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On The Farm: Smokies Get Some Help

On The Farm: Smokies Get Some Help

Thursday Sept. 9, 2010
Posted: 12:10 p.m.

By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

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The Smokies will receive some reinforcements just in time for Thursdays Southern League playoff opener against West Tenn. Tennessee added four players to the roster that clearly strengthen the team and could have significant impact on the outcome of the series.

Chris Carpenter was brought back from Triple-A Iowa and will start Game Two of the series. He was 8-6 with a 3.16 ERA before getting bumped up to Iowa.

Lefty reliever Luke Sommer was also brought back from Iowa for a second stint with Tennessee. Sommer began the year in Daytona and went 1-1 with a 2.52 ERA and six saves before getting the bump up to the Southern League. He was 1-1 with a 2.02 ERA and eight saves, earning a spot on the Southern Leagues mid-season All-Star team before he was promoted to Iowa. Sommer was 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in seven games for the I-Cubs, who were eliminated from playoff contention on the last day of the regular season.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos, who returns from Iowa, could have the biggest impact of the group. He hit .318 with 15 homers and 64 RBIs in 77 games for the Smokies, earning spots on both the mid- and post-season all-star teams in the Southern League. He then hit .364 with three homers and 10 RBIs for Iowa.

Finally, infielder DJ LeMahieu hit .314 with 73 RBIs for Daytona, which was also eliminated from playoff contention on the final weekend of the Florida State Leagues regular season.

In related roster moves, RHP Alberto Cabrera, INF David Macias, RHP Corey Martin and C Mark Reed have been sent to Daytona.

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

Cubs Talk Podcast: 2017 season obituary and previewing an interesting winter for Cubs

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Cubs Talk Podcast: 2017 season obituary and previewing an interesting winter for Cubs

In the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Kelly Crull, Patrick Mooney and Tony Andracki close the book on the 2017 season following Theo Epstein’s press conference, looking back at what will go down as the craziest calendar year in Cubs history from last November through the team’s loss in the NLCS this October.

Moving forward, where do guys like Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr., Justin Wilson and Mike Montgomery fit? Will the Cubs re-sign Wade Davis or go after another proven closer? And how worried should fans be about the offense that completely disappeared in the postseason?

Take a listen below:

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes Saturday night on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Niklas Hjalmarsson's new home.

Brace yourselves, Chicago. It's going to be a weird site seeing Hjalmarsson in a different sweater other than the Blackhawks, where he spent his first 10 NHL seasons and won three Stanley Cups.

Now he serves as an alternate captain and blue-line anchor for the Coyotes, who are the only team still seeking its first win of the season. You know they'll be hungry to snap that skid, especially when there's extra motivation for a player on their team facing a bunch of old friends.

2. Connor Murphy returns to Arizona, too.

The man Hjalmarsson was traded for will also be returning to a place he called home for four years. Murphy's role with the Coyotes increased every year before he was dealt to the Blackhawks as part of a shake-up for both teams, so you know he's going to play with something to prove.

Murphy is a physical defenseman, and has laid several notable big hits this season. His former teammates surely know it, and may want to keep their heads up.

3. Patrick Kane 2.0?

Ever since he was drafted with the No. 7 overall pick in 2016, Clayton Keller has drawn comparisons to Kane. They're both undersized, offensive playmakers, possess supreme stick-handling abilities and are American-born players.

Keller got a brief taste of NHL action last year, but he's secured a full-time spot with the Coyotes this season and has been arguably their best player so far.

The 19-year-old forward paces all rookies with five goals and ranks second with seven points, and leads the Coyotes in both categories. Expect to see his name as a finalist for the Calder Trophy for the league's top rookie at the end of the season.