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  • Highly touted prospect Baez to join Cubs Aug 4, 2014 3:10 PM
    The Cubs will bring up infielder Javier Baez to join them for Tuesday's game at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. The 21-year-old Baez posted 23 home runs, 80 RBI, 34 walks and 130 strikeouts in 388 at-bats for Class AAA Iowa this season.

     
  • White Sox win but are still looking for some relief Aug 4, 2014 11:19 PM
    Thanks to a solid outing from starter Hector Noesi and bad weather Monday night, the bullpen was not a factor in the White Sox' rain-shortened 5-3 win over the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.

     
  • Just how do the White Sox fix their deficiencies? Aug 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    With the team four games under .500 and with almost two months to play, the White Sox' deficiencies are clear. Going about making corrections are a bit more complicated, though, unless they wait until the winter.

     
  • Abreu’s numbers add up to awards Aug 4, 2014 11:16 PM
    White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu continues to pile up the awards this season. Abreu is the American League Player and Rookie of the Month for July. He is the first player in major-league history to win Player of the Month honors twice as a rookie.

     
  • Cougars complete sweep of Quad Cities Aug 3, 2014 8:52 PM
    The Cougars used 17 hits to finish off a three-game sweep over the visiting Quad Cities River Bandits and give Daury Torrez his 10th win. Offense was present all three games for the Cougars (22-17, 70-42) as they connected for double-digit hits for the entire three-game set and finished with a 9-5 victory Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

     
  • Boomers fall 11-3 at Joliet Aug 3, 2014 8:50 PM
    The Schaumburg Boomers dropped an 11-3 contest to the Slammers on Sunday in Joliet.

     
  • Sox surrender 16 runs to Twins in loss Aug 3, 2014 6:21 PM
    Rookie Danny Santana had five hits and four RBIs, and the Minnesota Twins scored nine runs in the eighth inning of a rain-delayed 16-3 victory over the White Sox on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. Santana had two hits and two RBIs in the Twins’ big inning, when they sent 14 batters to the plate and had nine hits against three relievers. The five hits set a season high for the rookie center fielder, who was one off his best for RBIs set June 7 against Houston. Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer for the Sox, who were hurt by poor bullpen work. Relievers Javy Guerra (1-3), Taylor Thompson, Ronald Belisario, Eric Surkamp and Andre Rienzo allowed a total of 15 runs and 18 hits over the final four innings. Kyle Gibson (10-8) was the beneficiary of Minnesota’s big day at the plate. The 6-foot-6 right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings while improving to 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in his last four starts. Chicago starter Jose Quintana struggled through three errors and two rain delays (for a total of 45 minutes) in the first two innings. He managed to get through five innings on 116 pitches, leaving with a 3-1 lead thanks to a three-run fourth for the White Sox. Alexei Ramirez hit an RBI double and scored on Viciedo’s 13th homer. Minnesota responded three runs in the sixth. Eduardo Nunez had a run-scoring single before Santana’s two-run double gave Minnesota a 4-3 lead.

     
  • Resurgent Sky thinking playoffs Aug 4, 2014 5:35 AM
    Delle Donne-led Sky is "thinking playoffs" after second straight win, a 76-65 victory over the Washington Mystics.

     
  • New Bears defense eager to turn the page Aug 3, 2014 8:56 PM
    Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and his players are looking forward to an improved defense in 2014, and not dwelling on the memory of last year's disappointing and injury-ravaged defense, which was one of the worst in franchise history.

     
  • Eaton a bright spot at top of White Sox order Aug 3, 2014 9:02 PM
    It's been another trying season for the White Sox, but there are a couple of bright spots. One is Adam Eaton, who has plugged a longtime hole at the top of the Sox' lineup.

     
  • White Sox bullpen hits new low in loss to Twins Aug 3, 2014 9:02 PM
    The White Sox' bullpen has struggled for much of the season, and the unit hit rock bottom Sunday. In a 16-3 loss to the Twins, Sox relief pitchers matched a franchise record by allowing 15 runs.

     
  • Coghlan’s HR leads Cubs over Dodgers Aug 3, 2014 7:03 PM
    Edwin Jackson pitched six innings for his first victory in six weeks and Chris Coghlan hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, leading the Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Jackson (6-11) allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out six and walked none. The right-hander was 0-4 with a 7.39 ERA in his previous seven starts since beating Pittsburgh 6-3 on June 20 at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers dropped two of three to the team with the third-worst record in the majors. Los Angeles’ NL West lead was trimmed to 2 1/2 games over San Francisco, which won 9-0 at the New York Mets. Matt Kemp trimmed Chicago’s lead to 3-2 in the sixth with his fifth homer in six games and No. 13 on the year. But Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo helped preserve the lead in the seventh, making a leaping grab of Carl Crawford’s line drive and turning it into an inning-ending double play by trapping Drew Butera off second. The Dodgers got a run in the eighth off Pedro Strop, but Luis Valbuena responded in the ninth against Chris Perez with his 10th homer. Los Angeles right-hander Josh Beckett (6-6) gave up three runs and six hits in four-plus innings in his fifth straight start when he failed to get past the fifth. The three-time All-Star is 3-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 starts since his no-hitter on May 25 at Philadelphia. Beckett, facing the Cubs for the first time since Aug. 28, 2005, struck out Ryan Sweeney with the bases loaded in the third. But he surrendered a leadoff double by Jackson in the fifth, and Coghlan followed with his sixth homer. The Cubs made it 6-2 in the eighth with John Baker’s RBI groundout and a two-run single by pinch-hitter Starlin Castro, who was rested after starting each of the team’s first 109 games. TRAINER’S ROOM Cubs: Newly acquired left-hander Felix Doubront had a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium while continuing his rehab from a left calf strain. Dodgers: Catcher A.J. Ellis missed his second straight game because of a sore right knee, which was struck by a foul tip off Rizzo’s bat in the sixth inning of Friday’s series opener. ... Butera was struck in the groin by a foul tip off the bet of Nate Schierholtz on the fourth inning and was given as much time as he needed to collect himself before going back behind the plate. ON DECK Cubs: Left-hander Travis Wood (7-9, 5.10 ERA) matches up against Colorado lefty Brett Anderson (1-3 3.12 ERA) Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Coors Field. Dodgers: Their next four games are against the Angels, with right-hander Zack Greinke (12-6, 2.65 ERA) opposing Garrett Richards (11-4, 2.74 ERA) on Monday night at Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers have won only one season series from the Angels in the previous 14 years, going 4-2 in 2006.

     
  • Pick Bulls’ Rose for MVP? Not here Aug 3, 2014 6:30 AM
    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose appears healthy and has every bit the motivation he had a year ago, once again looking to make everyone pay who has burned and buried him.

     
  • White Sox collapse late in 8-6 loss to Twins Aug 2, 2014 11:16 PM
    Adam Eaton admitted he made a bad mistake trying to stretch a single into a double in the eighth inning of a one-run game. Alejandro De Aza said he should have caught a liner that fell for a two-run double. The Chicago White Sox made mistakes in the field and on the base paths, and their bullpen struggled again in an 8-6 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

     
  • MLB trade deadline touches all bases Aug 2, 2014 3:19 PM
    The Major League Baseball trade deadline offered something for everyone, and delivered like few others have, as Matt Spiegel explains in his weekly baseball column.

     
  • The Soapbox Aug 3, 2014 8:45 AM
    Daily Herald editors write about the recovering economy in the 'burbs, a touching funeral for a baby, and a state study that seems to lack purpose, among other things.

     
  • Dodgers beat Cubs 5-2 on Ramirez’s 3-run HR Aug 3, 2014 1:05 AM
    Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the 12th inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. Dee Gordon hit a two-out single against Blake Parker (1-1), stole his major league-leading 51st base and came home when Ramirez drove a 1-0 pitch into the Dodgers’ bullpen in left field for his 12th homer after a full-count walk to Justin Turner.

     
  • Mistakes lead to White Sox’ loss to Twins Aug 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The White Sox' bats have been carrying the load since the all-star break, but poor relief pitching, outfield defense and baserunning were too much to overcome in Saturday night's 8-6 loss to the Twins.

     
  • Abreu quite a big hit with White Sox Aug 2, 2014 11:56 PM
    White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu was expected to be an impact bat, but he has quickly emerged as one of major-league baseball's most dangerous hitters. Abreu is making a Triple Crown run in his first season with the Sox.

     
  • Giving Forte a breather easier said than done Aug 2, 2014 10:35 PM
    The Bears want to preserve running back Matt Forte by limiting his wear and tear, but that's easier said than done because he excels in so many facets of the game that it's hard to give the ball to anyone else.

     
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