11:38 PM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times 6 mins ago

Cubs want longer outings from Edwin Jackson

Assuming the Cubs don’t trade him and the injury (right hand cramping) he left with Thursday night isn’t serious, there will be a lot of Edwin Jackson down the stretch. In dealing Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics, the Cubs sent away two of their innings-eating starters who were capable of saving the bullpen on any day. But with those two chasing a pennant in California, it will fall in part to the veteran Jackson to help spare a set of...
Chicago Sun-Times 20 mins ago

Jake Petricka eager to excel in crucial ninth

MINNEAPOLIS — With right-hander pitcher Zach Putnam going on the 15-day disabled list with right-shoulder inflammation Thursday, rookie Jake Petricka essentially becomes the White Sox’ closer. Entering Thursday, Petricka (2.10 ERA) and Putnam (2.35) each had three saves since the closer-less Sox went to a bullpen-by-committee in late June. Petricka, with a mid-to-upper 90s fastball, has the right stuff if he can command it, and it looks as if he will get a...
Chicago Sun-Times 21 mins ago

Jason Hammel happy in Oakland, but wouldn’t rule out return to Cubs

OAKLAND, Calif. — If the Cubs’ plan gains the kind of traction the club hopes going into next year, they might be done with their flip-guy method that helps stock the farm system. But that doesn’t mean the would-be flip guys are done with the Cubs. And it doesn’t mean the Cubs won’t use the buy-low (short-term) method to address a significant starting-pitching need as they start building a big-league roster to actually start trying to win. That’s what...
Chicago Sun-Times 23 mins ago

Nine things to know about Frank Thomas

1— Frank Thomas made his major-league debut Aug. 2, 1990, against the Brewers in the first game of a doubleheader. Thomas went 0-for-4 in the game, which included current Sox manager Robin Ventura and Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk, Robin Yount and Paul Molitor. Thomas picked up his first hit the next day — a triple, one of only 12 in his career. Thomas never was known for his speed. Ozzie Guillen once said, “If Frank gets a base hit, it takes five hits to score...
Chicago Sun-Times 33 mins ago

Noesi, Eaton lead White Sox past Twins 5-2

MINNEAPOLIS — Hector Noesi allowed three hits over 7 2-3 innings and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Noesi (5-7) gave up two runs, struck out three and walked one in an impressive performance. Alexei Ramirez added two hits and an RBI for Chicago and Jake Petricka went one inning to pick up his fifth save in six chances. Phil Hughes (10-7) gave up two runs and four...
Northwest Herald 1 hour ago

Houston, Mundy already impressed

BOURBONNAIS – If training camp is like going back to school for the veterans and the first day of school for the rookies, it’s a mix of the two for veteran newcomers.
Chicago Sun-Times 1 hour ago

New Bears safety Adrian Wilson could be the heel of the offseason

BOURBONNAIS — Adrian Wilson will start his 14th training camp Friday not worried about the other contenders for the starting job at strong safety. “I’m just going out there and competing with myself,” he said Thursday. “I’m not competing with anybody.” When you’ve been to the Pro Bowl five times, upholding your own standards — or those of your former self — is more challenging than it sounds. Fact is, though, Wilson doesn’t need to replicate...

Edwin Jackson leaves game with hand cramps

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson exited in the sixth inning of Thursday night's game against the San Diego Padres with cramping in his right hand. Jackson gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits in his five-plus innings of work. Jackson walked Yasmani Grandal to lead off the sixth, then allowed a single to Will Venable before manager Rick Renteria and trainer PJ Mainville came to the mound and eventually removed Jackson from the game.
Chicago Sun-Times 1 hour ago

Paul Konerko lauds Frank Thomas for being ‘dialed in with his work’

The remarkable hitting eye and plate discipline helped Frank Thomas hit for high average and on-base percentage. The exceptional size and strength grew the power numbers. The motivation to have bigger and better statistics than anyone else kept Thomas’ extraordinarily blended hitting machine ticking along through a 19-year career (16 with the White Sox) that produced a .301 average, .419 on-base percentage, 521 homers and 1,704 RBI. Thomas was self-motivated, but...
Chicago Sun-Times 1 hour ago

Greg Maddux was an ace for sure, and a joker, too

The things the man would put in a pot of chili or soup in the clubhouse. The uses he would find for a stack of clean sanitary socks. The strange, disconnected thoughts that would come out his mouth during a meeting with team officials or even in the middle of a game if the catcher decided to chance a visit to the mound. Greg Maddux might have been as unique and comically twisted among teammates as he was unique and brilliantly efficient on a major-league mound....

Cubs manager marvels at Greg Maddux's durability

Rick Renteria says the Hall of Famer was a remarkable pitcher for his longevity as well as his talentRick Renteria had the opportunity to watch Greg Maddux perform during his Hall of Fame career and he was the Padres first base coach when Maddux pitched for them in 2008.
Chicago Tribune 2 hours ago

Seahawks' Lynch expected to hold out out camp

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch plans to hold out during training camp, former teammate Michael Robinson said Thursday.

Seahawks' Lynch expected to hold out out camp

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch plans to hold out during training camp, former teammate Michael Robinson said Thursday.

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