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Sox send Viciedo down to make room for Teahen

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Sox send Viciedo down to make room for Teahen

Friday, Aug. 13, 2010
12:24 AM

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

While Chicago White Sox slugger Dayan Viciedo failed to stick with the big club through the dog days of August, the 21-year-old was encouraged by the teams faith in him and was confident hed be rejoining the team soon, perhaps for good.

The team speaks to me clearly and tells me exactly what they expect from me, Viciedo said after Thursdays game, when the young star was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte to make room for Mark Teahen, a callup the White Sox will announce later on Friday. That means a lot.

Viciedo is a rather dramatic free swinger, failing to draw a base on balls in 82 at-bats this season while striking out 16 times. He ended Chicagos first-inning rally vs. Francisco Liriano by drawing a 3-0 count and then flying out deep to center field one strike later. He would end his final game in Chicago 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

I dont take many walks, Viciedo said, by way of explaining his style. Anything in the zone, Im going to take my swings at.

Viciedo demonstrated impressive power in his time with the White Sox, belting three home runs in 27 games with the club, slugging .451 in spite of a recent one-of-19 slump that plunged his batting average from above .300 down to .268. Lofty comps, yes, but he is capable of screamers to the wall heretofore seen from Chisox legends like Dick Allen and Frank Thomas.

The corner infielder previously appeared in 62 games with the Knights this season, sporting an .855 OPS with 14 doubles, 14 homers and 34 RBI. He drew eight walks opposed by 52 Ks in the minors.

It was just two weeks ago that White Sox general manager Ken Williams rather surprisingly admitted that Viciedo was an untouchable, placing him on the same plane as esteemed middle infielder Gordon Beckham: Hes just 21 and is going to be a major force in the game.

Viciedo admitted that his first taste of the big leagues was an eye opener.

This is where you come to fight every day, he said. You have to bring youre A-game. The competition here is the best.

Despite the setback, Viciedo said that the coaching staff simply implored him to continue working hard. Primarily a third baseman with the big club, Viciedo just this afternoon was working through some grueling drills to improve on his lateral defense and barehanded plays with White Sox bench coach Joey Cora. Cora has previously admitted being impressed with Viciedos third-base defense and has proclaimed him major-league ready.

With such endorsementsmanager Ozzie Guillen has been very complimentary toward Viciedo as wellthe youngster isnt wrong to anticipate a swift return.

I hope to be back soon, he said with a smile, and a posture of determination.

Teahen rejoins the Sox for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with a fractured right middle finger on May 31. Before the injury, Teahen was hitting .255 with three home runs and 14 RBI. In 11 games spent rehabbing with the Knights, Teahen hit .364 with four RBI in 33 at-bats and saw action in right field as well as his primary position of third base.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

Zach LaVine puts on rare scoring display in Bulls' win over Atlanta Hawks

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Zach LaVine puts on rare scoring display in Bulls' win over Atlanta Hawks

On some nights, basketball can feel pretty simple. For the Bulls’ offense — a unit in desperate need of a breakout — tonight was one of those nights.

“I told him, whenever you get it, just shoot it. No matter where you at,” Coby White said of Zach LaVine (who else?) after the Bulls routed the Hawks 136-102. “It just seems like when he gets in a rhythm, he's impossible to stop.”

At present, that sentiment resonates strongly. LaVine scorched the Hawks Wednesday night to the tune of 35 points on 12-for-16 shooting, 7-for-7 from 3-point range. And he did it all in just 25 minutes, sitting the entire fourth quarter of a resounding victory that the Bulls, mercifully, polished off early.

“You know, I get it going. And I want it to stay that way,” LaVine said. “It finally got all put together… It feels good. You wanna have wins like that. It does good for the team and obviously for the body [resting the entire fourth quarter].”

Trouncing the Hawks simultaneously snaps a three-game losing streak for the team and a shooting funk for LaVine. He shot only 33.3% from the field on 19 attempts per game in the three games that comprised that losing streak — hard-fought losses to the Warriors, Heat and Raptors. The Bulls’ total margin of defeat from those three contests was eight points.

“That's what we've been trying to put together,” LaVine said of the Hawks game. “Even though we've had our losses, we’ve been competing every game, we've had stretches where we look really good, where we look like the better team. But we're coming out with the losses.”

Not so tonight. But of course, it’s facetious to call the type of display LaVine put on ‘simple’. Every NBA game, no matter what colors the competing teams sport, features the best basketball players in the world. There are no easy nights at the office in this profession.

Which makes just how easy he can make it look all the more astounding. And all the more worth appreciating.

“Zach's efficiency obviously is just unbelievable,” Jim Boylen said. “He wants to be great, and he's working, and his habits are good. So I'm happy for him.”

LaVine joins a list of only 13 players in NBA history to score 35 points in 25 minutes of play with this performance, including Ben Gordon and *drum roll* Michael Jordan. He is also now the 20th player in league history to shoot 100% on 3-pointers on seven or more attempts in a game. When he’s on, it’s a spectacle. Appointment television.

But, for LaVine, the focus remains on the team. And the future.

“I don't think every game's gonna be like this, obviously,” he said. “But we need to have more of them.”

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine drops 35 in blowout win over Hawks

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: LaVine drops 35 in blowout win over Hawks

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine, and David Watson react to the Bulls 136-102 win over the Hawks

0:45 - Reaction to blowout win over Hawks, no cookies though?

3:30 - Viewer comments on Matt being angry, and admitting being wrong on LaVine

5:00 - Zach LaVine highlites by Big Dave

8:10 - On Denzel Valentine and the potential for starting

9:35 - Viewer comment asking for Coby White to start, Matt gets annoyed

10:05 - Viewer comment on trading for Michael Porter Jr

11:30 - Viewer comment on Denzel Valentine in 3-point contest

14:30 - Viewer comment making fun of Sabine’s Cowboys

15:15 - Viewer comment on Markkanen

17:15 - On Otto Porter Jr and missing at least another month

20:55 - Viewer comment on LaVine being the most athletic player in the NBA

23:30 - Viewer comment on Kris Dunn

24:30 - What was your life ‘It’s Over’ moment when you were overconfident?

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