"Doubleheader Friday" on CSN to include expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage!

"Doubleheader Friday" on CSN to include expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage!

"DOUBLEHEADER FRIDAY" ON COMCAST SPORTSNET TO INCLUDE EXPANDED, LIVE WHITE SOX-TIGERS COVERAGE!

Network to provide 10-straight hours of live, Chicago baseball-focused programming starting at 12:30 PM on Friday, August 31

Expanded Coverage for White Sox at Tigers game beginning at 4:30 PM; White Sox PrePost Game Live to take place from Comerica Park!

CSNChicago.com coverage highlighted by feature stories, talent blogs, in-game Twitter messages from Insiders & on-air talent and much more!

Chicago, IL (August 30, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, will deliver 10-straight hours of expanded doubleheader coverage on Friday, August 31 beginning at 12:30 PM (programming line-up details below). Plus, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, will provide fans with even more extensive doubleheader coverage, including feature stories, talent blogs, videos, game previewsrecaps and much more from Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney & White Sox Insider Dan Hayes. Note the following line-up from Comcast SportsNets Doubleheader Friday coverage beginning at 12:30 PM TOMORROW:

12:30 PM Subaru Cubs Pre-Game Live Expanded pre-game coverage featuring Comcast SportsNets David Kaplan, Todd Hollandsworth and Gail Fischer LIVE from Wrigley Field.
1:20 PM CUBS vs. SAN FRANCISCO (L) Featuring Len Kasper & Bob Brenly with the game call.
4:15 PM Cubs Post Game Live, presented by Horseshoe Casino (time approx.) Hosted by David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth from the Comcast SportsNet studios featuring the LIVE post-game press conference featuring Cubs manager Dale Sveum, player interviews and complete game analysis.
4:30 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff Hosted by David Kaplan, this special early edition of CTL will preview the huge White Sox-Tigers series, including analysis from Tribune writers, special guests from Comerica Park and much more!
5:30 PM White Sox Pre-Game Live LIVE from Comerica Park in Detroit! Hosted by Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton, this special remote of edition of White Sox Pre-Game Live will preview the evenings game and overall series; along with providing a detailed pitching analysis and position breakdown, plus commentary from CSNChicago.com White Sox Insider Dan Hayes (Twitter via @DanHayesCSN) and other special guests.
6:00 PM WHITE SOX at DETROIT (L) Featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson & Steve Stone with the game call.
9:00 PM White Sox Post Game Live, presented by Orland Park Nissan (time approx.) LIVE from Comerica Park in Detroit! Complete post-game analysis from Garfien & Melton, including the LIVE post-game press conference featuring White Sox manager Robin Ventura, along with player interviews and a preview of the series next two games. (NOTE: Garfien will continue to report on the final two games of the series at Detroit for both SportsNet Central & CSNChicago.com; fans can follow Garfien on Twitter at @ChuckGarfien)
9:30 PM & 10:00 PM GMC SportsNet Central Comprehensive White Sox-Tigers & Cubs-Giants recaps, highlights, interviews and much more from the entire day in sports.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 14 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, CSS, Comcast Sports Southwest, and Comcast SportsNet Houston (launching October 2012). NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, visit CSNChicago.com or ComcastSportNet.com.

Wake-up Call: Miggy gets the boot; Rodon's rocky debut; More bad news for Cubs?

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White Sox willing to overlook 'rough' patches as healthy Carlos Rodon returns

White Sox willing to overlook 'rough' patches as healthy Carlos Rodon returns

The two fastballs that soared to the backstop on Wednesday night should give you a strong indication that Carlos Rodon was far from perfect.

But in making his first start of the 2017 season, the White Sox pitcher also offered his team plenty of signals that his health isn’t going to be an issue.

Rodon returned to the mound for the first time since last September and brought the goods that made him one of baseball’s top pitching prospects several years ago. Given he’d missed three months with bursitis in the left shoulder and the potential value he offers to a franchise only half a season into its first rebuild in 20 years, that was plenty for the White Sox to overlook the rust Rodon showed in a 12-3 White Sox loss to the New York Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“He started a little rough early obviously, got some high pitch counts,” manager Rick Renteria said. “And then he kind of settled down.

“Having him back in the rotation and getting him back out there on the big league field, coming out of there feeling good, healthy. I'm sure he will continue to get better as he continues to get out there and move forward.”

Renteria said he wasn’t surprised that Rodon struggled with his command as much as he did against the Yankees. The issues the pitcher displayed in uncorking a pair of wild pitches, walking six batters and throwing strikes on only 41 of 94 pitches were also present during Rodon’s four rehab starts in the minors.

But as long as the stuff was there, the White Sox would be OK with any issues that accompanied the performance. Rodon began to alleviate those concerns immediately when he earned a called strike on the game’s first pitch with a 93-mph fastball to Brett Gardner. Featuring a four-seamer with an absurd amount of movement and a nasty slider he struggled to control, Rodon checked all the boxes the White Sox hoped for from a pitcher they believe will be a frontline starter for years to come. Rodon also was pleased by how he felt before, during and after the contest.

“I was pretty excited,” Rodon said. “I was going a little fast in the first. But it was good to be out there. Next time out, it’ll hopefully be a little better. Arm feels good, body feels good, all you can ask for.”

Well, it’s not ALL you can ask for, but it’s pretty damn good out of the gate given how slow Rodon’s return took. His four-seam fastball averaged 94.9 mph according to BrooksBaseball.Net and touched 97 mph. His two-seamer averaged 94.4 mph and touched 95. And his slider, though he couldn’t control it, nor locate it for a strike, averaged 86 mph.

“You could see (Omar Narvaez) going over to try to catch some balls that were having tremendous run,” Renteria said. “That's (Rodon). He's got some tremendous life, he's just trying to harness it the best that he can and being able to execute where he wants to get as many strikes as possible.”

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The strikes were about the only thing Rodon didn’t bring with him. He walked Gardner to start the game and issued two more free passes after a Tim Anderson error allowed a run to score and extended the first inning. Rodon threw 37 pitches in the first, only 15 for strikes.

He also reached a full count to each of the batters he faced in the second inning. Rodon walked two more with two outs in the third inning after he’d retired six batters in a row.

And there were those pesky first-inning wild pitches that resembled something out of ‘Bull Durham.’

But all in all, Rodon and the White Sox ultimately saw enough in the first outing to be pleased.

“Great stuff, great life, but the goal is to put it in the zone and let them swing it to get guys out early,” Rodon said. “That’s not what happened. I’ll get back to that.”

“It’s a tough loss, but it’s better to be with the guys out on the field grinding than sitting on the couch and watching, for sure.”