FOX SPORTS NOTES, QUOTES & ANECDOTES
NASCAR on FOX Races Final Lap of’10 Campaign With Coca-Cola 600 Sunday
Cardinals/Cubs Renew Rivalry on FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK
Rosenthal: Questions Prevent Cardinals From Being Dominant Force In NL Central
MIDWEST BATTLE ROYALE IN CHICAGO – The FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week returns to afternoon coverage this Saturday, May 29 at 4:00 PM ET with three exciting matchups. One of baseball’s greatest rivalries is renewed when Derek Lee and the Cubs host Albert Pujols and the NL Central leading Cardinals at Wrigley. In Minneapolis, two division leaders face off when Vladimir Guerrero and the Rangers visit Joe Mauer and the Twins at new Target Field. Also, out west the Angels host the Mariners. This week, the pregame show originates live from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins the game crew including Kenny Albert and Eric Karros as a field reporter.
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ROSENTHAL: QUESTIONS PREVENT CARDINALS FROM BEING DOMINANT FORCE IN NL CENTRAL — “What makes the NL Central so interesting is that the Cardinals were supposed to dominate the division, but to this point that hasn’t happened and I don’t see how they will,” MLB on FOX Insider Ken Rosenthal offered. “For starters, there are some real questions with their offense. Holliday and Pujols have yet to get hot at the same time. Pujols, in particular, has been un-Albert-like of late. Beyond all that, they now face the potential loss of Kyle Lohse. Brad Penny also is hurt, but it’s still not clear how much time he’ll miss. Regardless, there are some pitching issues surfacing that weren’t there before. Are the Cardinals still the best team in the division? Yes, but to this point Cincinnati has been a surprise and the Cubs finally are playing better. It looks like the NL Central will be a real race this season.”
GAME PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST COV.
St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs Joe Buck, Tim McCarver 77%
& Ken Rosenthal
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. Carlos Silva, RHP (6-0, 3.52 ERA)
Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins Josh Lewin & Mark Grace 12%
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Myers, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, San Antonio
Probable Pitchers: C.J. Wilson, LHP (3-2, 3.07 ERA) vs. Carl Pavano, RHP (4-5, 4.17 ERA)
Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels Kenny Albert & Eric Karros 10%
Angel Stadium – Anaheim, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle
Probable Pitchers: Ian Snell, RHP (0-3, 4.32 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver, RHP (4-2, 3.36 ERA)
NASCAR ON FOX’S 2010 FINALE AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY – The NASCAR on FOX 2010 Sprint Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 30 (5:00 PM ET) for the networks’ final race of the season. Everyone is chasing Kevin Harvick as the NASCAR Sprint Cup season approaches its midway point. With merely a 150-point gap separating the top-five of Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin, there’s sure to be exciting racing ahead before the 2010 Sprint Cup champion is crowned. Coverage starts with FOX NASCAR SUNDAY host Chris Myers, along with analysts Waltrip and Jeff Hammond from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set providing 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
SUNDAY, MAY 30 COCA-COLA 600 5:00 PM ET
LARRY MCREYNOLDS: “DRIVERS RETURN TO FAMILIAR CHARLOTTE, HAVE NEW FACTORS TO CONSIDER” – This weekend, FOX Sports signs off on its 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup campaign by presenting the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway with a twist – new left-side tires. Former crew chief and current NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds believes sensitivity of the track, coupled with temperatures cooling from start to finish will be a challenge. “This new left-side tire has a lot of grip,” said McReynolds. “The grip factor will really come into play this Sunday after the track cools down as the race progresses into evening hours. This tire doesn’t give up a lot and traditionally there is no track more temperature-sensitive than Charlotte Motor Speedway which makes for exciting racing this Sunday!”
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