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Beckham, Ramirez at top of White Sox lineup


Beckham, Ramirez at top of White Sox lineup

By Danny Moran

Jordan Danks, who went 1-for-3 and scored a run in last night's 4-2 win, will start in center again for Alejandro De Aza. De Aza is day-to-day with a stiff back.

Ray Olmedo will hit ninth and play third base in place of Kevin Youkilis while Gordon Beckham leads off and Alexei Ramirez hits second.

Jake Peavy (9-7, 3.04 ERA) takes the hill for the Sox for the first time since going eight innings and earning a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 1. Bruce Chen (7-9, 5.66 ERA) lasted just 4 23 innings and allowed six runs in his last appearance against Chicago on July 13.

Chicago White Sox (60-48)

1. Gordon Beckham (2B)
2. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
3. Adam Dunn (DH)
4. Paul Konerko (1B)
5. Alex Rios (RF)
6. A.J. Pierzynski (C)
7. Dayan Viciedo (LF)
8. Jordan Danks (CF)
9. Ray Olmedo (3B)

Pitcher: Jake Peavy

Kansas City Royals (45-63)

1. Alex Gordon (LF)
2. Chris Getz (2B)
3. Mike Moustakas (3B)
4. Billy Butler (DH)
5. Jeff Francoeur (RF)
6. Brayan Pena (C)
7. Eric Hosmer (1B)
8. Tony Abreu (SS)
9. Jarrod Dyson (CF)

Pitcher: Bruce Chen

(Photo courtesy of @whitesox on Twitter)

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin


(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

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