CSN to air 105 White Sox games in 2011

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CSN to air 105 White Sox games in 2011

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011
2:33 p.m.

CSNChicago.com

Comcast SportsNet will televise 100 regular season White Sox games, beginning with the season opener on Friday, April 1 at Cleveland (2:05 p.m. CT). CSN also will televise Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday, April 7 vs. Tampa Bay (1:10 p.m. CT).

In addition, CSN will air five spring training games:

Thursday, March 10 at Diamondbacks (7:40 p.m.)
Friday, March 11 vs. Cubs (2:05 p.m.)
Monday, March 14 vs. Padres (3:05 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 16 vs. Giants (3:05 p.m.)
Saturday, March 26 vs. Angels (3:05 p.m.)

2011 regular season schedule

DateOpponentTimeNetwork41at Cleveland
2:05 p.m.
CSN-HD42at Cleveland
12:05 p.m.
WGN43at Cleveland
12:05 p.m.
CSN-HD45at Kansas City
7:10 p.m.
CSN
46at Kansas City
1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
47Tampa Bay
1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
48
Tampa Bay
7:10 p.m.
WCIU
49
Tampa Bay
3:10 p.m.
WGN410
Tampa Bay
1:10 p.m.
CSN
411
Oakland
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
412
Oakland
7:10 p.m.
WCIU
413
Oakland
1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
415
LA Angels
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
416
LA Angels
3:10 p.m.
FOX
417
LA Angels
1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
418
at Tampa Bay
5:40 p.m.
CSN-HD
419
at Tampa Bay
5:40 p.m.
WCIU
420
at Tampa Bay
5:40 p.m.
CSN-HD
421at Tampa Bay
5:40 p.m.
CSN-HD
422
at Detroit
6:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
423
at Detroit
3:10 p.m.
FOX
424
at Detroit
12:05 p.m.
WGN
425at New York Yankees
6:05 p.m.
WCIU
426
at New York Yankees
6:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
427
at New York Yankees
6:05 p.m.
WCIU
428
at New York Yankees
6:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
429
Baltimore
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
430
Baltimore
6:10 p.m.
WGN
51
Baltimore
1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
52
Baltimore
7:10 p.m.
WCIU
53
Minnesota
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
54
Minnesota
1:10 p.m.
WGN
56
at Seattle
9:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
57
at Seattle
8:10 p.m.
WGN
58
at Seattle
3:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
59
at LA Angels
9:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
510
at LA Angels
9:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
511
at LA Angels
9:05 p.m.
WGN
513
at Oakland
9:07 p.m.
WGN
514
at Oakland
3:07 p.m.
CSN-HD
515
at Oakland
3:07 p.m.
CSN-HD
516
Texas
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
517
Texas
7:10 p.m.
CSN
518
Cleveland
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
519
Cleveland
7:10 p.m.
WCIU
520
LA Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
521
LA Dodgers
1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
522
LA Dodgers
1:10 p.m.
WGN
523
at Texas
7:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
524
at Texas
7:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
525
at Texas
1:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
526
at Toronto
6:07 p.m.
CSN-HD
527
at Toronto
6:07 p.m.
CSN-HD
528
at Toronto
12:07 p.m.
WGN
529
at Toronto
12:07 p.m.
CSN-HD
530
at Boston
6:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
531
at Boston
6:10 p.m.
WCIU
61
at Boston
12:35 p.m.
CSN-HD
63
Detroit
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
64
Detroit
6:10 p.m.
WGN
65
Detroit
1:10 p.m.
WGN
66
Seattle
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
67
Seattle
7:10 p.m.
CSN
68
Seattle
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
69
Oakland
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
610
Oakland
7:10 p.m.
CSN
611
Oakland
6:10 p.m.
WGN
612
Oakland
1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
614
at Minnesota
7:10 p.m.
WCIU
615
at Minnesota
7:10 p.m.
WCIU
616
at Minnesota
12:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
617
at Arizona
8:40 p.m.
CSN-HD
618
at Arizona
7:10 p.m.
WGN
619
at Arizona
3:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
620
Cubs
7:10 p.m.
WCIU
621
Cubs
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
622
Cubs
7:10 p.m.
WCIU
624
Washington
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
625
Washington
3:10 p.m.
FOX
626
Washington
1:10 p.m.
WGN
628
at Colorado
7:40 p.m.
WCIU
629
at Colorado
7:40 p.m.
CSN-HD
630
at Colorado
2:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
71
at Cubs
1:20 p.m.
CSN-HD
72
at Cubs
3:10 p.m.
FOX
73
at Cubs
1:20 p.m.
WGN
74
Kansas City
6:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
75
Kansas City
7:10 p.m.
WCIU
76
Kansas City
1:10 p.m.
WGN
77
Minnesota
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
78
Minnesota7:10 p.m.
WCIU
79
Minnesota3:10 p.m.
FOX
710Minnesota1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
712All-Star Game (Chase Field)

715at Detroit
6:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
716at Detroit3:10 p.m.
FOX
717at Detroit12:05 p.m.
WGN
718at Kansas City
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
719at Kansas City7:10 p.m.WCIU
720at Kansas City7:10 p.m.CSN-HD
722at Cleveland
6:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
723at Cleveland6:05 p.m.
WGN
724at Cleveland12:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
725Detroit
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
726Detroit7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD727Detroit1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD729Boston
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD730Boston6:10 p.m.
WGN731Boston1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD81
New York Yankees7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
82New York Yankees7:10 p.m.WCIU
83New York Yankees7:10 p.m.CSN-HD
84New York Yankees7:10 p.m.WGN
85at Minnesota
7:10 p.m.CSN-HD
86at Minnesota6:10 p.m.
WGN
87at Minnesota1:10 p.m.
WGN
88at Baltimore
6:05 p.m
CSN-HD
89at Baltimore6:05 p.mCSN
810at Baltimore6:05 p.mCSN-HD
811at Baltimore6:05 p.mCSN-HD
812Kansas City
7:10 p.m.
WCIU
813
Kansas City6:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
814
Kansas City1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
816
Cleveland
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
817Cleveland7:10 p.m.WCIU
818Cleveland7:10 p.m.CSN-HD
819Texas
7:10 p.m.WCIU
820Texas6:10 p.m.WGN
821Texas1:10 p.m.CSN-HD
823at LA Angels
9:05 p.m.
WGN
824at LA Angels9:05 p.m.
WCIU
826at Seattle
9:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
827at Seattle9:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
828at Seattle3:10 p.m.
WGN
829Minnesota
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
830Minnesota7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
831Minnesota1:10 p.m.
WGN
92at Detroit
6:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
93at Detroit3:10 p.m.
FOX
94at Detroit12:05 p.m.
CSN-HD
95at Minnesota
1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
96at Minnesota7:10 p.m.
WCIU
97at Minnesota7:10 p.m.CSN-HD
98Cleveland
7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
99Cleveland7:10 p.m.CSN
910Cleveland6:10 p.m.WGN
911Cleveland1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
912Detroit
7:10 p.m.WCIU
913Detroit7:10 p.m.CSN-HD
914Detroit1:10 p.m.CSN-HD
915at Kansas City
7:10 p.m.
CSN
916at Kansas City7:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
917at Kansas City6:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
918at Kansas City1:10 p.m.
WGN
920at Cleveland
6:05 p.m.
WCIU
921at Cleveland6:05 p.m.CSN-HD
922at Cleveland6:05 p.m.CSN-HD
923Kansas City
7:10 p.m.
CSN
924Kansas City6:10 p.m.
CSN-HD
925Kansas City1:10 p.m.
WGN
926Toronto
7:10 p.m.CSN-HD
927Toronto7:10 p.m.WCIU
928Toronto1:10 p.m.
CSN-HD

Prospect Zack Burdi's focus in White Sox camp: 'Act like you belong'

Prospect Zack Burdi's focus in White Sox camp: 'Act like you belong'

GLENDALE, Ariz. — He already carries the confidence of someone who throws 100 mph. But Zack Burdi felt even more secure entering camp after receiving sound advice from his older brother, who also happens to play pro ball.

Burdi — selected with the 26th overall pick of the 2016 draft — hasn't felt too overwhelmed over the past five weeks even though he's experiencing big league camp for the first time. A process-oriented pitcher, the White Sox prospect said he owes his comfort to the guidance of his brother, Minnesota Twins farmhand Nick Burdi. 

"Act like you belong," Burdi said of the advice. "Don't make it out to be something it isn't. It's still a game. You're still going out there and playing a game you've played for the last 19 years. That was the big thing."

If it weren't for a gaggle of talented, newly acquired prospects alongside him in camp, Burdi might have been the hot topic in camp this spring. He features a fastball that rates 75 on the 20-80 scouting scale, a 60-slider and a 55-changeup, according to MLB.com. The arsenal has many of the belief Burdi could one day be a stalwart in the back of a major league bullpen. The Louisville-product is also very advanced compared with most 2016 draftees and was considered to be the most major league-ready player at the time of last June's draft.

But until the club made a series of moves Tuesday, Burdi, who has a 2.70 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 10 innings this spring, was just one of a bevy of talented prospects in the White Sox clubhouse. Of the team's top seven prospects, five are right-handed pitchers. Burdi is the team's No. 7 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com. 

Armed with his brother's advice, Burdi has focused on keeping his head low and his eyes and ears open this spring. He said one of the best parts about the advice that Nick Burdi — who also went to Louisville and was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft — offered is that he had a sense of how the camp would be run. Though no two camps are alike, having a sense of what the day-to-day operation is like gave Burdi comfort. 

"Nick's someone I've looked to in countless situations in baseball or outside of it for advice," Zack Burdi said. "It has been nothing but good advice throughout it all. To come to camp and kind of have a little insight of how it's going to go, how it's going to be, was a huge personal advantage for me because I like to know how certain things are going to go. I don't like going in too blind."

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Burdi is in an enviable position as his first big league camp is coming to a close. He's the highest-rated prospect left after a series of moves Tuesday sent second baseman Yoan Moncada and pitchers Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Reynaldo Lopez and Carson Fulmer to minor league camp. 

The White Sox head back to Chicago next Wednesday.

General manager Rick Hahn said the White Sox merely want to give the Downers Grove-product a little more time to soak up the big league atmosphere. While its more likely he begins the season at Triple-A Charlotte, Burdi ranks high on the team's depth chart and could be in line for a late-innings role were the White Sox to trade a reliever. Either way, Burdi isn't worried about anything but his own performance and conduct. 

"I'm confident with where I'm at," Burdi said. "I'm just excited to see where the season's going to take me. If it's Triple-A then that's awesome. Going to go there and do my best to help the team. if it's the big leagues then it'll be the same thing: go up, do my best and keep learning day by day and just trust the process and keep growing."

White Sox pitcher James Shields hopes to rediscover aggressive nature

White Sox pitcher James Shields hopes to rediscover aggressive nature

SURPRISE, Ariz. — James Shields wants to regain the aggressive style that made him successful for so long. He feels like he's on the way.

Even though he didn't think his delivery was very sharp on Tuesday, Shields made his pitches when he needed to over six scoreless innings. The White Sox bullpen allowed four late runs in a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Shields allowed three hits, walked one and struck out six in a 75-pitch effort.

"Yeah, I think so," Shields said when asked if he got away from being aggressive in 2016, when he posted a 6.77 ERA for the White Sox. "I think my ball was flat. It wasn't down in the zone. And when you're not down in the zone, it's hard to be aggressive. Because if you're up in the zone and being aggressive, hitters are going to take advantage of that."

Shields said he made several mid-game adjustments after feeling erratic in the bullpen and early in the contest. He threw all of his pitches on Tuesday night but mostly focused on commanding his two-seam fastball. The right-hander wants to induce more ground balls this season. Over the past two years, Shields has allowed 73 home runs in 384 innings. His groundball rate is down nearly five percent from 2014, according to fangraphs.com.

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Mostly, Shields wants to rediscover the aggressive nature that helped him produce 29.1 Wins Above Replacement from 2007 to 2014. That was a message he's heard from both his current pitching coach (Don Cooper) and his former one, the San Diego Padres' Darren Balsley.

Balsley called this winter to support Shields, his pitcher of a season and a half. As Shields notes, the advice wasn't anything new — it was merely a pick-me-up from an old friend.

"(Balsley) just called me and said, 'Hey, the best piece of advice I can give you is trust your stuff,'" Shields said. "'Believe what you're doing is going to get the job done.' In general, I do think that. He's just kind of giving me a little reminder as an ex-pitching coach.

"Just the fact he called me even though he's not my pitching coach any more shows me that he cares a lot about me, man. I have a lot of respect for him.

"More or less he wants me to be aggressive, and he was telling me that when I was with them. It wasn't something that was new."

After coming over from the Padres in a trade, Shields worked tirelessly with Cooper on mechanics last summer to keep the ball down in the zone. He found it for a period of seven starts between June and July but couldn't maintain any consistency. The veteran has maintained all spring that he's ready to move on from 2016 and feels like he's in a good place both mentally and physically.

"I feel good now with my stuff and I'm being more aggressive and my locations are better," Shields said. "Just working the process and I’m feeling good now."

Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu each had two hits and drove in a run in the losing effort.