Cubs will be there for Ozzies return

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Cubs will be there for Ozzies return

It has been remarkably quiet around the Cubs, a distraction-free zone where the focus is on baseball.

That will change in one week, when Ozzie Guillen returns from a five-game suspension to manage the Miami Marlins at their new ballpark in Little Havana.

The Cubs will be in the other dugout on April 17, beginning a three-game series that already had plenty of Chicago storylines between Guillen, Carlos Zambrano and Mark Buehrle. Its now a political flashpoint.

Guillen apologized on Tuesday for comments in TIME magazine that were sympathetic to Fidel Castro and offensive to the citys Cuban community.

At a Miami press conference that was carried live on national television and drew protestors outside the stadium Guillen said his words were essentially lost in translation.

The magazine quotes Guillen as saying he respects the Cuban dictator because a lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still here.

Chicago reporters are used to Guillens entertaining stream of consciousness, how the former White Sox manager would wander into areas outside of baseball and have everyone laughing.

Today, managers are the faces of the narrative, meeting with the media before and after almost every game. Guillen and first-year Cubs manager Dale Sveum are from the same generation as players. The White Sox even acquired Sveum when Guillen was injured in 1992. Their personalities are polar opposites.

You just hope youre never in that seat, Sveum said. Hes in a difficult situation right now. Its unfortunate for him and the city of Miami. Its just one of those incidents you wish you could have back. But its not going to go away.

Preview: Cubs try for two in a row at Reds tonight on CSN

Preview: Cubs try for two in a row at Reds tonight on CSN

The Cubs take on the Reds on Tuesday night, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins at 6 p.m.

Catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Jon Lester (9-3, 2.10 ERA) vs. John Lamb (1-4, 4.78)

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Preview: White Sox­-Twins tonight on CSN+

Preview: White Sox­-Twins tonight on CSN+

The White Sox take on the Twins on Tuesday night, and you can catch all the action on CSN+. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.

Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.04 ERA) vs. Kyle Gibson (0-5, 6.05 ERA).

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What's the next move for the Blackhawks?

What's the next move for the Blackhawks?

When the Blackhawks traded Andrew Shaw it meant the team gave up a key player, but also got essential breathing room under the NHL's hard salary cap.

While losing Shaw is a blow, the team netted draft picks and salary cap relief. The move came just after Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen were traded for a pair of draft picks.

CSN Chicago's Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers went on SportsTalk Live to talk about the Blackhawks' recent moves and what's ahead in the video above.

The question now becomes what's next? The Blackhawks have holes to fill heading into the season and now do have some room under the salary cap.

Myers said adding a veteran defenseman is arguably the top priority and Brian Campbell and Andrew Ladd are mentioned as possibilities.

How the Blackhawks will replace Shaw specifically will be tough. Recently signed prospects Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz could help to add some depth, but it's hard to rely on those players right away.

Watch the video above to see the full discussion of what the Blackhawks can and should still do in the rest of the offseason.