Fox Saturday Baseball is back with three more games being aired across the country and split three ways. And as the network airs the Cubs at St. Louis, it’s a home game for Joe Buck so he returns after a week off, he’s back and teamed with Tim McCarver who also took last week off. So one would think both would be refreshed after their one week vacation from calling baseball. With Buck back for this week, it means he’ll have called 11 games out of a possible 18 games thus far.
There are two other games as well and the regional splits are kind of strange. Take a look at what Fox has in store for the viewing public on Saturday and once again, no Yankees, Mets or Red Sox on the schedule.
MIDWEST RIVALS SQUARE OFF – The FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK concludes its July slate with three intriguing matchups on Saturday, July 30 (4:00 PM ET). Two of baseball’s oldest rivals meet in St. Louis as Albert Pujols and the Cardinals host the Cubs. Fresh off Ervin Santana’s no-hitter this afternoon, the Angels look for another strong pitching performance, this time from Dan Haren as they travel to Detroit to take on the Tigers. In Seattle, rookie All-Star Michael Pineda is scheduled to take the hill as the Mariners host Evan Longoria and the Rays.
The MLB on FOX pregame show originates live from the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO with host Chris Rose. Once game action begins, Rose joins Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal as a field reporter.
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Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals, Joe Buck, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal, going to 50% of USA
Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Greensboro, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Diego, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington
Probable Pitchers: Rodrigo Lopez, RHP (2-2, 3.49 ERA) vs. Kyle McClellan, RHP (7-6, 4.15 ERA)
Anaheim Angels at Detroit Tigers, Dick Stockton & Jose Mota, sent to 26% of USA
Comerica Park – Detroit, MI
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Buffalo, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco
Probable Pitchers: Dan Haren, RHP (10-6, 3.01 ERA) vs. TBA
Tampa Bay Rays at Seattle Mariners, Kenny Albert & Mark Grace, going to 23% of USA
Safeco Field – Seattle, WA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Boston, Fort Myers, Hartford, Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Orlando, Portland, Providence, Seattle, Tampa, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: Alex Cobb, RHP (3-0, 2.57 ERA) vs. Michael Pineda, RHP (8-7, 3.64 ERA)
WHO’S GONNA PULL OFF THE BIGGEST DEAL? – The MLB trade deadline is rapidly approaching, begging the question ‘which GM will pull off the biggest deal?’ MLB on FOX reporter and FOXSports.com senior MLB columnist Ken Rosenthal says keep an eye on the Phillies’ Ruben Amaro Jr. “If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Amaro, it’s that he’s fearless,” said Rosenthal. “Fearlessness, in an increasingly cautious trading environment, is the new market inefficiency. Phillies owner David Montgomery seemingly has removed Amaro’s one restriction — the luxury-tax threshold — telling the Philadelphia Inquirer, ‘We will do whatever it takes.’” So at this point, it’s probably just a matter of which player Amaro wants most. It could be the Astros’ Hunter Pence. It could be the White Sox’s Carlos Quentin, one of the Padres’ relievers, or another player entirely. Rest assured, it will be someone, maybe even two someones.”
To read Rosenthal’s full column, visit: http://tinyurl.com/3l3dk45
DAVID WELLS RESERVES CHEAP SEATS FOR VERNON WELLS – Each Wednesday (1:00 PM ET), former MLB All-Star pitcher David Wells hosts The Cheap Seats on FOXSports.com. This week, Wells sits down with former teammate Vernon Wells. Find out what the current Angel thought of his then Blue Jays teammate.
To watch the show click here: http://msn.foxsports.com/video/shows/cheapseats
And that will do it for this post.