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On The Farm: Harris Starting Something New In Tennessee

On The Farm: Harris Starting Something New In Tennessee

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010
Posted: 10:30 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
CUBSTennessee AA
Despite starting for much of his career at The University of Tennessee, TyRelle Harris has been coming out of the bullpen for much of his brief professional career. Prior to Tuesday, he had appeared in 44 games and in only one of those games did he start.

Harris, whom the Cubs acquired from the Braves last week, made his second career start Tuesday night for Tennessee and the results were impressive as the Smokies downed West Tenn, 9-6. The right-hander threw three-hit ball over five shutout innings to pick up his first victory since the trade.

The bullpen didnt fare as well, allowing six runs in 3 23 innings before Marco carillo came on to record the final out and pick up the save.

Tony Thomas and Marwin Gonzalez each had three RBIs for the Smokies. Steve Clevenger went 2-for-4 and is hitting .516 over his last nine games.

Daytona A
The Cubs continued their push to make the Florida State League playoffs Tuesday night with an 8-2 victory over Clearwater at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The win leaves Daytona 2.5 games back of first-place Tampa in the North Division with 11 games to play. The Yankees were idle for the second consecutive night because of rain.

Daytona explode for eighth third-inning runs. Kyler Burkes grand slam was the big blow in the inning, capping the rally. It was Burkes second slam of the year and seventh homer overall.

Brooks Raley allowed an unearned run over six innings to improve to 7-6. He fanned three and didnt walk a batter to earn his first victory since July 27. Raley has a 1.83 ERA in his last 10 starts.

In other action, Chris Carpenters Triple-A debut didnt go as planned as the Nashville downed Iowa, 6-4, at Principal Park. He allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks over three innings. Brad Snyder had a homer and two RBIs, extending his career high to 91 runs batted in. Vancouver bested visiting Boise, 5-1. Micah Gibbs had a pair of hits and scored a run for the Hawks. Peorias playoff hopes took another hit at Clinton on Tuesday as the LumberKings earned a 10-2 victory at Alliant Energy Field. The Cheifs committed four errors, surrendered three homers and left the bases loaded in the seventh en route to the loss. Nelson Perez was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Brett Wallach started and took the loss, allowing five runs in five innings. Peoria is 0-5 in Wallachs five starts since he was acquired from the Dodgers in a deadline deal. Carlos Silva will rehab with the Chiefs on Friday and pitch against Cedar Rapids. ... The AZL Cubs scored three first-inning runs and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Angels.

WHITE SOXBirmingham AA
The Barons stunned host Carolina with a four-run eighth inning on Tuesday and squeaked out a 5-4 victory at Five County Stadium.

C.J. Retherfords two-run double was the big blow in the inning and made a winner of Henry Mabee, who pitched two scoreless innings. Anthony Carter pitched a scoreless ninth for his Southern League-leading 22nd save.
Bristol Rookie
The Sox dropped a heartbreaker to visiting Johnson City on Tuesday, losing 1-0 at Boyce Cox Field.

Reggie Williams one-out homer off Spencer Shelton in the eighth inning was the difference. Bristol put runners in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings but couldnt push across the tying run. Spencer Arroyo started for the Sox and allowed two hits over seven innings. He fanned seven and didnt walk a batter.
In other action, Greensboro bested visiting Kannapolis, 7-1, in an afternoon affair. The Intimidators scored their run in the ninth inning on a Juan Silverio single. Matt Wickswat, who pitched a no-hitter in his previous start, took the loss after allowing two runs in five innings. He walked five and scattered three hits. Winston-Salem and Lynchburg were rained out and will play a doubleheader on Wednesday. Gwinnett erupted for seven runs in the seventh inning to rally past Charlotte, 9-5. Matt Zaleski didnt record an out and allowed six of those runs on two walks and four hits, including a homer. Brandon Hynick started and allowed two runs in 5 13 innings. Brent Morel was 1-for-5, extending his hitting streak to eight games. ... Ryan Hamme had three hits and two RBIs to lead Great Falls past visiting Orem, 11-3.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

Blackhawks looking for defensive improvement from everyone, not just defensemen

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Blackhawks looking for defensive improvement from everyone, not just defensemen

The Blackhawks were able to get away with their defensive lapses in the past solely because of Corey Crawford. When he went down with a concussion last December, those issues were magnified because he wasn't there to mask the flaws.

But it's reached the point where they can't rely on their goaltender to bail them out on a nightly basis, which is becoming another trend. Cam Ward allowed six goals to Tampa Bay on Sunday night, but made 49 saves — including 30 in the second period alone. He did everything he could to keep his team withing some sort of reaching distance and without his timely stops, the scoreboard could've looked much worse for the Blackhawks.

Something's got to change. 

When the Blackhawks talk about tightening things up defensively, they're not just putting it all on the defensemen. All five guys on the ice need to do their part and they're not doing it right now.

"I think we're trying to do too much and running around trying to do each other's job," Jonathan Toews said. "Sometimes we just need to simply and finish our checks and support each other."

No team has given up more even-strength high-danger chances through eight games than the Blackhawks at 110. That's 15.77 per 60 minutes. For reference, the New York Islanders finished worst in the league in that category last season and their number was at 12.96.

It didn't help that the Blackhawks spent nearly the entire second period in their own end on Sunday.

"We just couldn’t get it out of our zone, couldn’t get our stick on it, didn’t see pressure, didn’t feel pressure when we had it, were stripped," coach Joel Quenneville said. "Hence, we didn’t advance it. Kept looking like we were going up the ice and there were going to be some odd-man situations and then we’re the ones who were facing it."

That's one way to eliminate those high quality scoring chances, is getting the puck out of their own zone effectively or else it opens the door for Grade-A opportunities because of self-inflicted wounds. And it usually happens at the end of shifts when guys are tired, which often leads to goals.

"We have to learn how to play without the puck better and learn how to keep it," Quenneville said. "Whether it was our execution going up the ice, first pass poor and then we couldn’t change. A lot of things that happened yesterday were there tonight."

The Blackhawks weren't using three games in four nights as an excuse because Tampa Bay was in the same situation. It was an even playing field in that respect.

It's all about execution from everyone involved, forwards and defensemen. And the Blackhawks feel they're correctable issues.

"Of course," Toews said. "We've had some good periods this season so far. The first three, four, five games, everyone was excited and you guys are all talking to us much differently than you are right now. It's just getting back to playing that smart defensive game and playing with effort and letting our offense do the work. We know what's got to improve. It's right there in front of us."

White Sox sign Enoy Jimenez, the 17-year-old brother of Eloy Jimenez

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White Sox sign Enoy Jimenez, the 17-year-old brother of Eloy Jimenez

One Jimenez just isn't enough for the White Sox.

The White Sox signed the younger brother of top prospect Eloy Jimenez this weekend. Enoy Jimenez is a 17-year-old infielder, and the 21-year-old outfielder ranked as the No. 3 prospect in baseball was on hand for his brother's big moment.

Eloy figures to hit the big leagues early next season, though it will likely be a while longer before his teenage brother could do the same. Still, they're likely hoping for the chance to play together one day.

According to this pretty exhaustive list from MLB.com, four sets of brothers have played together on the White Sox: Homer and Ted Blankenship in the 1920s, Dick and Hank Allen in the 1970s, Roberto and Sandy Alomar in 2003 and 2004 and John and Jordan Danks in 2012.

Should we be getting ready for the fifth pair?