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Denis Savard to be the next featured guest on CSN's Inside Look (Friday, May 6 at 7:30)

Denis Savard to be the next featured guest on CSN's Inside Look (Friday, May 6 at 7:30)

BLACKHAWKS AMBASSADORHOCKEY HALL OF FAMER DENIS SAVARDTO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON COMCAST SPORTSNETSMONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK
Inside Look, hosted by Comcast SportsNets Chris Boden, featuring Denis Savardto debut Friday, May 6 at 7:30 PMCSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (May 3, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look.

Debuting Friday, May 6 at 7:30 PM, Comcast SportsNets Chris Boden hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Blackhawks AmbassadorHockey Hall of Famer DENIS SAVARD. Savard discusses everything from his illustrious playing career, his years coaching the Blackhawks, his role as team ambassador, receiving a Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship ring and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Denis Savard on the following datestimes: Mon, May 9 at 8pm; Tue, May 10 at 2pm; Fri, May 13 at 5pm; Sat, May 14 at 9:30pm; Tue, May 17 at 11:30pm; Fri, May 20 at 2pm; Sun, May 22 at 2:30pm; Wed, May 25 at 4:30pm and Thu, May 26 at 11pm.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Denis Savard premiering Friday, May 6 on Comcast SportsNet:

SAVARD on becoming a Blackhawks Ambassador:

(Blackhawks Chairman) Rocky (Wirtz) and (Blackhawks President) John (McDonough) had a plan. They respected what I had done. They told me about being an ambassador and theyd like to offer me a contract and I said Of courseI want to be a Blackhawk for the rest of my life. I couldnt be any happier and the organization couldnt be better to me. Im more popular now than when I was a player! I know Ive done some things in Chicago, but John has put us on another map.

SAVARD on his head coaching stint with the Blackhawks:

Unfortunately, you get hired to get fired. Its a business. If you dont win, then you have to move on. I was ready and I learned how to teach and motivate. If there was a weakness, it was the practices. They could have been a higher tempo. Back in my day, they didnt teach me defense and forechecking. I felt for a team to win, you needed that. I look at the guys I coached and I see them succeeding. Anyone can coach (Jonathan) Toews and (Patrick) Kane because they are awesome, but now they have Joel (Quenneville) and hes a great coachand they won.

SAVARD on possibly returning to coaching one day:

No, coaching is done. You never close any doors, but its done. I love where Im at and hope to do it forever. We work and we go to the games and do meet-and-greets. Its not work and its so much fun. Im able to do things now that Ive never done before in my life. I love what Im doing and where Im at.

SAVARD on receiving his Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship ring:

I always wanted to have a ring as a Blackhawk and when they gave me a ring, it was touching. I have a beautiful daughter and she has a great life, but this thing here (shows ring), this is what I was missing in my life and now Ive got it.

Prospects highlight White Sox spring training invitees

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Prospects highlight White Sox spring training invitees

Pitchers and catchers report in just over three weeks and the White Sox announced the list of spring training invitees on Monday.

The White Sox signed six players to minor-league contracts to get them to camp, but, as has been the case for the past year-plus with the White Sox, all eyes will be on the prospects.

Pitchers Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Dylan Cease and position players Luis Robert, Zack Collins and 2017 first-round pick Jake Burger are among the top prospects the White Sox invited to spring training. The team’s top prospect, Eloy Jimenez, is already on the 40-man roster so he was already set to be included. Jimenez, Kopech, Hansen, Robert and Dunning were just included on Baseball America's top 100 prospects.

Kopech and Collins were in spring training last year and Jimenez was in spring training with the Cubs in 2017 so it’s not an entirely new experience for them, but White Sox fans will be able to get a more extended and accessible look at Jimenez for the first time. Robert will likely have extra attention on him due to this being his first professional baseball in the U.S. Robert played in the Dominican Summer League after signing with the White Sox last summer.

The other non-roster invitees are pitchers Chris Beck, Tyler Danish, Jordan Stephens, Connor Walsh, Brian Clark and Jordan Guerrero and position players Alfredo Gonzalez, Seby Zavala and Jacob May.

The players signed on minor-league contracts are Rob Scahill, Chris Volstad, Michael Ynoa, T.J. House, Patrick Leonard and Matt Skole. Volstad and Ynoa both pitched with the White Sox in 2017, but have since been removed from the 40-man roster. Scahill is a Chicagoland product who graduated from Willowbrook High School and pitched at Bradley in college.

The Brewers have emerged as a darkhorse in the race for top starting pitchers

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The Brewers have emerged as a darkhorse in the race for top starting pitchers

The Milwaukee Brewers are making sure nobody forgets about them in the National League Central.

While the St. Louis Cardinals continue to make trades and the Cubs remain linked to the top starting pitchers on the market even after signing three pitchers, the Brewers have been rather quiet. All winter, the only noteworthy moves from Milwaukee came in the form of under-the-radar pitcher signings — starters Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo plus reliever Boone Logan.

Beyond that, the Brewers have added a bunch of other low-leverage players — catcher Christian Bethancourt and relievers J.J. Hoover, Ernesto Frieri, Michael Brady and Erik Davis. (Nobody would blame you if you haven't heard of any of those players before.)

But maybe the Brewers have just been saving their cash for one of the big guys, with Ken Rosenthal confirming a report Sunday night Milwaukee is not only one of the teams in on Yu Darvish, but they've even made a formal offer:

The Brewers securing Darvish or one of the other top pitchers — Jake Arrieta or Alex Cobb — would be a huge development in their effort to keep pace with the Cubs and Cardinals in the division.

Milwaukee was a surprise contender in 2017 before they faded down the stretch. The main reason they hung around the top of the NL Central all year was a shockingly-effective pitching staff.

However, the Brewers have some serious pitching questions long-term that need to be addressed. Beyond Chase Anderson and Zach Davies in the rotation, there are no sure things. 

Jimmy Nelson underwent shoulder surgery last fall and it's currently unknown when he can be counted on again, though things are progressing ahead of schedule. Junior Guerra — the 33-year-old right-hander formerly of the White Sox — went 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts in 2016 but followed that up with some serious struggles in 2017 (5.12 ERA, 1.48 WHIP).

Chacin, 30, was good in 2017 (13-10, 3.89 ERA, 1.27 WHIP), but struggled with health and inconsistent performance in the five seasons prior. Gallardo, 31, has a 5.57 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over the last two seasons. 

All that adds up to a staff that doesn't inspire much confidence behind a high-powered offense led by Ryan Braun, Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana, Eric Thames plus up-and-comers Lewis Brinson and Orlando Arcia.

Adding Arrieta or Darvish would certainly go quite far in improving the Brewers' biggest weakness and even Cobb could be a serious game-changer in Milwaukee.

As an interesting footnote to the whole Darvish rumor, the minute after Rosenthal confirmed the report, the Brewers official Twitter account took a shot at the Cubs:

Cubs Twitter — never one to back down from a good-natured social media spat — responded Monday morning with a sick comeback: