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Posted by Gracie Blackburn on August 1, 2012

Area Code Baseball Games on ESPN3 August 7

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New Balance Sponsored Games Select 2012 Roster

ESPN3 will air four games from the 26th Annual Area Code Baseball Games on Tuesday, Aug. 7 featuring the top 232 high school baseball players live from Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. Nearly 3,000 high school baseball players applied to the regional events held in multiple cities nationwide. The select 232 will showcase their abilities on eight regional teams August 5-10.

Area Code Baseball offers the athletes an opportunity to train like major league athletes and play in a competitive atmosphere. For some, this will be a precursor to careers as professional baseball players. The Games have produced more than 500 Major Leaguers including alumni such as Dustin Pedroia, Andre Ethier, Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett.

Elite prospects play on eight Major League Baseball teams that partner with Area Code Baseball to represent a specific part of the country: the Milwaukee Brewers (Southern California); Oakland Athletics (Northern California); Kansas City Royals (Pacific Northwest); Cincinnati Reds (Four Corners and Hawaii); Chicago White Sox (Midwest); Texas Rangers (Texas and Louisiana); New York Yankees (Northeast); and the Washington Nationals (Southeast and Virginia). 

The 232 players at this year’s games are highlighted by:

Player Position (Hometown) Area Code Team Assignment
Chris Oakley RHP (St. Augustine Prep, Richland N.J.) New York Yankees (full roster)
Reese McGuire C (Kentwood, Covington Wash.) Kansas City Royals (full roster)
Trey Ball P/OF (New CastleInd.) Chicago White Sox (full roster)
Ronnie Healy C (Jupiter, Fla.) Washington Nationals (full roster)
Riley Unroe SS (Desert Ridge, Mesa, Ariz.) Cincinnati Reds (full roster)
Sheldon Neuse RHP/INF (Fossil Ridge, Fort Worth, Texas) Texas Rangers (full roster)
Stephen Golsalvez LHP (Cathedral Catholic, San Marcos Calif.) Milwaukee Brewers (full roster)
Rowdy Tellez 1B (Elk Grove, Calif.) Oakland Athletics (full roster)

The complete player roster and game schedules are also available here: www.AreaCodeBaseball.com

Commentators for the four games that will stream live on Tuesday, Aug. 7 on ESPN3 include Randy Flores, John Jackson, Robbie Koland, Bob Scanlon and Josh Suchon.

Tuesday, Aug. 7 on ESPN3:

Time ET (PST) Game
11 a.m. (8:30 a.m.) Game 6: Reds vs. Athletics
2 p.m. (11:30 a.m.) Game 7: Yankees vs. White Sox
5:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m.) Game 8: Rangers vs. Nationals
8:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m.) Game 9: Brewers vs. Royals

New Balance, the presenting sponsor of the all-wood bat games, is joined by Schutt (official helmet and catchers’ gear sponsor) as well as other sponsors including Louisville Slugger (ball, glove and batting glove),  Zinger (bat) and Gatorade (nutrition and hydration).

After each of the ESPN3 games, a “New Balance Player of the Game” will be named for displaying the qualities exemplified by Team New Balance baseball athletes including teamwork, dedication and sportsmanship. Additionally, a “New Balance Player of the Day” will be announced at the end of each day of competition.

For more information on the Area Code Baseball games:

Area Code Baseball on Twitter: @ACBaseballGames

Area Code Baseball on: Facebook.com/AreaCodeBaseball or visit AreaCodeBaseball.com.

About Area Code Baseball

The Area Code Baseball Games were created in 1987 in Lodi, Calif. by Bob Williams and the Northern California Major League Scouts. The goal was to bring together the best high school underclassman baseball players from geographical areas based on telephone area codes. Nearly 3,000 players compete nationwide for a chance to participate in the final Area Code Baseball games, the premiere search for the nation’s top baseball players. More than 500 Major League players have participated in Area Code Baseball. 

About New Balance

New Balance, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host.  New Balance is currently the only athletic shoe company that manufactures footwear in the U.S. with 25% of our U.S. footwear shipments produced at five New England facilities. The company also operates a manufacturing facility in Flimby, U.K.  New Balance employs more than 4,000 associates around the globe, and in 2011 reported worldwide sales of $2.04 billion. To learn more about how New Balance Makes Excellent Happen, please visit http://www.newbalance.com.

New Balance Baseball on Twitter: @NB_Baseball
New Balance Baseball on Facebook: Facebook.com/NBBaseball

About ESPN3

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members.  It is currently available to 73 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

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Media Contact:Gracie Blackburn gracie.blackburn@espn.com