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Quiet trade deadline for White Sox

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Quiet trade deadline for White Sox

MINNEAPOLIS -- White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said there was plenty of interesting talk before Tuesdays 3 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, but nothing more.
With Kevin Youkilis, Brett Myers and Francisco Liriano, who makes his Sox debut at 7:10 p.m. tonight, already on board, Williams said the White Sox are satisfied with how they addressed the holes on their roster.
Williams said he and members of the White Sox front office exhausted every potential lead, but didnt come close to a deal before todays deadline.
There were some interesting discussions, but nothing I would describe was even close enough to start exchanging medicals, Williams said. Just as we ask the players to grind it out and give it everything, we have responsibility in management to do the same. If theyre fighting, we want to show them how much were in this fight with them. Whether or not we have positioned ourselves to close this thing out or not, I know we have given all we have, exhausted ourselves in the quest to make us as good as we can be. Weve got to be satisfied with that. Hopefully thats enough and hopefully the players see that.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Sitting down with new Cubs coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey

Spring training baseball games are up around the bend, but before boys of summer get into organized action, two of the team’s new coaches Chili Davis and Jim Hickey sit down with Kelly Crull.

Plus, Vinnie Duber joins Kelly to discuss these baseball conversations including the memorable first words of Kyle Schwarber to Chili Davis, “I don’t suck!"

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

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Bastian Schweinsteiger finally sees the field in Fire preseason

Coach Veljko Paunovic still went with a second-choice lineup to start the Fire's preseason match against USL expansion team Nashville SC on Wednesday, but the second half featured the first preseason action for Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger came on for the second half, along with Nemanja Nikolic, Johan Kappelhof and a few other Fire regulars. The German sat out the first four preseason games, but looked sharp in his 45 minutes.

One of the highlights was this smooth move between two defenders:

Schweinsteiger also had an impressive switch pass to set up a shot for second-round pick Diego Campos in the final minutes of the game. Campos drilled the shot on target, but was unable to beat the goalkeeper.

The team did not say Schweinsteiger was injured despite the repeated absences in matches. The Fire have dealt with injuries to Matt Polster, Luis Solignac, Daniel Johnson and rookie Grant Lillard this preseason. None of those four, along with Dax McCarty, played in the 0-0 draw.

The Fire next play Saturday at Orlando in a final match in Florida before returning to Chicago. The Fire also play Tulsa, the team's USL affiliate, at Toyota Park on March 3 before taking on Sporting Kansas City in the season opener on March 10.