me, especially after signing Nelson Cruz in the off-season to boost the offense.”

Darling on his favorites to meet in the NLCS:

“I expect to see St. Louis and Washington play for the chance to represent the NL in the World Series.  Both teams have weathered injuries so far and can rely on excellent pitching.  Their postseason experience will help come October.”

Upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS Schedule

July 12, 1:30 p.m. ET: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox

Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst)

July 19, 1:30 p.m. ET: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Washington Nationals

Johnson (play-by-play), Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. (analysts)

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Saturday’s NCAA Final Four Coverage on TBS Tips Off with Pre-Game Shows Beginning at 3 p.m. ET

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaNetwork to Feature One-Hour At the Final Four Presented by Infiniti Sports and Entertainment Show Starring Dennis Miller, Charles Barkley and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at 3 p.m.

The Final Four Show to Offer Comprehensive Game Previews & Special Features

During Two-Hour Pre-Game Program at 4 p.m.

Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide exclusive coverage of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship from Indianapolis with NCAA Final Four National Semifinal game coverage on TBS – Duke vs. Michigan State and Kentucky vs. Wisconsin – beginning Saturday, April 4, at 6 p.m. ET.  In addition to TBS’ coverage, TNT and truTV will feature “Team Stream Presented by Bleacher Report” or team-specific presentations tailored to the schools participating in each game.  Team Stream coverage for Duke and Kentucky will be available on TNT, with Wisconsin and Michigan State on truTV.  Preceding the live game action, TBS will televise three hours of pre-game coverage beginning at 3 p.m.

At the Final Four Presented by Infiniti (3-4 p.m.) will feature Dennis Miller, Charles Barkley and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – star of the upcoming movie “San Andreas” – in a show including a combination of sports and entertainment segments.  The show will include appearances by the commentator team of Jim Nantz, Grant Hill and Bill Raftery; studio host Ernie Johnson and analyst Kenny Smith; and “The Rock” talking about his upcoming movie and his experiences at the cross-hairs of sports and entertainment throughout his career.

The Final Four Show (4-6 p.m.) will include Johnson hosting with analysts Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith – joined by Greg Gumbel and analysts Reggie MillerSeth DavisSteve Smith and reporter Tracy Wolfson. The two-hour program will also include a feature on the “Pursuit of Perfection” and Kentucky’s run towards the historic mark, along with a profile on Indiana basketball legend Damon Bailey.

Following Saturday’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals, CBS will broadcast the National Championship Game on Monday, April 6, with pre-game coverage starting at 8:30 p.m. and the game tipping off at 9:18 p.m.

Accompanying the live television coverage, NCAA March Madness Live will once again provide live streaming of the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals — including the Team Stream presentations — and the National Championship Game.

Follow us on Twitter: @MarchMadnessTV and NCAA.com for schedule updates and the latest NCAA Tournament broadcast news and information.

NCAA, March Madness, Final Four and Road to the Final Four are trademarks owned or licensed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Turner Sports and CBS Sports Announce Coverage Plans for 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaTBS to Present NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 4

CBS to Broadcast National Championship Game on Monday, April 6

TNT & truTV to Feature “Team Stream Presented by Bleacher Report”

Team Specific Coverage for National Semifinal Games

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will provide exclusive coverage of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship from Indianapolis with Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin competing for the national championship.  TBS will televise the NCAA Final Four National Semifinal games on Saturday, April 4, with game coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET.  The network will feature three hours of pre-game coverage beginning at 3 p.m. CBS will broadcast the National Championship on Monday, April 6, with pre-game coverage starting at 8:30 p.m. and the game tipping off at 9:18 p.m.

Saturday’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals will feature Duke against Michigan State at 6:09 p.m. on TBS.  Kentucky against Wisconsin will follow 40 minutes after the completion of the Duke/Michigan State game. Jim Nantz will call the action with analysts Grant Hill and Bill Raftery with reporter Tracy Wolfson.  Nantz will be calling his 25th Final Four and National Championship, with Hill and Raftery working the marquee event for the first time this year.

Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from the Final Four and National Championship with analysts Charles BarkleyClark Kellogg and Kenny Smith – joined by Greg Gumbel and analysts Reggie MillerSeth DavisSteve Smith and college coaches.

In addition to TBS’ Final Four National Semifinal game coverage, TNT and truTV will feature “Team Stream Presented by Bleacher Report” or team-specific presentations tailored to the schools participating in each game. The inventive concept will continue to present the game with unprecedented local flavor including comprehensive team and player storylines, custom graphics, music, graphics and show packaging, additional cameras and team-centric replays, custom halftimes with school features and more.

Accompanying the live television coverage, NCAA March Madness Live will once again provide live streaming of the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals — including the Team Stream presentations — and the National Championship Game.

Team Stream commentator teams include:

“Duke Team Stream” on TNT at 6 p.m.

Tom Werme, play-by-play – Werme is a 20-year broadcasting veteran who has hosted the ACC Blitz and has provided commentary for the ACC Network, ACC Digital Network and Raycom Sports, among others.

Alaa Abdelnaby, analyst – Abdelnaby is a former Duke standout that played for the Blue Devils from 1996-2000 and was All-ACC third team during his senior year.  He is currently a CBS Sports Network studio analyst and commentator for Westwood One.

Chris Spatola, reporter – Spatola is a former director of basketball operations at Duke and current CBS Sports Network commentator.  He is also the son-in-law of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“Michigan State Team Stream” on truTV at 6 p.m.

Brian Anderson, play-by-play – Anderson is a veteran and versatile Turner Sports commentator who has done play-by-play for leading properties such as the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, NBA on TNT and MLB Postseason on TBS, among others.  He has also previously called games for the Big Ten Network.

Mateen Cleaves, analyst – A former Michigan State legend, Cleaves led the Spartans to an NCAA Championship in 2000 and was names the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player.  Cleaves is the only three-time All-American is school history and was named Big Ten Player of the Year twice.  Currently a studio analyst for CBS Sports Network, Cleaves’ Michigan State jersey was retired in 2007.

Shireen Saski, reporter – a Michigan State alum, Saski is currently a CBS Sports Network reporter and has previously worked for the Big Ten Network.  The veteran broadcaster has also been the recipient of three Michigan Emmy Awards, then working for Fox Sports Detroit.

“Kentucky Team Stream” on TNT (following first game)

Dave Baker, play-by-play – Baker is a long-time sports broadcaster at WKYT in Lexington and television play-by-play commentator for UK/IMG’s University of Kentucky basketball coverage.  He has spent more than two decades being involved with broadcasting events surrounding the Southeastern Conference.

Rex Chapman, analyst – A former Kentucky star, Chapman was a two-time All-SEC player who helped lead the team to an SEC Championship and run to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 during his sophomore year.  Chapman amassed more than 1,000 points in only two years at Kentucky, which was followed by a 12-year NBA career.

Michael Eaves, reporter – a Kentucky alum, Eaves has previously covered University of Kentucky basketball extensively as a sports anchor, reporter and producer at WKYT in Lexington.  He is currently an anchor and reporter for Al Jazeera America.

“Wisconsin Team Stream” on truTV (following first game)

Wayne Larrivee, play-by-play – Larrivee is the radio play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Packers on the Packers Radio Network and has called college basketball for the Big Ten Network.  He has also provided play-by-play for Westwood One during the NCAA Tournament.

Mike Kelley, analyst – A former Wisconsin standout, Kelley helped guide the team to the Final Four in 2000 and, during his collegiate career, he helped lead the team to its best four-season win total in school history.  Kelley was inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

Phil Dawson, reporter – Dawson is host of the Badger Radio Network, as well as a talk show host in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS, Game 4 – Orioles vs. Royals – Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)

 

 

 Martinez on the Royals team play: “Everyone has the same focused look and determination to win a ball game. The whole team deserves a lot of credit for chipping in. They are doing everything they have to do and not missing a beat. They are really dangerous.”
   Sheffield on the Orioles not playing Delmon Young much in the ALCS: “Where have you been Delmon? He should’ve been playing in this series because he is clutch in the playoffs. He was brought in for these moments and he came through for his team [in the LDS]. To have him on the bench and not using him is baffling to me because they’ve been struggling to score runs.”

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Kansas City Royals (2) @ Baltimore Orioles (1) – The Royals sweep the series 4-0 and advance to the World Series
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

 

 Darling on the Kansas City bullpen: “They have the best bullpen going. It might be the best weapon in the postseason.”

Ripken on the importance of the Royals scoring early: “Early in the game you don’t want to play for one run. You want to play for a big inning but the way Kansas City has been pitching, they want to shorten the game, get the lead and apply the pressure.”

Ripken on Lorenzo Cain’s decision to bunt that resulted in Kansas City scoring: “It’s so indicative of the attitude that this Royals team has…they know how they play and how they want to manufacture runs. They are all willing [to sacrifice].”

Ripken on the Royals’ defense: “We always talk about the spectacular plays that make the highlight reel but I’ve been impressed with [Omar] Infante’s steady play at second [base]. [Alcides]Escobar has made some really nice plays and [Eric] Hosmer handles every play with ease.”

Ripken on the Royals: “We knew they were good and they’ve been a fun team to watch. They couldn’t play any better than they’ve played.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   Martinez on Lorenzo Cain being named ALCS MVP: “It couldn’t happen to a better person. He’s a humble kid who’s had to work his way through. He did everything the Royals asked him to do.”

Sheffield on the Royals: “You have to appreciate the baseball we just saw. We saw a little bit of everything from these guys. From the first game of this series until the end, they kept their focus the whole time and didn’t let up.”

Martinez on the Royals bullpen trio of Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland: “I have never seen a one-two-three punch better than this one…I’ll take this group over any other group.”

Martinez on the Royals: “The momentum that they are carrying over to the next series is something special.”

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Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS, Game 3 – Orioles vs. Royals – Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the American League Championship Series – Game 3

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TBS’ exclusive presentation of the ALCS will continue today, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m. ET with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, followed by the Baltimore Orioles @ Kansas City Royals (Game 4) at 4 p.m. The night will conclude with The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1.

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MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)

 

 

 Martinez on Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, his long layoff between starts and other factors: “I would take advantage of the simulated game, but that’s not the most important thing. I think the chilly wind and the dryness on the field today is going to play a big role.”

Sheffield on outfielder Nori Aoki at the number two spot in the lineup: “I love this player. He’s seen 36 pitches in this series. And what that does, it allows the next hitter to see those same pitches and go up there with a better game plan.”

 

 

 Sheffield on first baseman Steve Pearce’s struggles: “This guy has to be proud of what he did during the season.  He’s one of the reasons why they’re here. But to me, it seems like this situation is getting a little too big for this kid. This kid is starting to press a little bit, instead of doing the things you did to get you here.”

Sheffield on outfielder Adam Jones and needing to demonstrate patience: “He’s not patient…as middle of the order guys, the last thing we want to do is be patient. We want to be the heroes, we want to hit the ball out of the park and be the big guy on campus, but the opposite applies in the playoffs. You have to go in and tell yourself, I have to set the stage, I’m a third place hitter for a reason.”

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Kansas City Royals (2) @ Baltimore Orioles (1) – The Royals lead the series 3-0
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

 

 Darling on Mike Moustakas’ diving catch in foul territory in the sixth inning: “On the 11th anniversary of the Steve Bartman game, the Royals fans let [Mike] Moustakas catch the baseball.”

Ripken on how to approach Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera: “You’ve got to get the bat started. You know you’re going to get fastballs, you’re going to get a lot of them. The approach should be, give yourself three chances. I wouldn’t go taking [pitches].”

Ripken on the Royals’ approach to winning: “They truly find a way to win. That’s a symptom of all the good teams that are winning and are hot like they are. The diversity of their offense, the threat of steal, the first to third, the ground ball, they do everything they can to scratch away a win. And I haven’t seen anything like it.”

   Darling on pitcher Kevin Gausman: “At some point he’s going to be one of their most valuable starting pitchers. I know he’s in the pen now, but at some point, he’s a guy that’s going to give you 200 innings, win you 15 games, that’s how much talent he has.”

Darling on Gausman’s relief performance: “A heroic effort. He came in, though, he got ahead with that one fastball against Billy Butler and then made too good of a pitch that cost him a sac fly.”

Darling on outfielder Nelson Cruz’s power to all fields: “What makes him so valuable, and tough to pitch to…is that he can take you deep to right field, coast to coast.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

 

 

 Martinez on the focus of the Kansas City team: “The whole Kansas City team, you can look at them in the eyes and they are all focused, and that impressed me from this young team.”

Martinez on the performance by starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie: “He surprised me and surprised I think everybody because he not only competed in the key situations, when he was rattled by the Orioles, he came back and made quality pitches…unexpected for a guy that has spent 19 days without pitching in a real game.”

Martinez on Kansas City’s superior defense throughout the playoffs: “I’ve seen many things in the game, but a defense like I’ve seen in this postseason, believe me, I’ve never seen in my 18 years in the big leagues, in the postseason specifically. It’s impossible. I’ve never seen something like it.”

 Sheffield on first baseman Steve Pearce getting back on track at the plate: “I liked his approach today. He took a couple pitches, he seemed relaxed today, he got the fat part of the bat on the ball and good things happen when you do that. He had some quality at-bats but unfortunately the defense was there for the Royals again.”

Sheffield on who needs to rally the Baltimore team: “That guy is Adam Jones. He needs to get in front of the team and step up and tell these guys, ‘Hey, we still have a game to play. We just have to focus on one game at a time. Our backs are against the wall right now, but we just have to play Orioles baseball, and if we can get back to that, we can turn this series around.’”

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Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS, Game 2 – Royals vs. Orioles – Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the American League Championship Series – Game 2

Saturday, October 11, 2014

TBS’ exclusive presentation of the ALCS will continue Monday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, followed by the Baltimore Orioles @ Kansas City Royals (Game 3) at 8 p.m. The night will conclude with The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1.

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MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)

 

 

 Martinez on the exciting comeback by the Royals in Game 1: “I could not fall asleep last night thinking about everything that happened in that crazy game.”

Martinez on the versatility of the Royals: “This is a team that is very dangerous. Kansas City can play any kind of game they choose. They can play small ball, play defense, play with speed…anything. They can adjust to any kind of game…pick your poison.”

Sheffield on the Royals’ speed on the bases: “No matter what they do, they let you know that they’re going to steal bases. They don’t care who’s the pitcher or how quick you are to home. If they’re hitting, their main objective is getting to second base and then get the timely hit. If they can’t get to second base [with a double], they’ll steal second base. They’ve been doing it all series long; they’ll tell you about it and they’ll continue to do it.”

Sheffield on the defensive strength of the Royals: “This might be one of the best defensive teams I’ve ever seen.”

Martinez on Royals catcher Salvador Perez: “This kid has a bright future. He’s a smart kid and can guide the whole staff by himself. He deserves credit for Kansas City’s success.”

   Martinez on the postseason struggles of Orioles outfielder Adam Jones: “I can understand what he’s going through. He wants to do a lot more. He’s such a competitor, but he has to settle down and watch [Orioles] Nick Markakis taking pitches and being selective. Jones can feed off of Markakis at bat. Jones is a guy that is capable of doing everything. That’s the reason he’s hitting third. He needs to be selective with his pitches and feed off of what Markakis is doing.”

Sheffield on Orioles lead-off hitter Nick Markakis: “He’s going to turn out to be one of the best lead-off hitters in the game. They did a smart thing by taking him out of that third spot where he felt like he had to hit home runs and drive in runs. In the lead-off spot he can settle in and set the table. He likes to set up pitchers, drive the ball when he is ahead in the count and be the difference maker.”

Martinez on Markakis: “He’s the complete package. He can play defense, throw, run and hit with power. He’s very underrated and is the one that will bring all of the energy to the Baltimore Orioles today.”

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Kansas City Royals (6) @ Baltimore Orioles (4) – The Royals lead the series 2-0
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

 

 Ripken on Royals outfielder Alex Gordon’s Game 1 performance: “It was the Alex Gordon show. He’s their all-around best player. He showed us many facets of his game, including toughness. I know there are a lot of heroes every night…but he is a hero most nights.”

Darling on Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura : “This kid has unbelievable confidence in himself and, of course, his stuff. You know a pitcher has a good fastball when you’re an accomplished hitter, you know the fastball is coming and you’re still late.”

Ripken on the Royals’ confidence: “If you’re another team watching this series, you are realizing the scary thing about the Royals is they have gotten more and more confident, and they are very talented.”

Ripken on the leadership of Royals catcher Salvador Perez: “Perez’s leadership, ability to calm pitchers during excitable times in the playoffs and ability to fix mechanics has been a big intangible for the Royals this postseason.”

Darling on the Royals’ early-inning offense: “I don’t know whether it’s the confidence, the youth, good coffee or white egg omelets, but they have outscored the opposition in the postseason 16-6 in the first three innings. They’ve been getting off to quick starts.”

Darling on Royals outfielder Alex Gordon: “The player that [Royals manager] Ned Yost wanted on this team was an athletic player who could play defense, doesn’t strike out a lot and is a leader…Gordon represents all of that.”

Darling on the Royals postseason strategy: “In a postseason where one of the themes as been ‘We don’t want to get away from what we’ve done all year,’ you look at this Kansas City team. [Royals reliever] Kelvin Herrera pitched two innings yesterday; he never pitched the next day in the regular season…he’s pitching today.”

   Ripken on Orioles All-Star Adam Jones’ recent struggles in the postseason: “You are that guy. You are the All Star. Your team is relying on you and you want to be that guy, but you can’t fight yourself. You have to play the way you did during the course of the season.”

Darling on the resiliency of the Orioles: “Baltimore is a team that has a lot of resiliency and fight in them. That bodes well for the Orioles and for this series.”

Darling on Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris: “He is an excitable pitcher, pitches on adrenaline and kind of has that football mentality. He has come out of the blocks firing!”

Darling on the diving catch made by Orioles outfielder Adam Jones in the 3rd: “Adam Jones really is one of the few guys on the Baltimore lineup that can match the athleticism of the Kansas City Royals.”

Ripken on the Orioles bullpen: “The Orioles have a really in-depth bullpen. They are fighting and going back and forth with the Royals. Really, really exciting baseball.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   Sheffield on the Royals: “They make it happen. No matter what they do, they push all the right buttons and make all the right plays. They are the new, young kids in town now. They are here to stay.”

Martinez on the exciting baseball being played by the Royals: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen more exciting baseball, and I’ve never been in a series when you’ve seen more excitement than you’ve seen today. Kansas City is outstanding. They are a fun team.”  

Sheffield on the winning combination for the Royals: “This is going to be the team that everyone is talking about for years to come, because it starts with their pitching and ends with their defense. You can’t beat these guys.”

 

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Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS, Game 1 – Royals vs. Orioles – Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the American League Championship Series – Game 1

Friday, October 10, 2014

TBS’ exclusive presentation of the ALCS will continue today, Saturday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 p.m. ET with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, followed by the Kansas City Royals @ Baltimore Orioles (Game 2) at 4 p.m. The night will conclude with The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1.

 

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MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)

 

 

 Martinez on Kansas City’s outlook: “Last year, after the first half, I saw a team that was capable of doing it [winning], had a lot of energy, a lot of young players, hungry to win. I think Kansas City has all the tools and the momentum, the energy, and not only that, the talent to actually do it. They’re very pesky around the bases. They can cause a lot of trouble to any pitcher and they’re resilient.”

Sheffield on first baseman Eric Hosmer: “He’s in the middle of everything. He’s been that leader that they all expected him to be. He’s hitting home runs, driving in big runs…and he’s playing a heck of a defense at first base.”

   Sheffield on Buck Showalter: “You got the best manager in baseball, that’s what you call momentum.”

Sheffield on the Orioles carrying three left handers in the bullpen: “That’s a Jim Leyland move, that [Showalter] brought a third lefty in the bullpen to neutralize these big bats. When it gets late in the game, what’s going to happen is, he’s going to be able to waste one of these pitchers and have two waiting on you later to get them out of trouble. This is a big move.”

Martinez on the Orioles re-signing shortstop J.J. Hardy and the message that sends to the team: “That’s typical GM Dan Duquette. That’s the kind of GM he is, very professional. He knows how to go about his business…for Nelson Cruz, this is a good sign to see the fact that Dan Duquette is willing to pull the trigger.”

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Kansas City Royals (8) @ Baltimore Orioles (6) in 10 innings – The Royals lead the series 1-0
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

 

 

 Ripken on Kansas City’s mistakes: “It’s all about the execution, and Kansas City has executed all the way around [the postseason] except tonight. Salvador Perez had him picked off… Moustakas throws the ball away over at first base, so they are prone to the error but their execution hasn’t been perfect like it’s been so far.”

Ripken on shortstop Alcides Escobar and the complexities of playing every day: “Mentally it’s a real challenge going out there every day. And [Alcides] Escobar proved he can do that. Physically, you’re going to have bumps and bruises, and obviously he can play through those; it’s mentally how you keep a good frame of mind every day.”

Darling on the Royals being a team of destiny: “It’s just amazing how resilient this team is, to not score in the top of the ninth after having the bases loaded on three walks, you just feel like destiny is falling out of your dugout.”

   Darling on Showalter’s bullpen approach changing for the playoffs: “Buck Showalter said, ‘Hey, listen, everyone’s available, and we’ll try to eek out a win today. We’ll figure out tomorrow tomorrow; great way to think in the postseason.’”

Darling on outfielder Nick Markakis wanting to capitalize on his opportunity this series: “With his three hits, [Nick] Markakis is seeing the ball well tonight. He missed that postseason in 2012 with that broken hand. [He] wanted a shot, and made the most of it tonight.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   Sheffield on Kansas City’s resiliency: “This team bends, but they don’t break. That’s what I’m seeing. We had these kids as underdogs, that they’re glad to be here, ok, [we assumed that] they’ll be out of the series soon. But now, we’re saying, ‘Who can beat these guys?’ I don’t see anyone beating these guys.”

Martinez on the outfield’s impressive defensive range: “In the outfield, it looks like they have State Troopers. They chase all over the place.”

Sheffield on the Royals possessing two different styles of scoring runs: “Once they get to these smaller ballparks, they can reach the fences, and they can still play small ball. They put up crooked numbers.”

 

 

 Sheffield on outfielder Adam Jones struggling in the playoffs: “You have to have a short memory. Hitting third is the toughest place to hit in the order because you can get the leadoff guy on, you can get the second guy on, but the pitcher is really still not in trouble if you’re [too] aggressive and swing at bad pitches. You have to shrink the strike zone, make them throw strikes when people are on base. Now you’re going to get your pitch to drive. Even if you just hit a long fly ball, you move the runner over to third base to give your cleanup guy a chance to drive him in.”

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TBS’ Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS – Royals vs. Orioles – Begins Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. ET

mlb-on-tbsMLB Postseason on TBS Studio Team On Site Throughout ALCS

TBS’ exclusive coverage of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles will begin Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. ET with Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.  Sports Emmy Award-winning commentator Ernie Johnson will call the series with analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken with reporter Matt Winer.

TBS’ studio team of host Casey Stern and analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield will be on site throughout the ALCS.  The MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200 will preview the action with a 30-minute show prior to each game. Stern, Martinez and Sheffield will also provide live post-game coverage with The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1.

In addition to the network’s ALCS coverage, Jaime Maggio will report from the National League Championship Series.

Following is the 2014 ALCS on TBS schedule:

Date Time (ET) Games/Commentator Teams
Friday, Oct. 10 7:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)
8 p.m. ALCS Game 1: Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles

Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

 
Saturday, Oct. 11 3:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
4 p.m. ALCS Game 2: Royals at Orioles

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

 
Monday, Oct. 13 7:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
8 p.m. ALCS Game 3: Orioles at Royals

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

 
Tuesday, Oct. 14 7:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
8 p.m. ALCS Game 4: Orioles at Royals

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

 
Wednesday, Oct. 15 3:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
4 p.m. ALCS Game 5*: Orioles at Royals

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

 
Friday, Oct. 17 7:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
8 p.m. ALCS Game 6*: Royals at Orioles

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

Saturday, Oct. 18 7:30 p.m. MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Stern, Martinez and Sheffield
8 p.m. ALCS Game 7*: Royals at Orioles

Johnson, Darling and Ripken with Winer

Postgame The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez and Sheffield

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