Red Sox Battle Yankees in the Bronx; Dodgers Take on Giants in San Fran
MLB on FOX Saturday at 3:30 PM ET
UFC’S “Road To The Octagon” Premiere Sunday, July 29th on FOX at 2:00 PM ET
Pereira on NFL Referee Labor Dispute: “Player Safety & Integrity is at Risk”
EAST COAST AND WEST COAST RIVALS FACE OFF – This weekend, MLB on FOX showcases Week 17 with two afternoon matchups on Saturday, July 28th (3:30 PM ET). Another chapter of the Boston-New York rivalry takes place as Derek Jeter and the Bronx Bombers host David Ortiz and the Red Sox. Joe Buck, along with recent Ford C. Frick Award recipient Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal call of the action from Yankee Stadium. In northern California, old NL West rivals meet as Melky Cabrera and the division-leading Giants welcome the second-place Dodgers and newly acquired Hanley Ramirez to the Bay Area.
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 Kevin Millar.
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Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, San Antonio, Seattle, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Jon Lester, LHP (5-8, 5.46 ERA) vs. TBA
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants Kenny Albert & Eric Karros
AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Cincinnati, Dayton, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. Barry Zito, LHP (8-6, 3.75 ERA)
ROSENTHAL: HANLEY CAN BE A SUPERSTAR IN LA – Following the surprising acquisition of Hanley Ramirez via trade with the Marlins early Wednesday, MLB on FOX insider Ken Rosenthal sees a Manny Ramirez-like renaissance in Los Angeles for the power-hitting shortstop. “This could be Manny all over again, presumably without the pharmaceutical assistance,” Rosenthal writes. “Hanley has the Hollywood good looks, and when in the mood, he can pull off the charm. It’s difficult to imagine him hitting like Manny did in the final two months of 2008. However we’re talking about one of the game’s supreme talents, assuming that he finally gets his act together.”
For more from Rosenthal on the trade and what it can mean for the Dodgers and Ramirez click here:
ROAD TO THE OCTAGON PREVIEWS UPCOMING UFC ON FOX – With UFC on FOX live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, Aug. 4 (8:00 PM ET), FOX Sports and the UFC get the action rolling with a one-hour special UFC’s ROAD TO THE OCTAGON premiering Sunday, July 29 (2:00 PM ET) on FOX. This first-ever UFC on FOX preview special takes a narrated, documentary-style look at how talented light heavyweight fighters Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Brandon “The Truth” Vera, Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida, prepare for this upcoming spectacular quadruple-header. “Shogun” Rua, Machida & Bader go all out to ensure they are named the top contender to take on the next in line to face the winner of the September 1 Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson championship fight.
PEREIRA: NFLRA LOCKOUT WILL COMPROMISE INTEGRITY OF THE GAME – In an appearance on FOX Sports Radio’s “Loose Cannons” last Thursday, former NFL Vice President of Officiating and current NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira discussed the current labor dispute between the NFL Referees Association and the NFL. This week, in more detail, Pereira penned a column for FOXSports.com to further discuss the potential consequences of this year’s NFL lockout. Pereira wrote, “The replacement officials are going to make a lot more mistakes in the area of judgment, game management, timing and rules interpretation than the regular officials. This thing needs to get settled before a single down of football is played.” As NFL VP of Officiating in 2001, Pereira experienced an NFLRA lockout first hand. “Simple facts are that player safety and the integrity of the game are at risk. Both sides need to sit down and negotiate. Both proposals have room for negotiation.”
For the complete story from NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira, click here:
BMX PROS CHALLENGE CUBAN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST BOXER IN “STRANGERS IN DANGER”: FUEL TV’s action-packed travel show “Strangers In Danger” heads to Cuba this week where show hosts BMX Pros Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla and Zack “Catfish” Yankush train and spar with two-time Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist Boxer Hector Vinent. Watch how long the two last in the ring, and other trouble they get into in Cuba, on Monday, July 30 (11:00 PM ET).