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CSN announces 2017 White Sox season coverage details

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CSN announces 2017 White Sox season coverage details

106 Regular Season Games, including the Home/Season Opener on Monday, April 3 vs. Detroit!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER -- Live streaming coverage of EVERY White Sox telecast – including all Pre/Postgame Shows – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app

CSNChicago.com to feature 24/7 reporting from White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes; website to also feature live video of Postgame Press Conferences, weekly White Sox podcasts featuring Chuck Garfien, Daily Player/Coaches Interview, plus In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent and much more!

“White Sox Season Preview” special, featuring a complete analysis of this year’s roster and the roster of the future, to air Wednesday, March 29 at 10:30 PM CT!

Chicago, IL (March 21, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN) -- the home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the up-and-coming Chicago White Sox has announced its 2017 White Sox game telecast & surrounding coverage details, along with numerous digital coverage specifics on CSNChicago.com. 

The 2017 White Sox season on CSN includes 106 live regular season games, including the HOME/SEASON OPENER against the AL Central division rival Detroit Tigers on Monday, April 3 at 3:00 PM, featuring the always-entertaining White Sox announcing tandem of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson and Steve Stone on the call.  Coverage begins at 2:00 PM CT with an expanded, LIVE REMOTE Opening Day edition of White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships from Guaranteed Rate Field hosted by CSN’s White Sox studio tandem of Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton, along with CSN’s White Sox beat reporter Siera Santos and CSNChicago.com White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes providing additional Opening Day reports. The game will be immediately followed by an expanded edition of Subaru White Sox Postgame Live, also taking place live from Guaranteed Rate Field, featuring new White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s live post-game press conference, along with player post-game reaction, expanded highlights, detailed analysis and much more.

In addition -- beginning THIS season -- EVERY White Sox telecast on CSN, including surrounding White Sox Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be accessible live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers.  The live stream of CSN’s White Sox telecasts is presented by State Farm.  The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service of White Sox games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq .  

For the second-straight season, southside Chicago-area native and Homewood-Flossmoor H.S. graduate Jason Benetti will provide the play-by-play call for every White Sox home game this season (with the exception of the home opener and the Cubs “Crosstown” series games being played at Guaranteed Rate Field), along with two road games in Toronto (June 16 &17).  Legendary White Sox broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson will once again handle play-by-play duties for all road games this season, but, as previously mentioned, “Hawk” will be on the call for the 2017 Home Opener on April 3, along with the  “Crosstown” series match-ups at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Among the 2017 White Sox regular season schedule highlights on CSN include 48 match-ups in the always-competitive AL Central Division featuring a total of 11 match-ups against the defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians, along with 12 games apiece against the Detroit Tigers & Kansas City Royals, and 13 against the Minnesota Twins.  In addition, viewers can look forward to five games against the defending AL East champ Boston Red Sox, five games against the New York Yankees, five games against the AL West champion Texas Rangers, plus – an expanded interleague schedule including a pair of games against the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers, a pair of games against NL Wild Card champion San Francisco Giants, along with additional NL West battles vs. Colorado, Arizona, and San Diego.  ALSO -- CSN will carry all four White Sox-Cubs “Crosstown Cup” interleague games this year.  (NOTE: the July 24 & 26 “Crosstown” games will be “White Sox” telecasts on Comcast SportsNet, while the July 25 & 27 games will be “Cubs” telecasts).

PROGRAMMING NOTE: CSN will also air a White Sox Season Preview special (presented by GMC) on Wednesday, March 29 at 10:30 PM.  Hosted by Chuck Garfien and featuring special guests, the White Sox Season Preview special will provide a complete breakdown of all of the off-season transactions, a deep look at this year’s roster, along with numerous players and coaches interviews.  This special will also re-air on Friday, Mar. 31 at 4:30 PM and Sat, April 1 at 12:30 PM.

In addition to its live stream of every White Sox regular season telecast, CSNChicago.com also delivers comprehensive 24/7 White Sox coverage all season long, including the following highlights: 

  • Live stream of White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following every home game.
  • White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes returns for his sixth season on the beatFollow him on Twitter @CSNHayes for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7.  Hayes will also file daily stories/video reports and will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships, SportsTalk Live, In the Loop and in select CSN White Sox home games.  All Dan Hayes content on CSNChicago.com is sponsored by The Great Escape.
  • Chuck Garfien will once again offer on-going reports and insight via his popular “Sox Drawer” posts, which will include exclusive video content.  Garfien can also be followed on Twitter 24/7 @ChuckGarfien, for up-to-the-second White Sox news.  In addition, fans are urged to follow CSN White Sox beat reporter Siera Santos (@SieraSantos) for additional White Sox news, interviews, and insight all season long.
  • CSNChicago.com digital baseball reporters JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) and Paul Roumeliotis (@PaulRoumel) will also be providing White Sox game day reports, analysis and features throughout the season.
  • “White Sox Talk PODCAST” (presented by Wintrust) – Featuring White Sox Pre/Postgame Live host Chuck Garfien and an array of special guests, CSN’s “White Sox Talk” podcast features in-depth White Sox discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news all season long. Fans can download all of CSN’s podcasts at CSNChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
  • WhiteSoxTalk (CSNChicago.com/white-sox) - CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive White Sox news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. WhiteSoxTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the new #WhiteSoxTalk podcast.
  • @CSNWhiteSox on Twitter provides 24/7 full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from Guaranteed Rate Field and across the country.
  • Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver White Sox push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
  • White Sox coverage on CSNChicago.com/white-sox is presented by Wintrust
  • CSN Chicago’s White Sox content will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including NBCSports.com, NBCNews.com, and Xfinity.com.

For the tenth-straight season, CSN will produce every White Sox regular season home and road game in a high-definition (HD) format.   In addition, nine White Sox games are currently scheduled to be telecast on CSN Plus (see attached schedule).  CSN Plus (CSN+) telecasts are provided to CSN affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously.  CSN+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details). Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can also watch all CSN+ games in standard definition on CLTV. 

Before a number of White Sox games on CSN (including all weekend telecasts), fans can tune to White Sox Pregame Live presented by The Kowalis Family of Dealerships featuring a half-hour of pre-game analysis, interviews and the very latest White Sox news (NOTE: for weeknight 7:00 PM game start times or earlier, pre-game coverage can be found on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado featuring host David Kaplan or on In the Loop presented by Comcast Business).  Following the majority of all games, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Subaru White Sox Postgame Live featuring live coverage of White Sox manager Rick Renteria’s post-game press conferences and live locker room interviews with White Sox players.  Following primetime editions of White Sox Postgame Live, CSN will air In the Loop Prime presented by GMC at 10:00 PM and/or In the Loop Prime presented by State Farm at 10:30 PM for a complete recap of the day’s top local and national sports news, along with the most popular topics, videos, posts and more in the social media universe. 

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2017 Chicago White Sox Schedule

Regular Season: (every game available in HD)

 

  1. Mon, Apr 3               3:00 pm              vs Detroit                                        (Home/Season Opener!)
  2. Wed, Apr 5               1:00 pm              vs Detroit
  3. Fri, Apr 7                  7:00 pm              vs Minnesota                                  CSN+
  4. Sun, Apr 9                1:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  5. Tue, Apr 11              3:00 pm              @ Cleveland
  6. Wed, Apr 12             5:00 pm              @ Cleveland
  7. Fri, Apr 14                7:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  8. Sun, Apr 16              3:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  9. Tue, Apr 18              6:00 pm              @ New York Yankees
  10. Wed, Apr 19             6:00 pm              @ New York Yankees
  11. Fri, Apr 21                7:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  12. Sat, Apr 22               6:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  13. Mon, Apr 24             7:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  14. Tue, Apr 25              7:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  15. Sat, Apr 29               12:00 pm            @ Detroit
  16. Mon, May 1              7:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  17. Wed, May 3              7:00 pm              @ Kansas City                                CSN+
  18. Thu, May 4               1:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  19. Fri, May 5                 6:00 pm              @ Baltimore
  20. Sun, May 7               12:30 pm            @ Baltimore
  21. Tue, May 9               7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  22. Thu, May 11             7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  23. Fri, May 12               7:00 pm              vs San Diego                                  CSN+
  24. Sun, May 14             1:00 pm              vs San Diego
  25. Mon, May 15            9:00 pm              @ Los Angeles Angels
  26. Wed, May 17            9:00 pm              @ Los Angeles Angels
  27. Thu, May 18             9:00 pm              @ Seattle
  28. Sat, May 20              9:00 pm              @ Seattle
  29. Sun, May 21             3:00 pm              @ Seattle
  30. Mon, May 22            8:30 pm              @ Arizona
  31. Wed, May 24            2:30 pm              @ Arizona
  32. Fri, May 26               7:00 pm              vs Detroit
  33. Sat, May 27              1:00 pm              vs Detroit
  34. Tue, May 30             7:00 pm              vs Boston
  35. Wed, May 31            7:00 pm              vs Boston
  36. Sat, June 3               3:00 pm              @ Detroit
  37. Sun, June 4              12:00 pm            @ Detroit
  38. Wed, June 7             6:00 pm              @ Tampa Bay
  39. Thu, June 8              6:00 pm              @ Tampa Bay
  40. Sun, June 11            12:00 pm            @ Cleveland
  41. Tue, June 13            7:00 pm              vs Baltimore
  42. Wed, June 14           7:00 pm              vs Baltimore                                    CSN+
  43. Thu, June 15            1:00 pm              vs Baltimore
  44. Fri, June 16              6:00 pm              @ Toronto
  45. Sat, June 17             12:00 pm            @ Toronto
  46. Wed, June 21           7:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  47. Thu, June 22            12:00 pm            @ Minnesota
  48. Fri, June 23              7:00 pm              vs Oakland
  49. Sat, June 24             1:00 pm              vs Oakland
  50. Tue, June 27            7:00 pm              vs New York Yankees
  51. Wed, June 28           7:00 pm              vs New York Yankees                    CSN+
  52. Thu June 29             7:00 pm              vs New York Yankees
  53. Fri, June 30              7:00 pm              vs Texas
  54. Sun, July 2               1:00 pm              vs Texas
  55. Mon, July 3               8:00 pm              @ Oakland
  56. Tue, July 4               3:00 pm              @ Oakland
  57. Fri, July 7                 7:30 pm              @ Colorado
  58. Sun, July 9               2:00 pm              @ Colorado
  59. Fri, July 14               7:00 pm              vs Seattle                                        CSN+
  60. Sun, July 16             1:00 pm              vs Seattle
  61. Wed, July 19            7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Dodgers
  62. Fri, July 21               7:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  63. Sun, July 23             1:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  64. Mon, July 24             1:20 pm              @ CUBS
  65. Wed, July 26            7:00 pm              vs CUBS                                        
  66. Fri, July 28               7:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  67. Sat, July 29              6:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  68. Mon, July 31             7:00 pm              vs Toronto
  69. Wed, Aug 2              1:00 pm              vs Toronto
  70. Thu, Aug 3               6:00 pm              @ Boston
  71. Fri, Aug 4                 6:00 pm              @ Boston
  72. Sat, Aug 5                6:00 pm              @ Boston
  73. Wed, Aug 9              7:00 pm              vs Houston
  74. Thu, Aug 10             7:00 pm              vs Houston
  75. Sat, Aug 12              6:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  76. Wed, Aug 16            9:00 pm              @ Los Angeles Dodgers
  77. Thu, Aug 17             7:00 pm              @ Texas
  78. Fri, Aug 18               7:00 pm              @ Texas
  79. Sun, Aug 20             2:00 pm              @ Texas
  80. Mon, Aug 21             7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  81. Tue, Aug 22             7:00 pm              vs Minnesota
  82. Wed, Aug 23            7:00 pm              vs Minnesota                                  CSN+
  83. Fri, Aug 25               7:00 pm              vs Detroit
  84. Sat, Aug 26              6:00 pm              vs Detroit
  85. Tue, Aug 29             7:00 pm              @ Minnesota
  86. Thu, Aug 31             12:00 pm            @ Minnesota
  87. Fri, Sept 1                7:00 pm              vs Tampa Bay
  88. Sat, Sept 2               6:00 pm              vs Tampa Bay
  89. Tue, Sept 5              7:00 pm              vs Cleveland                                   CSN+
  90. Wed, Sept 6             7:00 pm              vs Cleveland
  91. Fri, Sept 8                7:00 pm              vs San Francisco
  92. Sun, Sept 10            1:00 pm              vs San Francisco
  93. Mon, Sept 11            7:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  94. Wed, Sept 13           1:00 pm              @ Kansas City
  95. Thu, Sept 14            12:00 pm            @ Detroit
  96. Fri, Sept 15              6:00 pm              @ Detroit
  97. Sat, Sept 16             5:00 pm              @ Detroit
  98. Wed, Sept 20           7:00 pm              @ Houston
  99. Thu, Sept 21            7:00 pm              @ Houston
  100. Fri, Sept 22           7:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  101. Sun, Sept 24         1:00 pm              vs Kansas City
  102. Mon, Sept 25         7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Angels                   CSN+
  103. Tue, Sept 26         7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Angels
  104. Thu, Sept 28         7:00 pm              vs Los Angeles Angels
  105. Fri, Sept 29           6:00 pm              @ Cleveland
  106. Sun, Oct 1             2:00 pm              @ Cleveland

106 Regular Season Games – 53 home, 53 away

Schedule Subject to Change

All Times Central Time

 

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.

The White Sox sent down Carson Fulmer, so why isn't Lucas Giolito receiving the same treatment?

The White Sox sent down Carson Fulmer, so why isn't Lucas Giolito receiving the same treatment?

Lucas Giolito is having a rough go of things in his second year with the White Sox.

He came into the season with some pretty high expectations after posting a 2.38 ERA in seven starts at the end of the 2017 campaign and then dominating during spring training. But he’s done anything but dominate since this season started, and after one of his worst outings in Thursday’s 9-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, he’s got a 7.53 ERA in 10 starts in 2018.

Giolito stuck around for only four outs Thursday, but he allowed the Orioles to do plenty of damage, giving up seven runs on six hits — two of which were back-to-back home runs to start the second inning — and three walks. He leads the American League with his 37 walks.

“I take what I do very seriously. I work as hard as I can at it,” Giolito said. “So when I experience failure like this, it’s kind of hard to deal with. All I can do is come back tomorrow, keep working on things and hopefully have a better one.”

All of Giolito’s struggles have fans wondering why the White Sox haven’t sent him down to Triple-A to work on his craft.

“I don’t foresee that at this particular time,” Rick Renteria said when asked if Giolito could be sent to Triple-A. “I think he’s just a young man who’s got to continue to minimize the emotional aspect of crossing from preparation into the game and staying focused, relaxed and hammer the zone with strikes. And truthfully it’s just first-pitch strike and get after the next one.”

The White Sox have already sent one young pitcher down in Carson Fulmer, who was having a nightmarish time at the big league level. Fulmer’s results were worse than Giolito’s on a regular basis. He got sent down after posting an 8.07 ERA in nine outings.

But hasn’t Giolito suffered through command issues enough to warrant some time away from the major league limelight? According to his manager, Giolito’s situation is vastly different than Fulmer’s.

“I don’t see them anywhere near each other,” Renteria said. “They’re two different competitors in terms of the outcomes that they’ve had. Lucas has at least had situations in which he might have struggled early and been able to gain some confidence through the middle rounds of his start and continue to propel himself to finish some ballgames, give us six or seven innings at times. So it’s two different guys.

“With Gio, I expect that we would have a nice clean start from the beginning, but when he doesn’t I still feel like if he gets through it he’ll settle down and continue to hammer away at what he needs to do in order to get deeper into a ballgame, and that was a little different with Carson. With Carson it was right from the get-go he was struggling, and he had a difficult time extending his outings after the third or fourth because it just kept getting too deep into his pitch count and not really hammering the strike zone as much.”

Renteria is not wrong. Giolito has had a knack to take a rough beginning to a start and turn it into five or six innings. Notably, he gave up a couple first-inning runs and walked seven hitters and still got the win against the Cubs a week and a half ago. And while his first-inning ERA is 10.80 and his second-inning ERA is 12.54, he’s pitched into at least the sixth inning in seven of his 10 starts.

Renteria’s point is that Giolito is learning how to shake off early damage and achieving the goal, most times out, of eating up innings and keeping his team in the game. Those are a couple valuable qualities to develop for a young pitcher. But are those the lone qualities that determine that Giolito is suited to continue his learning process at the major league level? His command remains a glaring problem, and both he and Renteria admitted that his problems are more mental than physical.

“The one thing everyone has to understand is we have to go beyond the physical and attack a little bit more of the mental and emotional and try to connect and slow that down,” Renteria said. “Those aspects are the ones that ultimately, at times, deal in the derailment of the physical action. So if we can kind of calm that down a little bit.

“He’s very focused. Giolito is high intensity. Nice kid but high-intensity young man when he gets on the mound. You might not believe it. He’s going 100 mph. So I think it goes to more just trusting himself, trusting the process, taking it truthfully one pitch at a time.”

Well, if a demotion to the minors isn’t likely, what about moving Giolito to the bullpen? Carlos Rodon and Chris Sale dipped their toes in bullpen waters before moving to the rotation. Could a reversal of that strategy help Giolito?

Well, the current state of the White Sox starting rotation — Fulmer in the minors, Miguel Gonzalez on the 60-day DL and pitchers like James Shields, Hector Santiago and Dylan Covey, who aren’t exactly long-term pieces, getting a lot of starts — doesn’t really allow for another piece to be removed.

“I know they have done it with Rodon and Sale,” Renteria said. “The difference is we don’t have the makeup of the starting rotation that those clubs had in order to put those guys in the ‘pen. We are in a different situation right now. Moving forward, is that something we can possibly do? Absolutely. It has been done with very good success.

“Right now we are in truly discovery mode and adjustment mode and adapting and trying to do everything we can to get these guys to develop their skill sets to be very usable and effective at the major league level and we are doing it to the best of our ability.”

There could be promise in the fact that Giolito has turned a season around as recently as last year. Before he was impressing on the South Side in August and September, he was struggling at Triple-A Charlotte. Even after he ironed things out, things had gotten off to a rocky enough start that he owned a 4.48 ERA and 10 losses when he was called up to the bigs.

It doesn’t seem Giolito will be going back to Charlotte, unless things continue to go in a dramatically poor direction. Right now, these are just more of the growing pains during this rebuilding process. “The hardest part of the rebuild” doesn’t just means wins and losses. It means watching some players struggle through speed bumps as they continue to develop into what the White Sox hope they’ll be when this team is ready to compete.