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Daytona Remains Unblemished

Daytona Remains Unblemished

Tuesday April 12, 2011
Posted: 9:45 p.m.

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The Cubs remained undefeated and atop the Florida State League standings Tuesday night, toppling Clearwater, 5-1, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Robert Whitenack, who earned his first victory of the season, was as sharp as he was in his season-opening performance at Brevard County. He allowed only an unearned run over six innings and struck out a dozen. Whitenack didnt walk a batter and allowed only one hit, a one-out triple by Alan Schoenberger in the sixth inning.

Whitenack fell victim to an error and his own wildness in the third inning, both of which led to Clearwaters only run. Troy Hanzawa reached on a Junior Lake error, taking second before moving to third on a subsequent grounder to Lake. Whitenack then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Hanzawa to score.

Still, he was virtually un-hittable all evening, holding Joe Savery, who entered the game hitting close to .800, hitless. A trio of relievers preserved the victory without allowing a hit over the final three innings.

The Cubs broke the game open in their half of the sixth, scoring three times off Jarred Cosart and Ebelin Lugo. Logan Watkins singled and scored after stealing second and advancing home on a pair of throwing errors to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits and an RBI.
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Red-hot Rubio Silva extended his season-long hitting streak to six games Tuesday night, leading Peoria by Burlington, 8-5.

Silva had three hits, scored three times and drove in a pair, pushing his average to .370. The Cubs signed the Cuban free agent in December after starring for the Cuban Junior National Team. His two-run double in the fifth sparked a four-run inning and helped knot the score at 5-5.

He singled two innings later and scored what would prove to be the winning run on D.J. Fitzgeralds single.

Hayden Simpson made his second career start and last years top pick allowed five runs three earned on eight hits in five innings. He fanned two before Erik Jokisch tossed four shutout innings, striking out three and allowing one hit, to earn the victory.
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The Intimidators used a late power surge Tuesday night in a 9-6 victory at Delmarva to run their winning streak to four games.

Kyle Eveland and Juan Silverio accounted for three of Kannapolis four seventh-inning runs by cracking a pair of homers. Silverios was a solo shot while Eveland brought in a pair with his bomb as the Intimidators erased a 6-5 deficit.

Kevin Moran started and allowed all six runs on six hits in 4 13 innings. But Paul Burnside came on and pitched two-hit ball, earning his first win. He hasnt allowed a run in 5 23 innings this year.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

Addison Russell is so over 2017: 'That's last year, don't want to talk about that'

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Addison Russell is so over 2017: 'That's last year, don't want to talk about that'

MESA, Ariz. — “That’s last year, don’t want to talk about that.”

In other words, Addison Russell is so over 2017.

The Cubs shortstop went through a lot last year. He dealt with injuries that affected his foot and shoulder. He had a well-documented off-the-field issue involving an accusation of domestic abuse, which sparked an investigation by Major League Baseball. And then came the trade speculation.

The hot stove season rarely leaves any player completely out of online trade discussion. But after Theo Epstein admitted there was a possibility the Cubs could trade away one or more young position players to bolster the starting rotation, well, Russell’s name came up.

And he saw it.

“There was a lot of trade talk,” Russell said Saturday. “My initial thoughts were, I hope it doesn’t happen, but wherever I go, I’m going to try to bring what I bring to the table here. It’s a good thing that it doesn’t have to be that way. I’m happy being in a Cubs uniform, I want to be in a Cubs uniform, for sure. But there was some talk out there. If I got traded, then I got traded, but that’s not the case.”

No, it’s not, as the Cubs solved those pitching questions with free-agent spending, bringing in Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood to replace the departed Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. It means Russell, along with oft-discussed names like Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ and Javy Baez, are all still Cubs.

While the outside world might have expected one of those guys to be moved in some sort of blockbuster trade for Chris Archer or some other All-Star arm, the Cubs’ young core remains intact, another reason why they’re as much a favorite to win the World Series as any team out there.

“I’m really not surprised. The core is still here. Who would want to break that up? It’s a beautiful thing,” Russell said. “Javy and I in the middle. Schwarber, sometimes playing catcher but mainly outfield. And then (Kris Bryant) over there in the hot corner, and of course (Anthony) Rizzo at first. You’ve got a Gold Glover in right field (Jason Heyward). It’s really hard to break that up.

“When you do break that down on paper, we’ve got a lineup that could stack up with the best.”

This winter has been about moving on for Russell, who said he’s spent months working to strengthen his foot and shoulder after they limited him to 110 games last season, the fewest he played in his first three big league campaigns.

And so for Russell, the formula for returning to his 2016 levels of offensive aptitude isn’t a difficult one: stay on the field.

“Especially with the injuries, I definitely wanted to showcase some more of my talent last year than I displayed,” Russell said. “So going into this year, it’s mainly just keeping a good mental — just staying level headed. And also staying healthy and producing and being out there on the field.

“Next step for me, really just staying out there on the field. I really want to see what I can do as far as helping the team if I can stay healthy for a full season. I think if I just stay out there on the field, I’m going to produce.”

While the decrease in being on the field meant lower numbers from a “counting” standpoint — the drop from 21 homers in 2016 to 12 last year, the drop from 95 RBIs to 43 can in part be attributed to the lower number of games — certain rate stats looked different, too. His on-base percentage dropped from .321 in 2016 to .304 last year.

Russell also struggled during the postseason, picking up just six hits in 36 plate appearances in series against the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He struck out 13 times in 10 postseason games.

Of course, he wasn’t alone. That World Series hangover was team-wide throughout the first half of the season. And even though the Cubs scored 824 runs during the regular season, the second most in the National League and the fourth most in baseball, plenty of guys had their offensive struggles: Schwarber, Heyward and Ben Zobrist, to name a few.

“You can’t take anything for granted. So whenever you win a World Series or you do something good, you just have to live in the moment,” Russell said. “It was a tough season last year because we were coming off winning the World Series and the World Series hangover and all that. This year, we had a couple months off, a couple extra weeks off, and I think a lot of guys took advantage of that. I know I did. And now that we’re here in spring training, we’re going to get back at it.”

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

High School Lites had five matchups between top-25 teams on Friday night as the Public League Playoff semifinals and big matchups in the CSL South, Catholic League Blue and SouthWest Suburban Blue took shape.

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No. 2 Orr gets revenge on No. 3 Curie

No. 9 New Trier takes down No. 6 Evanston

No. 8 Fenwick handles No. 10 Loyola Academy

No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor rallies past No. 18 Bolingbrook

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Andrew shuts down Thornridge

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