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Youkilis propels Sox to win

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Youkilis propels Sox to win

Gavin Floyds recent contributions to the White Sox rotation cannot be overlooked.

The veteran right-hander pitched another gem on Saturday afternoon and Kevin Youkilis stayed hot as the White Sox topped the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 in front of 25,399 at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won their fifth straight game and 12th in their last 15 contests, including seven straight at home.

Floyd (7-8) didnt allow a run for the third time in four starts to earn his third victory since June 20 as he matched a season-high with 7 23 scoreless innings.

He and Matt Thornton combined on a five-hit shutout.

Floyd received just enough support as Youkilis blasted a two-run home run in the fifth inning, giving the third baseman 13 RBIs in 12 games since he was acquired in a June 24 trade. The White Sox are 9-3 since they acquired Youkilis and cash from the Boston Red Sox for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart.

The timing of Floyds resurgence couldnt be much better with two of the White Sox five original starting pitchers out because of injuries.

Floyd has lowered his ERA from 6.20 to 4.54 over his last four starts. He limited Toronto to four hits and two walks as he matched his May 11 start against Kansas City with 7 2 3 shutout innings.

Thornton pitched 1 13 innings to record his second save in place of Addison Reed, who pitched in the White Sox previous three games.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Hub Arkush (ProFootball Weekly) and Jason Goch (SB Nation) join Kap on the panel.

The guys debate which team will finish with a higher draft pick when the season ends: Bulls or Blackhawks?

Plus, hear their reaction to the MLB’s new pace-of-play rule change.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here:

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 the 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 episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.