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Offensive line shuffle works for Bears

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Offensive line shuffle works for Bears

The question was posed to Jonathan Scott after his great day at right tackle, which was also the Bears offensive lines not-so-great day with health.
Can you play guard?
Can I play guard? Shoot, I can play receiver. Put me anywhere, it doesnt matter, Scott said with a smile. If Im needed, Ill play it.
Good thing, because all kidding aside the Bears may need to test guys versatility on the offensive line.
The Bears lost left guard Chris Spencer and right guard Lance Louis to knee injuries during Sundays 28-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, prompting coach Lovie Smith to put some linemen in different positions than they were used to playing.
On Sunday, it worked. When Louis was felled, Gabe Carimi went from being demoted at right tackle to playing right guard for the first time. Backup center Edwin Williams went in at left guard after Spencer was hurt. And Scott, who was promoted to starting right tackle this week, was stellar in containing Vikings defensive end Brian Robison.
Carimi said playing guard was a whole different animal.
Everything happens faster. You have bigger guys. Its hard to explain if you dont play it, but its definitely a lot different, he said. I think I did all right. Ill have to watch some film, but I feel pretty good about jumping in there.
Cutler was impressed with Carimis adjustment.
I went and told (Carimi), Hey, just go in there, do what you can, keep your head up and use your hands, Cutler recalled. Hes a good player and he wants to do well. Any guy who has a lot of desire like him is going to go in there and give it his best effort.
The whole line did. With all the changes, the Bears allowed just one sack to a Minnesota defense that had recorded 26 this season. And Sundays sack was wasnt a true one; Cutlers feet got tangled with center Roberto Garzas.
Gabe Carimi hasnt played a lot of guard, and coming into the game he wasnt thinking about playing guard but just being able to fill in there. Same with Edwin Williams, coach Lovie Smith said. Its always about the next guy stepping up.
And if Spencer and Louis are gone for any length of time, the Bears will have to find guys to step up in those voids again. As for Cutler, he said hell change his approach as necessary.
When you have a line of new guys in there, I want to get rid of the ball fast, find my first read and take it, he said. We also want to limit sacks. The more I can do to get rid of the ball quickly and run the ball. If we have to design routes to shorten things up, so be it. We want to limit sacks and keep their confidence high.
If Sunday showed anything, its that improvising can yield some solid results. And if youre an offensive lineman, be prepared to move around on it.
There wasnt any talk about (moving to guard) today, Scott said. But I know if I need to do it, Ill do it.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Eloy Jimenez hit his eighth home run of the season in a 7-3 loss. Zack Collins and Matt Rose each had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Ian Clarkin gave up five runs and walked five in his five innings. Seby Zavala, who leads the Southern League with 10 homers, went on the disabled list with a wrist injury.

Triple-A Charlotte

Jordan Stephens had a good second outing at the Triple-A level, allowing just one earned run in his 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two, striking out four batters. In his two starts with Charlotte, he's got a 2.19 ERA with three earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings. Charlie Tilson doubled in the 12-6 win. Thyago Vieira gave up two runs in his lone inning of work, and his ERA stands at 5.85 on the season.

Class A Winston-Salem

The bats seem to have gone a tad cold for the Dash, who suffered a 4-1 loss. The top five hitters in the lineup — Joel Booker, Alex Call, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo and Gavin Sheets — combined to go 2-for-18.

Class A Kannapolis

Lincoln Henzman gave up four earned runs in five innings, allowing a pair of home runs. Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 5-3 loss.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: