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Colvin out to prove Cubs wrong

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Colvin out to prove Cubs wrong

MESA, Ariz. Tyler Colvin walked in from right field and saw two Chicago reporters standing by the Cubs dugout. He lowered his head and pretended to cover his face.

Colvin wore sunglasses and a black Colorado Rockies hat, but there was no chance he wouldnt be recognized at HoHoKam Stadium.

This is where Colvin crushed Cactus League pitching and forced his way onto the 2010 team. Its just up the street from the complex where prospects got bigger and stronger at Camp Colvin.

Colvin was diplomatic about last Decembers change of scenery trade that involved four high draft picks who hadnt quite made it yet. He's quiet and polite but would still like to prove the Cubs wrong.

They have their ideas of what they want, Colvin said Tuesday. Of course, you can look at it that way and say, Hey, they didnt want me. Well, these guys want me and its a fresh start.

Colvin went out and got a single, a triple and an RBI groundout in an 11-4 loss to the Cubs. It could take years to sort out this trade.

The Cubs believe Ian Stewart can be their everyday third baseman and made him the centerpiece of a deal that sent Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu to Colorado. The 26-year-old Colvin was a buy-low candidate after spending long stretches of last season at Triple-A Iowa and hitting .150 with 58 strikeouts in 206 at-bats with the Cubs.

When Theo Epstein took over at Clark and Addison, Colvin thought it might be another shot at a fresh start, but he never got a chance to speak with the new president. Like Andrew Cashner another former first-round pick traded away this winter Colvin got the news when assistant general manager Randy Bush called.

When the Cubs signed outfielder David DeJesus in late November, general manager Jed Hoyer said it would be wrong to say Colvin is out of the teams plans. Less than two weeks later, Colvin was traded to the Rockies.

Its one of those things where I have to come into spring training (and) battle for a spot, Colvin said. Nothings going to be given to me. I know that. I have to go ahead and show everyone over here what I can do.

Colvin says his confidence is back, that hes eager to show hes the same left-hander hitter who generated 20 homers in only 358 at-bats in 2010. The rookies playing time became a great debate.

One morning at Wrigley Field before a game against the White Sox, it set off manager Lou Piniella, who blasted broadcaster Steve Stone during his Im not a damn dummy rant.

Piniella also called out certain members of the media: The same way that I get called ridiculous, theyre ridiculous in the way they report things.

Colvin was always the calm at the center of the storm, keeping his thoughts private. He kind of shook his head when a reporter mentioned the Three Cs marketing pitch the Cubs built around Colvin, Cashner and Starlin Castro last offseason. They never asked for that.

Colvin also didnt seize the job when the Cubs traded Kosuke Fukudome last July, hitting .189 in the seasons second half.

When it was suggested that Colvins athleticism would play well across the wide gaps at Coors Field, he ran with the question for a moment before stopping himself.

Lets not get ahead of everything, Colvin said. Lets make the team first.

Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks with knee sprain

Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks with knee sprain

The Bulls season has gotten off to a rocky start, losing their first three games of the campaign. Part of that can be attributed to injuries to star Lauri Markkanen, and things just got a whole lot worse.

Point guard Kris Dunn will miss the next four to six weeks with an MCL sprain in his left knee.

Dunn played in his first game against the Mavericks on Monday night after missing the first two games for the birth of his son. Dunn scored nine points with seven assists and four rebounds.

Cam Payne has been filled in for Dunn in the first two games and will be tabbed to do so for the next month or so

Power Rankings Roundup: People are pretty apathetic about losing to the Patriots

Power Rankings Roundup: People are pretty apathetic about losing to the Patriots

While the notion of a "good loss" is more coachspeak than anything of real substance, it looks like NFL media agree. 

After a close loss to the Patriots -- about three feet close, to be exact -- Power Rankings makers aren't blaming the Bears too much. In fact, shoutout to our mothership, Big NBC Sports, for actually *raising* the Bears in their latest rankings. Thanks guys! 

Here's what they're saying: 

Ours: #17, down 4 -
You can do worse than barely losing to the Patriots, but what on earth has happened to Chicago's defense?

NBCSports: #10, up 1 - 
Bears went toe-to-toe with the Patriots and made it to the later rounds before taking one on the chin. No shame in that.

NFL.com: #11, N/A - 
The opportunities were there for the Bears, who took it to the Patriots in the first half Sunday. The second half was a different story, as Chicago was stuck in catch-up mode.

Washington Post: #16, down 1 - 
The Bears came up a yard shy of a tying TD on the Hail Mary against the Patriots. This was a far less egregious loss than falling to Brock Osweiler and the Dolphins a week earlier. But it was still a loss.

ESPN: #13, down 1 - 
Need more from: RB Jordan Howard. Howard is averaging only 3.46 yards per rush, which ranks 41st out of 47 qualifying running backs. Bears running backs as a whole rank 30th with 1.45 yards after contact per rush, and Mitchell Trubisky has led the team in rushing in two of the past three games.

Sports Illustrated: #18, N/A - 
The Bears were 3-1 before starting a four-game tour of the AFC East. They need to take care of business against the Jets and Bills to keep pace in a tough NFC North.

Sporting News: #16, down 1 - 
Mitchell Trubisky and the offense have become a fun, unpredictable and mostly explosive roller-coaster ride, but the defense is showing it has plenty of leaks behind Khalil Mack.

FanSided: #17, down 2 - 
Mitchell Trubisky and those special teams were a disaster on Sunday.

Bleacher Report: #15, N/A - 
The problem is the Bears also have five tough divisional games remaining, including two with the Vikings. A date with the Rams also looms. However, if the Bears take care of business in the first four games mentioned, they will need to go just 3-3 in their remaining six matchups to go 10-6 and (presumably) make the playoffs.