Braves Battle Giants In San Francisco Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on FOX
Peyton Manning And Broncos Face-Off With 49ers
FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK – MLB on FOX continues its push towards the home stretch on Saturday, August 25 (3:30 PM ET) with three intriguing matchups. Dealing with the suspension of leading hitter Melky Cabrera, the Giants look to ride their strong starting pitching in a matchup with the Braves. Play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert and game analyst & Ford C. Frick Award winner Tim McCarver call the action from AT&T Park. Meanwhile in Cincinnati, the NL Central-leading Reds battle the Cardinals. In Texas, All-Star Josh Hamilton looks to light up the Twins from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Coverage begins with the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL PREGAME SHOW, originating live from MLB Network’s state-of-the-art Studio 3 in Secaucus, NJ. The show is hosted by MLB Network studio host Matt Vasgersian, who is joined by analysts Harold Reynolds and Dan Plesac.
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 25
Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants Kenny Albert & Tim McCarver
AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Buffalo, Charlotte, Denver, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. Madison Bumgarner, LHP (14-7, 2.83 ERA)
St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds Thom Brennaman & Tom Verducci 24%
Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati, OH
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Jaime Garcia, LHP (3-4, 4.00 ERA) vs. Mike Leake, RHP (5-8, 4.59 ERA)
Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers
Rangers Ballpark at Arlington– Arlington, TX
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Providence, San Antonio, Seattle
Probable Pitchers: Brian Duensing, LHP (3-8, 4.46 ERA) vs. Ryan Dempster, RHP (7-6, 2.99 ERA)
ROSENTHAL: IF NATS WANT TO SHUT DOWN ACE, THEY’VE LOST IT – One of the biggest storylines of the last couple of weeks has been the impending shutdown of Nationals’ ace Stephen Strasburg by team management. In a tongue-in-cheek look, MLB on FOX insider and FOXSports.com National Baseball Columnist Ken Rosenthal examines why the Nats would do such a thing. “Please, I can’t stand the sight of this any longer,” Rosenthal writes. “The sizzling 97-mph fastball. The sharp-breaking 90-mph changeup. The mind-numbing, body-bending 82-mph curveball. Please, shut Stephen Strasburg down.”
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NFL ON FOX CONCLUDES PRESEASON: 49ERS @ BRONCOS – FOX Sports puts the final touches on preparations for the 2012 season with its first-look at Peyton Manning in Broncos colors. On Sunday, August 26 (4:00 PM ET) FOX Sports heads to Denver to see the new-look Broncos host Patrick Willis and the 49ers. FOX NFL SUNDAY co-hosts Curt Menefee & Terry Bradshaw welcome fans LIVE from Sports Authority Field at Mile High stadium with Bradshaw & Menefee handling pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. Once game action begins, Bradshaw joins FOX’s lead broadcast team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman as a special guest in the booth. Pam Oliver reports from the sidelines. During halftime, FOX Sports’ newest member Erin Andrews joins Menefee & Bradshaw.
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Sunday, August 26
San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw 4:00 PM ET
Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Denver, CO
PEREIRA: INTERPRETATION OF RULES IS DIFFERENT WITH REPLACEMENT OFFICIALS – As the NFL officials’ lockout continues into preseason games, fans have witnessed just how tough it is to be an official in the National Football League. NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira joined ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd expressing surprise in the level of officiating between replacement officials and the NFL’s regular officials. “It’s bigger than I thought,” said Pereira. “Having been to games to see it in Atlanta and Baltimore, I recognized how the difference in the rules and the interpretation of the rules affects what is called by the officials on the field. The regular NFL officials have studied the rulebook for so long and have been involved in the NFL game for so long that the interpretation of the rules, penalty enforcement, and management of the clock all comes naturally to them. We never have to question that. Within the area of judgment, that’s where the controversy lies even with the regular guys.”
To listen to the rest of Pereira’s interview, click here: http://es.pn/NhdHYg