A rematch of last year’s AL East race, and subsequent showdown in the Division Series is the focal point of TV daily sports action this weekend. The New York Yankees are in Baltimore to play the Orioles, and with this rivalry at its highest point since the days of 1996-97, the national television crews are heading to Camden Yards.
Baltimore-New York will be one of two prime games that Fox will be showing on Saturday night at 7:15 PM ET. Cincinnati-Texas is the other one in a schedule that has five games overall. Then it’s ESPN and Sunday Night baseball for the Orioles-Yanks finale at 8 PM ET.
Surrounding the AL East fight, is an early-late doubleheader on MLB Network. The Nationals-Mets play at 1 PM ET today, and then for late-night action from the West Coast, check out Phils-Dodgers at 10 PM ET. Both teams may be disappointments, but the pitching matchup here is good, with Cliff Lee facing Hyun-Jun Ru. On Sunday afternoon, TBS will air coverage of the Diamondbacks-Braves at 1:35 PM ET.
NASCAR’s Quaker State 400 goes Saturday night at 7:30 PM ET on TNT. And Tennis aficionados wrap up the first week of Wimbledon, with ESPN airing all day coverage from 8 AM to 4 PM ET on Saturday. For those who might just want the entire week of tennis summed up for them, ABC has a “Best of Week 1” feature going from 3 PM to 6 PM ET on Sunday. The finals will be next weekend.
TheSportsNotebook will conclude a week of MLB coverage with features on the NL Central and NL West, both of which will post sometime on Sunday. The other four divisions had features run earlier this week, most recently Thursday’s focus on the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
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