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On The Farm: Sox Draft Picks Have Big Day At Bristol

On The Farm: Sox Draft Picks Have Big Day At Bristol

Monday, Aug. 16, 2010
Posted: 10 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

WHITE SOXBristol Rookie
While some teams were sweating out whether their draft picks would sign by the time Mondays deadline passed, the White Sox got to watch as some of their draft picks continued to impress. Consider 12th-rounder Drew Lee from Morehead State. The infielder had another big game for Bristol, which upended Kingsport, 7-2.

Lee was 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBIs. The two round-trippers doubled his output for the entire season while the three RBIs gave him 33.

Jordan Keegan, a 24th-rounder from the Junior College of Southern Nevada, also had three hits, including a solo homer while Mike Schwartz, a 17th-rounder from the University of Tampa, had three hits, too, extending his hitting streak to six games.

It all made a winner of Spencer Arroyo 6-2, who allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

Kannapolis A
Savannah swept a doubleheader from the Intimidators, taking the opener 1-0 before coasting to a 9-3 victory in the nightcap.

The Sand Gnats took the opener on the strength of a John Church one-hitter. He allowed only a first-inning single to Brady Shoemaker. The only other runner to reach base was Jose Vargas, who walked in the fifth. Justin Collup pitched a two-hitter for Kannapolis, going the distance but allowing a run on Nick Santomauros RBI double in the fourth.

Zach Piccola allowed seven runs over two innings in the second game to suffer the loss. Nick Ciolli had a pair of hits and an RBI.

In other action, Winston-Salem scored a pair of ninth-innings runs but still came up short against Salem, dropping a 4-3 decision at BB&T Ballpark. The Dash managed only four hits. Terry Doyle took the loss after giving up three runs on six hits over six innings.
CUBS Peoria A
A trio of pitchers put on a brilliant show Monday evening as Peoria completed a sweep of Kane County with a 4-0 victory at Elfstrom Stadium.

Su-Min Jung started and allowed three hits over three innings before Jeff Antigua scattered three hits over five innings to earn his fourth win of the season and first since June 8. He struck out a season-high seven and didnt walk a batter. Ronny Morla pitched the ninth, preserving the shutout and moving the Chiefs to within three games of a playoff spot in the Midwest League.

Jae-Hoon Ha followed up the cycle he produced on Sunday with a three-hit game on Monday. Luis Flores had a double and drove in two.

In other action, Tampa downed Daytona, 5-3, to up its lead to two games in the Florida State Leagues North Division. DJ LeMahieu had three hits. Alberto Cabrera took the loss. Chattanooga scored seven fourth-inning runs and ran by Tennessee, 8-2. Brandon Guyer returned to the lineup after missing several days with an eye infection and went 3-for-4, scoring twice. He extended his hitting streak to 17 games during which he is batting .477 31-for-65.

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

Yu Darvish thinks the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series title

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Yu Darvish thinks the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series title

The Astros' sign-stealing scandal is personal for a lot of players, though it probably hits a little different for Yu Darvish. 

Darvish was a member of the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers team that Houston beat – with the help of trash cans – in the World Series. Darvish didn't have his best performance in the World Series, and when asked about the scandal in general, the Cubs' pitcher didn't hold back:

"It's a weird feeling. Like, in the Olympics, when a player cheats, you can't have a Gold medal, right? Buy they still have as World Series title. That makes me feel weird. That's it. And one more thing. With [Carlos] Correra talking about [Cody] Bellinger. I saw that yesterday. So they cheat, and I think right now that they don't have to talk. They shouldn't talk like that right now."

You can watch the video of Darvish's comments, from ESPN's Jesse Rogers, it right here. 

The comments took on a life of their own, as Astros' soundbytes have been known to do over the last few weeks or so. Darvish was ready for the clapback, though, and delivered a final blow to some poor 'Stros fan who thought he could compete with Darvish on twitter dot com. 

Sign a lifetime contract, Yu. Never leave us. 

Jason Kipnis comes home looking to write one final chapter of his career

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Jason Kipnis comes home looking to write one final chapter of his career

Jason Kipnis, who’s potentially the Cubs’ new second baseman but indisputably the pride of Northbrook, said there’s one major reason why his possible reunion with Wrigley Field is so exciting.

“Now I don’t have to hate the 'Go Cubs Go' song,” he quipped.

Kipnis was a late addition to the Cubs’ roster, and still not even a guaranteed one at that. After almost a decade spent being one of the Cleveland Indians’ cornerstones, Kipnis arrived in Mesa on a minor league contract, looking to win a job. Ironically, being with his hometown team is unfamiliar territory for the two-time All-Star. 

“[Leaving Cleveland] was hard at first,” he said. “You get used to the same place for 9-10 years, and I think it’s a little hard right now coming in and being the new guy and being lost and not knowing where to go. But it’ll be fun. It’s exciting. It’s kind of out of the comfort zone again, which is kind of what you want right now – to be uncomfortable. I don’t know, I’ve missed this feeling a little bit, so it’ll be good.”

It was a slow offseason for the second baseman, but the second baseman said that he was weighing offers from several teams. Opportunity and organizational direction dictated most of his decision-making, but Kipnis admitted that the forces around him were all, rather unsubtly, pulling him in one direction.

“They were telling me to take a deal, take a cut, whatever. Just get here,” he joked. “... It made sense, it really did. I think I didn't fully understand it until it was announced and my phone started blowing up and I realized just how many people this impacted around my life. Friends and family still live in Chicago, so it’s going to be exciting.”

The theme of renewed motivation has hung around Sloan Park like an early-morning Arizona chill, and Kipnis said part of the reason he feels the Cubs brought him in is to set a fire under some guys. He talked with Anthony Rizzo during the offseason, who talked about how the Cubs had struggled at times to put an appropriate emphasis on each of the 162 games in a regular season. That’s not a new problem in baseball, and it struck a chord with Kipnis, who himself was on plenty of talented Cleveland teams that never got over the hump. 

“They got a good core here. I’m well aware of that, they’re well aware of that, too,” he said. “I texted him and called him and asked him what happened last year, because I look at rosters, I look at St. Louis’, I look at all that, and I’m like, ‘I still would take your guys roster.’” 

As for his direct competition, Kipnis said he hasn’t had a chance to really get to know Nico Hoerner yet, but doesn’t feel like the battle for second base has to be a contentious one by any means. At 32, Kipnis has been around long enough to understand the dynamics an aging veteran vs. a top prospect, and doesn't feel like it’s a situation where only one of them will end up benefiting. 

“I know he came up and had a pretty good success, so I think [it’s] going to be a competition, but at the same time, I’m not going to try to put him down,” he said. “I’d like to work with him, kind of teach him what I know too and hopefully both of us become better from it.”