CSN & CSNChicago.com to provide daily coverage of Bears Training Camp '12

CSN & CSNChicago.com to provide daily coverage of Bears Training Camp '12


Coverage begins Tuesday, July 24 with Phil Emery & Lovie Smiths LIVE press conferences beginning at 2:30 PM

Kip Lewis to file daily reports from Bourbonnais for SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live;
CSNChicago.coms Bears Insider John Moon Mullin to provide daily online & on-air updates and up-to-the-minute video reports

Chicago, IL (July 23, 2012) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for Bears Post Game Live presented by Illinois Back Institute, will provide viewers with comprehensive on-air and online coverage of Chicago Bears Training Camp 2012 with daily reports on SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse at 6:30 PM, GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 & 10:30 PM and the midnight edition of SportsNet Central, along with reports on the networks signature weeknight sports talk show, Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan (Monday-Friday at 5:30 PM) with host David Kaplan.

On Tuesday, July 24, Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com will deliver LIVE coverage of General Manager Phil Emery (2:30 PM) and Head Coach Lovie Smiths (3:00 PM) training camp opening press conferences.

Every day throughout the duration of training camp, SportsNet Centrals Bears beat reporter Kip Lewis and CSNChicago.coms Bears Insider John Moon Mullin will be providing viewers with the very latest training camp video highlights, breaking news, playerscoaches interviews, injury updates and more from Bears camp in Bourbonnais, IL for both SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live.

In addition, CSNChicago.com also has Bears training camp covered 247 from a daily online perspective with the very latest breaking news updates, roster moves, free agent signings, interviews and much more at CSNChicago.coms Bears team page (csnchicago.compagesbears). CSN Chicago digital will produce a daily Bears Talk show hosted by Lewis and Mullin -- offering detailed, position-by-position player analysis, as well as features from former Bears quarterbackCSN Bears Post Game Live analyst Jim Miller and Bowens Breakdown featuring former NFL safety Matt Bowen.

Fans can also look forward to up-to-the-minute breaking news Twitter updates from Mullin @CSNMoonMullin, Lewis @KipLewisCSN, Miller (@15Miller) and Bowen (@MattBowen41), along with the networks main Twitter handle @CSNChicago and Bears Talk handle (@BearsTalkCSN) for feed of Bears news articles and features.

Plus, CSN Chicago digital producers Jake Flannigan and Scott Krinch (@BearsTalkCSN) will provide live blogging coverage via Bears Talk on CSNChicago.com including real-time news stories, player interviews, behind-the-scenes photos, fan interviews, videos and live Tweets. CSNChicago.com Bears Training Camp content will featured on NBCSports.com, ProFootballTalk.com and NBCChicago.com and through partnerships with the Chicago Tribune, Bleacher Report and SB Nation.

Andrew Miller's outstanding postseason continues with escape to beat Cubs

Andrew Miller's outstanding postseason continues with escape to beat Cubs

CLEVELAND — Andrew Miller added another impressive chapter to an already legendary postseason performance on Tuesday night.

The Cleveland Indians reliever pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh inning to preserve a three-run lead and help his team achieve a 6-0 victory over the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series in front of 38,091 at Progressive Field.

Despite putting four men on base, Miller added two more scoreless innings to his 2016 playoff résumé. Miller also struck out more three batters, giving him 24 in 13 2/3 innings this postseason, the second most by any reliever in playoff history. Critical to the effort was the strikeout of Cubs veteran David Ross with a checked swing on a 3-2 slider to strand the bases loaded in the seventh.

“You’re just trying to see the ball as long as you can and stay up the middle,” Ross said. “The 3-1, that’s the one that kinda messed me up. It didn’t break as much, so now you’re like ‘OK, let’s protect and just battle.’ ... Looking back at it, I wish I just stood there and not swung at all. If I could rewind. If it were that easy. I wish it was. And then he’d throw one right down the middle and America hates me.”

Ross has had his share of success against Miller before, though it all came when the left-hander was still a struggling starting pitcher. The veteran catcher is 3-for-5 with a walk against Miller in his career. But that wasn’t the reason Cubs manager Joe Maddon opted to stay with Ross instead of pinch hit for him with either Jorge Soler or Albert Almora Jr. with two outs in the seventh inning and Miller struggling for the first time all postseason.

With a man on and nobody out, Miller took over for Corey Kluber and walked Kyle Schwarber — only Miller’s third free pass of the postseason. Javy Baez followed with a single to load the bases.

But Miller rebounded quickly and retired Willson Contreras on a fly out to shallow center before he struck out Addison Russell. Based on his experience, Maddon thought Ross was the right man for the spot.

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“I thought David could hit him or David would accept his walk more than the other guys,” Maddon said. “David works good at-bats in that moment. So I felt good about him, actually. I felt better about him.

“I think with Soler coming off the bench or Albert they had less of a chance than David because I thought there was a two-fold opportunity to either get the hit or draw the walk.”

Ross worked the count to his favor quickly as he took a fastball for a ball, and after swinging and missing a slider, took two more balls to get ahead 3-1. But Miller dropped a slider in for a called strike and then turned to it once again, getting Ross to commit just enough for the third strike. The strikeout improved the Indians’ chances of winning by 26.5 percent, up to 94.7, according to fangraphs.com.

“I was trying to throw a really good one because if he hits it, it goes a long way,” Miller said. “That’s David Ross. I think even he would say, you can pitch to him, but if you throw something in his wheelhouse it’s going to go a long way and do some damage. Fortunate that it worked out. I threw a good one that was in a spot that he went after in the situation.”

Miller struggled again in the eighth inning as he walked Kris Bryant and allowed a Ben Zobrist single with two outs. But Miller — who allowed two hits and two walks for the first time all season in 77 appearances — struck out Kyle Schwarber to strand the pair.

The Indians’ key acquisition before the July 31 trade deadline threw 46 pitches, the most he’s thrown in a game since Sept. 8, 2011, when he was still a starter.

Indians manager Terry Francona wouldn’t commit to whether or not he’d use Miller in Game 2 on Wednesday. Francona cited how Miller bounced back after throwing 40 pitches in a Game 1 victory over Boston in the American League Division Series and would have been ready if needed. But any number of factors could keep Miller from pitching, and Francona is happy to have a 1-0 series lead in his pocket.

“I don’t know,” Francona said. “He was ready to come back and pitch the next night. I just think there’s a lot that can happen.

“But we won tonight. I think when you have a lead, you try to win.”

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