Air Date: Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#103) "Albert Pujols"
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"Shaq VS Albert Pujols" � Shaquille O' Neal will challenge two-time NL MVP and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols in a home run derby before a sold out crowd at the home of the River City Rascals in O' Fallon, MO in the latest installment of "Shaq VS," the new competition series starring NBA superstar Shaquille O' Neal, airing TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Leading up to the challenge, Shaq will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, issuing the home run derby challenge to Pujols before a packed house at Busch Stadium following his throw to home plate.

Additionally, Shaq, who coins himself "Shaqqie Robinson" for this fan favorite baseball hitting display, will take batting practice and hitting tips from a slew of current St. Louis Cardinals players and coaches.

Mike Goldberg and Pat Tomasulo host, while Charissa Thompson serves as sideline reporter.

The series closely follows Shaq and his athletic adversary throughout the rigorous training process and the pre-game hype, including press conferences and interviews, all leading up to the final competition. To level the playing field, O'Neal will negotiate a handicap with his opponent in some events and train with a coach for one week leading up to each challenge.

"Shaq VS" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5/1 channel surround sound and Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

For more information on "Shaq VS," visit ABC.com.

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