Home Run Derby

1 p.m. and 7 p.m., ESPN

How bad is the deadest day of the year in national sports? We get a chance to watch the lamest derby to date, again. And again.

Rising Sun

1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., NESN

A review of Daisuke Matsuzaka’s first half-season in the big leagues. Thirty minutes of gopher balls and riveting sound bites from Jason Varitek. Yee-ha.

Classic Baseball: Boston vs. Minnesota, Sept. 30, 1967

7 p.m., NESN

Credit where credit is due: This beats the heck out of the standard Manny, Papi or Varitek walk-off against Seattle in 2004.

Baseball: AAA All-Star Game

7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Best part of this event isn’t the what, or the who, but the where: Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, N.M. If the field were in New Jersey, you could assume it was literally built over a toxic waste dump.

Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush

8 p.m., HBO

They double my cable bill, but they’re still the only place to see championship boxing and legitimate sports documentaries.

NBA Summer League: Celtics vs. China

10 p.m., FSNE

No, seriously, that’s the match-up. Yao Ming could beat the Celtics’ rookies and free agents by himself.

The Bronx is Burning

10 p.m., ESPN

I’d love to rip this latest attempt at “original programming” by a network that should stick to highlights, but the Bear Bryant and Dale Earnhardt movies weren’t half bad.


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