FOX 2010 Major League Baseball Schedule Includes Two Interleague Games in Primetime

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February 3rd, 2010

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MLB ON FOX GOES UNDER THE LIGHTS IN 2010

TWO PRIME TIME INTERLEAGUE DATES HIGHLIGHT MLB ON FOX’S 15TH REGULAR-SEASON SEASON SCHEDULE

NL Champion Phillies Scheduled a Maximum Nine Times; World Champion Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Mets & Cardinals To Make Eight Appearances

New York & Los Angeles – Lights!  Camera!  Action!

MLB on FOX, the sports highest-rated and most-watched television package, today unveils its 15th FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK schedule, highlighted by not one, but two prime time contests this season.  Never before has MLB on FOX scheduled two prime time regular season games in the same season, and these are the first on national broadcast television since April 2004.

The very special prime time windows are Saturday May 22 and Saturday June 26, and they are two of MLB on FOX’s four interleague dates this season.  The match-ups on both dates are compelling, and regional coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET/4:00 PM PT.  May 22 features a four game slate: the defending World Champion New York Yankees battle the cross-town rival New York Mets, the Boston Red Sox travel to Philadelphia to take on the defending NL Champion Phillies, the Chicago Cubs visit the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers head west to take on the defending NL West Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.  Then on June 26, one of the game’s most storied rivalries resumes as the Dodgers host the Yankees for the first time at Dodger Stadium since 2004, the Red Sox travel to San Francisco to face the Giants and the battle for Windy City bragging rights ensues on the South Side as the White Sox host the Cubs.

“We’ve been thinking about taking a few of our afternoon dates to prime time dates for quite some time now, and this season’s schedule is so strong that the time seemed right,” said FOX Sports President Ed Goren.  “There is still no platform that has the reach of prime time broadcast television.”

"We are looking forward to complimenting our traditional Saturday afternoon national broadcast with a couple Saturday night games, a window we've been interested in for some time," said Tim Brosnan, Major League Baseball Executive Vice President, Business.  "FOX has been a terrific partner and has shown great flexibility in clearing affiliates, first for starting our World Series games before 8:00 PM and now for the two Saturday night windows."

FOX Sports, the broadcast television home to of Major League Baseball’s signature events, gears up for another tremendous season of excitement, drama and Unforgettable moments. The network airs 26 consecutive weeks of regular-season coverage, the 81st MLB All-Star Game from Anaheim, Calif., the National League Championship Series and the 105th World Series.  The 2010 season is FOX Sports’ 15th straight as the national broadcast television home of Major League Baseball.  In that time, FOX Sports has aired 12 World Series, 20 League Championship Series and 11 All-Star Games.

The 2010 FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK schedule features up to four regionalized games and this year most begin at 4:00 PM ET. The final two Saturdays of the regular season are designated as “wild card” dates, allowing FOX Sports to choose up to four games of postseason significance each day.

FOX Sports’ 2010 “Opening Day” comes Saturday, April 10 at a special 3:00 PM ET time as the Yankees visit their AL East rival Tampa Bay Rays, NL MVP Albert Pujols and the Cardinals visit the Brewers in Milwaukee and the new-look Mariners head to Texas to take on the Rangers.

The 2009 NL Champion Phillies make the team maximum nine MLB on FOX appearances.  The World Champion Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, Mets and Cardinals are scheduled to appear eight times.  The season’s schedule also boasts nine appearances by the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins, seven dates for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants and five for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago White Sox.

In addition to May 22 and June 26, other intriguing interleague match-ups on FOX come Saturday, June 12, when the Phillies and Red Sox meet again in Beantown and the White Sox head north to Wrigley Field for a rematch with the Cubs.  The a week later on Saturday, June 19 the Dodgers visit Fenway Park to take on the Red Sox while the Phillies host AL MVP Joe Mauer and the Twins.

Once again, 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.

After the network’s regular-season coverage, FOX Sports provides live coverage of this year’s National League Championship Series and the 105th World Series.  The All-Star Game and all regular and postseason games are broadcast in 720p 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 is lead director.

FOX SPORTS – The anchor network of the Fox Sports Television Group, FOX Sports has been America’s No. 1 sports network for 13th-straight years (1997-2009), and boasts rights agreements with each of the nation’s highest-rated sports franchises. FOX Sports is the exclusive national over-the-air television rights holder of Major League Baseball, including the All-Star Game, alternating League Championship Series and World Series (2007-2013); the National Football League’s NFC package, including the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowls XLII and XLV (2006-2011); NASCAR’s Sprint Cup racing from February through May, including the Daytona 500 (2007-2014); and the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Since its inception in 1994, FOX Sports has earned 81 Emmy Awards for production excellence. David Hill and Ed Goren are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports.  For the latest sports news, opinion and video, log on to www.FOXSports.com, the nation’s favorite sports web site.

2010 MLB on FOX REGULAR SEASON BROADCAST SCHEDULE

(Note: Schedule Subject to Change; All Times 4:00 PM Eastern Unless Noted)

Saturday, April 10, 2010 (*3:00 PM ET)

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays

St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers

Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers

Saturday, April 17, 2009

New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians

San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday, April 24, 2010

New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Seattle Mariners at Chicago White Sox

Saturday, May 1, 2010 (*3:00 PM ET)

New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners

Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves

Saturday, May 8, 2010 (*3:00 PM ET)

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers

Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays

Houston Astros at San Francisco Giants

Saturday, May 22, 2010 (*7:00 PM ET)

New York Yankees at New York Mets

Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies

Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers

Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday, May 29, 2010

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins

Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Florida Marlins at New York Mets

Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Seattle Mariners

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies at Boston Red Sox

Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Los Angeles Dodgers at Boston Red Sox

Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia Phillies

Saturday, June 26, 2010 (*7:00 PM ET)

New York Yankees at Los Angeles Dodgers

Boston Red Sox at San Francisco Giants

Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals

Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins

Florida Marlins at Atlanta Braves

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers

Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees

Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals

Saturday, July 24, 2010

New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers

Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies

Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants

Seattle Mariners at Minnesota Twins

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals

San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants

Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Atlanta Braves at Chicago Cubs

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minnesota Twins

Texas Rangers at Baltimore Orioles

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres

Minnesota Twins at Seattle Mariners

Florida Marlins at Atlanta Braves

Saturday, September 4, 2010

New York Mets at Chicago Cubs

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Oakland A’s

Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves

Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers

Saturday, September 25, 2010

WILD CARD

Saturday, October 2, 2010

WILD CARD

 
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