CSN Chicago nominated for eight ChicagoMidwest Emmy Awards

CSN Chicago nominated for eight ChicagoMidwest Emmy Awards

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO NOMINATED FOR EIGHT CHICAGOMIDWEST EMMY AWARDS

Chicago, IL (September 28, 2011) Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, garnered eight Emmy Award nominations from the ChicagoMidwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the 2010-11 television season. The nominations were announced on September 27 with the awards ceremony to be held in Chicago on Sunday, November 6.

We are honored to receive these nominations from our peers in the industry and we feel they are a reflection of the great work performed by our entire staff, said James J. Corno, President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Note the following Comcast SportsNet Chicago Emmy nominations for the 2010-11 television season:

1) Category 4-g: Outstanding Achievement for News Specialty ReportSeries: HealthScience

Mind and Body: Sarah Lauch, Mike Cappozzo, Todd Williams, Eric Fogle, Don Karulski, Kristina Quinn, Producers; Sarah Kustok, Chuck Garfien, Reporters.

2) Category 5-a: Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs News Single StoryFeature

The Snack Bowl: Chuck Garfien, Reporter; Mike Cappozzo, James MacNichol, Producers.

3 & 4) Category 5-d: Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs Program Series

High School Lites: Joe Collins, Aldo Perri, Brett Fisher, Producers; Luke Stuckmeyer, Gail Fischer, Chuck Garfien, Reporters; Charlie Schumacher, Executive Producer.
SportsNet Central, Live from the United Center: John Schippman, Executive Producer; Mark Schanowski, Pat Boyle, Sarah Kustok, Gail Fischer, Luke Stuckmeyer, Reporters; Charlie Schumacher, Kevin Cross, Senior Executive Producers; Ryan McGuffey, Coordinating Producer; Tim Folke, Jeff Nelson, Joe Collins, Eric Fogle, Brian Skonesey, Jeff Korbitz, Mike Cappozzo, Brett Fisher, Producers; Mark Harper, Technical Producer.

5) Category 5-d: Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs One-Time Special

Stanleys Summer Vacation: John Schippman, Charlie Schumacher, Executive Producers; Chris Boden, Reporter; Mike Cappozzo, Brett Fisher, Julie Bruhn, Kristina Quinn, Dan Taksas, Eric Peterson, Sarah Lauch, Producers.
6) Category 5-e: Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs Sporting EventGame - LiveUnedited ProgramSpecial

Chicago Bulls Basketball on Comcast SportsNet Chicago: Jim Corno, Jr., Executive Producer; Bob Albrecht, Todd Benjaminson, Producers; James A. Angio, Tamra Anderson, Mark Harper, Co-Producers.

7) Category 11-a: Outstanding Achievement for Special Event Coverage Live

2011 Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards: Jim Corno, Jr., Executive Producer; Mike Leiderman, Producer; Steve Dahl, Host; Jeff Nuich, Associate Producer; Mark Harper, Technical Producer.
8) Category 16-b: Outstanding Achievement for Program Promotion Single SpotCampaign

Fans Best Friend: Kate Hollencamp, Michael Dahl, Jaclene Tetzlaff, Producers.

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

Cubs will have Ian Happ one phone call away at Triple-A Iowa

MESA, Ariz. – After an impressive camp where he looked like the next homegrown Cubs hitter to roll off the assembly line, Ian Happ will go to Triple-A Iowa and get ready to make his big-league debut, or perhaps build his value for a trade-deadline deal.

Along with Happ, the Cubs assigned outfielder John Andreoli and catcher Taylor Davis to minor-league camp on Monday while optioning pitchers Eddie Butler and Rob Zastryzny to Iowa, cutting their roster to 31 as the Opening Night picture comes into focus.

Happ – the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Cincinnati – batted .417 with five homers, four doubles and 17 RBI in 24 Cactus League games.

"Offensively, what was there not to like?" general manager Jed Hoyer said. "I feel like he hit the ball hard every at-bat for six weeks. It's always fun to see a young guy like that come in and open a lot of eyes."

Happ, 22, is a switch-hitter who can play second base and the outfield, skills that could help him escape from Des Moines once the need arises on the major-league level.

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Though there are questions about Happ's defense, Theo Epstein's front office and Joe Maddon's coaching staff clearly value versatility and trust young talent, moving Addison Russell to shortstop in 2015 and elevating rookie catcher Willson Contreras last season.

Stay tuned to see when/if the Cubs will have a spot at Wrigley Field, but Happ looks like he will be on a fast track.

"Whenever you're in Triple-A, you're always a call away," Hoyer said. "Sometimes it happens quicker than you think. We never expected Addie would be up in April of that year, and he was. I feel like with Willson last year, if you had asked me in spring training – would he be up in June? – I probably would have thought it would be more like a September call-up or something like that.

"You never know. Things happen. When you have good players in the minor leagues, sometimes it speeds up on you a little bit."

Derek Holland ends spring on strong note as White Sox down Dodgers

Derek Holland ends spring on strong note as White Sox down Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Derek Holland ended a productive spring with his best outing to date on Monday afternoon.

Healthy and excited to officially kick off his White Sox career, Holland delivered six strong innings in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. The left-hander allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings pitched, walking two and striking out one. Holland is expected to pitch once more in Milwaukee on Saturday before pitching in the third game of the regular season.

“Definitely feel good,” Holland said. “Feel very confident with everything, very happy with how the spring went. I worked on what we needed to work on to get myself ready for the season and stay healthy and I’m very happy with that. But most of all when you get out there and pitch, the defense, you have to keep them on their toes, and I thought the last out was the perfect example of that.”

Holland was referring to a nice diving catch by Jacob May that prevented at least one run from scoring. The longtime Texas Rangers pitcher was pleased to have established his fastball early and mixed in his offspeed pitches and changeup.

“I wanted to make sure we were going the distance,” Holland said. “I didn’t want to have a setback, and I thought we did a great job.”

The White Sox appear to have narrowly avoided one setback on Monday and are awaiting word on another. An X-ray on the left wrist of infielder Tyler Saladino was negative after he was hit by a pitch while getting in work in a pair of minor-league games. Saladino has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist.

The team is still awaiting word on pitcher Jake Petricka, who took a comebacker off his pitching hand in the seventh inning. Petricka exited the game, got his hand wrapped in ice and left to take an X-ray.

The White Sox are also waiting to learn the results of Carlos Rodon’s second opinion. Rodon was scratched from Friday’s start with a tight bicep tendon and had a physical exam and took an MRI, both of which showed he had no structural damage. Rodon traveled to Los Angeles early Monday for the second opinion with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Even if he receives the all clear, the White Sox will remain cautious, manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s almost like you have to re-start the process a little bit,” Renteria said. “It would be foolish to try to anticipate or push him into any direction without first of all ultimately having whatever the diagnosis is or the validation or whatever it might be of the second opinion. Once we get that, we’ll know hopefully tomorrow how we can ultimately proceed. I wouldn’t think we’d try to ramp him up quickly.”

The club also expects to have more clarity on the status of right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya on Tuesday. Minaya, who has been out since March 15 with an abdominal tear, was re-evaluated on Monday. Minaya had a 3.18 ERA and nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings this spring.

Matt Davidson also had two hits in the White Sox victory and drove in a run. Melky Cabrera hit a solo homer, his first of the spring. Yolmer Sanchez blasted his third homer of the spring, a two-run shot.

Zach Putnam struck out two in a scoreless inning.