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CSN announces its 2016 White Sox and Cubs spring training on-air/online coverage details

CSN announces its 2016 White Sox and Cubs spring training on-air/online coverage details

15 GAMES IN 16 DAYS begins Wednesday, March 16 featuring the Cubs against the World Series champion K.C. Royals; first White Sox spring training telecast on Friday, March 18 against the Cubs!

Every spring training game coverage to include numerous profile features on both Cubs & White Sox veterans and the new crop of emerging talent on both sides of town

In-Depth Cactus League Coverage throughout February/March on ‘SportsTalk Live,’ ‘SportsNet Central’ and CSNChicago.com 

Chicago, IL (February 16, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2016 Chicago White Sox and 2016 Chicago Cubs, will provide baseball fans with one of the network’s biggest line-ups of LIVE Cactus League spring training games, along with its most comprehensive surrounding on-air/online coverage to date. 

Comcast SportsNet’s “15 Games in 16 Days” spring training game schedule gets underway with the Cubs facing the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals on Wednesday, March 16 at 3:00 PM CT from Surprise Stadium in Surprise, AZ, which will be followed by the network’s first White Sox spring training telecast this season as they’ll host the Cubs on Friday, March 18 at 3:00 PM CT at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ.  The network will carry a total of 15 (nine White Sox and six Cubs) Cactus League telecasts this spring.  White Sox and Cubs spring training baseball game telecasts and in-game features are presented by Knauz Autopark, located at Route 41 in Lake Bluff, IL.

Every Comcast SportsNet spring training telecast will be presented in HD featuring new White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti and veteran analyst Steve Stone for all White Sox games with the always-entertaining announcing duo of Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies handling all Cubs telecasts.  For the third-straight Cactus League season, every Comcast SportsNet Cubs and White Sox spring training game will include in-game feature profiles highlighting numerous veterans, newcomers, along with every emerging talent member that looks to make an impact on both sides of town not only this year, but for years to come.

In addition, SportsTalk Live presented by Land Rover, hosted by David Kaplan (Monday-Friday at 5:30 PM) and Comcast SportsNet’s nightly sports news desk SportsNet Central (at 6:30 PM presented by Comcast Business, 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM presented by GMC and midnight presented by CLR) will offer the very latest player news and progress reports from Arizona, plus – CSNChicago.com’s “Insiders” Dan Hayes & Patrick Mooney will provide Sox/Cubs fans with the most up-to-the-minute spring training news and developments 24/7. 

Following the March 18 Cubs at Royals game, additional opponents on this year’s Cubs spring training schedule include Texas (Mar. 23), Milwaukee (Mar. 25), Seattle (Mar. 27), Oakland (Mar. 29) and NY Mets (Mar. 31 from Las Vegas, NV).  Additional White Sox opponents on this year’s spring training schedule include the LA Dodgers (Mar. 19), Oakland (Mar. 20), Cleveland (Mar. 21), San Francisco (Mar. 22), LA Angels (Mar. 24), Cincinnati (Mar. 26 & 30) and Colorado (Mar. 28).  NOTE: See attached schedule for Comcast SportsNet’s complete 2016 White Sox & Cubs spring training telecast schedule.

Beginning this week, Comcast SportsNet’s SportsNet Central will be provide nightly “Spring Training Reports” on its 6:30 PM, 10:00 PM, 10:30 PM and midnight nightly editions, plus SportsTalk Live and CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with the very latest White Sox and Cubs news and player updates daily.  From a Cubs standpoint, SportsNet Central’s Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull will be in Mesa filing reports, along with CSNChicago.com’s Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney providing up-to-the-minute news coverage 24/7 throughout the duration of Cactus League play both online and on-air. 

From a White Sox standpoint, SportsNet Central’s White Sox beat reporter Siera Santos will file daily reports from Glendale for SportsNet Central, along with CSNChicago.com White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes filing the latest White Sox news, player/coaches interviews and more for both Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com throughout spring training.  Plus, digital baseball reporter J.J. Stankevitz will also provide additional Cubs and White Sox content from Arizona in the month of March.

From a Twitter perspective, fans are urged to follow Comcast SportsNet’s team of reporters for 24/7 comprehensive WhiteSox/Cubs/MLB updates via Kaplan (@thekapman), Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), Mooney (@CSNMooney), Hayes (@CSNHayes), Crull (@Kelly_Crull), Santos (@SieraSantos), Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz), “WhiteSoxTalk” (@CSNWhiteSox), “CubsTalk” (@CSNCubs) and Comcast SportsNet’s main Twitter handle (@CSNChicago).  Plus – CSNChicago.com will provide fans with exclusive video and written feature stories, game previews/recaps, photo slideshows and more so fans on the go can stay on top of the latest MLB spring training news and developments wherever and whenever they occur.

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2016 Chicago White Sox & Chicago Cubs Spring Training Schedule

 

Composite White Sox/Cubs Spring Training Schedule:

  1. Wed, Mar 16 3:00 pm       CUBS at Kansas City              Surprise, AZ               
  2. Fri, Mar 18    3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. CUBS           Glendale, AZ  
  3. Sat, Mar 19  3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. LA Dodgers  Glendale, AZ
  4. Sun, Mar 20  3:00 pm       WHITE SOX at Oakland         Mesa, AZ        
  5. Mon, Mar 21 3:00 pm        WHITE SOX at Cleveland       Goodyear, AZ
  6. Tue, Mar 22  3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. San Francisco Glendale, AZ           
  7. Wed, Mar 23  3:00 pm      CUBS at Texas                       Surprise, AZ               
  8. Thu, Mar 24  3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. LA Angels      Glendale, AZ 
  9. Fri, Mar 25   3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Milwaukee              Mesa, AZ        
  10. Sat, Mar 26 2:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. Cincinnati      Glendale, AZ 
  11. Sun, Mar 27 3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Seattle                    Mesa, AZ        
  12. Mon, Mar 28  3:00 pm      WHITE SOX at Colorado        Scottsdale, AZ
  13. Tue, Mar 29 3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Oakland                  Mesa, AZ        
  14. Wed, Mar 30  3:00 pm     WHITE SOX at Cincinnati       Goodyear, AZ 
  15. Thu, Mar 31  7:00 pm        CUBS vs. NY Mets                  Las Vegas, NV           

White Sox Spring Training Schedule:                    

Fri, Mar 18          3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. CUBS           Glendale, AZ  

Sat, Mar 19        3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. LA Dodgers  Glendale, AZ

Sun, Mar 20       3:00 pm        WHITE SOX at Oakland         Mesa, AZ        

Mon, Mar 21       3:00 pm        WHITE SOX at Cleveland       Goodyear, AZ

Tue, Mar 22        3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. San Francisco Glendale, AZ                       

Thu, Mar 24        3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. LA Angels      Glendale, AZ 

Sat, Mar 26        2:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. Cincinnati      Glendale, AZ 

Mon, Mar 28       3:00 pm        WHITE SOX at Colorado        Scottsdale, AZ

Wed, Mar 30      3:00 pm        WHITE SOX at Cincinnati       Goodyear, AZ 

Cubs Spring Training Schedule:

Wed, Mar 16      3:00 pm        CUBS at Kansas City              Surprise, AZ               

Wed, Mar 23      3:00 pm        CUBS at Texas                       Surprise, AZ               

Fri, Mar 25          3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Milwaukee              Mesa, AZ        

Sun, Mar 27       3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Seattle                    Mesa, AZ        

Tue, Mar 29        3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Oakland                  Mesa, AZ        

Thu, Mar 31        7:00 pm        CUBS vs. NY Mets                  Las Vegas, NV           

 

All Times Central Time

All Game Produced in High-Definition (HD)

Schedule Subject to Change

Visit CSNChicago.com for more extensive 2016 White Sox & Cubs coverage all season long.

White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

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White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo sidelined with elbow injuries

PHOENIX, Ariz. — One of the White Sox prized prospects will be on the shelf for a little while.

Outfielder Micker Adolfo has a sprained UCL in his right elbow and a strained flexor tendon that could require surgery. He could avoid surgery, though he could be sidelined for at least six weeks.

Though he hasn’t received the same high rankings and media attention as fellow outfield prospects Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, Adolfo is considered a part of the White Sox promising future. He’s said to have the best outfield arm in the White Sox system.

Adolfo had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .264/.331/.453 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs in 112 games with Class A Kannapolis.

Adolfo, along with Jimenez and Robert, has been generating buzz at White Sox camp in Glendale, with a crowd forming whenever the trio takes batting practice. Earlier this week, the three described their conversation dreaming about playing together in the same outfield for a contending White Sox team in the future.

Javy Baez can do anything defensively, but what's next for him at the plate?

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Javy Baez can do anything defensively, but what's next for him at the plate?

MESA, Ariz. — You don’t need to spend long searching the highlight reels to figure out why Javy Baez goes by “El Mago.”

Spanish for “The Magician,” that moniker is a fitting one considering what Baez can do with his glove and his arm up the middle of the infield. The king of tags, Baez also dazzles with his throwing arm and his range. He looks like a Gold Glove kind of player when you watch him do these amazing things. And it’s no surprise that in his first media session of the spring, he was talking about winning that award.

“Just to play hard and see what I can do. Obviously, try to be healthy the whole year again. And try to get that Gold Glove that I want because a lot of people know me for my defense,” he said Friday at Cubs camp. “Just try to get a Gold Glove and stay healthy the whole year.”

Those high expectations — in this case, being the best defensive second baseman in the National League — fall in line with everything the rest of the team is saying about their own high expectations. It’s been “World Series or bust” from pretty much everyone over the past couple weeks in Mesa.

Baez might not be all the way there just yet. Joe Maddon talked earlier this week about his reminders that Baez needs to keep focusing on making the easy plays while staying a master of the magnificent.

“What I talked to him about was, when he had to play shortstop, please make the routine play routinely and permit your athleticism to play. Because when the play requires crazinesss, you’re there, you can do that,” Maddon said. “But this straight up ground ball three-hopper to shortstop, come get the ball, play it through and make an accurate throw in a routine manner. Apparently that stuck. Because he told me once he thought in those terms, it really did slow it down for him. And he did do a better job at doing that.”

But the biggest question for Cubs fans when it comes to Baez is when the offense will catch up to his defense. Baez hit a game-winning homer run in his first major league game and smacked 23 of them last season, good for fifth on a team full of power bats. But arguably just as famous as Baez’s defensive magic is his tendency to chase pitches outside of the strike zone. He had 144 strikeouts last season and reached base at a .317 clip. Seven Cubs — including notable struggling hitters Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist — had higher on-base percentages in 2017.

Baez, for one, is staying focused on what he does best, saying he doesn’t really have any specific offensive goals for the upcoming season.

“I’m not worrying about too much about it,” he said. “I’m just trying to play defense, and just let the offense — see what happens.”

Maddon, unsurprisingly, talked much more about what Baez needs to do to become a better all-around player, and unsurprisingly that included being more selective at the plate.

“One of the best base runners in the game, one of the finest arms, most acrobatic, greatest range on defense, power. The biggest thing for me for him is to organize the strike zone,” Maddon said. “Once he does that, heads up. He’s at that point now, at-bat wise, if you want to get those 500, 600 plate appearances, part of that is to organize your zone, accept your walks, utilize the whole field, that kind of stuff. So that would be the level that I think’s the next level for him.”

Will Baez have a season’s worth of at-bats to get that done? The versatile Cubs roster includes a couple guys who split time between the infield and outfield in Zobrist and Ian Happ. Getting their more consistent bats in the lineup might mean sacrificing Baez’s defense on certain days. Baez, of course, also has the ability to slide over to shortstop to spell Addison Russell, like he did when Russell was on the disabled list last season.

Until Baez learns how to navigate that strike zone a bit better, it might make Maddon more likely to mix and match other options, rather than considering him an everyday lock like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

But like Russell, Albert Almora Jr. and Willson Contreras, Baez is one of the young players who despite key roles on a championship contender the last few years still have big league growth to come. And Maddon thinks that growth is right around the corner.

“I want to believe you’re going to see that this year,” Maddon said. “They’ve had enough major league at-bats now, they should start making some significant improvements that are easy to recognize. The biggest thing normally is pitch selection, I think that’s where it really shows up. When you have talented players like that, that are very strong, quick, all that other stuff, if they’re swinging at strikes and taking balls, they’re going to do really well. And so it’s no secret with Javy. It’s no secret with Addy. Addy’s been more swing mode as opposed to accepting his walks. That’s part of the maturation process with those two guys. Albert I thought did a great job the last month, two months of getting better against righties. I thought Jason looked really good in the cage today. And Willson’s Willson.

“The natural assumption is these guys have played enough major league at-bats that you should see something different this year in a positive way.”