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Fox plans to cover all the bases

July 10, 2007|Larry Stewart | Times Staff Writer

As is the case with most major sporting events these days, there will be more than the traditional television coverage of today's All-Star game.

At 2 p.m., there will be a two-hour webcast of batting practice, available for free via Foxsports.com and MLB.com. Fox's Chris Rose and MLB.com's Harold Reynolds will serve as co-hosts.

At 4 p.m., FSN regional networks will have a special "red carpet" edition of "Best Damn Sports Show Period" that will cover the arrival of the All-Star players at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Rose, Rob Dibble and FSN reporter Charissa Thompson will report as the players ride a fleet of Chevy Silverados and Impalas from Pier 32 to the ballpark. Once there, the players will be interviewed near the Willie Mays statue.

Special guests on the show will include Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith and Harmon Killebrew.

At 5 p.m., pregame coverage will begin on Channel 11 with Jeannie Zelasko, Kevin Kennedy and Eric Karros.

Calling the game will be Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, with Ken Rosenthal serving as the National League reporter and Jose Mota the American League reporter.

Also, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Eric Byrnes will report from a kayak in McCovey Cove. Accompanying Brynes will be his pet bulldog Bruin -- Byrnes played at UCLA.

Fox will use more than 20 cameras to televise the game, and umpires, coaches, catchers and first basemen will be wearing microphones.

Fox's coverage will also be available in Spanish via SAP (secondary audio program).

With the game in San Francisco, there figures to be a lot of focus on the Giants' Barry Bonds and his alleged steroid use as he approaches Hank Aaron's home-run record.

"I think we're going to do more than touch on it," McCarver said. "Will we spend more time on Barry Bonds than we would normally? Of course. Will he dominate the telecast? Of course not."

Said Buck: "There are 15 different angles you can come at it from. But I can't imagine there being enough time to really do it justice, so the question then becomes how much do you want to get into it when you can't really give the full story? How long will his at-bat last? There are a lot of factors."

larry.stewart@latimes.com

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