The Tulsa Drillers will begin the 2007 Texas League season with a 6-game home stand at Drillers Stadium with the season opener scheduled for Thursday, April 5 when the Drillers will host the San Antonio Missions. The initial home stand will include three games against the Missions April 5-8, followed by a three games against the Corpus Christi Hooks.
The Drillers will again play a 140-game Texas League schedule split into two 70-game halves. The second half of the schedule will begin on June 18.
The schedule has the Drillers playing nearly half (32 games) of their 70 home games on either a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. They will play at home on 11 Fridays and Sundays and on 10 Saturdays.
The 2007 home schedule includes 10 home games in April, 15 in May, 15 in June, 11 in July, 16 in August and three in September. It also includes five weekday, afternoon games and one morning game. Four of the afternoon games will be played on Wednesdays and one will be played on a Tuesday. The one morning game is scheduled for Friday, May 4 at 10:05 a.m. The early start is necessary to accommodate the annual Bedlam game between OSU and OU that will be played that evening at Drillers Stadium.
The standard starting times for Monday through Saturday home games will again be 7:05 p.m.. Sunday games in April, May and June will have two different starting times. Three games will start at 2:05 p.m. and three will begin at 4:05 p.m.. Sunday games in July, August and September will all start at 6:05 p.m., except for the game on August 5 that will begin at 4:05 p.m.
There are no pre-scheduled doubleheaders, either at home or on the road, on the schedule this season.
The Drillers will conclude the 2007 season with a 7-game home stand. The final regular season contest will be on Labor Day on Monday, September 3 and will begin at 12:05 p.m.
The entire schedule can be seen at www.tulsadrillers.com
The Drillers have also announced three additions to their front office staff. Andy Matson has joined the Drillers as a Group Ticket Sales Assistant, Dan Schwartz as an Operations Assistant and Brandon Shiers as a Ticket Sales Assistant.
Matson is a Tulsa resident and a graduate of Holland Hall and the University of Tulsa. He has recently worked in the TU Athletic Department.
Schwartz is from Mahopac, New York and a graduate of Albany University. He previously worked with the Auburn Doubledays, a minor league team in Auburn, New York.
Shiers graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He has recently worked with the Brainerd Blue Thunder in the collegiate Northwoods League.
The Tulsa Drillers and Clear Channel Radio announced today that the Drillers 2007 radio broadcasts will again be heard live on Sports Radio 1430, The Buzz. It will mark the 22nd consecutive season that the Drillers and Clear Channel have partnered on the game broadcasts. It will be the third straight season that The Buzz has been the radio home for Drillers Baseball.
The club also announced that Mark Neely would return in 2007 for his 12th season as the play-by-play voice of the Drillers. He is a two-time winner of the Tulsa Sportscaster of the Year Award, and he has done several Major League Baseball telecasts for the ESPN networks. In the winter, Neely is the radio voice for Oral Roberts University basketball.
“We are very pleased to announce our continued relationship with the Clear Channel family and with Mark Neely,” said Drillers General Manager Mike Melega. “Our fans know they can keep their radios tuned to AM 1430 to find Mark’s familiar voice describing Drillers Baseball.”
The Buzz is a 24-hour sports station that features Jim Rome and Fox Sports Radio. In addition to the Drillers, AM 1430 also broadcasts OSU football and basketball, ORU basketball, NASCAR and Jenks High School football.
All 140 Drillers regular season games will be aired live. Due to scheduling conflicts with the Rome Show, weekday afternoon games will be moved to KAKC, AM 1300.