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Posted by Gordon Edes, Globe Staff  January 25, 2007 10:40 AM

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Major League Baseball released its 2007 master schedule today, and the most interesting wrinkle is that Fox's national Game of the Week will have a different start time this season, at 3:55 p.m. Eastern time. The Sox are scheduled to appear nine times on Fox, the maximum number of games any team can appear.

So far, the Sox are scheduled for two ESPN Sunday night games -- April 8 at Texas and April 22, when they host the Yankees at Fenway Park. Those games have a scheduled 8:05 p.m. start. Teams can appear on ESPN Sunday night telecasts a maximum of five times, and the Sox have three other games tentatively designated for that slot -- Yankee games on June 3 and Sept. 16, both in Boston, and the season finale Sept. 30, also at home, against the Minnesota Twins.

By my count, the Sox are scheduled to play 50 day games this season, four more than last season, including 28 at home, which would be an increase of five from last season. (That's including the three games that could be shifted to Sunday night on ESPN).

The Patriots Day game April 16 against the Angels is indeed pushed forward to a 10:05 a.m. start, an hour earlier than before, and there is also a 5 p.m. start for a Sept. 26 game against the Oakland Athletics.

The Sox have a dozen day games in April (6 at home), the most of any month. Six of the Fox Saturday games are home games; four games are against the Yankees, two at home.

Here are the games the Sox are scheduled to play on Fox:

April 14 -- vs. Angels
April 21 -- vs. Yankees
April 28 -- @ Yankees
May 26 -- @ Rangers
June 2 -- vs. Yankees
June 16 -- vs. Giants
July 21 -- vs. White Sox
Aug. 25 -- @ White Sox
Sept. 15 -- vs. Yankees

All are 3:55 p.m. Eastern time starts. Click here for the complete 2007 Red Sox schedule.

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