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NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2019 White Sox and Cubs Spring Training multi-platform coverage details

NBC Sports Chicago

NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2019 White Sox and Cubs Spring Training multi-platform coverage details

Chicago, IL (February 7, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - is ready to start up the highly-anticipated 2019 MLB season as it gets set to deliver southside and northside baseball fans with its most extensive cross-platform White Sox & Cubs Cactus League Spring Training coverage to date featuring special remote editions of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado, along with in-depth reports and video offerings at NBCSportsChicago.com and via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app and much more (NOTE: Fans located anywhere in the U.S. can download MyTeams for free on iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store).  Note the following highlights beginning next Monday, February 11:

SPORTSTALK LIVE -- Beginning Monday, Feb. 11 through Friday, Feb. 15, NBC Sports Chicago’s weeknight sports discussion roundtable program SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado – featuring host David Kaplan (@thekapman) – will spend the entire week on location in Arizona, rotating its remote position at the White Sox spring training facility in Glendale and the Cubs spring training headquarters in Mesa.  Kaplan will provide the very latest Cubs & White Sox news and player updates throughout the week as he’ll be joined each night by a panel baseball experts, along with numerous special guests from both teams.  SportsTalk Live from Arizona will air at 6:00 PM CT each night with the exception of Tue, Feb. 12 when it airs at 5:00 PM CT.  NOTES: Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) to host SportsTalk Live on Fri, Feb. 15…live stream of SportsTalk Live and NBC Sports Chicago’s entire roster of programming is available at NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers. 

DIGITAL: “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app & NBCSportsChicago.com -- From a digital standpoint, the MyTeams by NBC Sports app and NBCSportsChicago.com will have the White Sox and Cubs covered 24/7 featuring in-depth reports from White Sox expert Chuck Garfien and White Sox multi-platform reporter/producer Vinnie Duber (@VinnieDuber), along with the very latest on the Cubs beat from Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) and Cubs multi-platform  reporter/producer Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23), plus - NBC Sports Chicago’s team of behind-the-scenes Cubs (@NBCSCubs) & White Sox (@NBCSWhiteSox) experts will provide additional content from Arizona throughout the spring.  Among the network’s content offerings will include a multitude of player/coaches/front office exec interviews, behind-the-scenes feature stories, not to mention daily “White Sox Talk” and “Cubs Talk” podcasts (both presented by Wintrust) discussing the hottest topics, along with numerous special guest interviews.  Fans can download all of NBC Sports Chicago’s podcasts at NBCSportsChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher.  The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.

SOCIAL MEDIA -- From a social media standpoint, fans can look forward to a number of ‘Facebook Live’ (Facebook.com/NBCSChicago) and Twitter ‘Periscope’ (Twitter.com/NBCSChicago) segments throughout spring training, along with additional “Sights & Sounds” Cactus League highlights via ‘NBCSChicago’ on Instagram and Instagram Stories (Instagram.com/NBCSChicago). 

CACTUS LEAGUE/SPRING TRAINING GAME COVERAGE -- NBC Sports Chicago’s seven-game spring training telecast schedule (five White Sox and two Cubs) gets underway with the White Sox hosting the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, March 16 at 3:00 PM CT live from Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ, featuring Jason Benetti and Steve Stone with the game call.  On Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 PM CT, NBC Sports Chicago will carry its first Cubs spring training telecast as the northsiders will face their 2018 Wild Card Game opponent – the Colorado Rockies – featuring the Cubs announcing tandem of Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies from Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  Additional White Sox opponents on this year’s spring training schedule include Cincinnati (Mar. 19), Arizona (Mar. 20), Los Angeles Angels (Mar. 22), and Cleveland (Mar. 24), while the Cubs will take on the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the network’s additional spring telecast on March 25.  Complete schedule below:

2019 Chicago White Sox & Chicago Cubs Spring Training Schedule

“Composite” White Sox/Cubs Spring Training Schedule:
1. Sat, Mar 16    3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. LA Dodgers  Glendale, AZ   
2. Sun, Mar 17   3:00 pm        CUBS vs. Colorado                 Mesa, AZ
3. Tue, Mar 19    8:00 pm        WHITE SOX at Cincinnati       Goodyear, AZ
4. Wed, Mar 20  3:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. Arizona         Glendale, AZ   
5. Fri, Mar 22      3:00 pm        WHITE SOX at LA Angels      Tempe, AZ
6. Sun, Mar 24  2:00 pm        WHITE SOX vs. Cleveland     Glendale, AZ
7. Mon, Mar 25  8:00 pm        CUBS vs. Boston                    Mesa, AZ

White Sox Spring Training Schedule:                     
Sat, Mar 16        3:00 pm        vs. LA Dodgers                       Glendale, AZ   
Tue, Mar 19        8:00 pm        at Cincinnati                            Goodyear, AZ
Wed, Mar 20      3:00 pm        vs. Arizona                              Glendale, AZ   
Fri, Mar 22          3:00 pm        at LA Angels                            Tempe, AZ
Sun, Mar 24       2:00 pm        vs. Cleveland                          Glendale, AZ               

Cubs Spring Training Schedule:
Sun, Mar 17       3:00 pm        vs. Colorado                            Mesa, AZ                     
Mon, Mar 25       8:00 pm        vs. Boston                               Mesa, AZ                     

All Times Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change

NBC Sports Chicago, a partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Cubs (MLB), Chicago White Sox (MLB) and the NBC Sports Group, features over 275 live pro games in high definition each year.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago delivers extensive pre/post-game coverage for its core pro team partners, as well as Chicago Bears postgame coverage, local sports discussion programs that includes SportsTalk Live, and massive cross-platform coverage provided by the network’s growing digital platform, NBCSportsChicago.com, the new “MyTeams by NBC Sports” app, and its variety of fan-focused social media outlets. Fans can follow the network on Twitter via @NBCSChicago.  

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ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?


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Eloy Jimenez looks set to make his White Sox return this week, Javier Báez exited Sunday's game with a minor injury and is it time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft? Here's what you may have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

White Sox

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On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer and NBC Sports Chicago producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen breakdown Monday's matchup between Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta.


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The Cubs won two of three games against the Brewers, Eloy Jimenez took a positive step in his recovery from a high ankle sprain and who might the Blackhawks target this offseason? Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:


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Wrigley Field is still a special place for former Cubs coach and current Brewers hitting coach Andy Haines. Plus, are the Brewers better at shifting against the Cubs than other teams are?

Over the weekend, Daniel Descalso returned to the starting lineup and Xavier Cedeño made his Cubs debut. Here's how Cedeño's addition affects the Cubs bullpen. In other bullpen news, Carl Edwards Jr. seems to be a late-inning option for Joe Maddon again.

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White Sox

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Tim Anderson and Randal Grichuk met on the field for the first time since their Twitter beef regarding bat flipping. Both players hit home runs, ironically.

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Frank Thomas and Bill Melton share real life stories about baseball, from on the field experiences to off of it.


NBC Sports Chicago's Blackhawks beat writer Charlie Roumeliotis answers fan questions in the latest Blackhawks mailbag.

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