White Sox vs. Cubs 'BP Crosstown Cup' Round 2 coverage returns to CSN on Monday, June 18

White Sox vs. Cubs 'BP Crosstown Cup' Round 2 coverage returns to CSN on Monday, June 18

Two full hours of Pre-Game coverage leading up to every 7:10 PM first pitch!Crosstown coverage team to include Harrelson, Stone, Kasper, Brenly, Melton, Hollandsworth, Boyle, Kaplan, Garfien, Otto - plus, The Big Hurt Frank Thomas!CSNChicago.com to provide LIVE video stream of EVERY post-game press conference, plus detailed analysis via Cubs Talk & White Sox Talk, feature storiesin-game Tweets from Kaplan, Garfien, Mooney and much more!

Chicago, IL (June 13, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, is ready for Round 2 of the BP Crosstown Cup with LIVE coverage of ALL THREE GAMES of the series (June 18-20), featuring expanded, TWO-HOUR, pre-game coverage beginning at 5:00 PM on all three days.

Comcast SportsNets BP Crosstown Cup coverage gets underway each night at 5:00 PM with a special U.S. Cellular Field remote edition of Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan (hosted by David Kaplan) featuring lively debate with local Tribune writers and a number of special guests on all three days.

At 6:00 PM each night (also live from U.S. Cellular Field), fans can catch up on the latest local & national sports news of the day, along with continued Crosstown pre-game coverage on SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse (hosted by Pat Boyle and Mark Schanowski).

Then, at 6:30 PM each night, viewers can look forward to full-blown pre-game coverage on White Sox Pre-Game Live (Monday & Wednesday) and Subaru Cubs Pre-Game Live (Tuesday). The pre-game shows will be hosted by Pat Boyle who will be joined by featured Crosstown analysts Frank Thomas & Dave Otto. Comcast SportsNets primary studio teams of Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton (White Sox) & David Kaplan and Todd Hollandsworth (Cubs) will also be live at U.S. Cellular Field with the very latest White Sox & Cubs pre-game reports and playercoaches interviews.

Game coverage begins with a 7:10 PM first pitch each night as Comcast SportsNet will televise the Monday, June 18 & Wednesday, June 20 games as White Sox telecasts featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone with the game call. The game on Tuesday, June 19 will be presented as a Cubs telecast with Len Kasper and Bob Brenly calling the action.

Immediately following Monday and Wednesdays BP Crosstown Cup games, Comcast SportsNet will provide fans with an expanded edition of White Sox Post Game Live (hosted by Garfien featuring analysis from Thomas, Melton and Hollandsworth) and Cubs Post Game Live, presented by Horseshoe Casino (on Tuesday: hosted by Kaplan with analysis from Thomas, Hollandsworth and Melton). All three shows will feature the live post-game press conferences with White Sox manager Robin Ventura, Cubs manager Dale Sveum, along with locker room player interviews, complete game highlights and detailed post-game analysis.

In addition, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive BP Crosstown Cup content including the following:

CSNChicago.com will stream EVERY press conference LIVE providing insider access to White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Cubs manager Dale Sveum addressing the media as it happens.

New-look White Sox & Cubs team pages offer the latest news, enhanced articles, player interviews, video, stats and more around the clock.

Cubs and White Sox In-Game Live: New and improved product featuring real-time, live data combined with timely editorial elements such as the fan stream - a one-stop shop for interacting with other fans via the web page or through Twitter and Facebook, in-game box score, out of town scoreboard and more.

Complete coverage of the series 247 from CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) and Cubs Talk and White Sox Talk bloggers Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz. Additional coverage provided by CSN PrePost Game Live hosts Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and David Kaplan (@thekapman).

Cubs Talk (@CubsTalkCSN) and 'White Sox Talk' (@WhiteSoxTalkCSN) offer news, views and analysis from Mooney, Garfien, Kaplan, Andracki and Stankevitz, as well as other CSNChicago.com contributors.

Twitter hashtags (WhiteSoxTalk, CubsTalk) to be used during the series for fans to submit comments, with the most intriguing fan comments to be featured on White SoxCubs Post Game Live.

Note Comcast SportsNets full coverage breakdown for the upcoming Cubs at White Sox BP Crosstown Cup series:

MONDAY, JUNE 18 & WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

5:00 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan Special edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan, Tribune writers and special guests live from U.S. Cellular Field
6:00 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse Even more pre-game coverage LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field
6:30 PM White Sox Pre-Game Live Special edition pre-game show LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field
7:00 PM CUBS at WHITE SOX (L) White Sox telecast featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone
9:45 PM White Sox Post Game Live (time approx.) Featuring live post-game press conferences and player interviews
10:00 & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central (time approx.) Complete game recaphighlights & more from the day in sports
12:00 AM SportsNet Central presented by CLR Complete game recaphighlights & more from the day in sports
12:30 AM Cubs at White Sox (game replay)

TUESDAY, JUNE 21

5:00 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan Special edition pre-game discussion & analysis with host David Kaplan, Tribune writers and special guests live from U.S. Cellular Field
6:00 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse Even more pre-game coverage LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field
6:30 PM Subaru Cubs Pre-Game Live Special edition pre-game show LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field
7:00 PM CUBS at WHITE SOX (L) Cubs telecast featuring Len Kasper and Bob Brenly
9:45 PM Cubs Post Game Live, presented by Horseshoe Casino (time approx.) Featuring live post-game press conferences and player interviews
10:00 & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central (time approx.) Complete game recaphighlights & more from the day in sports
12:00 AM SportsNet Central presented by CLR Complete game recaphighlights & more from the day in sports
12:30 AM Cubs at White Sox (game replay)

White Sox upset by the call that led to ejections of Todd Frazier, Rick Renteria

White Sox upset by the call that led to ejections of Todd Frazier, Rick Renteria

Todd Frazier wasn’t pleased with a call Saturday afternoon that led to the first ejection of his career.

It’s not that the White Sox third baseman is arguing about whether or not he deserved to get thrown out in the seventh inning of a 10-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. Frazier is more miffed by first-base umpire Sam Holbrook’s initial ruling --- that his throw pulled Jose Abreu off the bag --- and the determination by replay officials that the call was correct.

Frazier was ejected shortly after word arrived that the call stands, which means officials in New York didn’t believe they have enough evidence to overturn the original ruling. That fact bothered Frazier, who was charged with an error and began to speak his mind. White Sox manager Rick Renteria was ejected shortly thereafter for the third straight home game.

“It’s just frustrating with the technology we have today,” Frazier said. “It’s just crazy. It boggles your mind. It really does. You know -- I’m the one. I’m vocal. I’m emotional. But when it’s wrong, 100 percent wrong. I saw it on the MLB Network. I saw it in our cameras and our computers. I just don’t understand how we can see it and they can’t see it in New York. It’s just, it’s frustrating as all hell to be honest with you. It turned into a big inning. We were down a lot, don’t get me wrong. But still, Jake (Petricka) is pitching his heart out and next thing you know he gives up an unearned run and two more runs. So it’s really not that hard. Honest. It’s not that hard.”

Renteria raced onto the field in an attempt to save Frazier from a quick ejection, but didn’t have enough time. It was the third home game in a row in which a White Sox player was ejected for the first time in their career. Tim Anderson got the boot on Friday night after he argued with plate umpire Jim Wolf. And Avisail Garcia got tossed from the June 15 series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Renteria said taking into context who his players are and their track record made him want to further defend their actions.

“I don't ever go into a situation arguing with someone to get thrown out,” Renteria said. “I don't. I think what happens is, like anybody emotionally, when you start talking and expressing yourself, you have a tendency to get heated. You don't plan on doing that. I certainly don't go out there planning on having that happen. I think what happens, and I think it's just human nature, you start thinking about the whole situation, you're losing a player. You're losing a guy that's supposed to be in there for the next two, three innings to help you maybe continue to chip away. Our team has been fighting every day, since day one of spring training. I don’t care what our record is, I don't care what the score is, we fight. And when you take one of those pieces out of the lineup, you get pissed.”

Even though he had a chance to cool off, Frazier still felt the same after the contest. He stuck his head into the team’s video room after the game to check out the play. Teams have a variety of angles from which they can determine whether or not to challenge a call. They also have the option of taking a freeze frame and magnifying the picture, which left no doubt in Frazier’s mind that the call was incorrect.

“Like I said just frustrating,” Frazier said. “It’s just not that hard. And with all the technology like I said, I don’t mean to repeat ourselves, but with all the technology and 8 different angles it’s just one of those things where I just can’t let that go. It turned into a huge inning. You never know. We were down 6 we coulda came back. You gotta be 100 percent. You gotta be 100 percent right on that and I really don’t think he was.”

How a fan's kind gesture surprised Mark Buehrle on his big day

How a fan's kind gesture surprised Mark Buehrle on his big day

It’s one of the more iconic moments in White Sox history, and now Mark Buehrle has a key piece of memorabilia after a fan’s kind gesture.

Already overwhelmed by a series of gifts from the White Sox on Saturday afternoon, Buehrle was in disbelief when 17-year-old Tommy Maloney walked onto the field during a number-retirement ceremony and presented him with the flipped-through-the-legs ball from 2010 Opening Day.

The memento was one of four gifts Buehrle received from the White Sox along with a new truck, a four-seat All-Terrain Vehicle and a personalized piece of art created by White Sox outfielder Ron Kittle commemorating many of the highlights of the pitcher’s White Sox career. It was just another part of an overwhelming, emotional day for Buehrle, who was honored for his 12 seasons in a White Sox uniform.

“Pretty cool,” Buehrle said. “I don’t recall signing it for him when it happened. I don’t really remember where it went. But one, for him to give that up, that was pretty awesome.”

Maloney’s father, Matt, contacted the White Sox earlier this month to see if Buehrle wanted to meet with the fan who had the ball from a moment in White Sox history that has been replayed thousands upon thousands of times.

The Maloneys also reached out to the White Sox back in 2010, too. They informed the club they had the ball that Buehrle retrieved and flipped through his legs to Paul Konerko, who caught it with a barehanded to retire Cleveland’s Lou Marson in the fifth inning of the April 5, 2010 contest. Buehrle autographed the ball in 2010, but neither he nor the White Sox asked for Tommy Maloney, who was 10 at the time, to hand it over.

“At that point it’s just a cool ball, it’s not part of White Sox history,” said Brooks Boyer, White Sox vice president of sales and marketing.

As he looked for a unique artifact for Buehrle to offer another layer to Saturday’s ceremony, Boyer came across Matt Maloney’s most recent email. He definitely thought Buehrle would have interest in reuniting with the fan who held a key artifact from a play that has become legendary around these parts over the years.

But Boyer also asked if the Maloneys would want to donate the ball to Buehrle.

“We didn’t have the unique thing,” Boyer said. “We just didn’t have it.

“Here it is.”

How it had gotten in Tommy Maloney’s hands in the first place was interesting enough. The Munster, Ind., high schooler said his father got tickets for the 2010 season opener and he left school early to watch Buehrle, his favorite pitcher as a kid. The seats were in the first row behind the far right edge of the White Sox dugout, the same ones he was in for Saturday’s ceremony.

After the improbable play to steal a hit from Marson, Buehrle fell to his knees, which brought manager Ozzie Guillen out of the dugout. Somehow Guillen retrieved the ball and upon returning to the dugout, flipped it to Maloney, who had earlier asked him for a ball several times. Even though it was a prized possession, Tommy Maloney said he’d have no problem surrendering it again if he were asked.

The White Sox rewarded Maloney for his sacrifice as club chairman Jerry Reinsdorf determined that the youngster would present Buehrle with the ball on the field. But the White Sox didn’t tell Maloney he would present the ball until Saturday, surprising him with the news about an hour before the game.

“It’s awesome the way it played out,” Maloney said. “He’s such a great guy. He was hugging me in the dugout. He looked at me when I went up there to give him the ball and said, ‘Give me a hug.’ ”

Maloney not only stood on the field before the ceremony, he had a chance to briefly meet Buehrle in the dugout. He also received another autographed baseball. And after he was applauded by the sellout crowd, several fans stopped by Maloney’s seat to pose for a picture.

Buehrle was touched by the gesture.

“I was like, ‘Brooks, we’ve got to do something here,’ ” Buehrle said. “’He can’t just give the ball and walk out of here empty-handed.’ So I ended up signing him a ball and I don’t know if we have something else in mind, but it was pretty awesome.”