CSN announces its 2012 White Sox, Cubs spring training on-aironline coverage schedule

CSN announces its 2012 White Sox, Cubs spring training on-aironline coverage schedule

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES ITS 2012 WHITE SOX AND CUBSSPRING TRAINING ON-AIRONLINE COVERAGE SCHEDULE

Every 2012 Spring Training game in HD!In-Depth Cactus League Coverage throughout FebruaryMarch on SportsNet Central and CSNChicago.com

Chicago, IL (February 16, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2012 Chicago White Sox and 2012 Chicago Cubs, will provide baseball fans with an exciting, live, seven-game spring training schedule (five White Sox and two Cubs) featuring the White Sox announcing tandem of Ken Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone, along with the Cubs announce team featuring Len Kasper and Bob Brenly. In addition, Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan (Monday-Friday at 5:30 PM) and Comcast SportsNets nightly sports news desk SportsNet Central (at 6:30 PM presented by AT&T U-Verse, 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM presented by GMC and midnight presented by CLR) will offer the very latest player news and progress reports from Arizona, plus CSNChicago.com will provide SoxCubs fans with the most up-to-the-minute spring training news and developments 247.

Comcast SportsNets 2012 spring training schedule opens up with the Cubs taking on the defending AL Champion Texas Rangers on Thursday, March 22 at 3:00 PM live from Surprise, AZ. The additional Cubs game features a match-up against the LA Angels from HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ on March 31.

The first of five White Sox spring training telecasts takes place on Friday, March 23 at 9:00 PM as the White Sox host the Arizona Diamondbacks live from Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ. Additional White Sox opponents on this years spring training schedule include San Francisco (Mar. 25), LA Dodgers (Mar. 29), Cincinnati (Apr. 1) and Houston (Apr. 3). See attached schedule for the complete game schedule break down.

Beginning Saturday, February 18, Comcast SportsNets Chicago Tribune Live, SportsNet Central and CSNChicago.com will provide viewers with the very latest news and player updates from Arizona as Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney will begin the coverage with the latest updates from HoHoKam Park in Mesa. In addition, White Sox PrePost Game Live host Chuck Garfien will file live White Sox reports for both Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com from Camelback Ranch in Glendale starting Feb. 22 and Cubs PrePost Game Live & Chicago Tribune Live host David Kaplan will provide up-to-the-minute CubsSox news starting Feb. 26.

Also from an online perspective, Comcast SportsNets newly-enhanced website, CSNChicago.com, (@CSNChicago) will deliver comprehensive 247 White SoxCubsMLB coverage with expert blog entries from Mooney (@CSNMooney), Kaplan (@thekapman), Cubs analyst Todd Hollandsworth, Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), White Sox blogger J.J. Stankevitz (@WhiteSoxTalkCSN) and Cubs blogger Tony Andracki (@CubsTalkCSN) on the sites Cubs Talk and White Sox Talk sections. Plus - weekly online chats, special web-exclusive shows, commentator blogs, photo slideshows and online video features will also be featured so fans on the go can stay on top of the latest news and developments wherever and whenever they occur.

In partnership with NBC Sports, CSNChicago.com Cubs and White Sox content will be featured on NBC Sports digital platforms including NBCSports.com, Hardball Talk, Rotoworld as well as partner sites including MSNBC.com and Xfinity.com. In addition, fans can see CSNChicago.com reporters featured on NBC SportsTalk daily news show on the NBC Sports Network for news updates on the Cubs and White Sox.

CSNChicago.com is the most extensive local source for exclusive online video, including player and coach interviews, press conferences, and content from Comcast SportsNets signature shows SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live, which offer news and analysis from the regions most informed local lineup of award-winning reporters, analysts and personalities.

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Trevor van Riemsdyk on the move hours after being selected by Vegas in expansion draft

Less than 14 hours after being taken by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Trevor van Riemsdyk is already on the move.

The Golden Knights have traded the 25-year-old defenseman to the Carolina Hurricanes, where he will reunite with former Blackhawks teammates Scott Darling, Joakim Nordstrom and Teuvo Teravainen. Carolina also receives a 2018 seventh-round pick in exchange for a 2017 second-rounder.

Vegas general manager George McPhee made it known that he was going to draft "a lot" of defensemen Wednesday night, and he did just that with van Riemsdyk being one of 13 blue liners selected. Because of that, it makes players like van Riemsdyk expendable, giving McPhee the opportunity to collect assets by trading some of them and using the returns on other parts of the roster.

Van Riemsdyk joins an up-and-coming Hurricanes team that has a young, promising defensive corps featuring 25-year-old future All-Star Justin Faulk, 20-year-old Noah Hanifin, who was the No. 5 overall pick in 2015, and 23-year-old Jaccob Slavin, who has emerged into of their best defensemen.

Van Riemsdyk has one year left on a deal that carries a $825,000 cap hit, and is set to become a restricted free agent next summer.

Shakeup: Cubs planning to demote Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Jason Heyward on DL

Shakeup: Cubs planning to demote Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Jason Heyward on DL

MIAMI - The Cubs are preparing for a major shakeup that would send struggling World Series hero Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa and put Gold Glove outfielder Jason Heyward on the disabled list.

Stuck in a 36-35 pattern but still only 1.5 games out of first place, the Cubs are expected to add outfielder Mark Zagunis and reliever Dylan Floro from Iowa before Thursday night's game at Marlins Park.

Schwarber will try to regain his confidence on a Triple-A level he almost skipped while skyrocketing through the farm system as the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft. While still showing flashes of the power (12 homers) that made him a Wrigleyville favorite, his .171 batting average ranked last among qualified big-league hitters this season.

Unable to grip a bat, Heyward has been waiting for a nasty cut on his left hand to heal after trying to make a diving catch on Sunday in PNC Park's foul territory.

For a banged-up Cubs team, Heyward would join a World Series MVP (Ben Zobrist) and a Cy Young Award finalist (Kyle Hendricks) on the disabled list.