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Angels to appear on eight Fox Saturday telecasts

February 15, 2012 | 11:59 am

AngelsThe Angels, bolstered by the December additions of slugger Albert Pujols and pitcher C.J. Wilson, are scheduled to appear on eight Fox Network Saturday baseball game of the week telecasts this season, one shy of the maximum nine allowed per team.

As of early December, the Angels were scheduled to appear on Fox's Saturday telecast five times. But the day after the Angels agreed to terms with Pujols on a 10-year, $240-million deal and Wilson on a five-year, $77.5-million deal on Dec. 8, Fox put in a request to Major League Baseball to bump the Angels to nine telecasts.

Fox, which released its schedule Wednesday, has left the final two Saturdays in September open to choose games that have the most effect on division races. So there is a good chance the Angels, who play the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers on those days, will have a ninth game added to the schedule.

The Angels will appear on the Fox Saturday telecast on April 7 vs. Kansas City; April 14 at the New York Yankees; April 28 at Cleveland; May 12 at Texas, May 26 at Seattle, June 23 vs. the Dodgers, July 21 vs. Texas and Sept. 1 at Seattle.

The Angels also announced Wednesday that Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket will televise 20 exhibition games in March and early April, the most spring-training games the Angels have ever had televised.

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-- Mike DiGiovanna

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