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Sports media notebook: Al Michaels, Bob Costas to broadcast baseball game together

by Mel Bracht Published: July 7, 2011

Award-winning sportscasters Al Michaels and Bob Costas will work together for the first time Friday night, calling the New York Mets at San Francisco Giants game at 9 p.m. for MLB Network (Cox channels 264 and 725).

It will be the first baseball broadcast since 1995 for Michaels, who was ABC's lead baseball broadcaster when an earthquake struck the 1989 World Series in San Francisco.

MLB Network President Tony Petitti said the pairing was Costas' idea.

“We thought it would be a great thing for baseball fans to have Al back doing baseball,” he said.

The duo also will make appearances on the Mets' and Giants' local broadcasts, with Mets broadcasters Gary Cohen and Ron Darling and Giants announcers Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow moving over to MLB Network during those spots.

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— Former OSU golfer Rickie Fowler will be featured in a CBS special on the PGA TOUR's next generation of stars at 1 p.m. Saturday on KWTV-9. Also featured in “PGA TOUR 2011: The Future is Now” will be Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Jhonattan Vegas.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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