REVISED FOX BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK REGIONAL BREAKDOWN
Due to the anticipated impact of Hurricane Irene, Saturday’s Braves/Mets game in New York will not be part of tomorrow’s FOX Saturday Baseball schedule. The game was postponed by the Mets this afternoon and will not be part of FOX’s 4:00 PM ET broadcast window.
Markets that had been assigned to Braves/Mets have been reassigned to one of FOX’s three remaining games: Detroit-Minnesota, Colorado-LA Dodgers or Pittsburgh-St. Louis. The MLB on FOX pregame shows now originates from Target Field in Minneapolis.
Tigers/Twins – Braves/Mets – Pirates/Cardinals – Rockies/Dodgers
Can the Dodgers Produce an MVP and a Cy Young Winner?
FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK FOCUSES NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT ON VERLANDER – For the 2011 season, one pitcher has been a head and shoulders above the rest. The Tigers’ Justin Verlander has amassed a 19-5 record while leading all of baseball in IP, K, wins and ranks third in ERA. The Detroit right-hander is scheduled to take the mound on Saturday, Aug. 27 (4:00 PM ET) as the Tigers take on the Twins. Three more enticing matchups round out FOX Sports’ Saturday slate as the NL Wild Card-leading Braves travel to New York to face the Mets. In St. Louis, Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman and the Cardinals look to close the gap on the Brewers in the NL Central as they meet the Pirates. Also, the Rockies take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
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 Kenny Albert, Mark Grace and Ken Rosenthal as a field reporter.
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Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
Citi Field – Flushing, NY
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Buffalo, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Jair Jurrjens, RHP (13-5, 2.71 ERA) vs. R.A. Dickey, RHP (5-11, 3.72 ERA)
Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Target Field – Minneapolis, MN
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Myers, Houston, Minneapolis, Orlando, Portland, Providence, Richmond, San Antonio, Seattle, Tampa
Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander, RHP (19-5, 2.28 ERA) vs. Carl Pavano, RHP (6-10, 4.54 ERA)
Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals Dan McLaughlin &Mitch Williams
Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Jeff Karstens, RHP (9-7, 3.09 ERA) vs. Chris Carpenter, RHP (8-8, 3.57 ERA)
Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers Daron Sutton & Eric Karros
Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Denver, Los Angeles
Probable Pitchers: Kevin Millwood, RHP (1-1, 4.50 ERA) vs. Chad Billingsley, RHP (10-10, 4.07 ERA)
ROSENTHAL: SCENARIOS ABOUND IN RODRIGUEZ DEAL – One of the ongoing waiver trade deadline sagas has been that on Astros P Wandy Rodriguez. The Colorado Rockies have put in claim for the Astros lefthander and as MLB on FOX and FOXSports.com reporter Ken Rosenthal notes, anything can happen from here. “The Rockies, by claiming Wandy Rodriguez on waivers, obviously are prepared to swallow the rest of the left-hander’s contract – a potential hit of about $37 million for the rest of this season plus the next three,” Rosenthal writes. “The Astros might simply let Rodriguez go, if only to further pare down their future obligations. But if they intend to move him now, the most sensible outcome is a trade – a trade that would include an exchange of talent to the Astros and cash to the Rockies. The deadline for the teams to reach a decision is 1:00 PM ET on Thursday. One source estimates that the chance of Rodriguez going to the Rockies is less than 20 percent. Let’s see if either team blinks.”
To read Rosenthal’s full column, visit http://on-msn.com/o0BeJA
DOUBLE PLAY? STRUGGLING DODGERS MAY PRODUCE CY YOUNG AND MVP WINNERS – FOXSports.com writer Tracy Ringolsby points out that the Los Angeles Dodgers are a puzzle and the pieces don’t fit. “There is Matt Kemp, enjoying an MVP-type season. He’s among the National League leaders in virtually every significant offensive statistic, and he plays center field, a key defensive position. And there is left-hander Clayton Kershaw. He has put together a season that even Roy Halladay has to admire, showing dominance and durability. But then there is the Dodgers team. The once-proud franchise entered Tuesday in last place in the NL West,” writes Ringolsby. “Can the Dodgers become the first bad team with an MVP and a Cy Young Award winner? The Dodgers’ record shouldn’t work to Kershaw’s detriment. The past two American League Cy Young Awards went to pitchers from last-place teams. The MVP is a different animal. The word ‘Valuable’ is in the middle of the title, and the voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America generally put an emphasis on the value a player has in the success of his team. Not that winning a Cy Young or an MVP makes up for a team not winning games.”
For Ringolsby’s complete piece, click here http://tinyurl.com/3jntpze.
JENNIFER FLYOD ENGEL: IF NCAA WON’T POLICE SELF, NFL SHOULD – FOXSports.com writer Jennifer Floyd Engel says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did the right thing by suspending Terrelle Pryor for the first five games of his Raiders career. “Roger Goodell did not play enforcer for the NCAA. Nor did he overstep his bounds or act as a capricious holy roller, as many have implied. In this increasingly ugly and infinitely cynical time in college football, he took a stand. Roger sent a clear message that the NFL will no longer be a safe harbor for college football terrorists,” writes Engel. “What else can you call the administrators, athletic directors, coaches and players who throw scandal bombs into the college football programs they profess to love and then bolt just ahead of whatever fallout ensues, leaving a bunch of incoming freshmen and bullied compliance officers to wade through the muck of others? The ugly world of college football has been created brick by brick, greed piled on desperation piled on stupidity until all of college football has been tainted by the actions of a few. Players and coaches must be responsible for cleaning up their messes. And that is why what Roger did is exactly the right thing.”
To read Engel’s full column, visit http://tinyurl.com/3mf84lq.
DAVID WELLS CHATS WITH TONY GWYNN JR — 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’ LF Tony Gwynn, Jr. Wells and Gwynn explore the experience of growing up in the major leagues as the son of a Hall of Famer.
To watch the show click here: http://msn.foxsports.com/
MOST EXCITING MOTOCROSS SEASON EVER DOWN TO THREE RACES: CAN VILLOPOTO HOLD THE LEAD? – With three races left on the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship tour, FUEL TV airs the Rockstar Energy Southwick National from Southwick, MA Saturday, Aug. 27 (1:00 PM ET). This is the only sand track on the tour. Ryan Villopoto, (Poulsbo, WA), is currently in first place overall with 391 points, while 2010 Champ Ryan Dungey (Belle Plaine, MN) is only seven points behind. According to FUEL TV Commentator Jason Weigandt, the pressure is on Dungey to prove he can beat back Villopoto’s advances. “This is a pivotal race. This track is so different than most we have seen this year, it’s hard to really gauge who will fare better. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chad Reed (currently in third place in the rankings) finds something special here, as he usually does well in the sand. But if Villopoto wins again like last race, those boys are in trouble.”
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