White Sox vs. Cubs 'BP Crosstown Cup' Round 2 coverage returns to CSN on Monday, June 18

White Sox vs. Cubs 'BP Crosstown Cup' Round 2 coverage returns to CSN on Monday, June 18

Two full hours of Pre-Game coverage leading up to every 7:10 PM first pitch!Crosstown coverage team to include Harrelson, Stone, Kasper, Brenly, Melton, Hollandsworth, Boyle, Kaplan, Garfien, Otto - plus, The Big Hurt Frank Thomas!CSNChicago.com to provide LIVE video stream of EVERY post-game press conference, plus detailed analysis via Cubs Talk & White Sox Talk, feature storiesin-game Tweets from Kaplan, Garfien, Mooney and much more!

Chicago, IL (June 13, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, is ready for Round 2 of the BP Crosstown Cup with LIVE coverage of ALL THREE GAMES of the series (June 18-20), featuring expanded, TWO-HOUR, pre-game coverage beginning at 5:00 PM on all three days.

Comcast SportsNets BP Crosstown Cup coverage gets underway each night at 5:00 PM with a special U.S. Cellular Field remote edition of Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan (hosted by David Kaplan) featuring lively debate with local Tribune writers and a number of special guests on all three days.

At 6:00 PM each night (also live from U.S. Cellular Field), fans can catch up on the latest local & national sports news of the day, along with continued Crosstown pre-game coverage on SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse (hosted by Pat Boyle and Mark Schanowski).

Then, at 6:30 PM each night, viewers can look forward to full-blown pre-game coverage on White Sox Pre-Game Live (Monday & Wednesday) and Subaru Cubs Pre-Game Live (Tuesday). The pre-game shows will be hosted by Pat Boyle who will be joined by featured Crosstown analysts Frank Thomas & Dave Otto. Comcast SportsNets primary studio teams of Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton (White Sox) & David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth (Cubs) will also be live at U.S. Cellular Field with the very latest White Sox & Cubs pre-game reports and playercoaches interviews.

Game coverage begins with a 7:10 PM first pitch each night as Comcast SportsNet will televise the Monday, June 18 & Wednesday, June 20 games as White Sox telecasts featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone with the game call. The game on Tuesday, June 19 will be presented as a Cubs telecast with Len Kasper and Bob Brenly calling the action.

Immediately following Monday and Wednesdays BP Crosstown Cup games, Comcast SportsNet will provide fans with an expanded edition of White Sox Post Game Live (hosted by Garfien featuring analysis from Thomas, Melton and Hollandsworth) and Cubs Post Game Live, presented by Horseshoe Casino (on Tuesday: hosted by Kaplan with analysis from Thomas, Hollandsworth and Melton). All three shows will feature the live post-game press conferences with White Sox manager Robin Ventura, Cubs manager Dale Sveum, along with locker room player interviews, complete game highlights and detailed post-game analysis.

In addition, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive BP Crosstown Cup content including the following:

CSNChicago.com will stream EVERY press conference LIVE providing insider access to White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Cubs manager Dale Sveum addressing the media as it happens.

New-look White Sox & Cubs team pages offer the latest news, enhanced articles, player interviews, video, stats and more around the clock.

Cubs and White Sox In-Game Live: New and improved product featuring real-time, live data combined with timely editorial elements such as the fan stream - a one-stop shop for interacting with other fans via the web page or through Twitter and Facebook, in-game box score, out of town scoreboard and more.

Complete coverage of the series 247 from CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) and Cubs Talk and White Sox Talk bloggers Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz. Additional coverage provided by CSN PrePost Game Live hosts Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and David Kaplan (@thekapman).

Cubs Talk (@CubsTalkCSN) and 'White Sox Talk' (@WhiteSoxTalkCSN) offer news, views and analysis from Mooney, Garfien, Kaplan, Andracki and Stankevitz, as well as other CSNChicago.com contributors.

Twitter hashtags (WhiteSoxTalk, CubsTalk) to be used during the series for fans to submit comments, with the most intriguing fan comments to be featured on White SoxCubs Post Game Live.

Note Comcast SportsNets full coverage breakdown for the upcoming Cubs at White Sox BP Crosstown Cup series:

MONDAY, JUNE 18 & WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

5:00 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan Special edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan, Tribune writers and special guests live from U.S. Cellular Field
6:00 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse Even more pre-game coverage LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field
6:30 PM White Sox Pre-Game Live Special edition pre-game show LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field
7:00 PM CUBS at WHITE SOX (L) White Sox telecast featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone
9:45 PM White Sox Post Game Live (time approx.) Featuring live post-game press conferences and player interviews
10:00 & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central (time approx.) Complete game recaphighlights & more from the day in sports
12:00 AM SportsNet Central presented by CLR Complete game recaphighlights & more from the day in sports
12:30 AM Cubs at White Sox (game replay)

TUESDAY, JUNE 21

5:00 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan Special edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan, Tribune writers and special guests live from U.S. Cellular Field
6:00 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse Even more pre-game coverage LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field
6:30 PM Subaru Cubs Pre-Game Live Special edition pre-game show LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field
7:00 PM CUBS at WHITE SOX (L) Cubs telecast featuring Len Kasper and Bob Brenly
9:45 PM Cubs Post Game Live, presented by Horseshoe Casino (time approx.) Featuring live post-game press conferences and player interviews
10:00 & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central (time approx.) Complete game recaphighlights & more from the day in sports
12:00 AM SportsNet Central presented by CLR Complete game recaphighlights & more from the day in sports
12:30 AM Cubs at White Sox (game replay)

Todd Frazier's late single lifts White Sox over Mariners

Todd Frazier's late single lifts White Sox over Mariners

The White Sox offense showed a bunch of late life on Thursday night.

Todd Frazier had two hits with runners in scoring position, including the game-winner, as the White Sox topped the Seattle Mariners 7-6 at U.S. Cellular Field. Frazier’s one-out single in the ninth inning off Nick Vincent scored Adam Eaton as the White Sox won for the fourth time in five games. Frazier’s game-winning hit was his first since June 2015 and the fifth of his career. It and a game-tying, two-out, two-run single in the seventh helped Frazier shake off a game in which he struck out three times in his first three at-bats.

“You learn something,” Frazier said. “You take the last at-bat and throw it away and just keep on going. Unfortunately, it took me three times to do that. To come up clutch today felt pretty good.”

Frazier leads the club in home runs and RBIs.

Similar to his teammates, however, Frazier has lefty plenty of chances for more damage on the table. He entered Thursday hitting .159 with runners in scoring position for a team that ranks 18th with runners in scoring position (.255).

While Frazier struck out with runners on the corners in the first inning, he succeeded in his next two tries. He picked up Jose Abreu in the seventh after the slugger struck out against Steve Cishek. Frazier sat on a slider and ripped a 2-0 pitch into left field to drive in Eaton and Tim Anderson, whose one-out RBI double made it a 6-4 game.

Then in the ninth, Frazier came through again. Eaton’s bloop single to center got things going before Anderson bunted him over. Vincent walked Abreu to get to Frazier, who singled to left again.

Frazier was previously 17-for-17 with five doubles, four homers and 42 RBIs with runners in scoring position.

“These are the best ones,” manager Robin Ventura said. “You can't rely just on the homer. There's more to his game than that. You have to be able to knock in runs when you're not hitting them over the fence. He can use the other side of the field. I think he can level it out somewhat and get some hits. Just put it in play more because you don't know know what's going to happen.”

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David Robertson found that out in the top of the ninth inning when his outing was delayed for several minutes by a trio of fans who ran onto the field. Robertson worked around the delay and a one-out walk to keep the score tied at 6.

Down 2-0, the White Sox scored three times in the first inning to briefly take the lead.

Abreu and Avisail Garcia both singled in runs and Dioner Navarro had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

White Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo pitched well after a slow start and then ran into bad luck in the sixth inning. What looked to be a surefire double play ball kicked off Ranaudo’s glove and combined with an Anderson throwing error led to a three-run inning that put Seattle ahead 6-3.

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Ranaudo allowed six earned runs in 5.1 innings.

The White Sox were 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

“That’s just part of it,” Robertson said. “I guess that happens some times.

“Everybody played hard. They didn’t give up at all tonight. We pitched well enough to win and had timely hitting. A few things went our way, a couple errors that really ended up giving us a few runs. A few things went our way and it was great to pick up a win.”

Jay Cutler, Dowell Loggains face deepest test yet in Bears' third preseason game

Jay Cutler, Dowell Loggains face deepest test yet in Bears' third preseason game

Third preseason games come with added significance simply because it is the one practice game in which the starters play the closest to a full game prior to the start of the regular season. But for the Bears, Saturday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs is potentially far more important for another reason.

The Kansas City game looms as something of a new tipping point in the one relationship that must function above all others for immediate success of the franchise:

The working relationship/bond between offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and quarterback Jay Cutler.

The two-plus quarters that Cutler is expected to play will be the longest yet trial by fire for his trust in Loggains. The latter has been a coordinator previously in his career, but with less time and success in the position that most of Cutler’s previous list of coordinators.

And few of those relationships survived, let alone flourished once Cutler lost faith or belief in their messages, whether under an avalanche of sacks, poor play selection or design, or whatever.

Cutler put up the best season of his eight-year career in 2015 with Loggains as his position coach. Adam Gase was the coordinator, Gase came in with credibility from having worked with Peyton Manning in Denver. The credibility traced to not necessarily what Gase might have taught Manning, but rather because of what Gase undoubtedly LEARNED from Manning.

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Saturday’s test will be far short of the ones the regular season holds, when Loggains’ offense has been scouted and schemed for. But after a stretch of “quizzes” for Cutler-Loggains, this is a “test.”

Buy-in with Loggains?

Loggains has traction with Cutler – for now. Cutler was consistent in his compliments of Loggains last year, but it was Gase ultimately in his ear on game days. Indeed, the entire offense believed in Gase: “When I’m in the huddle…and we get a play call,” offensive lineman Kyle Long said at the time, “there’s never a time where we look at each other and think, ‘Oh [darn].’”

The NFL reality is that Loggains, who has stressed an even stronger commitment to running the football (Long and associates love that), has to earn, or re-earn that gut-level trust.

Most of all, from Cutler.

The lurching start to the preseason – the Bears’ 22-0 home loss to Denver, in which the offense with Cutler netted 13 yards in 10 plays, two of them ending in sacks of Cutler – was test No. 1. The Cutler-Loggains relationship appeared to emerge intact.

“We talked,” Cutler said. “We talked a lot about that game. I think the major point for us was, ‘Let’s not panic. Let’s not hit the fire alarm and put guys in a panic.’

“Because it was the first preseason game and we watched the film and a lot of the stuff that went wrong was because of mistakes… . So it was a matter of just kind of cleaning that stuff up and just going back to work. Which I thought we did a really good job of offensively [at New England]. Hopefully we can do that this week, too.”

Tough warm-ups

NFL schedule-makers did Loggains and the Bears no favors. Their first three preseason opponents – Denver, New England, Kansas City – were all top-10 run defenses. Meaning: The Bears are working to establish Loggains’ run-based offense right into the teeth of three of the NFL’s best at stopping that.

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The Bears want to run. But just consider: What if they can’t run against a monster Chiefs front that includes Jaye Howard and Dontari Poe and which held the Bears to 3.3 yards per carry, tied for their second-lowest of 2015, in their meeting last season?

Which then tasks Loggains with getting the offense to the right solutions, and those traditionally have not been – and should not be – solely found in Cutler’s right arm. The Bears streamlined and simplified Cutler’s decision-making last year, by design, and it was the right strategy, minimizing a Cutler weakness.

But now Loggains is front-and-center in those decisions. And Cutler has never appeared to suffer from an excess of patience through his career, even the new, more mature Cutler.

And not only WHAT Loggains tells Cutler, but also HOW he tells him, will matter. Gase was generally quiet; that worked. Loggains is very expressive, which Cutler said he now appreciates.

“He sets the tone every day,” Cutler said. “There’s never a gray area. He sets the tone, sets the standard, and if you don’t live up to that, meet those expectations, he’s going to be vocal, he’s going to let you know.

“As a player, that’s all you can ask for: A coach telling you how to do it, and when you don’t do it, you expect him to push you and help you achieve those goals.”

Preseason game No. 3 will be the biggest test yet for the synchronicity that is there now but needs to stand up to inevitable failures.

Illinois lands Huntley DE Olalere Oladipo

Illinois lands Huntley DE Olalere Oladipo

Illinois added another important in-state piece as Huntley three-star ranked defensive end Olalere Oladipo (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) announced his college decision Thursday night to the Fighting Illini.

"Illinois has a great staff, is close to home," according to Oladipo. "Illinois felt like a nice fit for me."

Oladipo is also the second verbal commitment Illinois added Thursday as the Fighting Illini added a commitment from Miami (Fla.) Central four-star ranked wide receiver Carmoni Green (6-foot-1, 178 pounds).

Oladipo is now the sixth in-state verbal commitment for the Fighting Illini Class of 2017. Oladipo joins St. Rita OLB Marc Mondesir, Auburn OT Verderian Lowe, Marian Catholic QB Cameron Thomas, Chicago Brother Rice WR Ricky Smalling and Bolingbrook ATH Kendall Smith.

Illinois now has 11 known verbal commitments total in the Class of 2017.