August 6, 2012: Comcast SportsNet's 7-Game NFL Preseason Schedule Kicks Off This Week

August 6, 2012: Comcast SportsNet's 7-Game NFL Preseason Schedule Kicks Off This Week

EXCLUSIVE HD COVERAGEOF REDSKINS AT BUFFALO TO AIR LIVE AT 7 PM; RAVENSAT ATLANTA TOCOMPLETE DOUBLEHEADER AT 11:30 PMCOMPREHENSIVE NEWS, PREGAMEAND POSTGAME COVERAGE TO SURROUND GAMESBethesda, Md. (Aug. 6, 2012) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will begin its comprehensive multiplatformcoverage of the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens 2012 NFL preseasonschedules, which is highlighted by seven games and extensive pregame andpostgame shows, by presenting the teams opening games on Thursday, Aug. 9. Thenetwork will surround the two match-ups with a full lineup of news and game-dayprograms, providing more than nine hours of coverage.ComcastSportsNet will provide exclusive HD coverage of Redskins at Buffalo live at 7 p.m., which is expected tofeature the debut of quarterback Robert Griffin III. The award-winning Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live will surround thegame, beginning at 6 p.m. The network will complete its opening-nightdoubleheader with delayed coverage of the Ravens preseason opener at Atlanta at 11:30 p.m.,which will be followed by Ravens PostgameLive. The networks daily news program, GeicoSportsNet Central, is scheduled to air at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. to provideadditional news and updates.During the 2012NFL preseason, Comcast SportsNet will provide a total of six live Redskins andRavens games, as well as multiple encores of all seven games being televised bythe network. The exclusive HD home of the Redskins preseason, ComcastSportsNet will air live coverage of their entire four-game schedule, whichincludes match-ups at Chicago on Aug. 18 (8p.m.), vs. Indianapolis on Aug. 25 (4 p.m.) andvs. Tampa Bay on Aug. 29 (7:30 p.m.) The networkscoverage of the Ravens also includes live games against Jacksonvilleon Aug. 23 (7:30 p.m.) and at St. Louis on Aug. 30 (8 p.m.) Comcast SportsNets live coverage of Redskins and Ravenspreseason games will feature complete news, pregame and postgame showssurrounding each contest. Redskins Kickoffand Redskins Postgame Live, will air foran hour before and after each Redskins contest. Hosted by Chick Hernandez, the showswill feature analysts Brian Mitchell and Trevor Matich, with reporting from RobCarlin and Tarik El-Bashir. RavensPostgame Live will air for a half hour after each Ravens preseason game,with Ravens Kickoff leading into livecoverage of the Ravens final two preseason match-ups.Redskins preseasontelecasts will feature analyst Joe Theismann and sideline reporter AntwaanRandle El. Play-by-play duties will be handled by veteran announcers KennyAlbert (Aug. 9 at Buffalo and Aug. 29 vs. Tampa Bay), KevinHarlan (Aug. 18 at Chicago) and Sam Rosen (Aug. 25 vs. Indianapolis). TheRavens preseason on-air team is comprised of play-by-play announcer GerrySandusky and analysts Qadry Ismail and Stan White.ComcastSportsNets expanded NFL coverage this preseason includes Training Camp Daily, the daily half-hour program that providesup-to-date Redskins and Ravens news and information. The show airs live weekdaysat 6:30 p.m., with multiple encores, through Aug. 24. Extensive NFL coverage isalso featured on the networks full line-up of daily news and entertainmentshows, including Geico SportsNet Central,SportsTalk Live and Redskins Nation. ComcastSportsNet also provides daily coverage of the Redskins and Ravens trainingcamps across its digital media platforms, which are led by CSNwashington.comand CSNbaltimore.com. The networks stable of local reporters supply extensive teamcontent throughout the preseason.Comcast SportsNet 2012 NFL Preseason Coverage:
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What will Joe Ross' role be for Nationals in playoffs vs. Dodgers?

What will Joe Ross' role be for Nationals in playoffs vs. Dodgers?

It was just a few weeks ago that Joe Ross' postseason availability was in question, and if he could return in time, whether he would pitch out of the Nationals' bullpen and or as a starter wasn't clear. Manager Dusty Baker wondered aloud if he would get his young right-hander back, even as Stephen Strasburg dealt with elbow injuries.

The progress Ross has made in a short period of time since is remarkable and after his 90-pitch outing on Thursday afternoon against the Diamondbacks, the 23-year-old looks and feels ready for the playoffs, and not just to pitch in relief, either.

"I'm hoping I get the opportunity to start, but that's up to them," Ross said. "But I'll take any opportunity I get to pitch and go out there and compete. I just want to help the team in any way I can."

Ross wasn't great on Thursday in his third start back from the disabled list. He only made it four innings, as his pitch count soared early. But in giving up just one run, he's now pitched 9 2/3 innings in three games back. During that stretch he's allowed three runs and struck out 14.

[RELATED: Wilson Ramos hopes to be back with Nationals]

It has been a process of baby steps for the Nats starter, a slow progression back from right shoulder inflammation, an injury rehab that featured a setback in late July. Now, though, he is essentially back to normal, just in time for the NL Division Series which begins next week.

"I feel good. I felt really good today. I felt really good last start. I guess it's just a point of executing pitches," he said. "There's no doubt in my mind really on whether I can go out and compete."

Baker mentioned that Ross could pitch in releif early in the NLDS against the Dodgers. That could keep him available for a start later on, if it's kept short like a normal bullpen session.

But one has to wonder if Ross has improved his case enough to pitch Game 3 of that series, given Gio Gonzalez' recent struggles. The lefty has allowed 19 earned runs in his last 23 innings going back five starts.

Regardless, Ross has certainly come a long way in just three MLB outings.

"He looks ready," second baseman Wilmer Difo said through an interpreter.

With all the negative injury news the Nationals have received in recent days, between Wilson Ramos' season-ending injury and Strasburg essentially ruled out for the NLDS, having Ross fully back in the mix is a nice change of fortune for the NL East champs.

[RELATED: Matt Belisle sounds like safe bet for Nats playoff roster]

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Indians-Tigers rainout could complicate Orioles life

Indians-Tigers rainout could complicate Orioles life

After waiting four hours and 13 minutes, the Detroit Tigers’ scheduled game with Cleveland was rained out. Six inches of rain fell at Comerica Field, making it unplayable. 

The Tigers and Indians will have to play on Monday if the wild-card race is undecided. 

That’s not good news for the Orioles. If the Orioles and Detroit tie, a game will then have to played at Oriole Park to decide the second wild-card team, complicating the postseason schedule. 

The Tigers have three games at Atlanta while the Orioles play three at Yankee Stadium. If the Indians-Tigers game is necessary on Monday, the Orioles may have to come back to Baltimore to await the result. 

Of course, the Orioles could make it necessary by winning the final four games of the season, beginning with tonight’s game in Toronto. 

If Orioles win and Tigers losses combine for four, then Detroit is eliminated. 

Seattle, which trails by two games, plays four with Oakland. 

Potentially worse news for the Orioles is that this weekend’s weather forecast in New York is horrible. 

The wild-card game is scheduled for Tuesday, and the Division Series is scheduled for Thursday, so a tiebreaker game between the Orioles and Tigers could certainly complicate things.  

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