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Bears schedule: Titans loom before tough stretch

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Bears schedule: Titans loom before tough stretch

Ugly wins count as well as pretty ones and the Bears kept a two-step NFC North lead on Green Bay with their come-from-behind win over Carolina while Minnesota also lost.

After the trip to Tennessee, the Bears move into the toughest quarter of their season (Houston, at San Francisco, Minnesota, Seattle). But taking care of the Titans would bump the record to 7-1 while the division rivals struggle to stay within reach and hoping for a Chicago collapse.

Indianapolis Colts (4-3) W 41-21
Balanced identity established with 33-35 run pass ratio and O runs up 428 yards with Jay Cutler throwing for 333 yards and 2 TDs to go with rushing TDs by Michael Bush (2) and Matt Forte (1) as part of 122 rushing yards.

@ Green Bay Packers (5-3) L 23-10
Jay Cutler berates offensive linemen on national TV for seven sacks; linemen just have to accept Cutlers four INTs apparently. Embarrassing offensive performance all around as defense holds Aaron Rodgers and Pack to 3 FGs and one TD.

St. Louis Rams (3-5) W 23-6
Defense sacks Sam Bradford six times and holds Rams out of the end zone. Offense scores only one TD for the second week in a row and Jay Cutler continues to find a groove with receivers.

@ Dallas Cowboys (3-4) W 34-18
Five interceptions of Tony Romo, two returned for TDs (Briggs, Tillman) and a workmanlike 360 yards on offense produce a crucial road win on MNF.

@ Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) W 41-3
Bears offense runs up 501 balanced yards (214 rush, 287 pass) and explodes after a sluggish first half. Briggs and Tillman make NFL history with TD interceptions for second straight week and Brandon Marshall puts up 144 yards on 12 catches.

Sun., Oct. 14 Off week

vs. Detroit Lions (3-4) W 13-7
Jay Cutler sacked five times and survives Ndamukong Suhs WWF takedown. Bears RBs net 132 yards as run game clicks. Offense cant put Lions away but Charles Tillman D on Calvin Johnson locked him into a 2nd Pro Bowl.

vs. Carolina Panthers (1-6) W 23-22
Robbie Gould 41-yard FG as time expires caps 16-point fourth quarter and rally from 19-7 deficit. Offense and defense struggle badly for three quarters but Kellen Davis catches TD pass and Tim Jennings TD return to turn back Cam Newton and reeling Ron Rivera team.

@ Tennessee Titans (3-5) Sun., Nov. 4, noon
Titans never trail until Colts score winning TD in OT to end two-game win streak for Tennessee. Matt Hasselbeck keeps playing well, 22-for-29 passing for 236 yards and a TD. Titans defense still most scored-on in NFL by wide margin; Colts (19) first opponent held under 23 points. Next: BEARS

Houston Texans (6-1) Sun., Nov. 11, 7:20 p.m
Off last week. Next: Buffalo

@ San Francisco 49ers (6-2) Mon., Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Beating Arizona gives Jim Harbaughs group a two-game lead in the NFC West. Swarming 3-4 defense makes Alex Smith a winning QB. Next: Off

Minnesota Vikings (5-3) Sun., Nov. 25, noon
Fast start has given way to freefall after losses to Washington and Tampa Bay in last three weeks. Doug Martin nets 214 combined yards. Adrian Peterson is working; Christian Ponder, not so well. On the road vs. Seahawks will be a struggle. Next: @ Seattle

Seattle Seahawks (4-4) Sun., Dec. 2, noon
Seahawks lose second straight despite leading most of the game. Lions convert 12 of 16 third downs and Seattle cant stop Matthew Stafford winning TD pass in final 20 seconds. Next: vs. Minnesota

@ Minnesota Vikings (5-3) Sun., Dec. 9, noon

Green Bay Packers (5-3) Sun., Dec. 16, noon
Without WRs Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, Packers still handle Jaguars to keep the Bears in sight in the NFC North. Packers have won three straight by nine or more points and schedule is softer but injuries mounting. Next: vs. Arizona

@ Arizona Cardinals (4-4) Sun., Dec. 23, 3:15 p.m.
Spiral reaches four straight with MNF home loss to San Francisco. 4-0 start now just a blip as QB, OL problems wont go away but Cardinals are. Next: @ Green Bay

@ Detroit Lions (3-4) Sun., Dec. 30, noon
Matthew Stafford directs comeback win without heavy production from Calvin Johnson again. Next: @ Jacksonville

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

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Rick Renteria issues another benching after Welington Castillo doesn't hustle on popup

One thing you better do if you play for Rick Renteria is run to first base.

Yet again, Renteria benched one of his players Monday for the sin of not hustling down the line.

Welington Castillo, a veteran, not a developing player in need of ample “learning experiences,” popped up to first base with two runners on and nobody out in the sixth inning of Monday’s eventual 3-2 loss to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. He did not run down to first, instead staying at home plate.

So when the inning ended and the White Sox took the field, Castillo stayed in the dugout.

Ricky’s boys don’t quit, or so the slogan goes. But what happens when a player doesn’t live up to that mantra? What happens when they don’t play their absolute hardest for all 27 outs, as the T-shirts preach? This is what happens. A benching.

“It was towering fly ball in the infield at first, probably had 15, 20 seconds of hangtime,” Renteria explained after the game. “I assumed the dropped ball. It has occurred. He could, at minimum, at least start moving that way.

“That’s uncharacteristic of him, to be honest, it truly is. Maybe he was just frustrated in that he had the fly ball and just stayed at the plate, but there was no movement toward first at all. And you guys have heard me talk to all the guys about at least giving an opportunity to move in that particular direction.

“Everybody says, ‘Well, 99 out of (100) times he’s going to catch that ball.’ And then that one time that he doesn’t, what would I do if the ball had been dropped? Would it have made it easier to pull him? Well, it was just as easy because you expect not the best, but the worst.

“That is uncharacteristic of that young man. I had a quick conversation with him on the bench, and he knew and that was it.”

It might seem a little overdramatic, a little nutty, even, to sit down a veteran catcher brought in this offseason to provide some offense and to do it in a one-run game. But this rebuild is about more than just waiting around for the minor league talent to make its way to the South Side. It’s about developing an organizational culture, too. And Renteria feels that if he lets this kind of thing slide at the big league level, that won’t send the right message to those precious prospects who will one day fill out this lineup.

“There’s one way to do it, you get your action, you start moving toward that direction in which you’ve got to go,” Renteria said. “What would’ve happened if everybody’s watching it — and I’m setting the tone for not only here, our club, (but also for) everybody in the minor leagues — and they’re saying, ‘Well, at the top, they said they’re going to do this and then they don’t do it.’

“It’s really simple. And people might like it, not like it. I’ve got to do this, do that so everybody understands what we’re trying to do here. We’re not done with what we’re trying to do.”

This isn’t the first time this has happened in 2018. Avisail Garcia was taken out of a game during spring training for not giving maximum effort. Leury Garcia was removed from a game earlier this month for not busting it down the first-base line on a weak grounder that went right to the first baseman.

It’s become a somewhat common tactic for Renteria, and while it might strike some as taking things a little too seriously, what good is this developmental season if a culture goes undeveloped? The White Sox have placed their bright future, in part, in Renteria’s hands, and they’ve talked glowingly about how the players have bought into his style and how the team played last season under his leadership.

If Renteria truly is the right man for the rebuild, things like this are how he’s going to establish his culture. And it will, he hopes, impact how all those prospects play when they’re no longer prospects and the White Sox are contending for championships.