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Fox Sports Announces 2009 FOX Saturday Baseball Broadcast Schedule

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 2:10 PM, under , , ,

Athens, GA (Mar 4, 2009) - We still have a lot of the snow from last Sunday's snowpocaplyse on the ground. College baseball is in full swing here in the south. And time is drawing close for the big boys in the show to kick of the 2009 Major League Baseball season.

That means Fox Sports is back for the 14th straight year as the primary carrier of MLB national broadcasts, and here is the information they released today.

As teams in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues fine-tune their line-ups and rotations for what all hope is a chance at postseason glory, the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK is gearing up for another season of excitement, drama and unforgettable moments. FOX Sports airs 26 consecutive weeks of regular season coverage, the 80th All-Star Game from St. Louis, the American League Championship Series and the 104th World Series. The 2009 season is FOX Sports’ 14th straight as the primary national broadcast television home of Major League Baseball. In that time, FOX Sports has aired 11 World Series, 19 League Championship Series and 10 All-Star Games.

The 2009 FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK schedule features up to three regionalized games and this year most begin at a new 4:00 PM ET time. The final two Saturdays of the regular season are designated as “wild card” dates, allowing FOX Sports to choose up to three games of significance each day.

FOX Sports begins its 2009 coverage on Saturday, April 11 (4:00 PM ET) with a rematch of last year’s ALDS as American League MVP Dustin Pedroia and the Boston Red Sox travel west to face Vladimir Guerrero and the new-look Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Other “Opening Day” on FOX action includes the Minnesota Twins taking on the Chicago White Sox, who last season squared off in a one game playoff for the AL Central title, and the Houston Astros visiting the St. Louis Cardinals, opponents in both the ’04 and ’05 NLCS.

The 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies make eight MLB on FOX appearances with their first coming on Saturday, May 2 (3:30 PM ET) as they host David Wright and their division rival New York Mets. The season’s schedule also boasts five appearances by the Tampa Bay Rays, defending American League Champions, including a rematch on Saturday, May 9 with their division rival Boston Red Sox, who they battled in last year’s exhilarating seven-game ALCS.

The Rays’ five appearances on FOX this season doubles the club’s total since its 1998 inception. Prior to 2009, the Rays appeared on the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK schedule only once in 2000 and 2003. Last season, three games were added to the FOX schedule down the stretch given the team’s remarkable and unexpected division-winning run. The FOX schedule also has the Rays playing the Indians, Twins and Tigers plus an interleague matchup against the Mets on Saturday, June 20, FOX’s first look at Citi Field, the Mets’ new home.

The initial FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK schedule features at least seven games with traditionally strong teams including the Red Sox (7), Yankees (8), Mets (8), Cubs (8), Braves (8), Indians (8), White Sox (9), Angels (9), Twins (9), Dodgers (9), and Cardinals (9). FOX is allowed a maximum of nine appearances per team.

FOX and a national broadcast audience get their first look at the new Yankee Stadium on Saturday, April 18 when the Bronx Bombers take on the Cleveland Indians in just the third regular season game ever played in the new facility. The following week, Saturday, April 25, FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK showcases the first of three matchups featuring one of sports’ most storied rivalries when the Yankees travel to Boston to square-off with the Red Sox. On Saturday, August 8, the Yankees and Red Sox clash at Yankee Stadium and on Saturday, August 22 the Boston/New York battle shifts back to Fenway Park.

Interleague play on FOX begins on Saturday, May 23 (4:00 PM ET), when the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies travel to New York to face the Yankees and the Texas Rangers travel to Houston to take on the Astros in a battle for the Lone Star State. Interleague play continues Saturday, June 13, when the new Yankee Stadium plays host to its first ever Subway Series, while the Indians play host to the Cardinals and the White Sox travel to Milwaukee.

After the network’s regular-season coverage, FOX Sports provides live coverage of this year’s American League Championship Series and the 104th World Series. The All-Star Game and all regular and postseason games are broadcast in HD.

David Hill and Ed Goren are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports. Bill Brown is Senior Producer. Scott Ackerson is the Coordinating Producer of MLB on FOX’s studio coverage. Don Bui serves as pregame producer. Pete Macheska is coordinating producer of FOX Sports’ Major League Baseball coverage. Bill Webb directs.


2009 MLB on FOX REGULAR SEASON BROADCAST SCHEDULE

(Note: Schedule Subject to Change; All Times 4:00 PM Eastern unless otherwise noted *)
Saturday, April 11, 2009

Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox

Houston Astros at St. Louis Cardinals


Saturday, April 18, 2009 (*3:30 PM ET)

Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minnesota Twins



Saturday, April 25, 2009

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals


Saturday, May 2, 2009 (*3:30 PM ET)

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves

Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers



Saturday, May 9, 2009 (*3:30 PM ET)
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox

Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers



Saturday, May 16, 2009

New York Mets at San Francisco Giants

Cleveland Indians at Tampa Bay Rays

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Texas Rangers



Saturday, May 23, 2009

Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

Texas Rangers at Houston Astros


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs

Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks

Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays



Saturday, June 6, 2009

Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers

Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox

Minnesota Twins at Seattle Mariners



Saturday, June 13, 2009

New York Mets at New York Yankees

St. Louis Cardinals at Cleveland Indians

Chicago White Sox at Milwaukee Brewers



Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Mets

Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Milwaukee Brewers at Detroit Tigers



Saturday, June 27, 2009

Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves

Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Arizona Diamondbacks



Saturday, July 4, 2009

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Indians


Saturday, July 11, 2009

New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs


Tuesday, July 14, 2009 – 8:00 PM ET

2009 MLB All-Star Game

Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO



Saturday, July 18, 2009

New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

Baltimore Orioles at Chicago White Sox

Houston Astros at Los Angeles Dodgers



Saturday, July 25, 2009

St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies

Minnesota Twins at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers



Saturday, August 1, 2009

New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox

Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves

Houston Astros at St. Louis Cardinals



Saturday, August 8, 2009

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim



Saturday, August 15, 2009

Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks

Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins



Saturday, August 22, 2009

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers



Saturday, August 29, 2009

New York Mets at Chicago Cubs

Tampa Bay Rays at Detroit Tigers

Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks



Saturday, September 5, 2009

Boston Red Sox at Chicago White Sox

Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians

San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers



Saturday, September 12, 2009

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Atlanta Braves at St. Louis Cardinals


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers



Saturday, September 26, 2009

TBA*


Saturday, October 3, 2009

TBA*



* The final two Saturdays are considered “wild card” dates. Any game or games (up to three) on that day’s schedule can be chosen at the network’s discretion, given proper identification to Major League Baseball.

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