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  • Rozner: For Lynch, Bears camp a long way from NIU Aug 17, 2014 8:14 PM
    Jordan Lynch was on stage for Heisman ceremony pictures in December, but Thursday night he was being stepped over by reporters wanting to talk to another undrafted rookie running back.

     
  • White Sox hang on to beat Jays Aug 17, 2014 4:41 PM
    Conor Gillapsie hit his first career grand slam in the first inning Sunday, and Jordan Danks followed with a 2-run shot as the White Sox hung on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 at U.S. Cellular Field. Gillaspie has hit for a very good average this season, but his power has been down. The third baseman’s bases-loaded shot off Jays starter Drew Hutchison was just his fifth home run of the season.

     
  • Castro’s homer in 9th lifts Cubs over Mets Aug 17, 2014 3:58 PM
    Starlin Castro hit a tiebreaking homer on the first pitch of the ninth inning to lift the Cubs over the New York Mets 2-1 Sunday. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta allowed two hits and struck out nine in seven smooth innings. He left with a 1-0 lead following Luis Valbuena’s run-scoring single in the fourth. Slumping slugger Curtis Granderson tied it with a two-out RBI single off winner Pedro Strop (2-4) in the eighth, snapping skids of 0 for 17 and 1 for 29. A diving catch by rookie center fielder Arismendy Alcantara moments earlier prevented more potential damage. Castro led off the ninth and greeted closer Jenrry Mejia (5-6) with his 13th home run, an opposite-field drive that barely cleared the wall near the right-field corner. Hector Rondon got three quick outs for his 17th save, finishing a four-hitter that ended Chicago’s three-game losing streak. Valbuena returned to the lineup and broke out of his slump with an RBI single off Mets rookie Rafael Montero, still looking for his first win after six major league starts. Montero delivered an encouraging performance, though, going 7 1-3 innings for the longest outing of his career. Arrieta struck out three straight in the second and whiffed the 3-4-5 hitters in the fourth. He started a 1-6-3 double play after a leadoff walk in the seventh and was helped out of his toughest jam by Castro in the third. With runners at the corners, the shortstop made a slick pickup and a nifty flip to start an inning-ending double play against Juan Lagares. Cubs rookie Javier Baez drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, his first in 55 major league plate appearances. Two outs later, Valbuena snapped a 1-for-32 slide with an RBI single. Baez also walked in the eighth. TRAINER’S ROOM Cubs: Valbuena, who had been fighting a cold, was back at 3B after not starting the first two games of the series. ... Prized prospect Kris Bryant was expected to have an MRI after leaving Saturday’s game with Triple-A Iowa because of a sore left big toe. The team said Bryant had been playing through the injury for a few days, and X-rays were inconclusive. “All indications are he’s OK,” manager Rick Renteria said. Mets: As expected, 3B David Wright was out of the lineup with a sore left shoulder. Wright left Saturday’s game one inning after he was hit by a fastball in the back of the shoulder, aggravating an area that’s bothered him all summer. Eric Campbell started at third. ... Rookie RHP Jacob deGrom (rotator cuff tendinitis) threw about 20 pitches, all fastballs, in a bullpen session and said he had no problems. He’ll throw a regular bullpen Tuesday or Wednesday, and so far it appears he’s on track to come off the 15-day disabled list this weekend for a start at Dodger Stadium. ... Manager Terry Collins said he thinks RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow inflammation) will make another rehab start, this time for Class A Brooklyn. Matsuzaka allowed one run and three hits in six innings Saturday for Double-A Binghamton, throwing 69 pitches. “Right now we’re not sure where the fit’s going to be when he’s ready to pitch here,” Collins said. UP NEXT Cubs rookie Kyle Hendricks (4-1, 1.73 ERA) starts the four-game series finale Monday afternoon against 41-year-old Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85), who is 0-2 with a 4.73 ERA in five career starts against Chicago. Valbuena has two homers in five at-bats against Colon.

     
  • Spiegel: How to measure learned pitching wisdom Aug 17, 2014 7:40 AM
    Now there is a scientific concept on pitching, only recently coming to public awareness, that puts a measure on learned wisdom. It supports an oft-quoted maxim from the great Warren Spahn: “Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”

     
  • White Sox’ Petricka learning perils of closing Aug 17, 2014 8:07 PM
    Current White Sox closer Jake Petricka notched his ninth save of the season in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Blue Jays, but the rookie right-hander is learning how difficult it can be to pitch in the ninth inning.

     
  • Gillaspie making case to be White Sox mainstay at 3B Aug 17, 2014 8:08 PM
    Conor Gillaspie hit his first career grand slam in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Blue Jays, and he also continued making a strong case to remain the White Sox' starting third baseman in the future.

     
  • Bears running on empty so far Aug 17, 2014 8:10 PM
    The Bears' running game has limped along for the most part through the first two preseason games, but coach Marc Trestman believes it's not far from where it needs to be. Meanwhile, the competition for backup spots behind running back Matt Forte will continue for the final two preseason games.

     
  • Cautious Sky rests stars in anticipation of playoffs Aug 17, 2014 10:00 PM
    The stars weren't shining as the Chicago Sky lost to the San Antonio Stars on Sunday at Allstate Arena, 84-72. Head coach Pokey Chatman elected to not play Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince in order to rest them for the playoffs, which begin on Friday.

     
  • Boomers go boom in 18-7 win Aug 17, 2014 10:40 PM
    The Schaumburg Boomers broke out the bats and set new franchise standards in an 18-7 road win over the Gateway Grizzlies on Sunday to win the key series.

     
  • Double-shutout sweep for Cougars Aug 17, 2014 10:41 PM
    The Cougars (35-20, 80-45) pitching staff did not allow a run in the final 18 innings of a three-game series sweep over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (29-26, 65-59). A double-header shutout sweep of 9-0 and 3-0 at Fox Cities handed the Cougars their seventh straight win.

     
  • Kasper: Making predictions makes very little sense Aug 17, 2014 10:02 PM
    I always chuckle to myself when people ask me to make predictions in this game. When will Kris Bryant be here? Who’s going to win the National League Central? Do you think Javier Baez will make the proper adjustments and become more patient? We live in an opinionated world, our thoughts quickly conveyed in 140 characters or less. I am as guilty as anyone, especially when watching an NFL or NHL game in the off-season. That’s when I can just react to each moment with overblown, unreasonable proclamations.

     
  • Rongey: Common sense must prevail in new rule Aug 17, 2014 10:44 PM
    Home-plate collisions don’t make baseball better. Losing Buster Posey for a year as the result of a single, pointless moment does not make baseball better. However, something is getting lost in those plays because of the new rule this season.

     
  • The Soapbox Aug 16, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors offer quick-hit opinions on suburban topics.

     
  • An emotional return as Buehrle faces Sox tonight Aug 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    Mark Buehrle was a popular and productive pitcher for the White Sox from 2000-11. Saturday night, the 35-year-old lefty makes his first start at U.S. Cellular Field in an opposing uniform (Toronto Blue Jays).

     
  • Coach: No change needed in how Notre Dame recruits Aug 16, 2014 3:51 PM
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Saturday dismissed talk that he needs to do a better job of recruiting players who are better students to avoid the academic problems that have plagued the football program for the past 15 months. “I think we’ve brought in the right young men,” he said. “I think we have to continue to do a better job educating them. We have to do a better job of providing the resources.”

     
  • Garcia back in right field for White Sox Aug 16, 2014 8:51 PM
    Avisail Garcia came off the disabled list and returned to the White Sox on Saturday. To make sure he stays healthy, the Sox want Garcia to slide, instead of dive, for balls when he's playing right field.

     
  • Sox great Minoso hospitalized after fall from boat Aug 16, 2014 4:21 PM
    White Sox legend Minnie Minoso has been hospitalized in Chicago after falling from his boat. Team spokesman Scott Reifert told WMAQ-TV the 88-year-old was pulled from the water Friday and taken to St. Joseph Hospital for tests.

     
  • Thibodeau’s focus no surprise to Team USA players Aug 16, 2014 10:34 PM
    Team USA got a good taste of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau at Friday's practice, when he spent nearly an hour going over defensive details. Golden State guard Steph Curry said the players were ready for it, since they know all about Thibodeau's reputation.

     
  • White Sox bullpen breaks down in 6-3 loss to Jays Aug 16, 2014 9:20 PM
    There were plenty of highlights in Saturday night’s White Sox-Blue Jays game at U.S. Cellular Field. New Hall of Famer Frank Thomas — the most prolific hitter in Sox history — was honored in a pre-game ceremony. Mark Buehrle also got a rousing reception from the crowd of 29,420 when he took the mound in the opening inning and pitched against the White Sox for the first time in his career.

     
  • Impact beat Fire 1-0 to end 7-game losing streak Aug 16, 2014 9:27 PM
    Marco Di Vaio scored in the 84th minute and the Montreal Impact ended a seven-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night. The Impact (4-14-5) won for the first time since June 29 in Houston. They remained 10th and last in the MLS Eastern Conference behind the ninth-place Fire (4-6-13).

     
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