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It looks like the Blackhawks are back in the Winter Classic

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It looks like the Blackhawks are back in the Winter Classic

The Blackhawks are reportedly headed back to their home away from home: The Great Outdoors.

According to BarstoolChief, the Blackhawks will square off with the Boston Bruins in the 2019 NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium.

An official announcement is expected to be made later this month, per BarstoolChief.

The 2019 Winter Classic will mark the Blackhawks sixth appearance in at outdoor game. The Blackhawks hold a 1-4 record in such games with their last victory coming against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Stadium Series at Soldier Field.

It's no surprise that Notre Dame was chosen as the home site for the 2019 Winter Classic, considering the school's rumored interest and the Blackhawks holding a portion of their training camp in South Bend.

Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick told the Chicago Tribune in 2016 that the University had interest in hosting an NHL game.

"Once the Campus Crossroads project is finished we do anticipate that Notre Dame Stadium will be an excellent venue for more than just Notre Dame football games, but no additional events have yet been scheduled," Swarbrick said. "And while we would certainly have an interest in exploring the possibility of playing host to outdoor hockey games, we have not had any discussions with the NHL about doing so."

The two previous sites for an outdoor game that featured the Blackhawks as a home team were Wrigley Field (2009) and Soldier Field (2014).

White Sox add prospect with intriguing power potential

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White Sox add prospect with intriguing power potential

The White Sox already boast one of the most loaded farm systems in all of baseball, and on Saturday they added another interesting prospect to their stable. 

The South Siders claimed outfielder/first baseman Daniel Palka off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. Palka was placed on waivers earlier this week after the Twins had to trim their 40-man roster.

Palka, who was a third-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Georgia Tech in 2013, was the Twins' Hitting Prospect of the Year in 2016 after slashing .254/.327/.521 with 34 home runs and 90 RBI.

The left-handed hitting Palka slashed .274/.330/.431 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI in 90 games between the Gulf Coast League and Triple-A Rochester in 2017. 

Palka, 26, has a career minor-league slash line of .269/.343/.496 with 106 home runs and 354 RBI in 538 games.

Considered a bat-first prospect, Palka possesses raw plus power. Check out his scouting report from MLB Pipeline.

Here are some highlights showing why scouts are intrigued by Palka's power potential.

A two time MiLB.com All-Star, Palka was ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Twins' No. 22 prospect before he was claimed off waivers by the White Sox.

The White Sox 40-man roster now stands at 35 after Saturday's move.

Inaugural Innings Festival mixes music with spring training baseball

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Inaugural Innings Festival mixes music with spring training baseball

Cubs and White Sox fans heading down to Arizona for spring training baseball may have to extend their vacation a few extra days.

The inaugural Innings Festival, produced by C3 Presents, will take place from March 23-25 at Tempe Beach Park & Arts Park in Arizona.

Chris Stapleton, Queens of the Stone Age and The Avett Brothers will headline the three-day event. The lineup for the Innings Festival includes Counting Crows, Young the Giant, Dispatch, Cold War Kids, Citizen Cope and Gin Blossoms.

Check out the full lineup below:

In addition to musical performances, the event also features culinary demos by chef Beau MacMillan and professional baseball players, food vendors and family activities.

"The Innings Festival is the perfect combination of music, baseball and the amazing location of Tempe Town Lake and downtown Tempe," Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell said in a press release. "Thousands of Cactus League fans — locals and visitors alike — will be able to come to experience the gorgeous weather, beautiful setting, great food and awesome music.  We are excited to welcome performers of this caliber and their fans to celebrate this first ever Innings Fest and we look forward to making this an annual event."

For more information and to purchase tickets which go on sale Friday, visit www.inningsfestival.com.