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Word on the Street: Cora to interview for Brewers job


Word on the Street: Cora to interview for Brewers job

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010

Cora to interview for Brewers job

White Sox bench coach Joey Cora will interview for the Brewers' vacant managerial position.

Cora is part of a larger group of candidates to replace the fired Ken Macha. Fox Sports reported that the Brewers have already interviewed Tim Wallach, manager of the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, and former Indians manager Eric Wedge.

Cora has yet to manage in the major leagues but has been a coach under Ozzie Guillen dating back to 2003. (The Sporting News)

Butkus 'offended' by Musburger's comments on steroids

Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus told the Chicago Tribune he "personally was offended" by recent comments made by sportscaster Brent Musburger. Musburger told a college journalism class at the University of Montana that medically monitored steroid use by professional athletes should be allowed. Butkus took major exception to Musburger's viewpoint.

"The problem with the whole thing ... he's just uninformed," Butkus told the Tribune on Wednesday. "When Brent says something, a lot of people listen. And, unfortunately, in this case, a lot of young people are watching him and listening to him. When he makes a statement that if the pros get a prescription, he doesn't see a problem with it ... so now the kids are going to be thinking, 'Well, if the pros can do it, I can do it. What's the big deal?' And the problem with getting the prescription ... I'd like to see the doctors who give those prescriptions because it's totally illegal." (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Dorsey suspended for actions during preseason game vs. Bulls

Toronto Raptors forward Joey Dorsey was suspended one game by the NBA for swinging his arm at the head of Bulls forward Brian Scalabrine on Tuesday night. Dorsey will serve his suspension in the first game of the regular season for Toronto, which will be at home against the New York Knicks on Oct. 27. (tsn.ca)

Williams knows losing Hahn will hurt

One day after assistant general manager Rick Hahn interviewed for the Mets GM job, White Sox GM Kenny Williams discussed the possibility of losing his valued assistant.

"I know I'm gonna lose him, and it's gonna be a heavy blow," Williams said.

Williams said Hahn is ready to run a team.

"Nothing is going to surprise him," Williams said. "He's handled the pressure of this market, and I've leaned on him a lot. I don't think he could be any more prepared to take the next step." (nypost.com)

Predators still struggle with playoff loss to Blackhawks

A Stanley Cup erases bad memories for those getting their names engraved, but the eventual champions claim casualties along the way. The first Blackhawks victim of the playoffs was Wednesday night's opponent - the Nashville Predators - who were just 13.6 seconds away from eliminating the favored Hawks before Patrick Kane scored to force overtime and Marian Hossa scored the game-winner to change momentum in the series.

Now almost six months later and in a new season, the loss still weighs heavily on the Predators.

"It was bad luck against us," Nashville forward Steve Sullivan said. "It (stunk) that they scored to tie the hockey game, but that we have to learn that there was still an opportunity for us to win the hockey game, and we didn't take advantage of that." (tennessean.com)

White Sox win the DL Crown

The White Sox spent 27 days in first place, eventually finished with 88 wins for a second place finish in the American League Central division. But they can lay claim to one championship: the DL Crown.

A recent study by Fangraphs indicates White Sox players spent the fewest number of days on the disabled list and tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks as having reported the fewest trips to the DL. (sbnation.com)

Favre's consecutive game streak could end

Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre suggested on Wednesday that he would consider sitting out a start - something he hasn't done since 1992 - if his arm pain continues to linger. Favre has been dealing with tendinitis in his throwing arm and was holding it at several points in Monday's loss to the New York Jets.

"You're not going to make every throw but I would have made some of those throws," Favre said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "From that standpoint, I don't want to play just to play." (usatoday.com)

Jenn Sterger cancels Chicago appearance

Jenn Sterger, the sports television personality at the center of a scandal surrounding Brett Favre's inappropriate text messages has decided to stay out of the public spotlight for a while. After agreeing to host a party at Chicago's Bull & Bear on Saturday, Sterger announced she will no longer be attending. (guyism.com)

Carlos Rodon's first win in 10 months showed he could still be the ace of the future for White Sox


Carlos Rodon's first win in 10 months showed he could still be the ace of the future for White Sox

As encouraging as the reports are on many of the White Sox’s minor-league pitching prospects, Carlos Rodon’s effort against the Athletics on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field could prove just as significant to the rebuild on the South Side.

Looking much like the ace the Sox envisioned prior to Rodon’s rough 2017 season that ended with shoulder surgery, the left-hander put together his most successful effort of ’18 during a 10-3 drubbing of the Athletics before a sun-drenched crowd of 21,908.

Making his fourth start of the season, Rodon matched a career-high by going eight innings. He yielded two runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Rodon earned his first win of the season to help the Sox salvage a split of the four-game series.

“I felt good today—a lot of strikes,” Rodon said. “It was good to go eight and just be ahead of guys.”

Helping matters for Rodon was an offensive explosion by the Sox, led by Yoan Moncada’s career-high six RBIs. After falling behind 2-0, the Sox plated five runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings as Moncada cleared the bases with a double off the base of the wall in the fifth and launched his 10th home run of the season to drive in three more an inning later.

“Today was a great day,” Moncada said via a team interpreter. “I just went out to play the game the way that I play. Just to have fun. It was a very good game for me.”

Daniel Palka and Yolmer Sanchez also homered as the Sox won for just the second time in their last 11 games.

Rodon was the happy recipient of the run support to win his first game since Aug. 21, 2017, against the Twins. On Sunday, he threw 99 pitches, 69 for strikes and was consistently in the mid-90s with his fastball.

“I’m looking to do that every time out,” Rodon said. “Just show up and establish the strike zone with the fastball and be aggressive.”

The 25-year-old’s second-inning strikeout of Khris Davis was the 400th of Rodon’s career. It is a career that is continuing after a surgery that was a setback, but one that did not derail Rodon’s confidence that he would again pitch effectively.

“There are up-and-down days when you go through shoulder surgery or any surgery for any player,” Rodon said. “You've just got to work through it and try to make your way back. I'm here now and it’s looking up and I’m trying to get better.”

So is it reasonable to view Rodon as the future ace after all?

“You certainly can’t discount that,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He has to go out there and continue to get his feet underneath him and get through the rest of the season healthy and climbing.”

In other Sox pitching news, Renteria said starter Dylan Covey, who was removed in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game due to a hip flexor injury, “felt better” Sunday and the team will continue to monitor the right-hander’s progress.

Meanwhile, veteran Miguel Gonzalez made a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte as he continues to recover from inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Gonzalez went three innings and allowed one hit with a walk and a strikeout. Outfielder Eloy Jimenez belted his first homer for the Knights in the game.

Joakim Soria knows he is turning into a valuable trade asset for White Sox


Joakim Soria knows he is turning into a valuable trade asset for White Sox

No one knows better than Joakim Soria that the more successful he is as the White Sox’s closer, there is an increased likelihood that the veteran right-hander will be headed out of town at some point.

Soria has not only solidified the back end of the bullpen, the 34-year-old has emerged as perhaps the Sox’s most valuable trade asset to a contending team in need of relief help.

Over this last 14 appearances, Soria has not allowed an earned run and has converted all seven save chances with five hits allowed, two walks and 15 strikeouts.

“My body feels good and my arm feels good,” Soria said before the Sox defeated the Athletics 10-3 on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. “I come to the ballpark expecting to pitch and … I try to be out there and help this team win.”

While the Sox haven’t done a whole lot of winning of late—Sunday’s win was just their second in their last 11 games—when they are victorious it’s accompanied by a Soria save. With the Sox’s rebuild in full swing, Soria understands that general manager Rick Hahn won’t hesitate to flip him in a trade.

“Players say they don’t think about it but you have to think about it,” said Soria, who was acquired from the Royals on Jan. 4 in a three-team trade also involving the Dodgers. “When you have a family with three kids and a wife you have to be prepared for everything. But it’s not like I come to the field thinking about that. It’s just God’s plan and whatever happens it’s a business and you prepare.”

Soria has 215 career saves, including 162 in seven seasons with the Royals, but hadn’t been a full-time closer since notching a combined 24 saves with the Tigers and Pirates. With the Sox, Soria won the closing job over fellow veteran Nate Jones in spring training and has been nearly unhittable in recent weeks.

Over his last 13 2/3 innings pitched, Soria has held opponents to a .109 batting average and sports a 2.89 ERA for the season. He has issued five walks in 28 innings and is averaging 10.29 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

The two-time All-Star has settled in nicely in a Sox clubhouse featuring a mix of veterans and promising talents. Soria has to balance that with the knowledge he might not be around as the season progresses.

“It’s something I can’t control,” Soria said. “I have a really good relationship with these guys and the chemistry with this team is very good. I can’t think outside of the box because (a trade) hasn’t happened yet. You have to keep focused and be ready for today’s game.”