- The Washington Times - Monday, February 12, 2007

Fox just released the schedule for its Saturday baseball telecasts and, not surprisingly, the Nationals don’t exactly get top billing. The 26-week schedule features exactly one game involving D.C.’s home team - the July 21 game against the Colorado Rockies. Set your TiVo now. (Of course, it’s worth noting that the Nats’ single game on Fox is one more than the Orioles.)

Fox has the exclusive rights to all Saturday day games, along with the World Series and All-Star game on July 10. But unlike previous years in which Fox began its baseball telecasts in midsummer, Fox will televise a Saturday game every week for the entire season. So, more baseball for everyone. And it looks like fans in this area will get their share of Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies games. All three of those teams make nine appearances on Fox, and four of the matchups between the Yankees and Red Sox will be televised. Fox will show the Cubs nine times, while the White Sox, Angels, Dodgers, Mets, Tigers and Cardinals will make eight appearances.

The ubiquitous Joe Buck will return as play-by-play man for Fox, and Tim McCarver will be the lead analyst in the booth. But Fox has also added former major leaguers Eric Karros, Mark Grace and Joe Girardi, last year’s NL Manager of the Year, as analysts. Floppy blonde-haired Diamondbacks outfielder Eric Byrnes will also contribute to a monthly pre-game show. He was a guest analyst during the World Series last year.

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