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'Chicago Baseball Hot Stove' returns to Comcast SportsNet

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'Chicago Baseball Hot Stove' returns to Comcast SportsNet

Comcast SportsNet has announced the return of "Chicago Baseball Hot Stove" for its second season, beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:00 p.m. and will be co-hosted by David Kaplan and Chuck Garfien.

Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will be a LIVE, weekly series dedicated to White Sox and Cubs offseason activities, along with full coverage and discussion of all the key moves and news around Major League Baseball.

Commentary and insight will be provided from Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney and White Sox Insider Dan Hayes, plus special weekly guests from the localnational baseball scene.

The half-hour studio show will closely examine and address each offseason move in "WhiteSoxTalk" and "CubsTalk" segments, providing up-to-the-minute baseball news, insider reports, interviews, highlights and expert analysis from baseball figures across the country.

In addition, the panel will profile the top available free agents and showcase the best MLB player tweets each week.

From Nov. 27 through the start of spring training, Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will air every Tuesday evening at 5:00 p.m., except Dec. 4 when the show airs at 4:30 p.m. LIVE from the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN with coverage from Garfien, Mooney and Hayes.

Additional re-airing will take place during the week and you can get listing updates at CSNChicago.comtvlisting.

Also, CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with a LIVE CHAT every Tuesday, beginning at 5:00 p.m letting fans interact directly with the Chicago Baseball Hot Stove crew and guests through Twitter by using the hashtag HotStove -- along with the Twitter handles of Kaplan (@thekapman), Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), Mooney (@CSNMooney), Hayes (@DanHayesCSN), Cubs (@CubsTalkCSN) and White Sox (@WhiteSoxTalkCSN) -- to take fan questions and share their opinions.

In addition, CSNChicago.com will launch a Chicago Baseball Hot Stove page that will include video, polls, news and a Twitter module, aggregating all WhiteSoxTalk, CubsTalk, and HotStove tweets.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Who will win the AL Central in 2020?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Who will win the AL Central in 2020?

With only 60 games to play in the 2020 MLB season, it seems like there will be a three-team race to the top of the AL Central. To discuss and debate, Chuck Garfien is joined by Anthony Castrovince and Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com to discuss who will be crowned the division winner.

(4:30) - Is the AL Central a three-team race or will the Twins win it again?

(10:30) - Who will have the best hitting in the division?

(16:49) - Who has the best starting pitching?

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(23:38) - Bullpen break down

(31:52) - Final rankings on who should win the AL Central

Listen here or below.

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MLB The Show: White Sox take down Blue Jays behind Dallas Keuchel

MLB The Show: White Sox take down Blue Jays behind Dallas Keuchel

NBC Sports Chicago is simulating the 2020 White Sox season via MLB The Show during the postponement of play. The White Sox, stocked with young talent and veteran offseason acquisitions, were expected to take a big step forward in their rebuild this season. Follow along as we play out the first few months of the season.

Result: White Sox def. Blue Jays 7-1
Record: 51-36 this season, first in AL Central (3 games ahead of Twins)

W: Dallas Keuchel (5-5)
L: Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-4)

Game summary: The South Siders continued their three-game set vs the Blue Jays north of the border on Wednesday. And just like Canadian summers, their bats took a little longer than normal to warm up in this game.

Fortunately for the White Sox, they didn’t need a lot of runs early as Dallas Keuchel had his entire repertoire working. The veteran lefty, a frequent sore spot in the rotation this season, went eight innings while allowing just one run and striking out five batters. Sporting an ERA above 7 at times this year, Keuchel is now sitting at 5.90.

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After just scoring just two runs through the first seven frames, the White Sox offense broke out in the eighth. Tim Anderson emerged from his power slump in a big way, hitting a three-run bomb to left. Then, Nomar Mazara also went deep, slugging his 17th homer of the season.

The White Sox winning streak is now at three games, the same total they lead the AL Central by as All-Star weekend approaches.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 0-4 (.311 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-4, 2B (.251 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 1-5, HR (23), RBI, R (.278 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 1-3, 2 BB, R (.309 BA)
Jose Abreu: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R (.311 BA)
Tim Anderson: 1-5, HR (15), 3 RBI, R (.275 BA)
Luis Robert: 1-5, R (.256 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 1-3 (.283 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 2-4, HR (17), 2 RBI, R (.257 BA)

Scoring summary:

Top first

Yoan Moncada homered to left field. 1-0 CHW.

Top fourth

Nomar Mazara singled to left field, Luis Robert scored. 2-0 CHW.

Bottom fifth

Bo Bichette homered to left field. 2-1 CHW.

Top eighth

Tim Anderson homered to left field, Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu scored. 5-1 CHW.
Mazara homered to right field. 6-1 CHW.

Top ninth

Anderson reached on throwing error, Abreu scored. 7-1 CHW.

Notable performance: Mazara is the human embodiment of the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Despite being in the nine-hole, Mazara has hit 16 homers and is ninh in the AL with 63 RBIs. There's no reason to move him elsewhere in the lineup.

Next game: Thursday, July 2 - Game 88: White Sox at Blue Jays (Dylan Cease, 4-4, 5.40 ERA vs Ryan Borucki, 6-4, 5.11 ERA)

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