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Cubs' comeback falls short, drop finale to Arizona

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Cubs' comeback falls short, drop finale to Arizona

Sunday, May 1, 2011
CSNChicago.comAssociated Press

PHOENIX (AP) Daniel Hudson pitched seven solid innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks took advantage of some key mistakes by the Chicago Cubs in a 4-3 victory on Sunday.Hudson (2-4) won his second straight start after allowing three runs against Philadelphia April 26. He gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings.The Diamondbacks scored three runs in the fourth inning on a balk, sacrifice bunt and wild pitch. Cubs starter Casey Coleman balked home the first run with Miguel Montero on third. Then with runners at first and third and one out, Hudson laid down a bunt and Ryan Roberts beat the throw home.The third run scored when the bases were loaded and Coleman (1-2) uncorked a wild pitch allowing Gerardo Parra to score. He had been intentionally walked.Coleman (1-2) allowed four runs and four hits in five innings.Trailing 4-1, the Cubs rallied in the seventh as Geovany Soto had a two-run double after Marlon Byrd singled and Carlos Pena walked.Soto was left stranded at third, as Hudson retired pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin on comebacker to the mound.Alfonso Soriano led off the second inning with a double, then eventually scored on a groundout by Pena. The Diamondbacks tied it at 1 with Roberts' sixth home run of the season in the bottom of the second.David Hernandez and J.J. Putz each through a scoreless inning for Arizona, Putz handling the ninth for his sixth save after surrendering a leadoff double.Notes:
Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said RHP Aaron Heilman's simulated game Sunday was "free and easy." Heilman, on the disabled list with right shoulder soreness since April 14, might pitch another, or an extended spring training game before he's ready to return. ... Asked about the Diamondbacks' play over the first month of the season, Gibson said he didn't like the team's record (11-15 in April) but "I think we've played the game and kind of adapted to the situation in the game. We've come from behind, we've tied games up our demeanor and our preparation has remained solid." ... Soriano hit a home run Saturday night at Chase Field that was estimated to have traveled 461 feet. It hit the facade of the scoreboardvideo board in straightaway center field.
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White Sox Talk Podcast: MLB.com's Jon Morosi joins to discuss Gerrit Cole and the Sox meaning business this winter

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White Sox Talk Podcast: MLB.com's Jon Morosi joins to discuss Gerrit Cole and the Sox meaning business this winter

Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber are at the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego.

MLB.com's Jon Morosi joins them to discuss the latest on Gerrit Cole (0:30) and the White Sox meaning business this winter (3:00). Plus, Jon says who he thinks is more likely to land in the Sox outfield: Marcell Ozuna or Nicholas Castellanos? (5:00)

When all is said and done, what will the White Sox do this week? The four guys give their predictions. Morosi expects a big name, free-agent starter to come to the South Side. (12:00)

Chuck, Guff and Vinnie then discuss what is fact and fiction about Marcell Ozuna (18:00) and have more of the rumors from Day 1 of the Winter Meetings.

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Nicholas Castellanos or Marcell Ozuna: Who's the better fit for White Sox?

Nicholas Castellanos or Marcell Ozuna: Who's the better fit for White Sox?

SAN DIEGO — The White Sox are searching for a new right fielder, but it might end up as more of an excuse to add a big bat to the middle of their lineup.

They’re reportedly interested in both Nicholas Castellanos and Marcell Ozuna, the top two names on the free-agent outfield market, neither of which comes with a stellar defensive reputation. But they can both swing it, and that’s what the White Sox could be making a priority.

“I think the key thing right now for the Sox is the one more bat they want to get,” MLB.com’s Jon Morosi said on the White Sox Talk Podcast. “They’ve already got (Yasmani) Grandal in house, but they’re very much involved on Castellanos and Marcell Ozuna, as well.

“I think, at this point in time, they’ve got a pretty good chance to land one or the other. It’s hard to say, percentage wise, at this point in time, but they’re very much involved in both those conversations and I think assessing a pretty high priority there.”

A rumor out of the Dominican Republic that Ozuna signing with the White Sox was imminent got a good debunking over the weekend, and the White Sox surprise at the report was still lingering as the Winter Meetings started Monday.


But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. Still, he might not be the best fit of the two.

“I would think that Castellanos, between the two, has a better chance to be a fit with the White Sox,” Morosi said. “He knows the ballpark, knows the division. I think he loved playing in Chicago for the Cubs.

“Castellanos has really found something, I believe, in his approach. … He came up to the major leagues at such a young age on a veteran-laden team with (Miguel) Cabrera and (Prince) Fielder and so many big names there at the time with the Tigers, Victor Martinez. And it took him some time to find his way. He has done that. And I think with the Cubs, his approach was really good.”

The White Sox are rather familiar with what Castellanos can do. He shredded South Side pitching in recent seasons with the division-rival Tigers. In 2017, he slashed .303/.387/.561 with four homers, five doubles and 11 RBIs in 17 games against the White Sox. In 2018, he slashed .363/.414/.625 with five homers, six doubles and 20 RBIs in 19 games. In 2019, he slashed .389/.410/.722 with two homers, six doubles and eight RBIs in only eight games.

As Morosi mentioned, Castellanos obviously had something working after a midseason trade to the Cubs, slashing .321/.356/.646 with 16 home runs and 21 doubles in 51 games for the North Siders. He ended up leading the majors with 58 doubles.

Of course, Castellanos’ defensive reputation is not good, something backed up by the numbers: He had minus-nine Defensive Runs Saved in 2019. Observers say he’s not quite as bad as those statistics would make it seem. But to combine him with a work-in-progress Eloy Jimenez in left ahead of Luis Robert’s rookie season in center field would be a less-than-ideal situation from a defensive standpoint.

Ozuna had two DRS in 2019, though he got them as a left fielder, where he exclusively played in his two years with the St. Louis Cardinals. His reputation as a defender there was not super strong, either, particularly when it comes to his throwing arm, affected by an injured shoulder during his stint with the Redbirds.

So neither, potentially, would provide as much defensive value as someone, for example, like Joc Pederson, who the White Sox have been linked to in trade rumors for the second straight winter. But with interest in both Castellanos and Ozuna, the White Sox are potentially throwing defensive preference out the window in favor of the offensive upgrades they could provide.

Ozuna is not long removed from a sensational 2017 campaign with the Miami Marlins, when he slashed .312/.376/.548 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs. Those numbers fell to Earth a little bit after the trade to St. Louis, where he hit .263/.327/.452 with 52 homers and 177 RBIs over the last two seasons. Of note, new White Sox hitting coach Frank Menechino was Ozuna’s hitting coach in Miami.

The longer the White Sox are tied to these two, the longer it will appear that offense is the priority, and there’s nothing wrong with that after the team ranked near the bottom of the game in plenty of different categories in 2019. Robert and Nick Madrigal should provide offensive boosts when they arrive at the big league level, as should the new guy Grandal. But a good way to boost things right away would be to add another sizable bat from outside the organization, and the only positions to do that are right field and DH — and we still don’t know, after the Grandal signing, whether the White Sox even consider DH a need anymore.

Sacrificing defense? It might have to happen for the White Sox to build a fearsome lineup. We’ll see.

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