'Chicago Baseball Hot Stove' returns to Comcast SportsNet

'Chicago Baseball Hot Stove' returns to Comcast SportsNet

Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, co-hosted by David Kaplan and Chuck Garfien, returns for its second season on Tuesday, November 27 LIVE at 5:00 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide a fully-interactive Live Chat for every show, along with heavy social media interaction, plus - live commentary from Baseball Insiders Patrick Mooney & Dan Hayes

Chicago, IL (November 15, 2012) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, has announced the return of its live, weekly series Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, dedicated to the White Sox and Cubs off-season activities, along with in-depth discussion of all the key off-season moves and news around Major League Baseball. The second season premiere of Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will take place on Tuesday, November 27 -- LIVE at 5:00 PM, exclusively on Comcast SportsNet.

Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will once again be co-hosted by Cubs PrePost Game Live host David Kaplan and White Sox PrePost Game Live host Chuck Garfien, along with commentary & insight from CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney and White Sox Insider Dan Hayes, plus special guests from the localnational baseball scene are also scheduled to appear each week.

This weekly, half-hour studio show closely examines and addresses every off-season move and rumor in WhiteSoxTalk and CubsTalk segments, along with providing up-to-the-minute regional and national baseball news, insider reports, exclusive playercoachfront office personnel interviews, extensive video highlights and expert analysis from reporterscolumnistsbaseball authorities from the country all with an emphasis on how they directly affect the Cubs and White Sox. In addition, the panel will discuss the top available free agents and showcase the top MLB player tweets each week. From November 27 through the start of spring training in mid-February, Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will air live every Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 PM, except on Dec. 4 when the show airs at 4:30 PM as Garfien, Mooney & Hayes will be reporting live from the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN. Additional re-airs take place throughout the week (please visit csnchicago.comtvlisting for listings updates).

From an online standpoint, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, will provide a LIVE CHAT every Tuesday at 5:00 PM that will enable viewers to directly interact with the Chicago Baseball Hot Stove crew and show guests by generating show content through Twitter utilizing the hashtag HotStove -- along with the Twitter handles of Kaplan (@thekapman) , Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), Mooney (@CSNMooney) and Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) -- to take fan questions and share a variety of fan perspectives & opinions. In addition, CSNChicago.com will launch a special Chicago Baseball Hot Stove page that will not only host the live chat, but will also include video, polls, news and a Twitter module, aggregating all WhiteSoxTalk, CubsTalk and HotStove tweets.

White Sox try to slow down skid as they battle the Royals on CSN

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White Sox try to slow down skid as they battle the Royals on CSN

The White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Thursday’s starting pitching matchup: Miguel Gonzalez vs. Danny Duffy

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Cubs don’t see Cardinals as ‘big brother’ in rivalry anymore

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Cubs don’t see Cardinals as ‘big brother’ in rivalry anymore

ST. LOUIS – Jake Arrieta’s breakdown of his performance sounded like something out of the maybe pile for Joe Maddon’s next T-shirt idea: “I picked a good day to be sh---y.”

The Cubs ace then messed with a reporter who asked a follow-up question after Wednesday’s 9-8 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, wondering if Arrieta would study anything in particular after giving up four runs in a regular-season start for the first time in 11-plus months…or stick with the same routine.

“Well,” Arrieta said, “I’ll probably, maybe, throw left-handed or underhand.”

Arrieta may have some underlying issues with his timing and command, but the National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner is still 9-0 with a 1.72 ERA. By Year 5 of the Theo Epstein administration, and Maddon’s second season in the dugout, the Cubs now have first-division problems. 

Whatever turbulence the team with the best record in baseball may have experienced during a 4-5 road trip through Milwaukee, San Francisco and St. Louis, the Cardinals scored eight runs on Arrieta Day and still lost. While the Cubs have already won two series this season at Busch Stadium before Memorial Day weekend, after eliminating the Cardinals from the playoffs last October.    

“For the first three-and-a-half years when we were in Chicago, it just felt like they were the big brother,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “They controlled the game. They controlled what was going on, the tempo of the game. They were the more talented team, the more experienced team. 

“Now we’re two very good teams playing. And whoever plays better that night is going to win the game. I think there’s something really refreshing about that when you come in here. We know we’re good. We know they’re good.

“We know that there’s a lot of good teams in the National League and we match up well with them.”

The Cubs ambushed St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez for six runs in the second inning, getting the kind of bounces the Cardinals are used to seeing here.

Jason Heyward’s two-out, two-run double hit first base and bounced up the right-field line, and maybe luck will change for the $184 million player who turned down the St. Louis core. Ben Zobrist is still on fire, getting two hits that inning, including a bases-loaded, two-run single that skipped in between diving first baseman Matt Adams and diving second baseman Kolten Wong.

“I wouldn’t say (things) are shifting,” said Kris Bryant, who blasted what turned out to be the game-winning homer, a three-run shot off Seung Hwan Oh in the sixth inning. “It’s just really competitive baseball. Lately, we’ve come out on top. They play us hard every game. It’s going to make for a lot of fun games in the future.”

When it looked like the Cardinals might stage one of their last at-bat comebacks, Hector Rondon didn’t buckle in front of a sellout crowd (45,465). The Cubs closer roared back after allowing back-to-back singles to begin the ninth inning, striking out Yadier Molina and Randal Grichuk swinging and knocking down the ball pinch-hitter Jedd Gyorko hit back to the mound for the final out and his eighth save. The Cardinals are now a third-place team that’s one game over .500 at 24-23.

“Of course, I totally think they’re going to be there at the end,” Maddon said. “They’re really good. They have a very good offensive club. They need to get their pitching straightened out. They have a good bullpen. And they just play hard. They play hard every second of the game.

“You can never walk away from that. They have some really good players in skill positions. They’re going to get (shortstop Jhonny) Peralta back, I think, at some point, and that’s going to make a big difference for them. And then the problem’s going to be: Where do you put (Aledmys) Diaz?

“They have some nice problems on the horizon.”  

The Cubs (31-14) now have an eight-game lead over the Cardinals in the division and a 9-3 combined record against St. Louis and the Pittsburgh Pirates, the other two heavyweights in the Central.  

“It’s going to be close to the end,” Arrieta said. “The Pirates and the Cardinals – these guys are going to continue to win games, in and out of our division. We just have to do our job to try and separate that gap when we have the ability to do so, because we know they’ll be close on our heels to the very end.”

Andrew White III heading back to Huskers

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Andrew White III heading back to Huskers

One of the Big Ten's leading scorers from a season ago will be back for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

Andrew White III announced Wednesday that he has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Nebraska for his senior season.

White ranked sixth in the conference last season, averaging 16.6 points per game in his first season with the Huskers after transferring in from Kansas.

White shot 48.1 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from 3-point range, also averaging 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. He was a top-15 rebounder in the conference, and only three players in the league made more triples than White last season.