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  • Chicago gets rare chance to bask in Hall of Fame glory Jul 27, 2014 7:45 AM
    Baseball is supposed to distract us from the wars, chaos and tragedies. Sometimes, especially for Chicago fans, baseball merely adds to our burdens. But Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa gave us something special. And today, they'll all enter the Hall of Fame.

     
  • Twins edge White Sox 4-3 Jul 27, 2014 4:33 PM
    Sam Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Javy Guerra in a three-run seventh inning, and the Minnesota Twins defeated the White Sox 4-3 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. Danny Santana had two RBIs for the last-place Twins, who won for just the 11th time in their last 30 games. Chicago led 2-1 in the seventh when Minnesota loaded the bases against Ronald Belisario (3-7) on walks to Josh Willingham and Eric Fryer around a single by Chris Parmelee. Guerra relieved and retired Eduardo Escobar on a foulout, and Santana hit a tying sacrifice fly just deep enough to left-center field. Fuld followed with a line-drive single up the middle and was thrown out at second when he tried to advance. Adrian Nieto homered in the eighth off Casey Fien, Nieto’s first in 76 career big league at-bats. All-Star Glen Perkins retired Gordon Beckham on a bases-loaded flyout for his 25th save in 28 chances. Jared Burton (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Yohan Pino, who didn’t allow a hit until two outs in the fifth and wound up giving up two runs and four hits in six innings. Chicago rookie Jose Abreu had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 17 games, and drove his 79th run, second in the major leagues behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, White Sox starter Scott Carroll allowed one run and four hits in six innings, leaving after just 78 pitches. When Minnesota’s Oswaldo Arcia struck out ending the sixth, he snapped his bat over a knee, sending wood splinters flying around the batter’s box that were picked up by a batboy. Santana’s RBI triple in the third gave Minnesota its first lead of the series. Chicago went ahead in the sixth on Alexei Ramirez’s sacrifice fly and Abreu’s RBI double. NOTES: Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) is to take batting practice at Target Field this week. Manager Ron Gardenhire wasn’t worried about setup for a Paul McCartney concert scheduled for Saturday getting in the way. “He’s going to hit it right through the drums,” Gardenhire joked. . Twins SP Kyle Gibson (back) is expected to start Tuesday against Kansas City. While Phil Hughes took a line drive off a knee on Thursday he doesn’t expect to miss a start. ... Ricky Nolasco (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Sunday. . Jose Quintana (5-7, 3.15 ERA) is slated to starts for the White Sox on Tuesday against Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez (7-4, 3.45). . Gibson (8-8, 4.19) faces James Shields (9-5, 3.58) as the Twins open a three-game series in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

     
  • Bears’ rookie punter wows ’em Jul 27, 2014 8:33 PM
    On the first day of practice in full pads, it was Bears rookie punter Pat O'Donnell's booming boots that got the crowd of 9,500 most excited.

     
  • La Russa’s managerial roots started with White Sox Jul 27, 2014 6:17 PM
    Tony La Russa, who got his start managing the White Sox in 1979 and currently ranks third in all-time wins, was inducted into the Hall of Fame Sunday.

     
  • Cougars edged 2-1 Jul 27, 2014 6:14 PM
    West Michigan became the first team to defeat the Cougars (22-13, 67-38) in a series at home with a 2-1 victory Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. A well-pitched matchup between the two top teams in the Midwest League ended with the potential tying run at third base.

     
  • Boomers top Crushers 9-4 Jul 27, 2014 6:01 PM
    The Schaumburg Boomers opened a three-game set against the Lake Erie Crushers with a 9-4 victory Sunday.

     
  • Bears’ Williams small player with big-play potential Jul 27, 2014 8:35 PM
    Chris Williams is the littlest player on the field, but his big-play potential makes him a leading candidate for the Bears' job of return specialist that has been vacant since Devin Hester left for the Atlanta Falcons. Williams also brings another dimension to the Bears' wide receiver depth chart with superior speed and quickness to anyone else on the team.

     
  • Thomas, Maddux, 4 others inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame Jul 27, 2014 5:08 PM
    Three men who made their mark on the baseball diamond and three who made theirs from the dugout were inducted Sunday into baseball’s Hall of Fame. The six men, three of whom have ties to the Cubs and White Sox, addressed the thousands who gathered in Cooperstown, thanking those who helped them along the way. Frank Thomas Thomas, the most accomplished slugger in White Sox history, was nicknamed “The Big Hurt” for his bat prowess, He won AL MVP awards in 1993 and 1994 and finished his 19-year career with a .301 batting average, 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs. He’s also the only player in major league history with seven straight seasons with a .300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 walks, and the first Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter. Thomas played 16 years for the White Sox and established himself as the best hitter in franchise history. He holds the team record for homers (448), doubles (447), RBIs (1,465), runs (1,327), extra-base hits (906), walks (1,466), total bases (3,949), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base percentage (.427). Greg Maddux Maddux won 355 games over a 23-year major league career. Nicknamed “Mad Dog,” Maddux had stints with the Braves, Cubs, Padres and Dodgers and won four straight Cy Young Awards, leading the NL in innings each season. Known for his pinpoint control, Maddux walked just 999 in 5,008 1-3 innings and ranks 10th in strikeouts with 3,371. He also was a sharp fielder, capturing 18 Gold Gloves, and was an All-Star eight times. Maddux and fellow inductee Tom Glavine were mainstays of the Braves staff, helping Atlanta win 14 division titles in a row starting in the 1990s. Tom Glavine Glavine is the rare athlete drafted by two professional leagues in different sports. He won 305 games and two Cy Young Awards, and posted five seasons with 20 or more victories. Only three left-handers have more wins — Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton and Eddie Plank. Drafted by the Braves in 1984, Glavine also was taken by the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL draft that year but chose to focus on baseball. Glavine was on the mound when the Braves won Game 6 to clinch the 1995 World Series and give the city of Atlanta its lone major sports title. Tony La Russa La Russa, third all-time in victories as a manager, 2,728 times in his long career, behind only Connie Mack and John McGraw. He was picked as manager of the year four times and won 12 division titles, six pennants and World Series titles in 1989, 2006, and 2011. Signed by the Kansas City Athletics in 1962, La Russa’s six-year major league career as an infielder was forgettable. He batted .199 with no home runs in 132 games. But after earning a law degree at Florida State University and giving managing a try in the minor leagues, he found his niche, was elevated to manage the White Sox in 1979, and his managing career took off. He won two championships with St. Louis and one with Oakland. Joe Torre Torre, the managerial mastermind of the resurgence of the New York Yankees, excelled as a player — in 1971 he won National League MVP honors with a signature season that included 230 hits and a .363 average, 97 runs, and 137 RBIs for the St. Louis Cardinals — but he became something special in the Yankees dugout. Despite mediocre stints managing the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals (five winning seasons in 15 years), Torre was hired by the Yankees prior to the 1996 season. In 12 years with Torre at the helm, the Yankees won 10 division titles, six AL pennants, and four World Series. Torre is the only man to amass more than 2,000 hits (2,342) as a player and win more than 2,000 games (2,326) as a manager, according to STATS. Bobby Cox Cox guided the Atlanta Braves to an unprecedented 14 straight division titles and 15 playoff appearances. A light-hitting infielder who appeared in 220 games for the New York Yankees in 1968-69, Cox found his niche in the dugout. He retired after the 2010 season with 2,504 victories in 29 seasons, fourth behind Connie Mack, John McGraw and fellow inductee Tony La Russa. The feisty Cox, who also spent four years in Toronto, was a four-time Manager of the Year, three in the NL and one in the AL, and holds the major league record with 159 ejections.

     
  • Maddux delivers one more brilliant outing Jul 27, 2014 9:27 PM
    Though his game was more refined in his prime than perhaps any pitcher in history, Greg Maddux never pretended to be as much off the field or in the clubhouse. Stripped of polish and pretense, Maddux — wearing a tie he said was still knotted from his daughter’s party months ago — was Sunday just as he always has been. Quiet and resolute.

     
  • ‘Emotional’ Thomas takes his spot in Cooperstown Jul 27, 2014 9:28 PM
    An emotionally charged Frank Thomas thanked his parents to open his Hall of Fame speech on Sunday. By the time he was finished talking in Cooperstown, Thomas offered his thanks to countless coaches, teammates, trainers and even clubhouse attendants.

     
  • Rockies bring offense to town Jul 27, 2014 6:49 PM
    The Rockies are coming, the Rockies are coming. The Colorado Rockies come to Wrigley Field this week, and Cubs pitchers will have to be ready because the Rockies lead the National League in many key offensive categories. They'll also start four left-handed pitchers against the Cubs.

     
  • Glavine stays true to his past Jul 27, 2014 8:31 PM
    Tom Glavine left little doubt about how he wound up in the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. Said Glavine, “I was just taught certain things by my mother and father that stayed with me. Particularly, my mother.”

     
  • Atlanta’s Cox pays tribute to division dynasty Jul 27, 2014 8:32 PM
    While Frank Thomas, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were essentially alone, it was clear that the Atlanta group led by Bobby Cox was very much together in Cooperstown.

     
  • Cubs’ Hendricks continues to impress Jul 27, 2014 6:44 PM
    Cubs rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks matched Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright almost pitch for pitch Sunday. Hendricks gave up a first-inning homer to Matt Holliday, and enabled the Cardinals to get out of Wrigley Field with a 1-0 victory and two of three in the series.

     
  • Cubs shutout by Cards at Wrigley Jul 27, 2014 4:29 PM
    Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings and Matt Holliday hit a solo homer to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Cubs on Sunday. The Cardinals won two of the three games at Wrigley Field in the weekend set. The Cubs have not won a home series since taking two of three from the Miami Marlins June 6-8. Wainwright allowed five hits and walked three during his seven innings. It was a far cry from his previous outing when he allowed six runs (four earned) in 4? innings against the Tampa Bay Rays last Tuesday. Kevin Siegrist worked the eighth and Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances. Cubs rookie Kyle Hendricks (1-1) allowed just one run on seven hits in 6? innings. With the wind blowing out to right field, the conditions seemed ideal for a classic Wrigley slugfest -- a feeling seemingly confirmed when Holliday, the third batter of the game, lifted a drive to center field that landed in the batter’s eye for a solo homer and a 1-0 Cardinals lead. But that’s where the score stayed as the starters took control. On paper, the matchup seemed a huge mismatch, but Hendricks was able to stay competitive with the perennial All-Star, with the only essential difference being Holliday’s blast. Hendricks benefited from two double plays and Matt Carpenter was thrown out at second attempting to stretch a single, but the rookie never faced a true jam. The only time he was close to giving up a run after the first inning came after he was lifted in the seventh inning with a runner on first base and one out. Left-hander Wesley Wright loaded the bases with two out, but got Wainwright to line out softly to first base. NOTES: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, a former catcher, on former Cubs great Greg Maddux, who was inducted into the hall of fame on Sunday: “I would have enjoyed catching him, for sure. I would have enjoyed trying to understand how he thought about the game. The things I saw him do. I remember one time here, he put one right down the middle. ‘Hit it as hard as you want because the wind was screaming in.’ I smashed it as hard as I could smash it, and it went nowhere. He just gave a grin.”... As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Wrigley Field, both teams wore replica uniforms from 1978. The Cardinals uniforms were only slightly different than ones from today (no belts and pullover jerseys being the main change), but the Cubs wore powder blue pinstripes, which were the road uniforms then. ... The Cardinals are off on Monday, while the Cubs begin a four-game home series with the Colorado Rockies, with LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 5.00) facing LHP Yohan Flande (0-2, 7.20).

     
  • Off-the-field headlines rarely pretty for Thomas Jul 26, 2014 1:49 PM
    Frank Thomas was the best hitter in White Sox history - and one of the best to ever play major-league baseball. But looking back on his ride to the Hall of Fame, Thomas experienced more than a few bumps.

     
  • Giants acquire righty Jake Peavy from Red Sox Jul 26, 2014 3:43 PM
    The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander and former White Sox Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner will start Sunday night’s series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants held a half-game division lead in the NL West against their rival going into Saturday night’s middle game at AT&T Park. The Giants have plenty of familiarity with Peavy, who pitched for manager Bruce Bochy with the San Diego Padres in the playoffs in 2005-06. “It’s great to be reunited with Jake,” Bochy said by text message. “Look forward to working with him again.” San Francisco missed the playoffs in 2013 after winning the World Series in 2010 and ‘12, and the club is committed to making another special October run. The 33-year-old Peavy pitched one of his best games last Aug. 25 at Dodger Stadium. He tossed a three-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk in an 8-1 Red Sox victory. San Francisco received cash from Boston and is sending right-hander Heath Hembree and lefty Edwin Escobar to the World Series champion Red Sox in the swap. Both players were optioned by the Red Sox to Triple-A Pawtucket. Peavy (1-9, 4.72 ERA) has been hurt by poor run support this season, receiving two runs or fewer of support in each of his past eight starts. He is in the final season of a $29 million, two-year contract. Peavy is earning $14.5 million this season, with the Red Sox paying more than $3 million of his remaining salary for the year — $5.15 million. Six weeks on the disabled list last year with a rib injury cost him a chance to have a conditional $15 million option for 2015 if he had reached 400 innings over 2013-14. He is at 268 2-3 heading into Sunday’s outing. Yusmeiro Petit had been scheduled to pitch Sunday for the Giants with right-hander Matt Cain on the disabled list. The Giants made the deal without having to give up their top pitching prospect, Kyle Crick. It’s been a busy week for Giants general manager Brian Sabean and assistant GM Bobby Evans. On Friday, they promoted second baseman Dan Uggla from Triple-A Fresno only four days after they signed him to a minor league contract Monday. Uggla was released by Atlanta on July 18. Escobar went 3-8 with a 5.11 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 20 games for Triple-A Fresno, while Hembree went 1-3 with a 3.89 ERA and 18 saves with 46 strikeouts in 41 appearances for Fresno this year.

     
  • Cubs can’t pull off 2nd straight comeback win Jul 26, 2014 8:50 PM
    The Chicago Cubs tried to follow the same script that produced a comeback win the day before. They just couldn’t pull off a similar finish. The Cubs fell behind St. Louis early and tied it with an unlikely home run, but the Cardinals ended up with a 6-3 victory on Saturday in front of a big crowd divided by fans of the rival clubs. Matt Adams drove in four runs, A.J. Pierzynski had three hits in his St. Louis debut, and the Cardinals snapped a four-game skid.

     
  • It’s a Brave new world in Cooperstown Jul 26, 2014 11:31 PM
    It's an Atlanta celebration in upstate New York this weekend as Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

     
  • Pierzynski adds to Cubs’ woes again Jul 26, 2014 11:24 PM
    Not only did the Cubs drop a 6-3 decision to rival St. Louis on Saturday, they lost in part due to a successful Cardinals debut by free-agent acquisition A.J. Pierzynski, the active player Cubs fans love to hate more than any other.

     
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