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Jackson Stays Red Hot In Leading Tennessee To Twinbill Sweep

Jackson Stays Red Hot In Leading Tennessee To Twinbill Sweep

Saturday April 16, 2011
Posted: 9:40 p.m.
CUBS Tennessee AA
Brett Jackson continued his torrid start to the season Saturday in helping pace Tennessee to a doubleheader of sweep of Montgomery at Smokies Park. Jackson got hits in both ends of the twin bill as the Smokies ran their winning streak to four games with 11-7 and 3-1 victories, respectively.

Jackson went 2-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and a pair of walks, pushing his batting average to .467. While Jackson has been scintillating, he did have some help. Ryan Flaherty had two homers and five RBIs in the opener. Josh Vitters added a homer and three RBI.

It all made it easier for Alberto Cabrera, who picked up his first victory after allowing three runs in six innings.

The nightcap was a bit tighter with Ty Wright connecting for a solo homer. Josh Vitters also added a hit and is batting .367. Ryan Buchter earned the win, pitching a scoreless sixth inning before David Cales tossed a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs rallied for three seventh-inning runs Saturday night with what would prove to be the winning run scoring on a wild pitch in a 4-3 victory over Memphis at Principal Park.

Fernando Perez capped the rally by scoring when Victor Marte uncorked a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Bryan LaHair had three hits for the I-Cubs, pushing his average to .406.

The Iowa bullpen tossed three shutout innings with Justin Berg 2-0 earning the victory. J.R. Mathes started and went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six.
Daytona A
The Cubs began the season with a six-game winning streak but on Saturday night they lost their fourth in a row, dropping a 9-6 decision to Lakeland at Joker Marchand Stadium.

Brent Ebinger 1-1 was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in his three innings. He allowed five runs in the second inning and the Cubs could not recover. Matt Cerda had three hits for the Cubs, including a homer and two RBIs. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits and an RBI. Both he and Cerda are hitting .400.
Peoria A
Peorias Saturday afternoon game against Wisconsin at Fox Cities Stadium was rained out and will be made up when the Timber Rattlers visit OBrien Field in either May 24-26 or June 14-16. The Chiefs and Wisconsin will play a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 1:05 to make up Fridays game, which was also rained out.
WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
The Barons split a doubleheader with visiting Chattanooga, taking the opener, 2-0, before dropping the nightcap, 3-2.

Charlie Leesman pitched six innings of one-hit ball in the opener, striking out six and walking two. He took a no-hitter into the fifth before allowing a leadoff single. Greg Infante pitched the seventh to pick up his second save. The Barons collected only three hits, one of which was a Justin Greene two-run homer in the fifth.

Brad Coons RBI double in the top of the seventh snapped a 2-2 tie in the nightcap. Shane Lindsay took the loss. Justin Edwards had started and allowed a run on two hits over five innings. Andrew Garcia had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI for the Barons.
Kannapolis A
Matthew Heidenreich got hit hard early Saturday night at Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium and Kannapolis never recovered, dropping a 9-5 decision to Hickory.

Heidenreich 0-1 allowed six runs and never made it out of the first inning, giving up four hits and walking one. Paul Burnside then allowed three runs in 5 13 innings, giving Hickory a lead from which the Intimidators couldnt recover.

Kannapolis managed only five hits with Ryan Hamme collecting one of them. He had two RBIs. Ross Wilson drew three walks for the Intimidators.
Winston-Salem A
Justin Tooles two-run double highlighted a three-run 11th inning, lifting Kinston to a 5-2 victory over the Dash at BB&T Park Saturday night. It was just the second victory in 23 games at Winston-Salem for the Indians.

Orlando Santos surrendered all three runs and took the loss. Andy Wilkinshad a pair of hits for the Dash.

Charlotte AA
The Knights and Tides were rained out Saturday at Harbor Park. No makeup date has been scheduled.

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

Jimmy Butler's injury produced memories for Zach LaVine, Fred Hoiberg

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Jimmy Butler's injury produced memories for Zach LaVine, Fred Hoiberg

MINNEAPOLIS — That feeling of having your knee buckle out of nowhere, Zach LaVine is all-too familiar with it.

That feeling of being on the sidelines and watching Jimmy Butler’s knee give out, Fred Hoiberg has been there, too.

Different perspectives, and different reactions but Butler’s knee injury produced a sick feeling to many who watched it Friday night. Butler turned to pivot in the Timberwolves’ game against the Houston Rockets and immediately collapsed on the floor, having to be carried off.

LaVine tore his ACL in Detroit over a year ago, while it was revealed Butler suffered a right meniscus injury. But it looked all the same and LaVine understood the uncertainty Butler must’ve been feeling before the MRI revealed it wasn’t an ACL injury.

“It’s scary,” LaVine said following morning shootaround at the Target Center Saturday afternoon. “I wish him the best. You don’t want to see that happen to anybody. Especially a player of his caliber and what he’s done for the team.”

When LaVine injured his ACL, he actually played a few more minutes before being removed and going to the locker room. The time between being evaluated by doctors and them coming back feels like a lifetime.

“It’s scary. You know you hurt yourself, you don’t know how bad,” LaVine said. “You think you’re good, you’re a tough minded person trying to get through it.”

“I saw him on the ground trying to get up, (Rockets guard) Chris Paul made him sit down. Jimmy’s a tough dude. Thoughts and prayers going out to him.”

Butler and LaVine were the centerpieces of the draft day trade involving the Bulls and Timberwolves. With Butler suffering the injury the night before playing his former team a second time, the timing produced a bunch of memories.

In Hoiberg’s first year with the Bulls, Butler went down in a somewhat similar manner in Denver, a non-contact injury. It looked just as bad, and Butler was taken off the floor in a wheelchair.

Thankfully it was a right knee strain that cost him several weeks but it wasn’t as bad as it looked. Considering the minutes he’s played over the last few years, Hoiberg was asked if Butler pushes himself too hard to be on the floor.

“Jimmy he wants to be out there,” Hoiberg said. “I remember the first year in Denver, he went down with what looked to be a serious injury. Thankfully he was back on the floor after 15-16 games.”

Actually, Butler missed 11 consecutive games before coming back for a nationally-televised game against the Rockets, playing 34 minutes in a Bulls win and missing the next three games for recovery.

“We really worried when he went down but it wasn’t something that ended his season,” Hoiberg said. “Jimmy’s a worker. He’s one of the hardest working guys I’ve seen. It’s a huge reason for the type of player he is, that work ethic to make him one of the elite players in the league.”

With Bulls-Timberwolves looming, Jimmy Butler is diagnosed with meniscus injury

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With Bulls-Timberwolves looming, Jimmy Butler is diagnosed with meniscus injury

Jimmy Butler won't be facing the Bulls a second time this season.

Butler suffered a non-contact knee injury on Friday night in Houston. The initial X-ray only revealed he didn't have any broken bones, but the MRI had to wait until Saturday.

The Timberwolves announced that the MRI revealed a meniscus injury in Butler's right knee. There is not yet word on how long the All-Star guard will be out of action, but if it wasn't already assumed that he wouldn't play against the Bulls, it's now certain.

Avoiding the ACL tear means avoiding the worse case scenario, but this is likely still going to cause Butler to miss a significant amount of time with about a quarter of the regular season remaining.

The Bulls take on the Timberwolves on Saturday night. Butler dropped 38 points at the United Center in his return to Chicago exactly two weeks ago, but the Bulls won 114-113.

Butler posted on Instagram a reaction to the injury.

Saturday's game will be the returns of Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to Minnesota after they went the other direction in the Butler trade on draft night last June.