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[02/15/12 - 11:22 AM]
MLB on FOX Lights the Night in 2012 - 17th Season Highlighted by Eight Consecutive Saturday Primetime Dates Featuring All U.S. Teams At Least Twice
Primetime coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET on those select nights and kicks off on Saturday, May 19 with five Interleague matchups.

[via press release from FOX]

MLB ON FOX LIGHTS THE NIGHT IN 2012

17th Season Highlighted by Eight Consecutive Saturday Primetime Dates Featuring All U.S. Teams At Least Twice

New York & Los Angeles - MLB on FOX, the sport's highest-rated and most-watched television package, today unveils its 17th FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK schedule highlighted by eight consecutive primetime dates, the most ever scheduled during the regular-season. During the stretch, all US-based teams appear at least twice beginning in May and continuing until the All-Star break.

Primetime coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET on those select nights and kicks off on Saturday, May 19 with five Interleague matchups including the Boston Red Sox taking on the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago White Sox facing their crosstown rival Chicago Cubs. The Phillies are back on Saturday, May 26 when they travel to St. Louis to take on the reigning World Champion Cardinals. The primetime schedule, which includes four Interleague dates, continues into June and culminates on Saturday, July 7 with a classic New York Yankees - Red Sox matchup in Fenway, while the Atlanta Braves play the Phillies and the Minnesota Twins take on the American League Champion Texas Rangers.

"We're pleased that we were able work with our partners at Major League Baseball to develop our most extensive primetime schedule yet," said FOX Sports Co-President and COO Eric Shanks. "Our hope is to increase viewership and by featuring so many teams, create additional exposure for the game's many stars so they become more familiar to a broader fan base."

MLB on FOX's Opening Day schedule begins at 3:30 PM ET on Saturday, April 7 with a home run lineup featuring the last two World Series Champions. The Cardinals head to Milwaukee to face the Brewers in an NLCS rematch, while the San Francisco Giants go on the road against the NL West Champion Arizona Diamondbacks. Fans can also catch Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Bobby Valentine in their new uniforms as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim host the Kansas City Royals and the Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers.

In addition to 24 weeks of regular season coverage, FOX Sports airs the 83rd MLB All-Star Game from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO, the National League Championship Series and the 108th World Series. During the first 16 years the FOX has been the primary broadcast network home of MLB, FOX Sports has aired 14 World Series, 22 League Championship Series and 13 All-Star Games.

Over the first 24 weeks of the MLB season, the Red Sox, Cubs, Yankees and Giants are each scheduled to make a maximum nine appearances on FOX in 2012. The Rangers along with the Angels, Braves, Mets and are scheduled to appear eight times. The World Champion Cardinals appear seven times as are the Phillies.

The final two Saturdays of the regular season are designated as "wild card" dates, allowing FOX Sports and MLB to choose games of postseason significance each Saturday.

David Hill and Eric Shanks are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports. Don Bui serves as pregame producer. Pete Macheska is coordinating producer of FOX Sports' Major League Baseball coverage. Bill Webb is lead director.

About FOX Sports FOX Sports is the flagship network of the FOX Sports Media Group. As America's top-rated network for sports for 15 straight years (1997-2011), FOX Sports boasts rights agreements with each of the nation's highest-rated sports. FOX Sports is the exclusive national over-the-air television rights holder for 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 XLVIII, LI, LIV, LVII (through 2022 season); NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from February through May, including the Daytona 500 (2007-2014); Ultimate Fighting Championship (through 2018); the Big Ten Football Championship Games (2011-16); a minimum of eight regular- season Pac-12 football games (2012-22); the Pac-12 Football Championship Game (even years from 2012-22); the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and the UEFA Champions League Final. Since its inception in 1994, FOX Sports has earned 85 Emmy Awards for production excellence. David Hill and Eric Shanks are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports. For the latest sports news, opinion and video, log on to www.FOXSports.com.

2012 MLB on FOX REGULAR SEASON BROADCAST SCHEDULE

(Note: Schedule Subject to Change)

April 7, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
St. Louis Cardinals at Milwaukee Brewers
San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks
Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

April 14, 2012 (12:30 PM ET)
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at New York Yankees
Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins

April 21, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners

April 28, 2012 (12:30 PM ET)
Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Cleveland Indians
Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins

May 5, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers
Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets
Milwaukee Brewers at San Francisco Giants

May 12, 2012 (12:30 PM ET)
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Texas Rangers
New York Mets at Miami Marlins

May 19, 2012 (7:00 PM ET)
Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs
Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals
Arizona Diamondbacks at Kansas City Royals

May 26, 2012 (7:00 PM ET)
Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox
Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates
Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Seattle Mariners

June 2, 2012 (7:00 PM ET)
New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers
Chicago Cubs at San Francisco Giants
Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres
Cincinnati Reds at Houston Astros

June 9, 2012 (7:00 PM ET)
New York Mets at New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians at St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers at Seattle Mariners
Tampa Bay Rays at Miami Marlins
Kansas City Royals at Pittsburgh Pirates

June 16, 2012 (7:00 PM ET)
Boston Red Sox at Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets
Miami Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays
Baltimore Orioles at Atlanta Braves
Houston Astros at Texas Rangers

June 23, 2012 (7:00 PM ET)
New York Yankees at New York Mets
Atlanta Braves at Boston Red Sox
Washington Nationals at Baltimore Orioles
Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
San Francisco Giants at Oakland Athletics
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago White Sox

June 30, 2012 (7:00 PM ET)
New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers
Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays
Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies
Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins

July 7, 2012 (7:00 PM ET)
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers

July 10, 2012 (8:00 PM ET)
2012 MLB All-Star Game from Kansas City

July 14, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
New York Mets at Atlanta Braves
Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs
Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies

July 21, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

July 28, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

August 18, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

August 25, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds
Atlanta Braves at San Francisco Giants
Minnesota Twins t Texas Rangers

September 1, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Seattle Mariners

September 8, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox

September 15, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres

September 22, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
Wild Card

September 29, 2012 (3:30 PM ET)
Wild Card





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