FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
FOX Sports Steps To The Plate With Game of the Week Premiere/NASCAR In Prime Time This Saturday
Yankees/Rays, Cardinals/Brewers and Mariners/Rangers Lead Off
2010 FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week
Billick: “I’m Not Buying That The Eagles Tried To Accommodate McNabb”
MLB ON FOX THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH OF ’10 THIS SATURDAY – The multi Emmy Award-winning FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK returns for its 15th season on Saturday, April 10 at a special 3:00 PM ET start time with live regional coverage of three exciting matchups. Week one takes FOX Sports to St. Petersburg, FL for an AL East battle. Fresh off securing their 27th World Championship, Derek Jeter and the Yankees take on Evan Longoria and the Rays. In Milwaukee, the Brewers look to stop the incomparable Albert Pujols and the Cardinals. Also, Ichiro Suzuki and the rising Mariners are in Texas to face Josh Hamilton and the Rangers. Once again in 2010, pregame originates live from one of the regional sites, and this week it’s Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal as a field reporter.
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GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST COV.
New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Joe Buck, Tim McCarver 70%
& Ken Rosenthal
Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, FL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. Wade Davis, RHP (0-0, -.– ERA)
St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers Dick Stockton & Eric Karros 18%
Miller Park – Milwaukee, WI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Chris Carpenter, RHP (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo, RHP (0-1, 3.86 ERA)
Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers Josh Lewin & Mark Grace 11%
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington – Arlington, TX
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Portland, San Antonio, Seattle
Probable Pitchers: Felix Hernandez, RHP (0-0, 4.05) vs. Matt Harrison, LHP (0-0, -.– ERA)
ARE THE BRAVES WORLD SERIES BOUND? SHOULD THE YANKS TRADE JOBA?
BUCK & MCCARVER BREAKDOWN 2010 SEASON
During an MLB on FOX season preview press call, play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and analyst Tim McCarver looked ahead at some of the stories of the 2010 season.
For a complete replay of the call dial 719-457-0820 and enter passcode 5394122.
PHILLIES – “We’ve been in Philadelphia the last two Octobers. I don’t see any reason why going into this season we wouldn’t predict the same, at least I would. I think top to bottom, the way the Phillies are constructed and now with Roy Halladay, they are set up well for a long run in 2010.”
NL CENTRAL – “The Cardinals are the best team in the Central Division but the Cubs seem like they’re pleased with some of the young arms in their bullpen and that to me, is their big question mark going into this season.”
GIANTS – “San Francisco is a team that we’re going to hear a lot from this year. They have good young pitching and their lineup is strong but probably not as dynamic as some of the others. However, the Giants are a team that I think will jump up and take the NL West.”
AL EAST – “Both the Red Sox and Yankees improved in the off-season. The Yankees pitching looks strong with Javier Vazquez back. They put Joba Chamberlain in the bullpen and Phil Hughes in the rotation and that lineup is dangerous. I love the addition of Curtis Granderson. The Yanks and Red Sox are the two best teams in the American League and they should be neck and neck all season like we’re accustomed to.”
PHILLIES – “Having Halladay as your No. 1 guy is a huge psychological boost for the Phillies.”
BRAVES – “I think the Atlanta Braves could go to the World Series this year, that’s how good I think their starters are.”
RED SOX – “It’s a new look Red Sox team comprised of strong pitching, good defense, less offense and different faces. Adrian Beltre, Victor Martinez and Marco Scutaro at shortstop provide a boost as does a very solid outfield.”
YANKEES – “It will be interesting to see the New York Yankees try to repeat was World Champions with an outfield that certainly is not as strong as other outfields in the major leagues. However, they may have the best offensive infield in the history of the game. And yet with all that talent, the Yankees open the season with reliever Joba Chamberlain being the biggest question. Trading Chamberlain might be the best way that both the Yankees and Chamberlain could be served because right now he is just dithering in no-mans-land. With all that said, the Yankees are definitely the team to beat going into this year with what few problems they do have.”
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NASCAR ON FOX GEARS UP FOR PRIMETIME RACING AT PHOENIX – After a week off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series embarks on six-straight weekends of racing beginning on Saturday, April 10 (7:00 PM ET) with the Subway Fresh Fit 600 from Phoenix International Raceway. Jimmie Johnson may be the points leader, but Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick are close behind and are serious threats to the four-time champ.
Coverage starts with FOX NASCAR SATURDAY host Chris Myers, along with analysts Waltrip and Jeff Hammond from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set providing up-to-the-minute reports and live interviews with drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action. Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy will be alongside analysts 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 news and notes.
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Date Event Coverage Begins
SATURDAY, APRIL 10 SUBWAY FRESH FIT 600 7:00 PM ET
DW: JOHNSON AND CREW MAY TAKE SOME RISKS IN PHOENIX – On FOXSports.com this week, NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip wrote about teams’ early focus on making the Chase and the dominance of four-time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson in Phoenix. “Jimmie Johnson and crew chief Chad Knaus own that joint. They’ve won five out of the last six in Phoenix. Will they go in there trying to win the race and gain the valuable 10 Chase bonus points? Will they experiment even more knowing that come November they will be back to Phoenix and it will be the next-to-last race in the Chase? It will be interesting to me to see if they go there this weekend and try some things.”
For more from DW click here: http://msn.foxsports.com/talent/Darrell_Waltrip
BILLICK: “I’M NOT BUYING THAT THE EAGLES TRIED TO ACCOMMODATE McNABB” – NFL on FOX analyst Brian Billick was surprised to see Philadelphia trade Donovan McNabb within the division. “This appears to be a classic ‘good for both teams’ type of trade,” said Billick. “Philly is clearly building on its young team. They’ve added an additional five picks in the first three rounds of this year’s draft. Washington gets a proven asset at the quarterback position, something they have not had since Brad Johnson. Couple Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson with McNabb and the Redskins have the balance they have been looking for with their top rated defense, something Mike Shanahan seldom had in Denver. But I was surprised that Philly would make this deal inside the division. I’m not buying that Andy Reid and the Eagles were just trying to accommodate McNabb. This was obviously the best deal they could get. I would not rule out the addition of Brandon Marshall as well.”