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Texas Rangers are featured three times on ESPN's 'Sunday Night Baseball'

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona to be analyst for series
by Mel Bracht Modified: January 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm •  Published: January 19, 2012

The Texas Rangers are scheduled to make three appearances on ESPN's “Sunday Night Baseball,” beginning with a home game against the Chicago White Sox on April 8. The Rangers also will host Tampa Bay on April 29 and the L.A. Angeles on May 13.

The world champion St. Louis Cardinals will make two road appearances in the 10 telecasts scheduled so far — at the L.A. Dodgers on May 20 and at Cincinnati on July 15.

This season will mark the debut of former Red Sox manager Terry Francona as an analyst, joining Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser in the booth.

AIKMAN EXPECTS PHYSICAL NFC FINAL

Fox NFL analyst Troy Aikman is expecting a physical game when the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers meet for the NFC championship at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Fox.

Aikman, the Henryetta native who will broadcast the game with Joe Buck, called the 49ers the most complete team he had seen this season.

“They run the ball well, are excellent on defense and their special teams play well,” he said. “They aren't as explosive offensively as the Giants or Packers but they are a well-coached, tough team. The 49ers need to keep up the formula that's worked — playing great defense, not giving up points, being physical.”

SHORT TAKES

— KOCB-34 has an OSU-OU men's basketball doubleheader Saturday with Kansas State at Oklahoma State at 12:30 p.m. (Dave Armstrong and Stephen Howard) and Oklahoma at Texas A&M at 3 p.m. (Mitch Holthus and Reid Gettys).

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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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