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  • Sox to Eaton: Tone down reckless style of play Aug 25, 2014 4:23 PM
    Adam Eaton is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday and be back in the White Sox' lineup vs. the Indians. The Sox are hoping the reckless center fielder learns how to control his aggressive style of play and stay healthy.

     
  • Wada’s effort for Cubs much appreciated Aug 24, 2014 7:30 PM
    Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada basked in a standing ovation Sunday after he pitched 6.1 innings of 1-hit, 1-run ball in a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Wrigley Field. Wada did not allow a hit until Steve Pearce led off the seventh with a home run.

     
  • Miles: Much different Cubs vibe in Epstein’s 3rd year Aug 24, 2014 7:29 PM
    The Cubs are getting through the dog days of August much better than they did the previous two seasons. In fact, the whole look and feel of the team is a much different and much more positive one than it was in 2012 and 2013, says Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles.

     
  • Sale squanders lead, White Sox lose to Yanks in 10 Aug 24, 2014 10:28 PM
    Chris Sale was in complete control at Yankee Stadium, all set to end Chicago’s losing streak. And then the ball glanced off Dayan Viciedo’s glove. Unable to overcome Viciedo’s error in left field, Sale fell apart in the sixth inning and let the Yankees erase a three-run deficit. Pinch-hitter Brian McCann lined a three-run homer off Jake Petricka in the 10th, giving New York a 7-4 victory Sunday and a three-game sweep of the skidding White Sox. “Things just kind of unraveled for me,” said Sale, who had thrown 21 straight scoreless innings on the road. “That stuff is going to happen. You have to find a way to get through that.” Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run single and Mark Teixeira hit an RBI double in the sixth off Sale, who is 0-2 in five starts since beating the Twins 7-0 on July 26. The three-time All-Star entered 3-0 with a 0.85 ERA and 40 strikeouts in seven career appearances (four starts) against the Yankees. Avisail Garcia hit a tying homer in the ninth for the White Sox, who have lost a season-high six in a row and 13 of 17 overall. Chicago has dropped its last eight games at Yankee Stadium since winning on June 29, 2012. During the latest series, the White Sox scored first in every game but blew a pair of three-run leads. “It is tough. We have had a bad stretch,” Sale said. “It is not for lack of effort. Nobody here is hanging their head. Nobody in here is giving up. Just some unfortunate bounces sometimes. We need to start stringing some things together and win some games.” Alexei Ramirez hit his first career leadoff homer and Conor Gillaspie had a two-run shot. Desperately chasing a playoff spot, the Yankees won their fourth straight by getting their second game-ending hit against Chicago in three days. Carlos Beltran doubled off Petricka (0-3) with two outs, and Chase Headley was intentionally walked. McCann, batting for backup catcher Francisco Cervelli, laced a full-count pitch over the 314-foot sign in the right-field corner. “Just in the wrong spot,” Petricka said. “He got the barrel on that changeup and kept it inside the pole. Short porch in right, that will happen here.” New York scored four unearned runs off Sale in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead, capitalizing on Viciedo’s error. Sale walked two batters and hit rookie Zelous Wheeler on the leg with a first-pitch breaking ball, forcing in a run. “I think it spiraled on him pretty quick,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Uncharacteristic for him to walk and hit a couple of guys.” Suzuki capped the outburst with a two-run single, making him the first left-handed batter to drive in a run against Sale since Minnesota star Joe Mauer on Aug. 17, 2013, according to STATS. After striking out his first three times up, Garcia led off the ninth with a home run against Yankees closer David Robertson, who had converted 22 consecutive save chances since June 5 — the longest active streak in the majors. David Huff (3-1) threw a called third strike past slugger Jose Abreu with two on to end the top of the 10th. “I was trying to throw a ball there,” said Huff, who didn’t want to give Abreu anything to hit. “I was missing some spots, in a good way.” RESPECT New York saluted White Sox captain Paul Konerko before his final regular-season game at Yankee Stadium. Derek Jeter presented Konerko with an encased and autographed base, and the two posed for photos behind home plate. Jeter and Konerko are both retiring after this season. “As far as that whole retirement thing, it is probably the highlight of the year for me so far,” said Konerko, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. “Definitely a classy move by them. I certainly did not expect it.” TRAINER’S ROOM White Sox: CF Adam Eaton (strained right oblique) went 2 for 5 with a double and a run Saturday night in the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. Eaton was scheduled to play for Charlotte again Sunday and probably Monday, Ventura said. UP NEXT Chicago is off Monday before opening a seven-game homestand Tuesday night, with LHP Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.25 ERA) facing Cleveland LHP T.J. House (2-3, 3.80). BUSY WEEKEND Garcia hit an opposite-field shot to the short porch in right on Robertson’s first pitch. Robertson pitched in all three games during the series and ended up with a win, a save and a blown save.

     
  • Rongey: Bad month aside, White Sox on right track Aug 24, 2014 11:29 PM
    Despite a rough August, Chris Rongey says the White Sox are still on the right path.

     
  • Kasper: Talking baseball with Pat Hughes Aug 24, 2014 11:30 PM
    Pat Hughes is now in his 19th season as the radio voice of the Cubs and has been a big league announcer for three full decades. Len Kasper, in an extensive Q&A, talks with his radio counterpart about how he goes about his craft.

     
  • Rain turns attention to Little League World Series Aug 23, 2014 11:01 PM
    Some of the best baseball viewing Saturday around Wrigley Field came on TVs around the park. During a lengthy rain delay, fans were able to watch Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League team win the national championship.

     
  • Renteria goes by what he sees, likes results Aug 23, 2014 11:03 PM
    Cubs manager Rick Renteria made a couple of surprise choices, Saturday, and they paid off in a 7-2 victory over the Orioles at Wrigley Field in game delayed more than three hours by rain. Outfielder Chris Coghlan and reliever Justin Grimm may not have been conventional choices, but they got their jobs done.

     
  • White Sox keep sliding with 5-3 loss to Yanks Aug 23, 2014 5:05 PM
    Carlos Beltran gave the Yankees’ struggling offense a jolt with a home run in his return to the lineup, Martin Prado had another go-ahead hit and New York beat the White Sox 5-3 on Saturday. Hiroki Kuroda (9-8) worked in and out of trouble for six innings, allowing two runs and five hits in helping New York to its third straight win after a 2-7 stretch.

     
  • Coghlan sparks Cubs to win over Orioles Aug 23, 2014 8:18 PM
    Chris Coghlan finally solved Bud Norris with a bases-loaded triple in a four-run second inning, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on a soggy Saturday at Wrigley Field. Justin Grimm (4-2) pitched 3 1-3 hitless innings after a long rain delay as the last-place Cubs won their second straight against the AL East leaders.

     
  • Review: Video blackouts impede baseball online Aug 23, 2014 7:40 AM
    Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also underscores frustrations fans have with online sports coverage in general: The business of sports is set up to feed TV sets, and Internet viewers are an afterthought.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Yes, it’s just preseason, but still ... Aug 22, 2014 6:15 AM
    It's the Bears' biggest game of the preseason. But it still won't mean much once the regular season rolls around.

     
  • Sharp Arrieta leads Cubs past Orioles 4-1 Aug 22, 2014 4:51 PM
    Jake Arrieta shut down his former team, holding Baltimore to four hits in seven innings and Javier Baez homered again as the Cubs beat the Orioles 4-1 on Friday. Baez hit his sixth homer in his 18th game since getting called up from Triple-A, Luis Valbuena also homered, and Logan Watkins and Arismendy Alcantara each drove in runs with singles as the Cubs snapped AL East leading Baltimore’s four-game winning streak.

     
  • Visiting fans making voices heard at Wrigley Aug 22, 2014 7:59 PM
    There were plenty of Baltimore Orioles fans in attendance Friday at Wrigley Field, just as there were at U.S. Cellular Field earlier this week. Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted the Orioles' long tradition for the fan support. He also talked a little about building for team success.

     
  • White Sox waste Abreu's homer, lose to Yankees Aug 23, 2014 1:07 AM
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura has seen it too many times this season. Jose Abreu gave Chicago the lead with a three-run homer in the first inning but the New York Yankees rallied for a 4-3 victory Friday night to send the White Sox a season-high 10 games under .500. Martin Prado had the winning hit with two outs in the ninth off Daniel Webb.

     
  • Cubs’ Arrieta, Strop shut down their former team Aug 22, 2014 7:57 PM
    This one had plot lines all over the place. Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop went against their former team, the Baltimore Orioles, and contributed to a 4-1 victory. The Cubs may just have elevated their game against the first place team in the American League East.

     
  • White Sox recall infielder Carlos Sanchez Aug 22, 2014 4:53 PM
    The White Sox have recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte to take the roster spot of recently traded second baseman Gordon Beckham.

     
  • Cubs prevail in suspended game Aug 21, 2014 7:27 PM
    After delays totaling 6 hours and 31 minutes running from Tuesday to Thursday, the Cubs and San Francisco Giants finally finished their suepended game Thursday everning before the regularly scheduled night game. Major League Baseball upheld a Giants protest, forcing the game to be resumed.

     
  • Jackson lands on DL; Cubs to 'assess and evaulate' Aug 21, 2014 7:31 PM
    The Cubs placed beleaguered pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a right-lat strain. Jackson, who is 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA, said he knows he must do better when he returns. He is nearing the midpoint of a four-year, $52 million contract.

     
  • Sox trade Gordon Beckham to Los Angeles Angels Aug 22, 2014 5:53 AM
    Before Wednesday night’s game against Baltimore at U.S. Cellular Field, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if any August waiver trades were in the works. “Yeah, I think it’s a possibility,” he said. “You never know until you match up. But there certainly is that possibility.” One day later, Hahn traded second baseman Gordon Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

     
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