Red Sox/Tigers Top Hot Summer Weekend

Two of the top teams in the American League this season hook up this weekend in the final series before the All Star break. The Red Sox and Tigers meet up in Comerica Park (not in New York) for a three game series between potential playoff opponents.

Julian Tavarez, Kason Gabbard and Daisuke Matsuzaka will pitch the three games for the Red Sox and will be opposed by Andrew Miller, Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson.

You can keep up with the action this weekend with the help of RedSoxLinks.com and the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News.

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Those looking to get a look at Celtics second round draft picks Gabe Pruitt and Glen Davis will be able to see the youngsters as well as several other holdovers from last season’s roster, including Gerald Green, Rajon Rondo, Leon Powe and Allan Ray on FSN’s broadcasts of the Celtics summer league games from Las Vegas starting tonight at 10:00.

Tonight’s game might be a little tough to watch, as it is against Greg Oden and the Portland Trailblazers…Mike Gorman will be reporting from Las Vegas each night on Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight. Keep up with the coverage on CelticsLinks.com.

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Weekend Viewing Highlights:

Friday
7:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Tigers
10:00pm, FSN – Celtics/Blazers – Las Vegas Summer League

Saturday
9:00am, NBC – Wimbledon Women’s Final
3:30pm, FOX – Angels @ Yankees
7:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Tigers
7:30pm, TV-38 – CD Chivas USA at Revolution
8:00pm, TNT – Nextel Cup: Pepsi 400

Sunday
9:00am, NBC – Wimbledon’s Men’s Final
1:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Tigers
8:00pm, ESPN – Braves @ Padres

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Boston will be featured on July 12th as part of ESPNEWS six week summer series City by City.

City by City will take fans down memory lane to relive some of the biggest moments in each city’s sports history,” said Barry Sacks, senior coordinating producer, ESPN Studio Production. “Whether it is the Red Sox reversing the curse, Texas’ thrilling comeback in the Rose Bowl over USC or Peyton Manning and the Colts winning the Super Bowl, ESPNEWS understands the passionate rooting interests fans have for their local pro and college teams. City by City will capture the experience of what it means to be a sports fan in one of these cities.”

Highlights of the ESPNEWS City by City series:

  • Daily feature segments highlighting great sports moments each city’s history;
  • Profiles of the city’s top athletes, pro and college teams;
  • Interviews with sports personality, celebrities from the city;
  • Roundup interviews with a leading sports journalist from each city to provide fans with context of each city’s sporting past, its present and future opportunities and challenges.

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David Scott reports on NESN’s announcement that Jack Edwards will be calling all the Bruins games this season, leaving Dale Arnold out of the role he’s described as his dream job.

Richard Deitsch and Sports Illustrated have a look at the best-ever athletes by each uniform number.

Gordon Edes checks in with an edition of the Ask Edes Red Sox mailbag.

Chad Finn has a midseason Red Sox report card.

Earlier in the week, Bill Burt wrote a strong column stating that Michael Wilbon was a “jerk” for comments he made about the racial climate in Boston. Last night, Burt apologized for calling Wilbon a jerk, saying that the comment was over the top.

How can Houston have FOUR sports radio stations, when Boston can’t come up with a real viable alternative to WEEI?

The Media Circus has some harsh words for former Globe writer Michael Smith’s fill-in performance on Jim Rome is Burning.

Pat Imig has a media critique of the Chris Benoit coverage on the cable news shows.

Dr. Z’s Mailbag this week continues the discussion on benefits for retired NFL players. Randy Moss’ name somehow comes into the mix.

Scott Miller has his Anti-All Stars, of which Julio Lugo is the starting shortstop.

Tony Massarotti hands out some NL midseason awards.

Mike Freeman is worried for Barry Bonds’ safety.

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Sports Media Columns From Around the Country

New England
Susan Bickelhaupt looks ahead to the All Star game, in which a lot of chatter will be focused on Barry Bonds and his assault on the all time home run record. She also has a bit from Red Sox fan Oliver Platt, who is playing George Steinbrenner in the ESPN mini-series The Bronx is Burning which debuts on Monday. Bill Doyle has the Ray Allen trade getting the approval of the Celtics TV crew.

New York
Phil Mushnick would apparently rather prep for a colonoscopy than be subjected to listening to John Sterling’s “It is high! . . . It is far! . . .” calls for yet another warning track fly ball. Sounds like the complaint that Boston fans had for Jerry Trupiano’s “Way Back…” calls of the last few years….Richard Sandomir looks at the contestants who spent their 4th of July shoving hotdogs and buns down their throats for the “greater glory of gross intemperance” in the Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest. Neil Best is still on vacation, but still filling up his blog. Yesterday he had a couple of interesting notes about MLB putting some sanctions on ESPN for reporting the All-Star selections last Saturday afternoon when TBS had the rights to do so with a special show scheduled that night.

More East Coast
Michael Hiestand has a look at Bud Collins’ long run with NBC at Wimbledon, which will come to an end with this year’s tournament. Leonard Shapiro has more on Collins’ last Breakfast at Wimbledon. Laura Nachman has Philadelphia native (and high school tennis star) Chris McKendry in her element as the host of the Wimbledon evening highlights show on ESPN2.Jim Williams has Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams serving as a golf analyst for Comcast SportNet’s coverage of the AT&T National. Williams’ Watch This! blog has John McEnroe talking about Wimbledon. Bob Smizik reports on the gloves coming off and getting personal during a discussion of the Pirates fan walkout on KDKA’s “Sports Showdown” Sunday night. Chris Zelkovich says that we’ll be getting a lot more Barry Bonds this week…just what we need.

South
Dave Darling has a look at the pair of baseball films that debut this week, ESPN’s The Bronx is Burning (Monday) and HBO’s Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush (Wednesday). Barry Jackson reports on the battle between ESPN and FOX to be able to show Barry Bond’s 756 home run live. He also talks to Sid Rosenberg, who shifts to mornings beginning Monday on 790 The Ticket. Rick Harmon notes that Tampa will be featured on August 16th as part of ESPNews six-week “City by City” summer series. David Barron talks to a pair of Texans who were part of the original crew for the grand experiment that was WFAN, America’s first all-sports radio station.

Midwest
Teddy Greenstein reported earlier this week that ESPN could be losing Dan Patrick. He has a short update on the situation in the middle of today’s column, in which Mark Grace throws his support behind Mark Buehrle’s demand for a no-trade clause. Bob Wolfley has Joe Buck saying that the NL Central race will shake out between the Brewers and Cubs. Judd Zulgad notes that the Twins on-field struggles this season have not hurt their TV ratings. Dan Caesar has St. Louisan Dan Nassif hoping to cash in big once again at the World Series of Poker.

West Coast
Larry Stewart has a further look at the two-hour HBO documentary on the Brooklyn Dodgers and their eventual move to Los Angeles. Stewart’s notebook has TNT showing commercials during this Saturday’s Pepsi 500, but never cutting away from the action. Jay Posner has FOX invading San Diego for the first time this season to take a peek at the Padres. Tom Hoffarth has a look at the difficulties some in the media might have in addressing “The Bonds Situation.” Hoffarth’s blog contains a number of other media notes for the week. John Maffei has more on the Padres getting some national attention this weekend after basically being shunned all season thus far. Jim Carlisle isn’t a fan of the arrangement that has the winning league in the All Star game getting home field advantage in the World Series, but notes that the FOX broadcasters, not surprisingly, do support the arrangement.

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