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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)

Jose Quintana’s ‘career-altering’ game has Cubs planning clinch party in St. Louis

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Jose Quintana’s ‘career-altering’ game has Cubs planning clinch party in St. Louis

MILWAUKEE – The Cubs are going to destroy Busch Stadium’s visiting clubhouse. The rivalry has fundamentally shifted to the point where the St. Louis Cardinals are hanging around the National League’s wild-card race in a transition year and it would have been a massive failure if the defending World Series champs didn’t win this division. But there will be some symbolism to popping champagne bottles and spraying beer all over that room.

“We intend to clinch there,” Ben Zobrist said after Jose Quintana’s complete-game masterpiece in Sunday’s 5-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. “And I think for a lot of the guys that have been around here for a long time, it’s going to be very satisfying.”

Quintana has only been a Cub since the Brewers failed to close a deal with the White Sox and team president Theo Epstein swooped in to make a signature trade during the All-Star break. Quintana hasn’t yet pitched in the playoffs, but this is close enough, the Cubs winning back-to-back 10-inning games against the Brewers and shaking off a walk-off loss before the lefty faced off against Chase Anderson in front of a sellout crowd of 42,212.

Quintana gave the Cubs more data points to consider as they prepare for a probable first-round series against the Washington Nationals. The magic number to eliminate both the Brewers and Cardinals is two, with Milwaukee off on Monday and the Cubs playing a rivalry game in St. Louis that night, meaning the party goggles won’t come out until Tuesday at the earliest.

“It’s the playoffs already for this team,” said Zobrist, who again looked like a World Series MVP in the seventh inning of a 1-0 game when he launched Anderson’s first-pitch fastball into the second deck in right field for a two-run, breathing-room homer. “We’re already thinking that way.

“We’re in postseason mode right now. And we intend to continue that for the next month.”

While there are valid concerns about Jon Lester’s nosedive in performance since coming off the disabled list and the state of Jake Arrieta’s right hamstring, the focus should also be on how Quintana (7-3, 3.50 ERA in 13 starts as a Cub) could be an October game-changer for this rotation.

“Once he got over here, he was really jacked up about having a chance to play in the playoffs,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s showing you that right now. Games like that, to me, could be kind of career-altering for a pitcher.

“When you pitch a complete-game shutout on the road under these circumstances, that definitely does something for your interior. It definitely fluffs it up a little bit.”

“It’s exciting to be here,” said Quintana, who allowed only three singles, piled up 10 strikeouts against one walk and hit 93 mph on his 116th and final pitch in the ninth inning. “I just try to help my team and it’s really special when you get that opportunity. It’s about winning and I have a huge opportunity here.”

In all phases of the game – dominant starting pitching, an offense that created different ways to score runs, multiple bullpen contributors and an airtight defense that committed zero errors in 39 innings – Maddon saw what he was looking for: “We reacted in a playoff manner for these four games. Our mental intensity could not be beat.”

That drifting, in-and-out focus had been part of the background when the Cubs shocked the baseball world with the Quintana trade in the middle of July. Concentration won’t be an issue at Busch Stadium. And this hangover will be real.

“It will be nice to do it there, I’ll just say that,” said Zobrist, who understands the Cubs-Cardinals dynamic as someone who grew up in downstate Illinois. “But we got to win the games.

“As John Lackey said it before (this) series: ‘This is not a small series, boys.’ We knew it was a big one here in Milwaukee. And it will be another big one in St. Louis.”

Bulls reach buyout agreement with Dwyane Wade

Bulls reach buyout agreement with Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade's Bulls career is set to end just over a year after it began.

According to the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson, the Bulls and Wade have reached an agreement on a buyout.

CSN Chicago's Vincent Goodwill confirmed the report.

Wade signed a two-year, $47.5 million deal with the Bulls last July and averaged 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in 60 games with the Bulls. This summer, Wade exercised his player option for the second year of the contract, worth $23.8 million.

Wade picked up his option just two days before the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler on draft night and went into rebuild mode. According to Goodwill, Dwyane Wade is giving back $8.5 million.

The Bulls will go into next year without any of the 'Three Alphas' the team had last year Wade, Butler and Rajon Rondo.

The news comes a day before Bulls Media Day, which will be live on CSN at 2:30 p.m., and on the same day the team agreed to a two-year deal with Nikolia Mirotic.

Wojnarowski also reported Cleveland, San Antonio, Miami and Oklahoma City are the contenders to sign Wade.