FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
MLB Divisional Rivalries Heat Up This Saturday on FOX
Rosenthal: Phillips Made A Huge Mistake Waking Up The Cardinals
Billick: Jets Can Make Super Bowl Without Revis
FOXSports.com Ranks The Worst Teams in The NFL
MLB DIVISIONAL RIVALRIES COLLIDE THIS SATURDAY ON FOX – Following their mid-week tussle with NL central foe the Cardinals battle another division rival this Saturday, August 14 (4:00 PM ET) when they welcome the Chicago Cubs to Busch Stadium. FOX’s SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK also features a recharged Baltimore Orioles team led by newly appointed manager Buck Showalter facing off against Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays. As of today, the Orioles are 7-1 since Showalter began managing the team on August 2nd. In San Francisco, the Padres face the Giants. This week, the pregame show originates live from AT&T Park in San Francisco with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins analyst Kevin Millar in the booth.
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GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST COV.
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals Kenny Albert, Tim McCarver 51%
Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO & Ken Rosenthal
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Greensboro, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Carlos Zambrano, RHP (3-6, 5.46 ERA) vs. Jeff Suppan, RHP (1-6, 5.72 ERA)
Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays DeWayne Staats & Mark Grace 26%
Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, FL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Dallas, Fort Myers, Hartford, Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Orlando, Providence, Raleigh, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: TBD vs. Andy Sonnanstine, RHP (2-1, 3.98 ERA)
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants Chris Rose & Kevin Millar 22%
AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle
Probable Pitchers: Mat Latos, RHP (12-5, 2.36 ERA) vs. Madison Bumgarner, LHP (4-4, 3.36 ERA)
ROSENTHAL: “BRANDON PHILLIPS MADE A HUGE MISTAKE IN WAKING UP THE CARDINALS” – MLB on FOX insider Ken Rosenthal believes that Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips woke up a sleeping giant with his comments and altercation against the Cardinals. “Brandon Phillips made a huge mistake. For whatever reason, the Cardinals have not played like the Cardinals for much of the season, performing inconsistently on offense and showing unusual lapses in fundamental play. With his vulgar, insulting comments, Phillips unified the Cardinals and gave them a new sense of purpose. The Reds are a very good team, but they are not yet accomplished or a team that perennially reaches the postseason. The Cardinals always seem to know what it takes. They proved it again this week.”
BILLICK: JETS CAN MAKE SUPER BOWL WITHOUT REVIS – NFL on FOX analyst and former Super Bowl-winning head coach Brian Billick admits the Jets vs. Darrell Revis contract holdout is a very tough situation for the Jets. If you go down the path of renegotiating Revis’ contract with a few years still left on his deal, it’ll open up Pandora’s Box. Even without a player of Revis’ caliber, Billick believes the Jets can still make it to the Super Bowl. “Outside of the quarterback position, it’s hard to imagine that any one player is that big. The Jets have got a gifted secondary. To lose one of those cogs is going to severely limit what they can do defensively. With that said, it would be a major hit but I wouldn’t preclude it from them being a championship caliber team.”
FOXSPORTS.COM’S THREE WORST TEAMS IN 2010: BILLS, BUCCANEERS & RAMS – In his latest on FOXSports.com, NFL contributor Peter Schrager notes that in August, there’s unbridled optimism for fan bases in just about every NFL city. But he has a rude awakening for the three fan bases that shouldn’t get their hopes up in 2010. “Twenty-nine teams could end up being very good this year. Even the Raiders, Browns and Lions could be playoff contenders in 2010. However, Buffalo, Tampa Bay and St. Louis? No, no and no. The draft is only nine months away. You might as well pack it up and look towards April.” Check it out here.
SCHRAGER ON THE…
Bills: “The Bills are owners of the league’s longest postseason drought in the NFL (along with the Detroit Lions), having not played in the playoffs since the Music City Miracle year of ‘99. Put it in ink — you can add another season to that drought.”
Buccaneers: “After starting the 2009 season with a 1-12 record, the Buccaneers won two of their final three games, including an inspiring come-from-behind overtime victory over the eventual Super Bowl champion Saints. Expect a few similar fleeting moments of joy and excitement in 2010. Key words: fleeting moments.”
Rams: “There’s certainly some positive energy around this team. Their 2010 training camp attendance figures have tripled over last year’s numbers and there have been a reported 2,000 season tickets sold in recent weeks. There’s genuine buzz and a few reasons to care about the Rams in 2010 but this is still a rebuilding year in St. Louis, yet again.”
LANDON DONOVAN STOPS BY ‘SOCCER TALK LIVE’ MONDAY ON FSC – This Saturday, the world’s most-watched soccer league returns to Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Soccer Plus and Foxsoccer.tv. Opening weekend coverage from England’s Barclays Premier League is highlighted by a clash between heavyweights Liverpool and Arsenal, Sunday, August 15 (11:00 AM ET) live on Fox Soccer Channel. FSC, Fox Soccer Plus and Foxsoccer.tv team to provide up to 304 Barclays Premier League matches this season, with all televised games available in HD for the first time. Complete telecast schedules can be found by clicking here. In addition, Soccer Talk Live, hosted by Kyle Martino, premieres Monday, August 16 (7:00 PM ET) on Fox Soccer Channel. Kyle’s first guests will be U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan and actress Elizabeth Shue.
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