FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
MLB on FOX Interleague Edition: World Champion Phillies Make a Rare Trip to the Bronx to Face the Yankees – Rangers/Astros Battle For the Heart of Texas
NASCAR Roars Into Lowe’s Motor Speedway For Sunday’s 600 Miler on FOX
YANKEE STADIUM WELCOMES THE WORLD CHAMPS – MLB on FOX presents an interleague slate on Saturday, May 23 at 4:00 PM ET when the defending World Champion Phillies, lead by All-Stars Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins take on the HR hitting duo of Alex Rodriguez & Mark Teixeira in Yankee Stadium. In Houston, the battle of Texas is waged as Josh Hamilton and the hard-hitting Rangers face the Astros. Pregame originates live from Minute Maid Park with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Josh Lewin 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.
GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST COV. Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees Joe Buck, Tim McCarver 89%
& Ken Rosenthal
Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: J.A. Happ, LHP (2-0, 2.49 ERA) vs. Andy Pettitte, LHP (4-1, 4.18 ERA)
Texas Rangers at Houston Astros Josh Lewin & Eric Karros 10%
Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Scott Feldman, RHP (2-0, 4.04 ERA) vs. Brian Moehler, RHP (1-2, 7.71 ERA)
NASCAR ON FOX RACES FOR 600 MILES IN PRIMETIME – The NASCAR on FOX 2009 Sprint Cup Series returns to Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 24 at 5:00 PM ET for the Coca-Cola 600. Current points leader Jeff Gordon looks to improve on his Sprint Cup Series leading eight top-10’s and notch his second victory with Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson closing in on his lead. 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. This week, Hammond and Kyle Busch will take NASCAR’s first hybrid pace car for a test drive and crew chief Chad Knaus talks about Jimmie Johnson’s special Memorial Day paintjob.
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: JUNIOR NATION COULD SEE POPULATION DROP IF #88 DOESN’T WIN SOON – As most fans know, NASCAR’s most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s, last points victory in the Sprint Cup series is in the distance of the #88’s rearview mirror. Because of his struggles, NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds thinks that Jr.’s fan might be starting to jump ship. “You’ve got to believe that there are some diehard Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans that are saying, ‘why am I going to keep pulling for him?’ The guy hasn’t won a race in close to three years and sooner or later his fans are going to go.” The former crew chief doesn’t believe that one change (i.e. getting rid of crew chief Tony Eury Jr.) would help much. “Honestly, I don’t see it getting any better and something major will have to change over there.” [Owner] Rick Hendrick has been in this sport for 25 years and he’s won 178 races. He has a pretty good knack for what’s what. He realizes that one guy isn’t hurting the team and one guy isn’t going to be able to fix their troubles.”
ROSENTHAL: TEIXEIRA IS BETTER AS COMPLEMENTARY STAR – FOXSports.com senior baseball writer and MLB on FOX insider, Ken Rosenthal, sees a brighter future for the New York Yankees now that Alex Rodriguez has returned. “Forget that .194 batting average: Alex Rodriguez is doing just fine. Five home runs, zero stupid comments – the Yankees can only hope it continues. Mark Teixeira has ignited since A-Rod’s return, which is not really a surprise. Teixeira, in the view of some in baseball, is better as a complementary star than the main cog himself,” said the MLB insider. It’s not just up to A-Rod & Teixeira; the Yankee pitching needs to hold strong. “The big question with the Yankees remains their bullpen. The return of Brian Bruney should help,” said Rosenthal.
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