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Brandon Roy to attempt comeback: Should the Bulls take a look?

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Brandon Roy to attempt comeback: Should the Bulls take a look?

Brandon Roy announced his retirement prior to the start of the 2011-12 season at age 27 due to deteriorating cartilage in both of his knees. But asthis NBA season comes to a close with the NBA Finals, Roy confirmed Fridaythat he intends to attempt a comeback next season.Roy was an instant star inPortland, beingnamed the NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2006-07 year. In his third season, hehelped the Trail Blazers to a 52-28 record and the franchise's first playoff berth since 2003.Portland would make playoff appearances the following two years, and while the Trail Blazers never made it out of the first round, Roy was the focal point of the franchise's resurgence.But at the same time, Roy dealt with constant knee injuries that forced him to miss 89 games over his five-year career. He had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in January 2011, which forced him to miss 33 games.The Trail Blazers used their amnesty clause on Roy, freeing the team from the maximum salary contract he signed in 2009. That also made Roy an unrestricted free agent if he ever decided to un-retire, which could be this off-season.The Bulls have their own injuries to deal with next year, but taking a chance on Roy would give the team a proven ball handler, leader in the locker room and potential scorer. Roy will never be the player he was his first four seasons in Portland, when he averaged 20.2 points per game.But assuming it would only take the veteran's minimum salary to sign Roy, it's really a no-risk proposition for the Bulls to look at. Having taken an entire calendar year off, he may be rusty but also well-rested, which, ofcourse,is important to someone with chronic knee injuries.The Bulls will be looking for help at shooting guard this off-season, and have three routes they can take: 1) re-sign Kyle Korver andor Ronnie Brewer, 2) draft a shooting guard with the 29th pick in the NBA Draft, or 3) sign a free agent.Given that the Bulls will not have much flexibility with their cap space, and the draft most likely will not warrant an instant contributor, a player such as Roy, if healthy,could give the Bulls a stopgap early in the 2012-13 season. While that if is a longshot, his successful past could make it worth looking into.

Eloy Jimenez is starting to show off his big power

Eloy Jimenez is starting to show off his big power

It appears Eloy Jimenez is heating up.

The White Sox rookie outfielder didn’t get off to a great start this season, but he showed flashes of his potential. Then, he went down with injury and missed more than three weeks.

After going 0-for-7 in his first two games back from injury, Jimenez broke out with two home runs on Wednesday. He followed that up with another bomb on Thursday in a 4-0 win in Houston.


The fact that Jimenez stringing home runs together wasn't the big story of the game is a testament to Lucas Giolito's impressive outing on the mound.

Jimenez now has as many home runs in the four games since coming back from injury (3) as he had in his first 21 games before going down. That’s far too small of a sample size to say the time off did anything productive for Jimenez, but the 22-year-old is showing the power he was known for in the minors.

Overall, Jimenez is hitting .234/.280/.447. The average and on-base percentage are lower than expected considering he was a career .311 hitter in the minors. However, eight of his 22 hits in the majors have gone for extra bases, with six of those being home runs.

Thursday’s home run went 414 feet after he blasted shots of 419 and 417 feet the night before.

He also had some fun with the camera in the dugout and then had some fun in the field by celebrating a diving catch with a laugh.


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After rain-shortened complete game last time out, Lucas Giolito goes the distance for real against Astros

After rain-shortened complete game last time out, Lucas Giolito goes the distance for real against Astros

Lucas Giolito technically had a complete game in his last start, but it was a five-inning rain-shortened complete game.

Giolito himself said he didn’t count that as a complete game.

“I don't consider it a complete game until I get nine,” said after the May 18 win against the Blue Jays.

Giolito got his nine Thursday in Houston. The 24-year-old right-hander went the distance and shutout the Astros.

In a postgame interview on NBC Sports Chicago with broadcasters Jason Benetti and Steve Stone, Giolito laughed when talking about the five-inning complete game. He said he had a couple seven-inning complete games in the minor leagues, but had never gone this deep into a game in his professional career.

“Never got to the ninth inning in my career so it’s a special moment for me,” Giolito said.

When Yuli Gurriel popped out to third base for the last out of the game, Giolito immediately started emphatically clapping his hand into his glove with excitement. He then gave catcher James McCann a high five and a hug.

He limited the Astros to four hits and one walk and used 107 pitches for the complete game. Giolito added nine strikeouts.

Entering the ninth inning, Giolito said there was no discussion from manager Rick Renteria or anyone else about having the bullpen close out the 4-0 win.

“I knew my pitch count was low enough to go out there so there was no need to talk about it,” Giolito said.

This is the third time the Astros, which are tied for the MLB lead in wins at 33, have been shutout this season. They hadn’t been shutout in Houston since Sept. 19 of last season.

Entering Thursday, the Astros led all of baseball in team batting average, on-base percentage and OPS so there’s nothing cheap about this Giolito performance.

“I just felt good today,” Giolito said. “I had a lot of first-pitch strikes. I kept it efficient. I was taking a look at the pitch counts around the seventh and I was like ‘OK, I think if we stay on the same page I think we’re going to get this.’”

Immediately after he said that he got the postgame ice bucket shower from Jose Rondon.

Giolito has been on a heck of a run lately and his season ERA dropped below 3 with this outing. He now has a 2.77 ERA on the season, which is 15th best in baseball.


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