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VOL. 129 | NO. 100 | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Redbirds Earn Primetime TV Game May 29

By Don Wade

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The days of black-and-white television and the likes of Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle running around in flannel uniforms are gone. But the “Game of the Week” is coming to Memphis and AutoZone Park.

AutoZone Park will play host to a nationally televised game on the CBS Sports Network on May 29 against the Iowa Cubs.

(Daily News File/Lance Murphey)

The Redbirds’ Thursday, May 29, game vs. the Iowa Cubs will air at 7:05 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network as part of a partnership with Minor League Baseball.

Redbirds general manager Craig Unger called it a great opportunity to “showcase” AutoZone Park and “our stars and top prospects in the Cardinals organization.”

Those top prospects include outfielders Oscar Taveras, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty, plus players who have spent substantial time in St. Louis, such as infielder Pete Kozma and outfielder Shane Robinson.

“We look forward to exposing even more fans to the excitement of Minor League Baseball, from top prospects working their way up to the major leagues to the fun and engaging elements our fans enjoy at our ballparks,” Minor League Baseball President and CEO Pat O’Conner said in a statement about the “Game of the Week.”

Dick Gabriel will handle play-by-play on the telecast and former big-leaguer Doug Flynn, who was part of two World Series champion Cincinnati Reds teams and won a Gold Glove at second base with the New York Mets, will be the color analyst.

In the Memphis area, the CBS Sports Network can be found on the following channels: Comcast Xfinity (832), AT&T U-verse (1643), DirecTV (221), and Dish Network (158).

To celebrate the nationally televised game, the Redbirds will be offering beer, popcorn and hot dog promotions. There are also will be discounts on field box seats.

The Redbirds begin an eight-day, nine-game homestand on Friday, May 23 with a 7:05 game vs. Oklahoma City. On Friday and again on Saturday night (6:05 start) the Redbirds will have post-game fireworks.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, the Redbirds will play a 1:05 p.m. game. On Wednesday, May 28, the Redbirds and Iowa Cubs will play a pair of seven-inning games beginning at 5:05 p.m.

The homestand concludes on Friday, May 30 (7:05 p.m. start), when the Redbirds will wear throwback Memphis Red Sox jerseys to honor Memphis’ Negro League team. It is also pitcher Jason Motte’s Strikeout Cancer Fundraiser. Call 901-722-0251 to inquire about fundraiser ticket packages.

For more details on upcoming games and events, visit www.memphisredbirds.com or call 901-722-0299.

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