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Danks Leads Chicago Contingent For Team USA

Danks Leads Chicago Contingent For Team USA

Friday Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 11:40 a.m.
WHITE SOXCharlotte AAA
Outfielder Jordan Danks and infielder Andrew Garcia were named to the Team USA roster for the 2011 IBAF World Cup and Pan American Games. The White Sox led all major league clubs with three players from its farm system making the team. Pitcher Justin Cassel will also participate.

The roster features 24 players not currently on Major League Baseball's 40-man rosters. This fall, Team USA will compete in both the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Cup in Panama City, Panama, October 2-15, and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 20-25. Players will join with the team September 27-29 in Cary, N.C. for training at the U.S.A. Baseball National Training Complex.

Team USA will be looking to win its third straight IBAF World Cup title. USA has defeated Cuba in the gold medal game in each of the last two World Cup finals.

Danks helped a Team USA squad featuring college players secure a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as a third-place finish at the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2007. He hit .257 this season with 14 home runs, 65 RBI and 18 stolen bases at Charlotte.

Garcia played in 104 games with the Charlotte Knights in 2011 playing second base and shortstop. He finished the season hitting 24 doubles and batting in 43 runs. ... Cubs prospects outfielder Brett Jackson and lefty Jeff Beliveau were also named to the squad.

Great Falls Rookie
Lefty Scott Snodgress and catcher Kevan Smith were named by Baseball America as two of the top 20 prospects in the Pioneer League. Snodgress, who was tabbed at No. 14, was 3-3 in 16 games 12 starts with a 3.34 ERA while Smith, No. 17, hit a combined .355 between Bristol and Great Falls. He was also ranked as the 20th-best prospect in the Appalachian League by the publication.

Watch Matt Forte attack Lance Briggs with a cardboard box, because why not

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Watch Matt Forte attack Lance Briggs with a cardboard box, because why not

It's gameday. 

The Patriots are in town. 

Khalil Mack is probably playing with a significant injury. 

Stressed out? Don't blame you. So enjoy this video of Matt Forte pranking Lance Briggs:

The best pranks are the most simple ones. 

Bears vs. Patriots Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 4 game

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Bears vs. Patriots Live Blog: Score, highlights, analysis from NFL Week 4 game

WE"LL DO IT LIVE. 

Welcome back, gang. It feels like only a week ago we were all in Miami, watching one of the drunkest Bears games we've seen in a while. No rest for the weary, though, and the Bears are back in Chicago and oh god they're playing Tom Brady and the Patriots. Khalil Mack WILL play, though, and Rob Gronkowski will NOT. One step at a time. 

As always, J.J. Stankevitz will be your eyes and ears from Soldier; give him a follow. Lorin Cox's tweets are also worth your time. 

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