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Word on the Street: Guillen on FOX, Cora leaving?

Word on the Street: Guillen on FOX, Cora leaving?

Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010
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Ozzie Guillen back on FOX World Series crew, Cora continues interviewing

While White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will once again serve as an analyst for Fox Sports during the World Series, his bench coach, Joey Cora, has taken the next step towards becoming Brewers manager.

On the same day Joey Cora met with Milwaukee owner Mark Attansio to discuss the Brewers' vacant managerial position, Guillen was hired for the second consecutive season to serve as an analyst on the FOX pregame and postgame shows for the World Series with Chris Rose and Eric Karros.

Cora is one of four finalists to be the next Brewers manager. He met with general manager Doug Melvin last week. (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Bulls eyeing Eastern Conference Championship?

With all the new additions to the Chicago Bulls--including first-year head coach Tom Thibodeau--the team is gearing up for a run at the Eastern Conference title.

They will have to go through the new powerhouse in Miami, as well as the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic, two very solid and successful teams. But, as Chicago star point guard Derrick Rose says in the story from thonline.com, don't count the Bulls out. (thonline.com)

Age may be catching up to Urlacher

Bears superstar linebacker Brian Urlacher, now 33, is dealing with playing in the NFL at such an advanced age, and his play may be suffering.

Urlacher missed all last season with a wrist injury and has a few nagging injuries right now that could be hindering his play. He recorded 33 tackles in the season's first three games, but had just 18 tackles in the three games after. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Noah returns to practice

Bulls center Joakim Noah made his return to practice after missing the final two preseason games with the flu and is gearing up for the regular season opener Wednesday.

"I didn't feel great, but I got through it," Noah said. "I'm not 100 percent. But I'm feeling better and we got a couple days. I'm very excited for the season to start." (Chicago Tribune)
Blackhawks reassign Brophey to Rockford

Forward Evan Brophey was reassigned by the team to Rockford of the AHL Sunday after making his NHL debut with the Hawks Saturday. He was just up to fill in for an injured Tomas Kopecky, who was battling an upper-body injury. (Chicago Tribune)

Will the Heat match the '95-96 Bulls 72-10 record?

No, according to Bob Matthews on DemocratAndChronicle.com, who previews the NBA season. Matthews believes it looks like the record is safe for at least another year. (DemocratAndChronicle.com)

Ex-Hawk Burish apologizes for his video game performance
Adam Burish, who played for the Hawks last year in their Stanley Cup Championship season, made a public apology to a fan who was playing NHL 11 from EA Sports and was apparently unable to score because of Burish's character in the game. (Chicago Tribune)

White Sox place reliever Kelvin Herrera on injured list with oblique strain

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White Sox place reliever Kelvin Herrera on injured list with oblique strain

The White Sox saw another pitcher hit the shelf due to injury on Saturday.

Ahead of their game against the Rays, the White Sox placed reliever Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day injured with a right oblique strain. In a corresponding move, the team recalled right-hander Jimmy Cordero from Triple-A Charlotte.

Entering the 2019 season, Herrera was expected to be a formidable late-game reliever in the White Sox bullpen alongside closer Álex Colomé. While Colomé (20-for-21 in save chances, 2.39 ERA in 37 2/3 innings) has thrived, Herrera has struggled in his debut season on the South Side. The 29-year-old holds a 7.36 ERA in 38 games/33 innings. As things currently stand, his .326 batting average against and 3.82 BB/9 would be career highs. 

Herrera's struggles are somewhat suprising when considering how well he pitched (2.44 ERA, 48 games/44 1/3 innings) in 2018. He did struggle after the Royals traded him to the Nationals on June 18, though, perhaps a precursor of what was to come from him in 2019:

Kelvin Herrera in 2018:

  with Royals with Nationals
Games 27 21
Innings 25 2/3 18 2/3
ERA 1.05 4.34
BB 2 8
K 22 16
BAA .207 .304

The White Sox claimed Cordero off of waivers from the Mariners on June 7. He previously pitched with the Nationals (22 games, 19 innings) in 2018 and Blue Jays (one game, 1 1/3 innings) in 2019. He holds a career 5.75 ERA in the MLB, but he's pitched well with Charlotte. The 28-year-old has gone 3-1 with a 0.51 ERA in 17 2/3 innings with the Knights, with opponents hitting just .215 against him in 13 outings.

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Reynaldo Lopez continues hot start to second half, helps snap White Sox losing streak

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Reynaldo Lopez continues hot start to second half, helps snap White Sox losing streak

After a rough outing against the Detroit Tigers on July 4 — his last before the All-Star break — White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez vowed to be a different pitcher going forward.

“At this point, after a really bad first half, there's not much I can say about that. Starting today, you're going to see a different pitcher going forward for the second half of the season,” Lopez said after his July 4 start through team interpreter Billy Russo. “What is done is done. There's nothing else that I can do to change what is done.

“I can do different things to get better and to be a better pitcher for the year and that's what I'm going to do.”

Two outings later, and Lopez is nearing the point where he can say “I told you so.”

Lopez has come out of the break firing on all cylinders after struggling to a 4-8 record and MLB-worst 6.34 ERA before the Midsummer Classic. Friday, he tossed seven innings of two-run ball, allowing just six hits and one walk compared to eight strikeouts. This follows his brilliant outing against the Athletics on Sunday in which he pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and one run — albeit unearned — with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Lopez exited Sunday’s game in line for a win before the White Sox bullpen slipped up. The offense allowed no such opportunity on Friday, tallying 16 hits en route to a 9-2 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s Lopez’s first win since June 9 against the Kansas City Royals and the White Sox first win after the break, snapping a seven-game skid.

Lopez has received a fair share of criticism this season for his struggles, but his recent success should not come as much of a surprise considering how he fared in 2018. The 25-year-old posted a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts, striking out 151 batters in 188 2/3 innings.

Lopez’s strikeout rate in 2019 is up compared to 2018 (8.19 K/9 in 2019 vs. 7.20 in 2018) and his walk rate is down (3.32 BB/9 in 2019 vs. 3.58 in 2018). The major difference is that opponents are hitting .284 against him this season compared to .234 in 2018, while also holding a .319 BABIP, up from .260 last season.

It may just be two starts, but Lopez is backing up his vow to pitch better. Between Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease and the returns of Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodón from Tommy John surgery in 2020, the White Sox future starting rotation is in good hands. Getting Lopez back to pitching how he did in 2018 will only take that group to the next level.

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