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CSN to provide expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage Sept. 11-13!

CSN to provide expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage Sept. 11-13!

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO PROVIDE EXPANDED, LIVE WHITE SOX vs. TIGERS COVERAGE SEPTEMBER 11-13!

Live coverage includes remote U.S. Cellular Field editions of Chicago Tribune Live, SportsNet Central, White Sox Pre-Game Live & White Sox Post Game Live

The Big Hurt Frank Thomas to takeover CSN Chicagos White Sox Talk Twitter!

Plus - expanded CSNChicago.com coverage highlighted by feature stories, talent blogs, in-game Twitter messages from Insiders & on-air talent and much more!

Chicago, IL (September 10, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the AL Central Division 1st place Chicago White Sox, will deliver expanded U.S. Cellular Field remote coverage for the teams BIGGEST SERIES OF THE SEASON -- this weeks huge showdown against the division rival Detroit Tigers. Comcast SportsNet will carry live game and expanded surrounding coverage of the final three games of the series on September 11-13.

Note the following programming line-up from Comcast SportsNets expanded live, U.S. Cellular Field remote coverage beginning at 5:00 PM tomorrow (Tuesday, September 11):

5:00 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff - LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! Hosted by David Kaplan, program will preview the huge White Sox-Tigers series, including analysis from Tribune writers, along with special guests from U.S. Cellular Field and much more!

6:00 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse - LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! Pat Boyle and Mark Schanowski continue the live pre-game coverage from the ballpark featuring live guests and an extended preview of the evenings big game.

6:30 PM White Sox Pre-Game Live presented by Honda City LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! - Hosted by Chuck Garfien, Bill Melton and The Big Hurt Frank Thomas, this special remote edition of White Sox Pre-Game Live will preview the evenings game and overall series, along with providing a detailed pitching analysis and position breakdown, plus commentary from CSNChicago.com White Sox Insider Dan Hayes and other special guests.

7:00 PM WHITE SOX vs. DETROIT (L) Featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson & Steve Stone with the game call.

9:45 PM White Sox Post Game Live presented by Orland Park Nissan (time approx.) LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! Complete post-game analysis from Garfien, Melton & Thomas, including the LIVE post-game press conference featuring White Sox manager Robin Ventura, along with numerous player interviews and much more.

10:00 PM & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central Comprehensive White Sox-Tigers recap, highlights, interviews and more from the entire day in sports.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For its White Sox-Tigers telecasts on Wed, September 12 & Thu, September 13, Comcast SportsNet will once again provide viewers with live, remote editions of White Sox Pre-Game Live presented by Honda City and White Sox Post Game Live presented by Orland Park Nissan featuring Garfien, Melton & Thomas live from U.S. Cellular Field beginning at 6:30 PM.

Also, fans are in for a BIG treat as The Big Hurt Frank Thomas will takeover CSN Chicagos White Sox Talk Twitter handle during Tuesday & Thursday nights games. Thomas will provide his thoughts, insights and answer fan questions via @WhiteSoxTalk or twitter.comwhitesoxtalkcsn.

In addition to even more extensive White Sox-Tigers coverage throughout the big series via its White Sox Talk section, including feature stories, talent blogs, videos, etc., fans and viewers can interact with Thomas via a live blog on CSNChicago.com that will include game commentary from White Sox Insider Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN), Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and White Sox Talk producerblogger J.J. Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz).

As Fire's offseason activity picks up, GM Nelson Rodriguez says more improvement is needed

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As Fire's offseason activity picks up, GM Nelson Rodriguez says more improvement is needed

General manager Nelson Rodriguez has taken his time this offseason, but things have been picked up in the past week and will continue to do so with the draft taking place on Friday.

Rodriguez spoke with reporters on a conference call a day after Bastian Schweinsteiger’s return became official and just hours after Jorge Bava’s exit and the Cam Lindley trade were announced as expected. Those topics and plenty more were discussed serving as a state of the team with offseason activity ramping up.

First off, the big news remains Schweinsteiger’s return. Rodriguez would not disclose the German’s salary, but did say that there is no option for a second year on the contract. The two sides would have to renegotiate just like they did this winter for him to return in 2019.

“Both parties were keenly interested in continuing the relationship so I think that made things a lot easier,” Rodriguez said. “There are always some little details that need to be worked out and I think that’s what prolonged the discussions, but I believe both parties felt reasonably confident that we would continue together.”

Elsewhere, the finalization of the Lindley trade allowed Rodriguez to discuss some of the details of the breakdown in negotiations with the homegrown prospect. The Fire sent the rights to Lindley to Orlando for Rafa Ramos and $100,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (broken down as $50,000 in both 2018 and 2019). Lindley signed a four-year contract with Orlando.

The Fire approached Lindley last winter, but he returned to North Carolina for his sophomore season.

“When we spoke this year, Cameron indicated that he would prefer to start his career outside of Chicago and so we were able to fulfill that wish for him, but in the process we thought we did very well for ourselves in acquiring a very talented, young player with professional experience and then on top of that getting allocation money, which can serve us,” Rodriguez said. “I think it’s an instance where it’s a win-win for Orlando and for us.”

Ramos, 23, will likely be the backup to both Matt Polster and Brandon Vincent. Lindley is a 20-year-old central midfielder who could have provided depth behind Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty this year.

When asked why Lindley didn’t want to sign with the Fire, Rodriguez said he didn’t ask Lindley.

“I’m only concerned with players who are in our locker room and want to play for us,” Rodriguez said.

Bava’s exit was under different circumstances. The 36-year-old goalkeeper expressed a desire to return to his home country of Uruguay, which he was able to do by landing with Liverpool FC Montevideo. The Fire and Bava mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

“He came to us and let us know that he had a playing opportunity,” Rodriguez said. “I think the second part of it is that we indicated to Jorge that we were very comfortable with Matt (Lampson) and Richard (Sanchez) and that it was going to be difficult for him to unseat one or both of those guys.”

Those moves put the Fire’s roster at 21 heading into Friday’s draft. The first two rounds will take place in Philadelphia starting at 10 a.m. The Fire have the 15th and 38th picks.

Rodriguez said the Fire’s draft is very different this year after having the top pick in 2016 and the third pick in 2017. The Fire traded both of those picks.

“With the first pick and the third pick, teams generally come to you,” Rodriguez said. “My experience is that there are several teams going for the clubs that hold those top three spots now so it’s almost flipped in that if we want to be active, no one is looking to move up to 15.

“I wouldn’t discount our making a trade because we have had conversations, admittedly all with teams ahead of us in the draft, no one below us in the draft. But some of that may be dependant upon how the draft actually goes. Usually you lock in on one or two players, you don’t want to necessarily trade up without knowing either or both of those players might be available. It might be a situation that occurs during the draft as opposed to prior to the draft.”

As for other potential additions, Rodriguez didn’t say much. He wouldn’t comment on the continuing Juan Quintero rumors and reports. The news is seemingly going in both directions on that front.

Rodriguez did comment on a potential return for Juninho, the Brazilian midfielder who was on loan with the Fire last season. Mexican club Tijuana holds his rights after the loan expired.

“We told Juni and his agent that we were not going to offer a transfer to acquire his services, but if he could extricate himself from that contract, we would be interested in having him return to the club,” Rodriguez said.

When asked what he believes the roster still needs, Rodriguez said “across all our lines,” even mentioning goalkeeper as part of that. At this point most additions will be for depth, but Rodriguez mentioned the need to replace midfielder Djordje Mihailovic and forward Michael de Leeuw, both of which suffered torn ACLs last in the 2017 season. Rodriguez said they are hoping for those players to return from injury in July or August, but obviously things can change as they continue to rehab.

Meet the Prospects: Zack Collins

Meet the Prospects: Zack Collins

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Zack Collins

Collins, the 22-year-old catcher, has been projected as the White Sox catcher of the future since he was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

A Florida native and University of Miami product, Collins initially was celebrated for his batting prowess and faced questions about his defensive abilities, only to improve with the glove in 2017 while he watched some offensive numbers slip a bit.

After joining the White Sox organization in 2016, Collins slashed .258/.418/.467 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 36 games at Class A Winston-Salem. In 2017, he played 101 more games at Winston-Salem, slashing .223/.365/.443 with 17 homers and 48 RBIs. He also played a dozen games at Double-A Birmingham, where he added a couple more homers and five more RBIs.

This offseason's signing of Welington Castillo installs a veteran backstop for two or three seasons at the big league level, meaning there's no rush for Collins to get to the majors.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Collins rated as the No. 7 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Collins in the video above.