MLB & NFL Preseason Action on FOX
NL Central Prominent in MLB on FOX Game of the Week
Pereira on FOXSports.com’s ‘BarFly’: 8th Official Would Be a Waste
NFL ON FOX CONCLUDES PRESEASON: EAGLES @ STEELERS & FALCONS @ JAGUARS – FOX Sports finishes its preparations for the 2011 season with two preseason clashes. On Thursday, August 18 (8:00 PM ET) the Philadelphia Eagles travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. The broadcast team of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and reporter Pam Oliver will be joined in the booth by FOX NFL SUNDAY co-host Terry Bradshaw. FOX NFL SUNDAY co-host Curt Menefee welcomes fans live from Heinz Field. Bradshaw & Menefee handle pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
FOX Sports’ final preseason matchup takes place from EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Friday, August 19 (8:00 PM ET) as the Jaguars faceoff against the Atlanta Falcons. Play-by-play broadcaster Kenny Albert, analyst Daryl Johnston and on-field analyst Tony Siragusa will be joined in the booth by FOX NFL SUNDAY analysts Michael Strahan & Jimmy Johnson. FOX NFL SUNDAY host Curt Menefee welcomes fans live from Jacksonville. Menefee handles pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
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PEREIRA: 8TH OFFICIAL WOULD BE A WASTE – During the 2011 preseason, the NFL has been experimenting with an 8th official on the field during game action. NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira doesn’t feel adding another official is necessary. “I don’t think it changes the game for the good,” said Pereira appearing on FOXSports.com’s ‘BarFly’ hosted by Mark Kriegel. Pereira estimates that it would cost the league $1.7 million and thinks they could spend the money more wisely. “They changed to a 7th official in 1978 so we’re talking 33 years ago. A 7th official was a great change because you had five perimeter officials to cover the five eligible receivers.” Pereira feels that this added official will add to more penalties called and make the games last longer.
For Pereira’s complete interview on FOXSports.com’s ‘BarFly’ click here: http://tinyurl.com/67fgpyw
FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM TOURS COUNTRY – FOX College Football play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Charles Davis and sideline analyst Tim Brewster are touring a dozen campuses nationwide, bringing fans a unique 24/7, behind-the-scenes look at schools they will be covering this season. The tour kicked off at Nevada and continues at Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Tulsa. For updates from the road, follow FOX College Football on Twitter @CFBONFOX as well as Charles Davis @CFD22.
For the full FOX College Tour schedule and to view player and coach interviews as well as video highlights from each school, visit http://msn.foxsports.com/
NL CENTRAL TAKES CENTERSTAGE ON FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK – For week 21 of the 2011 FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK schedule, FOX Sports sets up residence in the NL Central as the three matchups on Saturday, August 20 (4:00 PM ET) feature five of the six teams in the division. The action is focused in Chicago as the Cardinals and Cubs renew acquaintances at Wrigley Field. After a slow start (for him), Albert Pujols is back to his hard hitting ways, leading the NL in home runs. In Pittsburgh, the Pirates look to regain momentum as they host the Reds. The division-leading Brewers travel to New York to take on the Mets. Former Brewer Chris Capuano is charged with the task of slowing down the two-headed monster of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.
The MLB on FOX pregame show originates live from the Citi Field in Flushing, NY with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins Matt Vasgerisan, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal as a field reporter.
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St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Edwin Jackson, RHP (9-8, 4.04 ERA) vs. TBA
Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets Matt Vasgersian, Tim McCarver
Citi Field – Flushing, NY
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Randy Wolf, LHP (10-8, 3.30 ERA) vs. Chris Capuano, LHP (9-11, 4.58 ERA)
Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Louisville, Pittsburgh
Probable Pitchers: Dontrelle Willis, LHP (0-3, 4.08 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton, RHP (9-6, 3.43 ERA)
MOROSI: BULLPEN HAS BRAVES ARMED FOR PLAYOFFS – Following the retirement of long-time manager Bobby Cox, many pundits were unsure how the 2011 Braves would respond. As FOXSports.com writer Jon Paul Morosi notes, the response has been strong. “Yes, first-year Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez has it pretty good. He inherited a playoff team from the legendary Bobby Cox. The organization is teeming with quality arms, with rookie starter Randall Delgado (six no-hit innings on Tuesday) the latest to emerge,” Morosi writes. “The bullpen, though, has been Gonzalez’s greatest bounty of all. The Braves don’t merely have good arms. They have bazookas wrapped in elastic and epidermis.”
To read Morosi’s full column, visit http://on-msn.com/oXCEcJ
DAVID WELLS SHOWS US HIS COLLECTION ON CHEAP SEATS – Each Wednesday (1:00 PM ET), former MLB All-Star pitcher David Wells hosts The Cheap Seats on FOXSports.com an informative interview show where Wells talks to the current MLB players. This week, Wells chats with Dodgers’ CF Matt Kemp. Despite the Dodgers’ financial situation, Kemp’s stock has skyrocketed, Wells explores Kemp’s desire to stay or leave the organization in the future. Also discussed are Kemp’s chances at becoming only the fifth MLB player to hit 40 HR and steal 40 bases, joining Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.
To watch the show click here: http://msn.foxsports.com/
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