FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
FOX Sports Chairman David Hill Answers Questions on FOXSports.com During Live Interactive NASCAR Q&A This Friday at 3:00 PM ET
MLB & NASCAR Doubleheader Kicks Into Gear this Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on FOX
HAVE QUESTIONS? FOX SPORTS’ CHAIRMAN HAS THE ANSWERS – FOX Sports Chairman & CEO David Hill is well-known for his hands-on approach to the look and sound of the network’s sports properties, in particular, its NASCAR coverage. This Friday, May 8 at 3:00 PM ET, race fans have the rare opportunity to ask the man in charge their burning questions about TV network decisions and FOX Sports race productions when Hill participates in a LIVE Interactive Q&A on FOXSports.com. Participants can submit their questions early by using the link below or by joining the chat LIVE on Friday at 3:00 PM ET during the hour-long session.
Click here to submit your questions now: http://msn.foxsports.com/story/9536406
ALCS REMATCH TAKES CENTERSTAGE ON THE FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK – An AL East showdown at Fenway kicks-off FOX Sports’ final MLB-to-NASCAR doubleheader of 2009, Saturday, May 9 at 3:30 PM ET when Jason Bay and the Red Sox host Carl Crawford and the defending American League Champion Rays. Also, the World Champion Phillies host the Braves in Philadelphia. Out west, longtime rivals do battle when Matt Kemp and the Dodgers look to improve on their stellar home record against their rival Giants. Pregame originates live from Dodger Stadium with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Kenny Albert and Eric Karros as a field reporter. For instant updates during the week and games from the entire MLB on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MLBONFOX.
NASCAR ON FOX TRIES TO TAME THE LADY IN BLACK – For the final time in 2009, NASCAR on FOX is under the lights on Saturday, May 9 at 7:00 PM ET. Kyle Busch couldn’t have picked a better week to get back to his winning ways. Fresh off his victory at Richmond, Busch returns to Darlington Raceway as defending race champion. Back in the points lead following his top-10 finish at Richmond, Jeff Gordon tries to add to his seven career victories at Darlington. Prerace host Chris Myers along with analysts Jeff Hammond and Darrell Waltrip bring fans all the news and features from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set.
Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy will be alongside Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for up-to-the-second reports on teams and pit stops. For instant updates during the week and race from the entire NASCAR on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NASCARONFOX.
MCREYNOLDS: EVEN AT 50, MARK MARTIN REMAINS A TRUE RACER – On the heels of today’s news that at age 50, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Mark Martin will return to compete in a full slate of Spring Cup races in 2010, NASCAR on FOX race analyst Larry McReynolds wasn’t shocked. “I would have been more surprised if he had said he wasn’t coming back. Mark Martin is a racer. It’s all he’s ever done his entire life,” said the former crew chief. Martin retired five years ago, came back and has since continued running a partial Sprint Cup schedule and now a full-time Sprint Cup schedule. He is currently 15th in points. “Right now, he feels like he’s just as competitive as he’s ever been and he’s with a great race team. He also knows the sooner you can put these kinds of things to bed, the better it is for the entire race team. When you have unknowns for the next year, it’s a distraction.” McReynolds pointed out what Martin’s decision means for driver Brad Kozlowski. “The real question is: what does this do for Brad Kozlowski’s future? The speculation was that Brad was going to be the heir to the No. 5 car.”
McReynolds calls NASCAR on FOX’s Sprint Cup Racing from Darlington, SC this Saturday beginning at 7:00 PM ET.
GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST COV. Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox Dick Stockton, Tim McCarver 57%
Fenway Park – Boston, MA & Ken Rosenthal
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Detroit, Fort Myers, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, San Antonio, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Scott Kazmir, LHP (3-3, 6.00 ERA) vs. TBA
Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies Thom Brennaman & Mark Grace 22%
Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington
Probable Pitchers: Javier Vazquez, RHP (2-3, 4.19 ERA) vs. TBA
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers Kenny Albert & Eric Karros 20%
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco
Probable Pitchers: Jonathan Sanchez, LHP (1-2, 3.80 ERA) vs. Eric Stults, LHP (3-1, 4.94 ERA)
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