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White Sox vs Cubs "Crosstown Classic" coverage returns to CSN next week

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White Sox vs Cubs "Crosstown Classic" coverage returns to CSN next week

Comcast SportsNet’s Crosstown coverage gets underway on Monday, July 25 LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field starting at 5:00 PM CT!

CSN to carry LIVE coverage of all four Crosstown battles (July 25-26 at U.S. Cellular Field & July 27-28 at Wrigley Field); coverage team to include Harrelson, Stone, Kasper, Deshaies, Melton, Hollandsworth, Kaplan, Garfien, Crull, Santos, Mooney, Hayes…along with Scott Podsednik & Ozzie Guillen!

CSNChicago.com to also provide LIVE video stream of post-game press conferences, plus detailed “Crosstown Classic” analysis via ‘CubsTalk’ & ‘WhiteSoxTalk,’

along with numerous feature stories & in-game “Tweets” from CSN on-air/digital talent!

Cubs and White Sox fans can get interactive throughout the week by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #CrosstownCSN

“SportsNet Central: Crosstown Preview” to air Sunday, July 24 at 10:30 PM

Chicago, IL (July 21, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, is ready jump start the annual northside-southside rivalry in a big way with expanded, LIVE coverage of ALL FOUR GAMES of the “Crosstown Classic” series beginning MONDAY, JULY 25.  Plus - CSNChicago.com will be there to provide dedicated 24/7 coverage of this always-entertaining city series.

Comcast SportsNet’s “Crosstown Classic” coverage gets underway on Monday, July 25 with a live, remote U.S. Cellular Field edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado (hosted by David Kaplan and a panel of local baseball experts and special Cubs/Sox guests) at 5:00 PM CT.  Immediately following SportsTalk Live, a special one-hour edition of White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships will take place from the U.S. Cellular Field at 6:00 PM (featuring hosts Chuck Garfien and David Kaplan, analysts Bill Melton and Todd Hollandsworth, along with 2005 White Sox World Series hero Scott Podsednik) for a complete series preview, interviews with players and coaches and much more.  First pitch coverage of this “White Sox telecast” on CSN begins at 7:00 PM featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone with the game call.  Immediately following the game, fans can look forward to a complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences, player interviews and much more on Subaru White Sox Postgame Live.

Tuesday’s (July 26) game at U.S. Cellular Field will be a “Cubs telecast” on Comcast SportsNet featuring the announcing tandem of Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies. A special one-hour live remote edition of Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group begins at 5:00 PM (hosted by Kaplan & Garfien and Hollandsworth & Melton as analysts). First pitch coverage begins at 6:00 PM, which will be followed by Cubs Postgame Live presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois immediately after the game.

The “Crosstown Classic” then shifts to the northside for the final two games of the series with the Wednesday, July 27 game being a “White Sox telecast” on CSN (SportsTalk Live from Wrigley Field begins the coverage at 5:00 PM…White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships takes place at 6:00 PM featuring CSN’s full coverage crew, along with Podsednik and 2005 White Sox World Series winning manager Ozzie Guillen). The Thursday, July 28 game will be “Cubs telecast” with SportsTalk Live coverage from the ballpark starting up at 5:00 PM.  First pitch coverage for these two games begins at 7:00 PM.

Kelly Crull (Cubs beat reporter) and Siera Santos (White Sox beat reporter) will also be on hand for every game providing detailed pre-game/in-game/post-game reports and player interviews throughout the Crosstown series.  Plus – CSNChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney & White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes will provide additional pre-game reports all week long.

To kick off “Crosstown Classic” week on CSN, fans can look forward to SportsNet Central: Crosstown Preview on Sunday night, July 24 at 10:30 PM.  Hosted by Pat Boyle, along with analytical segments from Kaplan/Hollandsworth and Garfien/Melton, this half-hour special will also provide a number of feature segments including a montage-style feature with White Sox players discussing the dominance of the their pitching ace: five-time All-Star Chris Sale, a behind-the-scenes game day look inside the iconic man-operated Wrigley Field centerfield scoreboard, and a “Know Your Opponent” segment with White Sox & Cubs players answering light-hearted questions about their crosstown rivals, among others.

In addition, Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive “Crosstown Classic” content including the following highlights:

  • Live stream of White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s “Crosstown Classic” post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following every game.
  • #CrosstownCSN – Fans from both sides of town can interact with their comments throughout the week on Twitter via the hashtag - #CrosstownCSN - plus, select tweets will also be retweeted via the network’s @CSNCubs, @CSNWhiteSox, and @CSNChicago Twitter handles.
  • IPowWow – On every edition of “Pregame Live” this week, Cubs and White Sox can vote in real-time on a specific topical question that will offer up five choices…fans just need to log onto CSNChicago.com/vote to cast their vote as many times as they choose with the immediate percentages of each choice appearing on their desktop, laptop, or mobile device.
  • Complete coverage of the “Crosstown Classic” 24/7 from CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney), White Sox Insider Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN), plus - additional coverage provided by CSN “Pre/Post Game Live” hosts Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and David Kaplan (@thekapman), along with Todd Hollandsworth (@hollytime28), Siera Santos (@SieraSantos) and Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull).  CSNChicago.com digital baseball reporters Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) and JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) will also be providing game day reports, analysis and features. 
  • White Sox/Cubs In-Game Live (Cubs sponsored by State Farm), a second screen platform for web and mobile devices that combines state-of-the-art infographics, data visualization of real-time statistics and game info with rich social interactivity tied to CSN Chicago’s live White Sox/Cubs “Crosstown Classic” game telecasts.
  • “Cubs/White Sox Pulse” (sponsored by Service King) -- a one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Plus, “White Sox/Cubs Pulse” aggregates all White Sox/Cubs player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #CrosstownCSN for the latest news, rumors, trades and more by following @CSNWhiteSox/@CSNCubs.
  • WhiteSoxTalk & CubsTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Cubs news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. CubsTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBaskteballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. SportsTalk was extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk, CubsTalk, WhiteSoxTalk, ChiFireTalk, BearsTalk, PrepsTalk, IrishTalk and B1GTalk which contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
  • CSN Chicago’s White Sox & Cubs content will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including NBCSports.com, NBCNews.com, Yahoo! Sports and Xfinity.com.

Note Comcast SportsNet’s full coverage breakdown for the upcoming White Sox vs. Cubs “Crosstown Classic” series:

MONDAY, JULY 25

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado – Special edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan and special guests LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field

6:00 PM – White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships – Special ONE-HOUR edition pre-game show LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field with special guest Scott Podsednik…features to include “Know Your Opponent” & a new 10-year retrospective interview with former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski on his unforgettable “Crosstown” home plate confrontation with former Cubs catcher Michael Barrett.

7:00 PM – CUBS at WHITE SOX (L) – “White Sox telecast” featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone 

9:45 PM – Subaru White Sox Postgame Live (time approx.) – Complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

10:00 PM/10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Classic Game 1 recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:00 AM – SportsNet Central presented by CLR – Full Crosstown Classic Game 1 recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – Cubs at White Sox (game replay)

TUESDAY, JULY 26

5:00 PM – Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group – Special ONE-HOUR edition pre-game show LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field…features to include a real-time fan voting segment (via CSNChicago.com/vote) on the “Top 5 Moments in Crosstown History” & a piece on baseball analytics and how Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks utilizes them to his advantage.

6:00 PM – CUBS at WHITE SOX (L) – “Cubs telecast” featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies

9:00 PM – Cubs Postgame Live presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (time approx.) – Complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

9:30 PM/10:00 PM/10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Classic Game 2 recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:00 AM – SportsNet Central presented by CLR – Full Crosstown Classic Game 2 recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – Cubs at White Sox (game replay)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado – Special edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan and special guests LIVE from Wrigley Field

6:00 PM – White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships – Special ONE-HOUR edition pre-game show LIVE from Wrigley Field with special guests Scott Podsednik & Ozzie Guillen…features to include a piece on Cubs superstar Kris Bryant’s baseball roots in San Diego, which includes interview with Bryant and his USD coach.

7:00 PM – WHITE SOX at CUBS (L) – “White Sox telecast” featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone

9:45 PM – Subaru White Sox Postgame Live (time approx.) – Complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

10:00 PM/10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Classic Game 3 recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:00 AM – SportsNet Central presented by CLR – Full Crosstown Classic Game 3 recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – White Sox at Cubs (game replay)

THURSDAY, JULY 28

5:00 PM – SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado – Special edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan and special guests LIVE from Wrigley Field

6:00 PM – Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from Wrigley Field…features to include a behind-the-scenes look at the work life of a Wrigley Field vendor & montage-style feature with White Sox players discussing the dominance of the their pitching ace, five-time All-Star Chris Sale.

7:00 PM – WHITE SOX at CUBS (L) – “Cubs telecast” featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies

9:45 PM – Cubs Postgame Live presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (time approx.) – Complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

10:00 PM/10:30 PM – GMC SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Classic Game 4 & entire series recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:00 AM – SportsNet Central presented by CLR – Full Crosstown Classic Game 4 & entire series recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – White Sox at Cubs (game replay)

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Strikeout machine Alec Hansen wants to be the best ... OK, one of the best

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Strikeout machine Alec Hansen wants to be the best ... OK, one of the best

GLENDALE, Ariz. — On a day when Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada took live batting practice for the first time this spring, off in the distance was a lanky White Sox prospect standing in the outfield grass.

But Alec Hansen was doing more than shagging flies. He was watching both hitters very closely.

“I was looking to see how much pop they had,” Hansen said of Abreu and Moncada. “I kind of look at that to see the difference in power between minor league ball and the major leagues. It’s nice to see it’s not a huge difference. That makes me feel a bit more comfortable.”

At 6-foot-8 — actually 6-foot-8-and-a-half, according to his spring training physical — Hansen is a big man with big plans for his baseball career. He might be quiet on the outside, but he has booming expectations for himself on the inside.

“I want to be the best,” Hansen said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

The best? The very best?

That’s what Hansen aspires to become, though later in our conversation, he did dial back a notch, settling for becoming “one of the best.”

Either is fine with manager Ricky Renteria, who is overseeing these uber-confident White Sox prospects and accepts their lofty expectations.

“I think their mindset is where it’s supposed to be,” Renteria said. “None of these kids are concerned or consumed with the possibility of failure. Much more they’re consuming themselves with the understanding that they might hit some stumbling blocks, but they’re going to have a way to avoid overcoming them and push forward and be the best that they can be.”

In his first full season in the White Sox organization, Hansen led the minor leagues with 191 strikeouts. He’s proud of that accomplishment but admitted something: He’s not that impressed because he didn’t do it where it really matters — in the major leagues.

When you watch Hansen pitch, it’s easy to see that the talent is there. His coaches and teammates rave about his ability. With his enormous size and power arm, he is loaded with strengths.  

Though there is one weakness that Hansen acknowledges he needs to work on.

“Sometimes I have a tendency to think too much and worry. I think worrying is the worst thing that I do just because I want to be perfect,” Hansen said. “I think everyone wants to be perfect, some more than others, and I worry about things getting in the way of achieving perfection.”

To Hansen, that doesn’t mean throwing a perfect game. He actually takes it one step further.

He wants to strikeout every single hitter he faces.

“I love striking people out,” Hansen said. “Not having to rely on anyone else and just getting the job done myself and knowing that the hitter can’t get a hit off me. That’s a great feeling. That they can’t put it in play. Like a line drive out. That’s terrible.”

At some point, Hansen will have to lower these impossible expectations for himself. This is an imperfect game. There’s no place for nine-inning, 27-strikeout performances. Players end up in the Hall of Fame because they learn how to succeed with failure.

In the meantime, Hansen is here in big league camp watching and learning anything and everything.

“I’m a good observer. I listen. I don’t really talk too much. I’m a pretty quiet guy. I like to sit back and observe and see how these guys go about their business. Just trying to be at their level, hopefully one day surpass them.”

Surpass?

“It’s kind of hard to surpass some of these guys. I mean, they’re at the tip-top, like the pinnacle of the sport,” Hansen said. “I guess you could say, to get on that level and then be one of the best in the league.”

He might be on his way.

White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

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White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

The White Sox freed up a spot on their 40-man roster Sunday, outrighting pitcher Dylan Covey to Triple-A Charlotte.

Covey pitched in 18 games last season, making 12 starts for the South Siders. Things did not go well, with Covey turning in an 0-7 record and a 7.71 ERA in 70 innings.

While there was an outside chance that Covey could have provided at least some starting-pitching depth heading into the 2018 season, the team's recent additions of Miguel Gonzalez and Hector Santiago — not to mention Covey's results from last season — wiped out that idea.

At the moment, the White Sox starting rotation figures to look like this by Opening Day: James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer, with Santiago seeming like a good option to provide depth as the long man in the bullpen.