Red Sox and Yankees warm up for postseasonPosted: September 22, 2011
It’s the last weekend of the major league season – plenty of opportunities to see the teams you’ll see more of next week.
The Yankees and Red Sox, closing in on postseason berths, battle Saturday on FOX and Sunday afternoon on TBS. And they will likely be playing next Friday when the American League Division Series starts, unless Tampa Bay has a great final week.
TBS gets a second game in the late Sunday afternoon, bringing the Giants’ game at Arizona at 4:10 p.m.
The Orioles face AL Central champion Detroit in a four-game series on MASN2. The Nationals take on two teams aiming at the postseason – at Philadelphia Thursday and the Braves at home over the weekend on MASN.
The Redskins get Sunday off, facing the Cowboys Monday night on ESPN for the first road game of the year. NFC East rivals New York and Philadelphia play Sunday at 1 p.m. on FOX, while the Packers and Bears battle in the late afternoon slot. CBS in Washington shows the Ravens’ 4:05 p.m. game in St. Louis.
NBC’s Sunday night game features the floundering Colts hosting the Steelers.
The college football weekend begins Thursday with North Carolina State heading to Cincinnati at 8 p.m. Friday, Central Florida goes to Brigham Young at 8 p.m.
ABC has another tripleheader Saturday. Notre Dame kicks off the day by facing Pittsburgh at noon, followed by either Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M or Colorado-Ohio State at 3:30 p.m. (the other game will be on ESPN2 in your area). The primetime matchup brings LSU to West Virginia.
CBS has a top 20 battle between Arkansas and Alabama at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast gives fans Conference USA and Virginia football Saturday. The C-USA matchup between SMU and Memphis starts the day at noon, followed by Southern Mississippi heading to Charlottesville to play the Cavaliers. At 7 p.m., James Madison visits William & Mary.
The ACC network gives fans Temple at Maryland Saturday at 12:30 p.m. What uniform combinations will the Terps wear this week?
ESPN has two ACC games in the afternoon. North Carolina goes to Georgia Tech at noon, then Florida State heads to Clemson. It’s SEC in primetime with Florida meeting Kentucky, then the nightcap brings Southern Cal at Arizona State at 10:15 p.m.
ESPN2 has Eastern Michigan’s contest with Penn State at noon, then Vanderbilt plays at South Carolina at 7 p.m. Oregon travels to Arizona at 10:15 p.m.
Versus offers three games Saturday, starting with Cornell-Yale at noon. Florida A&M meets Southern at 3:30 p.m., followed by Nebraska’s game at Wyoming at 7:30 p.m. FX has a Big 12 (for now) game between Missouri and top-ranked Oklahoma.
Tony Stewart takes his lead in the Sprint Cup chase to New Hampshire this weekend. The race coverage starts Sunday at 2 p.m. on ESPN.
The PGA closes its FedEx playoffs with the Tour Championship this weekend on NBC. The top 30 golfers of the year – Tiger who? – compete for the title, with coverage starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
The WNBA conference finals start Thursday on ESPN2. Indiana hosts Atlanta at 7 p.m., followed by Phoenix at Minnesota at 9 p.m. Game 2 of those series are Sunday afternoon.
Comcast offers ACC women’s soccer Thursday at 8 p.m., with Boston College taking on Maryland. Friday, it’s ACC volleyball with North Carolina traveling to Maryland at 7 p.m.