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Roenick demonstrates where Torres went wrong

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Roenick demonstrates where Torres went wrong

It's been just over twelve hours since Raffi Torres' vicious hit on Marian Hossa, and all the hype and anger surrounding the brutal bashing hasn't calmed down one bit.

Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick joined the "Dan Patrick Show" Wednesday morning to offer his two cents on the aggressive hit and outlines exactly where Torres went wrong during the play.

"If Torres was gonna make that hit, he'd have to come in and come down low and push off toward the chest and not leave his feet," Roenick said. "As soon as he jumps... then you're getting contact to the head. Torres should have come out real close underneath and pushed up--not come from up, straight away."

In addition to the giant leap he took into Hossa head, Torres' elbow remains another topic of concern. When going in for a hit, a player's elbows have to stay by their side because initial contact with an opposing player has to be made with the shoulder.

Phoenix's left winger sure sent that elbow flying Tuesday night.

Torres is expected to face an in-person disciplinary hearing soon. Since he must be in attendance, he'll most likely be out at least six games.

The streak is over: Cubs win on neutral site to take first road series since May

The streak is over: Cubs win on neutral site to take first road series since May

Of course it happened this way.

After going more than three months without winning a series away from Wrigley Field, the Cubs exorcised their demons on Sunday. With their 7-1 win over the Pirates, the North Siders secured their first road series win since May 17-19 against the Nationals.

It only makes sense that the losing streak ended in such an unorthodox fashion, as there were no good explanations for why it persisted to begin with. After playing games Friday and Saturday at the Pirates’ home – PNC Park – Sunday’s series finale shifted to Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA, the city which hosts the Little League World Series.

The obvious explanation for the Cubs’ road woes is that they’ve pitched and hit better at Wrigley Field than elsewhere this season. How the team went 0-10-2 in road series since mid-May, not securing just one series win, is beyond any logical explanation, however.

That’s in the past now, and the Cubs will take the road series win, unorthodox or not. Sure, it came against the Pirates, who are now just 7-27 since the All-Star break. But Sunday’s game still was played outside of Wrigley Field, where the Cubs are now just 25-39 away from this season.

With the push for the postseason heating up, every win is important, and the Cubs can now move forward with a huge weight lifted off their shoulders.

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Javier Báez voted favorite MLB player by Little Leaguers

Javier Báez voted favorite MLB player by Little Leaguers

Seemingly day in and day out, Javier Báez does something on the baseball field that catches one's attention.

From his electric baserunning to his unbelievable tags, Báez is one of, if not the most, entertaining players in baseball. His flashiness on the field hasn't gone unnoticed by the next generation of baseball players, either.

Little League polled the Little League World Series players on their favorite MLB players. Sunday, MLB announced that Báez was ranked No. 1, ahead of Angels outfielder Mike Trout (2) and Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts (3).

Baez's flair carried over to the Little League Classic on Sunday. The Cubs shortstop made an impressive play on a groundball hit up the middle, also making friends with the Little League players in attendance.

Keep being yourself, Javy.

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