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Dan Hayes joins CSN as White Sox insider

Dan Hayes joins CSN as White Sox insider

DAN HAYES JOINS COMCAST SPORTSNET AS WHITE SOX INSIDERVeteran San Diego Padres beat reporter to provide White Sox coverage across the networks multiple platformsCSNChicago.com also announces significant year-to-year web traffic increases

Chicago, IL (June 22, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, has named veteran baseball beat reporter Dan Hayes as its White Sox Insider effective immediately. In this position, Hayes will lead the Comcast SportsNets coverage of the White Sox across the networks growing list of multiplatforms, highlighted by CSNChicago.coms WhiteSoxTalk franchise, and will serve as an on-air White Sox contributor on White Sox Pre-Game Live, SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live and on digital shows including Sports Fix and Look Ahead. Hayes can be followed on Twitter @DanHayesCSN.

Dan comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience covering Major League Baseball over the years and his passion for the game will most certainly be felt by our television viewers, web and mobile visitors and social media audience immediately, said T.K. Gore, Sr. Director of Digital Media for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Dans hiring is another perfect example of our commitment in providing fans with the most in-depth, local coverage of their favorite teams and confirms Comcast SportsNet as the regions leading source for comprehensive multiplatform coverage.

Hayes, a native of Northern California, comes to Comcast SportsNet after spending six seasons as the San Diego Padres beat reporter for the North County Times in San Diego, CA. Along with earning an Associate Press Sports Editors (APSE) award for his coverage of the Padres, Hayes also spent the past three seasons as the publications beat writer for the top-ranked San Diego State mens basketball team. In addition, he was a general assignment reporter covering NASCAR, UFC, high school sports and the Little League World Series.

A graduate of San Diego State, Hayes joined the North County Times in 2004 from the Vallejo (CA) Times-Herald, where he covered preps sports for two years.

Hayes joins a talented team that provides multiplatform coverage of the White Sox for Comcast SportsNet, which includes Chuck Garfien, Bill Melton, Frank Thomas and WhiteSoxTalk blogger J.J. Stankevitz. Garfien, an Emmy Award-winning reporter who has covered the White Sox for the past eight seasons for the network, also serves as a daily digital contributor via his Sox Drawer blog, news, features and player interviews for CSNChicago.com.

WhiteSoxTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBCs successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, GolfTalkCentral and ProSoccerTalk. SportsTalk was recently extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of WhiteSoxTalk, CubsTalk, BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk and BearsTalk, which contain interactive content and continually updated insights from the networks team of digital producers and on-air talent.

WEBSITE TRAFFIC INCREASES

Comcast SportsNet Chicago is experiencing significant audience growth with the networks commitment to enhanced digital content, as well as ongoing investments and innovations such as: hiring team-specific Insider correspondents; the launch of a mobile app; and developing exclusive local online shows and other content. In addition to the recently launched CSN Chicago Sports app on the iPhone and CSN Local Sports app available on iPad and Android, CSNChicago.com launched a new mobile website featuring real-time video, breaking news, Insider reports and Chicago SportsTalk blogs. With these and other initiatives, CSNChicago.com has delivered substantial year-to-year traffic increases, including visits (up 114), page views (up 72), unique visitors (up 82) and video views (up 47).

Hayes is the latest addition to a rapidly growing digital media department that operates CSNChicago.com, and a portfolio of successful mobile and social media platforms. These platforms feature exclusive written, video and interactive content from several multiplatform sportswriters, including Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney, Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers and Bears Insider John Moon Mullin, as well as a stable of digital media and television reporters and producers.

Joe Maddon goes after Sean Doolittle's delivery: ‘That's exactly what I was told Carl can't do’

Joe Maddon goes after Sean Doolittle's delivery: ‘That's exactly what I was told Carl can't do’

The Cubs finished Saturday's loss at the Nationals under protest after Joe Maddon saw what he believed to be an inconsistency in how illegal pitches are being called.

Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle came in to close the game out in the ninth with the Nats up 5-2. After one pitch, Maddon went to the umpires to complain. This dragged on throughout the inning.

Maddon didn't like that Doolittle's delivery involved him pausing and potentially even touching the ground in the middle of his wind up before coming home with the pitch. To Maddon, it was clearly an illegal pitch and he was fired up because that's something Carl Edwards Jr. got called for earlier in the season. By comparison, Edwards' version may be more deliberate, but Maddon thinks it is the same thing.

"That's exactly what I was told Carl can't do," Maddon said postgame in a video posted by ESPN's Jesse Rogers. "There's no judgment. If he taps the ground, it's an illegal pitch, period. There's nothing to judge. You can judge whether he did or not. It's obvious that he did, or if you can't tell that then there's something absolutely wrong."

Maddon and the Cubs protested the game as a result. If they win the protest, the game would be restarted with one out in the ninth, when Maddon notified the umpires of the protest.

Doolittle was less than amused by Maddon's protest.

"I have no qualms against Doolittle," Maddon said. "He's great, but they took it away from our guy so for me to sit in the dugout and permit that to happen while they stripped us of that ability earlier this year with Carl, how could I do that? You can't do that. I got to say something."

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Jon Lester's hot streak comes to an end at Nationals

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Jon Lester's hot streak comes to an end at Nationals

Jon Lester was on a heck of a run since coming off the IL in late April, but it came to a screeching halt on Saturday.

Lester had by far his worst start of the season at the Nationals in a 5-2 Cubs loss. He labored through his start, giving up five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Lester gave up 10 hits, which matches the most he has given up since joining the Cubs. He gave up a fair number of hits in his last two starts, but was able to avoid trouble on the scoreboard. Lester gave up nine hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Brewers last time out, but only gave up an unearned run. On May 7, Lester gave up eight hits to the Marlins, but only allowed two unearned runs in six innings of work.

This time, Lester couldn’t stay out of trouble. Brian Dozier got the Nats on the board with a solo shot in the second and then the wheels came off in the third.

To open the third inning Lester gave up six straight hits. The Nats got three runs that inning and then added another in the fifth, when Lester departed the game.

Since Lester came off the IL on April 25, he had allowed just one earned run (four runs in total) in 24 2/3 innings. During that stretch, he had 25 strikeouts against just two walks. His ERA fell to 1.16, which would have led all of baseball if he had enough innings to qualify. It’s at 2.09 after Saturday’s loss.

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