Sabathia/Lackey Square-Off at Fenway – Yankees/Red Sox Saturday @ 4PM ET on FOX
Yankees Put Faith in Colon to Rise as Solid No. 2
YANKS/SOX RENEW BIGGEST RIVALRY IN BASEBALL – The trading deadline has passed and teams are gearing up to make a postseason run. The FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK kicks-off August with the biggest rivalry in the game on Saturday, August 6 (4:00 PM ET). As of today, merely one game separates the first-place Red Sox and the second-place Yankees in the AL East division. Winners of five in a row, the Yankees have rode the strong pitching of Cy Young candidate CC Sabathia as they’ve closed the gap on the Red Sox. Sabathia is scheduled to take the mound Saturday against hard throwing Red Sox right-hander John Lackey who looks to shut down a powerful Yankee lineup at Fenway Park in Boston. Meanwhile, a rematch of the 2010 NLCS takes place in San Francisco as the Giants host the Phillies. Sporting the best record in MLB, Ryan Howard and the Phillies aim to take the NL from the 2010 World Champion Giants.
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New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox Joe Buck, Tim McCarver
Fenway Park – Boston, MA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: CC Sabathia, LHP (16-5, 2.55 ERA) vs. John Lackey, RHP (9-8, 6.23 ERA)
Philadelphia Phillies at San Francisco Giants Kenny Albert & Eric Karros
AT&T Park – San Francisco, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Greenville, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Francisco,
Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels, LHP (12-6, 2.62 ERA) vs. Matt Cain, RHP (9-7, 3.10 ERA)
KLAPISCH: IT’S COLON OR BUST FOR THE YANKEES – The MLB trade deadline came and went without the Yankees making a move. As FOXSports.com writer Bob Klapisch notes, the Yankees are putting a lot of faith in Bartolo Colon. “The Bombers have already gotten a return on their investment with Colon: his 8-6 record and 3.30 ERA have revealed flashes of his 2005 prime,” writes Klapisch. “When it was time to make a decision on Ubaldo Jimenez, Yankees GM Brian Cashman asked himself who he’d really prefer to have on the mound in Game 2 of the postseason: Jimenez or Colon? The verdict had been rendered by the Yankees’ hierarchy well before Sunday’s deadline. Why take a chance on a pitcher who’d lost 3-4 mph on his fastball, has never been the same since the first half of the 2010 season, had never won a postseason game and, through no fault of his own, has never proved he could handle AL East-type pressure? Cashman correctly pointed out, ‘For us, pitching in a sold-out Stadium against the Red Sox, that’s the same thing as the playoffs.’ Using that metric, Colon was the better choice, especially since Jimenez would’ve cost the Yankees so much in young talent. But that still doesn’t address October’s biggest question: Who gets the ball after Sabathia? As of today, it is Colon or bust, which is another way for the Yankees to say: Our fingers are crossed.”
To read Klapisch’s full column, visit http://tinyurl.com/4396rnd
WHAT DO RICK PORCELLO & BABE RUTH HAVE IN COMMON? DAVID WELLS FINDS OUT ON THIS WEEK’S 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 sits down with Tigers P Rick Porcello. Porcello gets candid about the Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander and discusses the most important thing he’s learned from him. Also, at only age 22, find out why Porcello is already in elite company with Babe Ruth.
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FOX SOCCER’S ‘SOCCER NIGHT IN AMERICA’ FEATURES “NEW BOSS” COLUMBUS CREW VS. COLORADO RAPIDS – FOX Soccer’s “Soccer Night In America” brings East and West together as the Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew take on the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver on Friday, August 5 (9:00 PM ET). The Rapids (8-6-10) sit in 4th on the Western Conference table having just come off of a convincing 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union. Columbus (9-6-7) sits atop the Eastern conference table led by surging performances by forward Robbie Rogers and by head coach Robert Warzycha. Warzycha’s no-frills roster has managed to upstage all others in the East to propel the team into first place.
JP Dellacamera calls play-by-play, with former MLS All-Star Kyle Martino handling analysis and Brian Dunseth contributing sideline reports. Former U.S. National Team and MLS players Eric Wynalda and Christopher Sullivan team up for the pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. For the latest MLS news, information and FOX Soccer’s 2011 telecast schedule, visit: http://msn.foxsports.com/
FUEL TV PROVIDES BIGGEST LIVE COVERAGE OF US OPEN OF SURFING IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – The summer’s biggest youth culture festival, the 2011 Nike US Open of Surfing, returns to “Surf City, USA” (Huntington Beach, California) this weekend and FUEL TV is bringing its most extensive TV coverage ever. On Sunday, August 7 (4:30PM ET/1:30PM PT), FUEL TV will be broadcasting for three and a half hours live from the beach, covering the finals of the men’s pro surfing contest with 10-Time World Champ Kelly Slater leading the world’s best, while two-time defending US Open Champ Brett Simpson will try to defend his title. In addition, FUEL TV will also telecast the finals of the Converse Coastal Carnage Skateboarding contest and the Nike 6.0 BMX Pro.
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