FOX Notes: Red Sox/Yankees & McNabb says he’s a Hall of Famer

From FOX Sports –

Bitter Rivals Face-Off at Fenway For 100th Anniversary Weekend

Yankees vs. Red Sox Saturday at 3:30 PM ET

NASCAR on FOX Revs Up Kansas City Sunday at 12:30 PM ET

McNabb Tells FOXSports.com “I Would Vote Myself For The Hall of Fame”

YANKS/SOX MEET AS FENWAY CONTINUES 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – The FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK sets its sights on Fenway Park this Saturday, April 21 (3:30 PM ET) as Derek Jeter and the Yankees face off with long-time rival Kevin Youkilis and the Red Sox. New to this rivalry, manager Bobby Valentine has already had an impact in Boston following his comments about Youkilis to the Boston media. Amidst the controversy, the Red Sox aim to shift the focus towards the 100-year celebration of their venerable ballpark near Kenmore Square. Also, the new look White Sox are in Seattle to take on the Mariners.

Coverage begins with the FOX SATURDAY BASEBALL PREGAME SHOW, a full 30-minute program, originating live from MLB Network’s state-of-the-art Studio 3 in Secaucus, NJ. It’s hosted by longtime FOX Sports and MLB Network broadcaster Matt Vasgersian, who is joined by analysts Harold Reynolds and Kevin Millar.

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New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox – 91% of nation                       
Joe Buck, Tim McCarver & Ken Rosenthal
Fenway Park – Boston, MA
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach
Probable Pitchers: TBA vs. TBA

Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners – 8% of nation                      
Dave Sims & Eric Karros  
SAFECO Field – Seattle, WA
MARKETS INCLUDE:  Chicago, Portland, Seattle
Probable Pitchers:  Philip Humber, RHP (0-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Blake Beavan, RHP (1-1, 2.70 ERA)

ENGEL: VALENTINE HAS BROUGHT CRISIS ON HIMSELF – It’s been an interesting start to the season in Boston. Following a slow start that finds the Red Sox in last place, new manager Bobby Valentine seemed to call out third baseman Kevin Youkilis for his sluggish play. FOXSports.com columnist Jen Floyd Engel finds the controversy enveloping Valentine to be objective. “Cooler heads should prevail, yet I cannot be the only one who wants to see Valentine get a little of that smug knocked off his face by Youkilis,” Engel writes. “I mean, really, what kind of genius verbally challenges the professionalism and want-to of a guy who once scrapped with Manny Ramirez about effort? And does so 10 days into a season? Valentine, of course.”

To read more from Engel, click here: http://on-msn.com/JhaVNv

NASCAR ON FOX ROLLS INTO KANSAS CITY – The NASCAR on FOX team gets back into afternoon racing on Sunday, April 22 (12:30 PM ET) for NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Kansas City. A theme has clearly emerged during the first two months of the Sprint Cup season: Greg Biffle. With his victory last week at TMS, Biffle increased his points lead to 19 over his closest competitors Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. It may set up to be another Biffle-dominated week as NASCAR returns to Kansas Speedway, where Biffle holds the track’s Sprint Cup race speed record.

Coverage starts with the FOX NASCAR SUNDAY prerace show hosted by Chris Myers, with up-to-the-minute reports, live interviews with drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action, and analysis from Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip. Veteran analyst Jeff Hammond takes his extensive experience as a former championship-winning crew chief to where the action is, in the garages and pit road.  This week, Sprint Cup driver Martin Truex Jr. joins the prerace show.  Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy is alongside analysts Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops.

DARRELL WALTRIP: BIFFLE DESERVES ACCOLADES FOR HOT START – The man of the year thus far on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit has been Greg Biffle. Fresh off capturing his first checkered flag of the season, Biffle now owns a 19 point lead in the standings. NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip has been impressed with the transformation Biffle has made in the past year. “The one thing you never have to worry about with Greg Biffle is whether he is giving you 100 percent all the time. That’s just the way he is — all out, all the time. He gives you all he has,” says Waltrip. “One of the biggest positives I have seen out of Biffle is the chemistry he has with his crew chief, Matt Puccia…Puccia is making great calls in the pits. The pit crew is performing flawlessly. Quite honestly, this is the best I have seen Biffle look in his Cup career.”

To read more from Waltrip, click here: http://on-msn.com/IlLol6

DONOVAN MCNABB TELLS FOXSPORTS.COM: “I WOULD VOTE MYSELF FOR THE HALL OF FAME” – Donovan McNabb, who led the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl “absolutely” believes he should be in the Hall of Fame.  On this week’s episode of BARFLY on FOXSports.com, McNabb tells National Columnist Mark Kriegel, “We talk about the five NFC Championships, we talk about the six Pro Bowls, and then what comes at the end?  Well he never won the big game.  Peyton Manning never won the big game until he won the Super Bowl finally.  Dan Marino never won the big game, but does that mean his career is a failure?  No, not at all.”  On what makes a Hall of Fame quarterback, McNabb said, “First of all his numbers.  How many times he’s led his team to the big game, which the big game still is the NFC Championship.  And most importantly, did he make the players around him better?  In his time, in his era, was he in the top 5, top 10 quarterbacks in the league?”  McNabb added, “I never played the game to make it to the Hall of Fame.  I played the game because I love it.  I played to win.  I’m a competitor.  When I step out on that field, I feel I’m the best player on the field.  I played at the pinnacle.  I played at the highest level of my career.  I would vote myself for the Hall of Fame.”

To watch McNabb’s conversation with Kriegel and NFL Network analyst Rich Eisen, visit: http://on-msn.com/HTaids

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