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Petricka Continues To Impress At Kannapolis

Petricka Continues To Impress At Kannapolis

Friday April 15, 2011
Posted: 10:10 p.m.
WHITE SOXKannapolis A
Jacob Petrickas early-season dominance of the South Atlantic League continued Friday night as he paced Kannapolis to a 5-3 victory over visiting Hickory.

Petricka 1-0, whom the Sox selected in the second round of last years draft, pitched five shutout innings. He fanned seven and scattered four hits and has yet to allow a run in 11 innings. Hes struck out 16 and walked only two in that stretch while looking more and more like hell be in Winston-Salem sooner rather than later.

Mike Blanke, a 14th-round pick from a year ago, had three hits two doubles an a triple to pace the Kannapolis attack. The Intimidators got on the board in the second, scoring three times with an error opening the door to the big inning.
Winston-Salem A
Kyle Sheltons two-run triple in the eighth inning lifted the Dash to 5-3 victory over Kinston in the home-opener at BB&T Ballpark.

The Dash had tied the score at 3-3 in the seventh when Shelton scored on a wild pitch. Shelton had reached first on an error after striking out. Ian Gac had a pair of hits, including his fourth homer of the season. Each of Gacs homers has either tied the score or given the Dash the lead. Jared Mitchell went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .185.

Ryan Kussmaul 2-0 picked up the win after a two-inning stint. Tyson Corley pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Birmingham AA
The Barons game against Chattanooga Friday evening was postponed due to rain. The two teams will play a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Charlotte AAA
The Knights were rained out at Gwinnett County Friday night and no makeup date was set.
CUBSDaytona A
The Cubs lost their third straight game Friday night, dropping a 4-3 decision to Lakeland at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Brett Wallach took the loss, allowing four runs in 4 13 innings. He walked six and gave up three hits, including a homer. Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits for Daytona while Wellington Castillo added a pair.
Iowa AAA
The I-Cubs home-opener against Memphis was rained out Friday night at Principal Park. No makeup date has been scheduled yet. Prior to the rainout, Iowa added outfielder Brad Snyder to the roster. The slugger had been playing extended spring training while recovering from a hairline fracture of the rib. He hit .308 with 25 homers and 106 RBIs for Iowa last season and then appeared in 12 games as a September call-up with Chicago.
Peoria A
The Chiefs game against Wisconsin at Fox Cities Stadium was postponed due to the weather. The two teams will play a twinbill on Sunday beginning at 1:05.
Tennessee AA
The Smokies game against Montgomery Friday night was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. The first of the two seven-inning games will be played at 5:15 p.m.

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

Blackhawks trade Artem Anisimov to Senators for Zack Smith

Blackhawks trade Artem Anisimov to Senators for Zack Smith

The Blackhawks are spending the next week focusing on their prospects at development camp, but GM Stan Bowman took care of some housekeeping items on the big club on Tuesday when he traded forward Artem Anisimov to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Zack Smith.

"First off, Arty was a great Blackhawk," Bowman said on Tuesday. "We wish him well. I think stylistically they play different games. Both veterans, both have played in the league for a long time. I think Zack brings a different skill set to the table, something that we probably need a little bit more of. He certainly plays with a competitive side to him, plays with an edge. He's had some years in the past where he's scored a lot but I think the thing we like about his game is the versatility and you notice him. He's tough to play against out there."

Anisimov had two years left on his contract that carries a $4.55 million cap hit, but his modified no-trade clause was removed on July 1, which opened up more trade possibilities. He was also owed a $2 million signing bonus when the new calendar year opened and his actual salary over the next two years dropped to $5 million total, giving a rebuilding team like the Senators a chance to add a depth forward for a lower price.

Couple that with the fact Anisimov's role with the Blackhawks has diminished over the years and you can see why this traded was made from Chicago's point of view.

Smith compiled 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 70 games for the Senators last season, and served as the alternate captain during the 2017-18 campaign. He's known to be a power forward, can play a heavy game and has experience playing center or wing. The 31-year-old has two years left on his contract that carries a cap hit of $3.25 million. 

With the trade, the Blackhawks opened up $1.3 million in cap space, which gives them some financial breathing room to make transactions throughout the season and potentially re-sign Brendan Perlini, who remains an unsigned restricted free agent.

"I think that was part of the deal as well," Bowman said." A benefit. We do save a little bit on the cap. We still have a little bit of work to do there, but we're looking better now than we were yesterday."

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Pro Football Focus: Bears have NFL’s best run defense entering 2019

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Pro Football Focus: Bears have NFL’s best run defense entering 2019

Pro Football Focus doesn’t seem to expect much regression for the Bears defense, at least when it comes to run defense.

PFF analyst Mike Renner ranked every team’s ability to stop the ground game, heading into 2019, and Chicago remains on top.

The team retained its entire front seven, top-to-bottom, with the exception of Sam Acho, who spent most of last season on injured reserve anyway.

One of the biggest keys, in Renner’s analysis, is Akiem Hicks, who was among Pro Football Focus’ top performers in the running game.

“The former Saint is proving himself one of the best free agent additions in recent memory,” Renner wrote. “His 13.3 run-stop percentage was the second-highest figure of any interior defender in the NFL last season.”

The Bears allowed the fewest rushing yards and rushing touchdowns of any defense last season, and the 3.8 yards per attempt they gave up was fourth best.

With the whole gang back together for 2019, the team is in a great spot to run it back under Chuck Pagano.