CSN announces association with Jake Peavy

CSN announces association with Jake Peavy

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES ON-AIRONLINE ASSOCIATION
WITH WHITE SOX PITCHER JAKE PEAVY

Network producing exclusive, behind-the-scenes, weekly webisodes entitled Jakes Take shown on both CSNChicago.com

and Comcast SportsNets SportsNet Central & White Sox PrePost Game Live;

Peavy to also provide a weekly CSNChicago.com journal on the current season and life in the big leagues

Chicago, IL (September 1, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and their stretch-drive quest for an AL Central Division title, has announced an on-aironline association with three-time All-Star and Cy Young Award winning pitcher, JAKE PEAVY from the Chicago White Sox, one of the most entertaining personalities in all of Major League Baseball.

Effective immediately, the network will work exclusively with Peavy to produce weekly webisodes (to be showcased on the networks 247 website CSNChicago.com and over the air on Comcast SportsNet) entitled Jakes Take, which will be a video diary featuring Peavy interviewing White Sox teammatescoachesstaff, along with many other players from opposing teams. In addition, Peavy will provide candid discussion on the current MLB season as it progresses, along insightful and entertaining commentary on life in the big leagues focusing on his personal work and his community-related activities off the field.

I enjoy working with the folks at Comcast SportsNet and being able to offer our fans a glimpse into the inner workings of baseball from how we prepare for a game, the personalities on this team, how determined we are to bring another championship to the southside of Chicago and, of course, - well talk some country music, said Peavy. I do hope people will ask me questions and send in their suggestions on what theyd like to see on the next Jakes Take to my Twitter @JakePeavy_44. Were doing some cool things with social media too, so stay tuned.

Without question, Jake Peavy is one of baseballs most popular players and continues to grow a massive fan base in the Chicago area each day, added T.K. Gore, Director of Digital Media for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. We want to showcase Jake at his very best off the field with engaging, exclusive, behind-the-scenes content that will only perpetuate the adoration that fans have for him already.

The weekly Jakes Take webisodes can be found on CSNChicago.com at the following link: (http:www.csnchicago.compagesjake_peavy). The special Peavy page on CSNChicago.com also includes his up-to-the-minute Tweets via @JakePeavy_44, plus links to Peavys Facebook page and the Jake Peavy Foundation (www.jakepeavy44.com). In addition, Comcast SportsNet will also air Jakes Take at various points throughout the week on SportsNet Central and on White Sox PrePost Game Live.

Note the following additional highlights as part of Comcast SportsNetCSNChicago.coms agreement with Peavy:

Weekly Journal: Peavy will also write a weekly journal exclusively for CSNChicago.com, which will include his thoughts on his starting performances, a break-down of specific match-ups, series previews, behind-the-scenes happenings and more.

Social Media: Peavy and Comcast SportsNetCSNChicago.com will collaborate around social media utilizing his @JakePeavy_44 Twitter account and via Facebook (facebook.comJakePeavy44) to solicit fan questions for a special Q&A mailbag as part of his weekly journal, along with promoting the networks on-aironline content.

No Bears move yet on CB Deiondre' Hall except maybe to safety

No Bears move yet on CB Deiondre' Hall except maybe to safety

PHOENIX – If the Bears intend to cut ties with Deiondre' Hall after the first-year cornerback become involved in an ugly police incident last weekend, they have not indicated their decision yet. They have, however, begun looking at a possible position change for Hall as they gather information on events of last Saturday night.

Hall was tasered by police in Cedar Falls, Ia., after he and a former Northern Iowa University teammate were allegedly involved in a fight at a bar. Hall was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference. Hall allegedly spit in the officers' faces, according to an affidavit, police saying that an officer used a Taser on Hall's legs in order to get him into a squad car.

GM Ryan Pace confirmed that the team is still gathering information and said, "it's just [that] the circumstances are a little disappointing, to be honest with you. We're aware of it, it's just kind of gathering more facts as we go forward."

Pace has spoken to Hall and said that the team wanted to investigate thoroughly, "but the circumstances surrounding it are obviously disappointing."

In the meantime, the 2016 fourth-round draft choice is slated to be tried at safety when the team convenes for the start of offseason work. Hall played the position in college, and has traits that the Bears value at the safety position.

"One of Deiondre's best traits is his ball skills, his ball clock, the ability to time the pass breakup," Pace said. "He's very natural at playing safety and that's one of the reasons we drafted him, because he has the versatility to do both. That's something we're going to talk about this offseason and he could start taking some reps there in the offseason program."

Cornerback Kyle Fuller, who missed all of last season following arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-August, will stay at cornerback.

Is Addison Russell still on track for Opening Night?

Is Addison Russell still on track for Opening Night?

MESA, Ariz. – Addison Russell believes he will be ready for Opening Night. Right now, Cubs manager Joe Maddon says his All-Star shortstop starting the season on the disabled list is an option that "I'm not considering."

But Russell hasn't played in a Cactus League game since March 22 and the Cubs have only three exhibitions left before facing the St. Louis Cardinals on national TV. The new 10-day disabled list would also allow the Cubs to backdate Russell's injury (stiff back) to March 30 and create a degree of roster flexibility. 

"We're trying to start the season out on a good note and definitely in St. Louis," Russell said Tuesday. "That's kind of the goal, but if the back doesn't feel well until then, maybe that's something that we'll have to do. With the way that I'm feeling, I don't think that's necessary."

The Cubs did get Ben Zobrist (stiff neck) back into the lineup that afternoon against the San Francisco Giants at Sloan Park. Russell estimated he's around "95 percent" and hoped to play Wednesday before the Cubs leave Arizona and fly out for two exhibition games against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.      

"We're not trying to take it too quick," Russell said. "Missing a few games here in the spring is a lot better than a few games in the season. I've talked to Joe and there's no hurry back."

Five days out from what should be an electric atmosphere at Busch Stadium, Maddon said athletic trainer PJ Mainville didn't sound concerned about Russell's back issue.

"PJ felt very strongly that he's going to be fine over the next couple days," Maddon said. "From Addison's perspective, knowing baseball players who've been doing so well, you take a couple days off, you're concerned that you're going to lose it. 

"I'm certain he's going to be fine. Actually, I'm OK with him getting some rest right now. The biggest thing is: Medically, is he going to be fine? Everybody thinks that he is, so I'm not concerned."