Friday, April 6, 2012

Weekend watchdog

It's spring. The sports schedule says so.
The 2012 baseball season - which started last week in Japan - began in earnest Wednesday with the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals playing in Miami.
The Nationals opened their season in Chicago with a win, and play the Cubs on MASN Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
The Orioles host Minnesota for their season opening series, starting Friday at 3 p.m. on MASN. They play Saturday at 7 p.m., then Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on MASN2.
ESPN2 has a doubleheader Friday as the Giants take on Arizona at 7 p.m. before the Royals meet the Angels.
Fox has its first Saturday baseball lineup at 4 p.m., with the East Coast getting Boston-Detroit. Other parts of the country will see St. Louis vs. Milwaukee, the Royals at Angels and Giants-Diamondbacks.
Sunday, TBS shows the Yankees' game in Tampa Bay. ESPN's Sunday night brings together the White Sox and Rangers.
It's time for the azaleas in Augusta, even if they bloomed early this year. The second day of the Masters will be on ESPN Friday at 3 p.m. CBS takes over Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. By nightfall, the green jacket will be awarded.
While the spring season kicks off, ice hockey reaches the end of its campaign. NBC Sports network has the Coyotes heading to St. Louis Friday at 7:30 p.m., and then there's a doubleheader Saturday - Flyers vs. Penguins at 4 p.m. and Capitals at Rangers at 6:30 p.m.
NBC offers the Red Wings against Blackhawks Saturday at 1 p.m.
The NCAA Frozen Four heads to a traditional venue - Tampa Bay - and the final will be Saturday at 7 p.m.
ESPN starts its Saturday doubleheader in Philadelphia, with the 76ers meeting the Magic at 8 p.m. The Nuggets take on the Warriors in the nightcap. ABC shows the Bulls at Knicks Sunday at 1 p.m.
Comcast has the Wizards' game at New Jersey Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast.
ACC baseball takes the stage on Comcast this weekend. Virginia Tech hosts Boston College Saturday at noon, and Florida State meets Georgia Tech Sunday at 1 p.m. In the SEC, Auburn faces Alabama at 4 p.m. Saturday.
ESPN has Kansas City against the Galaxy in MLS action Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Family Circle tennis tournament concludes on ESPN2 this weekend. Coverage starts at 1 p.m. on Friday with the quarterfinals, Saturday with the semifinals and the final on Sunday.
Virginia battles North Carolina in lacrosse Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

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