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Tim Anderson crushes first career grand slam in White Sox win over Yankees

Tim Anderson crushes first career grand slam in White Sox win over Yankees

Tim Anderson is off to a really good start this season.

Entering Sunday, the 25-year-old shortstop was the league-leader in hitting with a .444 batting average. He continued his hot streak on Sunday afternoon in the White Sox 5-2 win over the New York Yankees in the Bronx.

In the fourth inning, the White Sox were trailing 2-0 but found themselves with the bases loaded. Anderson picked a great time to crush his first career grand slam — an opposite field homer — to put the Sox up front, 4-2. (It also came 17 seconds after Tiger Woods secured his 5th green jacket at the Masters. Coincidence?)

When did Anderson know that ball was gone?

"Off the bat," he said with a smile in his postgame interview. "Special moment and a great place to do it at."

Anderson became the first White Sox player to hit a grand slam at Yankee Stadium (new or old) since Frank Thomas on August 26, 2003 off Roger Clemens.

Anderson now has three home runs, 10 RBIs and is batting .429/.440/.653 on the year. He has now hit safely in 11 of 12 games.

The White Sox are 5-9 on the season and will head back home to battle the Kansas City Royals on Monday on NBC Sports Chicago.

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A healthy Yu Darvish: 'I really want to do something for Chicago and the Cubs'


A healthy Yu Darvish: 'I really want to do something for Chicago and the Cubs'

On this day last year, Yu Darvish signed a six-year, $126 million contract with the Cubs. 

One year later, the 32-year-old is healthy and looking to have a bounce back season.

Here's what the right-hander had to say after throwing 45 pitches on Sunday.

"I couldn't do anything last year for the Cubs," Darvish said. "I really love the fans and this organization but I couldn't do anything. I really want to do something for Chicago and the Cubs."

Darvish's first season with the Cubs was plagued by injuries. In only eight games, he went 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA and 49 strikeouts.

"His health is everything, clearly," Theo Epstein said at the Cubs Convention last month. "I know it's not worth anything at this point of the calendar, but the reports are terrific. He's added a lot of good muscle, he's added a lot of flexibility.

"Most importantly, his arm feels terrific. He's experiencing no discomfort whatsoever when throwing and when testing his arm. He's walking around with a little bit of confidence. I think that reflects how he's feeling about himself physically."

Cubs pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Wednesday, while the full team will report on Monday, Feb. 18.

Report: Kareem Hunt expected to have a job 'sooner rather than later'


Report: Kareem Hunt expected to have a job 'sooner rather than later'

Kareem Hunt might not be a free agent for too much longer.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Hunt is expected to have a job "sooner rather than later."

In the Bears' end-of-season press conference, head coach Matt Nagy didn't shut down the possibility of bringing in the 23-year-old, who was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 30 after a video surfaced online in which the running back is seen kicking and shoving a woman. 

Will the Bears be the team that signs him? 

According to Schefter, multiple teams are interested in Hunt.

Here's what Nagy — who talked to Hunt on the phone last week — had to say about the possibility:

“I’m a guy that, I don’t care who you are….here is what I’m going to say to this…everybody has, when you talk about second chances, well, what’s the second chance? Is it, what’s your situation? And so, with him, that’s not for me to decide. I will say this, me personally, depending on certain peoples’ situations, I’m a guy that has always been, now I was raised that way to give guys second chances, not third chances, now I’ve learned that from coach (Andy) Reid, he’s done that several times with some people, but I will say that every situation is different. That’s his situation and I wanted to talk to him as on the true, personal side.”

General manager Ryan Pace added:

“I think every one of those is unique. Each one is different. The circumstances are always different.  We’re not even there yet. I mean, I know what he is as a player obviously from watching. Matt knows more about him as a person. We’re not even close to that point.”

Hunt is currently on the commisioner's exempt list, so he would need to be reinstated by the NFL in order to sign.