De Aza's return uncertain; Pierzynski could play Monday


De Aza's return uncertain; Pierzynski could play Monday

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A.J. Pierzynski will miss a fifth straight game on Sunday, but is certain he will return to the lineup on Monday. White Sox manager Robin Ventura isnt as confident about Alejandro De Azas chances of returning Monday.

Pierzynski was previously expected to return for Sunday nights finale, and said again he is available, but the team determined it was best for him to rest his right oblique injury for one more day.

De Aza tested his sore left wrist before Sundays game and Ventura thinks hell need to sit again Monday.

Ventura and Pierzysnki both believe the veteran catcher will return to play Monday and Tuesday before he rests again on Wednesday and Thursday.

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who collided with De Aza in Fridays game leaving both with an injured wrist, returned to the lineup.

With heat everything and the travel, I didnt want to get dehydrated and have a chance to make it worse, Pierzynski said.

Pierzynski is hitting .287 with 16 homers and 50 RBIs in 83 games. He said his oblique was sore leading up to a swing of the bat last Monday, but he hasnt felt the grabbing sensation many players say they experience.

It had kind of gone away then it gradually got worse until Monday when it was to a point where it was Hey, I need a day or two here, Pierzynski said. They were accommodating. It has just worked out that it has been almost a week. Its definitely better. Im definitely able to play. Theres no question. Robin and everyone knows that I can play. But they are trying to be extra cautious with two months left.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks show urgency vs. the undefeated

The Blackhawks finally got on the board for the season and did so in front of the 500th consecutive capacity crowd at the United Center.

Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the impressive performance by the Blackhawks against the undefeated Edmonton Oilers and discuss how Jeremy Colliton’s message got through to Alex Nylander and the rest of the team.

Plus, after an impressive performance in net, should Corey Crawford get the next game vs. the Blue Jackets? And what does the future have in store for Kirby Dach? Jamal makes a bold prediction.

0:54 – Blackhawks finally show urgency in 2nd period

2:47 – Penalty kill starting to show some life

5:00 – Thoughts on the Shaw/Strome/Kane line

6:43 – Blackhawks eliminating some defensive breakdowns

9:23 – Big rebound performance from Corey Crawford

11:36 – Colliton’s message to Alex Nylander got through

15:21 – Brandon Saad has been a pleasant surprise early on

17:15 – Dominik Kubalik’s impressive performance

18:31 – Will Kirby Dach be with the Blackhawks all season?

22:42 – Does Crawford or Lehner start vs. the Blue Jackets?

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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Controversial calls played a large part in the Detroit Lions NFC North loss on Monday night


Controversial calls played a large part in the Detroit Lions NFC North loss on Monday night

The Green Bay Packers managed to pull off a dramatic comeback victory on Monday night, defeating the Detroit Lions 23-22 on a last-second field goal from Mason Crosby. But after the game, it wasn't Aaron Rodgers usual clutch ways that people were talking about, it was the officiating crew, who had two controversial hands to the face penalty calls against the Lions that all but killed any momentum they had going. 

As you can see in the clip above, both hands to the face calls seemed questionable at best, and downright ludicrous at worst. What makes the calls so tough is the timing. The first hands to the face penalty on Lions DE Trey Flowers came after he sacked Rodgers on third-and-10 and the penalty both took away the sack and provided the Pack with an automatic first down. Later in the drive, Rodgers dropped in a great 35-yard touchdown pass to bring Green Bay within two points 

The second questionable hands to the face call came on third-and-4 and it was the most costly call of the game. The Packers received another automatic first down and ran down the clock—Detroit was out of timeouts—to set up the eventual game-winning, walk-off field goal from Crosby. 

And it didn't take long for many people, everyone from former NFL greats to NFL reporters, to chime in on social media with their thoughts on the officiating that seemingly cost Detroit a crucial win. 

With the Green Bay win, the Lions moved to last-place in the NFC North, while the Bears now sit 2.5 games back of first place heading into their Week 7 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.