Red Sox, Yankees Renew Their Rivalry Once More This Week On ESPN’s WNB

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Courtesy: ESPN

Tomorrow night on ESPN, one of the longest-running rivalries in sports will see its latest chapter written when the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees face off once again.

The Bosox and Yanks will face off live August 5th on ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball live from New York in the rubber match of a three-game series between the AL East foes that kicks off tonight. Jon Sciambi will have the call for Wednesday night’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Doug Glanville for additional commentary. Luis Severino is currently slated to take the mound for the pinstripers in his major league debut while Steven Wright is expected to start for Boston. Wright’s last time on the mound was last Thursday against the White Sox. He was credited with the win in Boston’s 8 – 2 route of Chicago having faced twenty-nine batters over seven innings. Over that time, he struck out eight batters, allowed only six hits, two runs, two earned runs, two walks, and one home run. And out of his one hundred sixteen total pitches, he threw a total of seventy-seven strikes, which is a roughly sixty-seven percent strike rate.

New York currently sits atop the AL East, leading second place Baltimore by five and a half games while Boston sits at the bottom of the division thirteen games back. Currently, New York is 59 – 45 so far on the season and 6 – 4 in its last ten games. Considering Boston’s struggles this year and New York’s 30 – 17 home record so far this season, the odds are in New York’s favor in not only Wednesday night’s game but in the series in whole. Boston, on the other hand, is 47 – 59 so far on the season and 5 – 5 in its last ten games. It is 20 – 31 on the road verses and 27 – 28 at home.

Tomorrow night’s game will be available both on television and online via ESPN, WatchESPN, and ESPN3. Coverage begins at 7pm ET. More information on Wednesday’s AL East matchup on ESPN is available online along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

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Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry Rolls On Sunday Night On ESPN

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ESPN continues its 25th season of Sunday Night Baseball this weekend when it comes live from Fenway Park Sunday night.

Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will broadcast live from Fenway Park this Sunday night beginning at 8pm ET.  Sunday’s game features what is just the latest round in one of the most storied rivalries in sports history. As the Red Sox host their hated rivals, the New York Yankees. Sunday night’s game will be the third in the three-game weekend series between the Yankees and Red Sox.  Dan Shulman and John Kruk will call the game live from atop Fenway’s famed Green Monster. They will be joined by MLB Insider Buster Olney throughout the game. Olney will have reports on the game from the field throughout the game.

Boston currently sits in last place in the American League East and has struggled going 2-8 in its last ten games at the time of this post while the Yankees are third in the division, going 5-5 in their last ten games. Audiences will be able to catch Sunday night’s game through a number of platforms from ESPN on television, online and on the radio including: ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, and WatchESPN.

Sunday night’s broadcast will be preceded by ESPN’s weekly pre-game show, Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. The pre-game broadcast will come live from Yawkey Way, just outside of Fenway Park. It starts at 7pm ET. Karl Ravech will host Sunday’s pre-game show. He will be joined by analyst and former Yankee Aaron Boone.

After Sunday’s game three against the Red Sox, the Yankees will head back to New York Monday night to host the Tigers on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA. That broadcast will begin at 7pm ET. Dave O’Brien will have the call. He will be joined by Aaron Boone and reporter Tim Kurkjian for the game.

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Fenway Park Documentary A Good History Piece For All Baseball Fans

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October is one of the greatest months of the year.  The weather is beginning to change.  Football is just getting into its best moments.  And of course, America’s great past time, baseball garners some of its greatest moments as it hits its stride in the playoffs.  Not only do Major League Baseball’s teams show their best.  But so do the stadiums in which they play.  These bastions of baseball develop a whole new life as fans flock to the seats to see their favorite teams face off.  There’s a certain magic about baseball stadiums especially during the post season.  Every stadium offers its own magic in a different way.  If there is one stadium that has developed a reputation for its magic, it’s the one and only Fenway Park.

Fenway Park has seen countless magical moments in its now one hundred year history.  This legendary park has seen the game’s greatest player ever, Babe Ruth hit home runs.  It’s even seen football games by the then Boston Patriots (now the New England Patriots).  It’s seen some of the biggest concerts of which anyone could ever dream.  Fenway has seen all of that and more.  And now in celebration of all of those memories, baseball fans of all ages get to re-live them in the new DVD, Fenway Park:  100 Years as the Heart of Red Sox Nation.  This new DVD tells the storied history of what is one of Major League Baseball’s greatest ballparks.  One doesn’t have to be a Red Sox fan to appreciate Fenway’s history.  From rivalries with the Yankees to championship matches against the likes of the Mets and Cardinals, it’s all here.  It especially focuses on the late great Ted Williams.  Narrator Don Orsillo (who also does play-by play for the Red Sox) tells of Williams’ greatness.  He tells of how Williams once hit a ball so far into the seats that it actually went through a man’s hat.  Williams had hit the ball over five hundred feet to go through the man’s hat.  There is even a seat specially marked at Fenway noting where the feat happened.  And of course, there’s even a brief mention of the famed “Williamsburg.”

The memories of Ted Williams and Babe Ruth are just a tiny piece of the larger puzzle that is Fenway Park:  100 Years as the Heart of Red Sox Nation.  Orsillo takes viewers on a journey through the team’s history hosting the World Series in its inaugural season, losing Babe Ruth to the Yankees, being rebuilt after a massive fire, and so much more.  These are all wonderful pieces of baseball history.  But perhaps even more interesting than all of those moments combined is the love for and dedication to the Red Sox that its legion of fans has had throughout its history.  Through thick and thin, the Red Sox nation has never wavered.  And it paid off, too.  As the documentary shows, the team and the fans were both rewarded as the team finally broke the infamous “Curse of the Bambino” in 2004 after going nearly ninety years without a title.  And then three years later, the Red Sox would bring home the team’s seventh world title.  Both of these magical moments are recorded here, too, for the “Red Sox Nation” as are so many others.  And fans can relive those moments any time they want as the DVD is available now.  It can be ordered online at the MLB Productions shop site, http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13156464.

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