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This may not be Thome's last season

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This may not be Thome's last season

When Jim Thome signed a one-year deal with the Phillies last winter, most around baseball assumed the future Hall of Famer would ride off into the sunset after Philadelphia's season ended sometime in October.

A rough April and month-long stint on the disabled list certainly fueled questions about Thome's ability to stay in the majors, especially as a sparingly-used pinch-hitter in the National League. But since returning from the DL, Thome has looked like his old tater-mashing self, hitting five home runs in 46 trips to the plate with a 1.123 OPS.

That he started all nine interleague road games at DH perhaps has helped Thome, who has seen more than double the plate appearances in June than he did in April. And Thome feels he still has gas left in the tank to keep playing behind 2012, per CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury.

The Phillies entered Sunday at 34-48, 8 12 games behind first-place Washington in the NL East. That's hardly out of the playoff picture, but a few American League contenders could use an upgrade at DH.

Thome has played 22 years in the majors and still hasn't won a World Series. The White Sox, pretty well out of contention by late August of 2009, dealt Thome to Los Angeles in late August in an effort to give him a shot at a title. Perhaps Philadelphia will do the same if they reach that point later in the season.

But if they don't, maybe Thome will get another shot at a ring after all in 2013.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)

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