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Word: Cubs to reach out to VCU and Butler coaches

Word: Cubs to reach out to VCU and Butler coaches

Monday, March 28, 2011
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Cubs to reach out to VCU and Butler coaches

Who knew NCAA Final Four coaches were such talented singers? The Chicago Cubs plan to reach out to VCU coach Shaka Smart and Butler coach Brad Stevens after the NCAA tournament to invite them to sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field.

Smart attended Cubs games as a child with his grandfather. He also called Chicago a kind of "second home" for him.

Smart is under the impression that he may have to win to earn an invite to throw out a first pitch or sing at Wrigley. (ESPNChicago.com)

Chicago Fire Foundation host fundraiser at Noodles and Company

Hungry for Noodles and Company? Chicago Fire fan? Grab dinner at Noodles and Company at the 2813 N. Broadway location in Lakeview today from 12-8 pm.

Just mention the Chicago Fire and 25 of your purchase will be donated to the Fire Foundation! (Chicago-Fire.com)

Ex-mistress says Bonds threatened to kill her

Barry Bonds' former mistress Kimberly Bell took the witness stand for the prosecution in the trial against Bonds, who is accused of four counts of making false statements and one of obstruction for telling a federal grand jury in 2003 that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.

Bell choked up as she recalled Bonds once threatening "to cut my head off and leave me in a ditch." The defense portrayed Bell as an unreliable witness, looking to capitalize on her affair with Bonds.

Bell also said that Bonds talked about the widespread use of steroids among baseball players. (AP)

Is Prior headed to opening day for Yankees?

The former Cub who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006 wasn't expected to receive big-league consideration, but he could be headed Yankee Stadium on opening day. Mark Prior is being considered to replace Pedro Feliciano for the Opening Day roster of the New York Yankees.

Prior has made eight appearances, allowing only three hits and one earned run, striking out 11 and walking 5. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

United Airlines to advertise on Wrigley rooftop

The Cubs announced that United Airlines has bought the rights to advertise on the rooftop, a highly visible sign across the street from Wrigley Field. The Horseshoe casino in Indiana had advertised on the rooftop the last few seasons.

The Cubs do not own the rooftop. Last season, the Cubs put a giant sign featuring Toyota's logo behind the left-field bleachers that partially blocked the Horseshoe rooftop ad. (Chicago Breaking Business)

Carlos Rodon's first win in 10 months showed he could still be the ace of the future for White Sox

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Carlos Rodon's first win in 10 months showed he could still be the ace of the future for White Sox

As encouraging as the reports are on many of the White Sox’s minor-league pitching prospects, Carlos Rodon’s effort against the Athletics on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field could prove just as significant to the rebuild on the South Side.

Looking much like the ace the Sox envisioned prior to Rodon’s rough 2017 season that ended with shoulder surgery, the left-hander put together his most successful effort of ’18 during a 10-3 drubbing of the Athletics before a sun-drenched crowd of 21,908.

Making his fourth start of the season, Rodon matched a career-high by going eight innings. He yielded two runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Rodon earned his first win of the season to help the Sox salvage a split of the four-game series.

“I felt good today—a lot of strikes,” Rodon said. “It was good to go eight and just be ahead of guys.”

Helping matters for Rodon was an offensive explosion by the Sox, led by Yoan Moncada’s career-high six RBIs. After falling behind 2-0, the Sox plated five runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings as Moncada cleared the bases with a double off the base of the wall in the fifth and launched his 10th home run of the season to drive in three more an inning later.

“Today was a great day,” Moncada said via a team interpreter. “I just went out to play the game the way that I play. Just to have fun. It was a very good game for me.”

Daniel Palka and Yolmer Sanchez also homered as the Sox won for just the second time in their last 11 games.

Rodon was the happy recipient of the run support to win his first game since Aug. 21, 2017, against the Twins. On Sunday, he threw 99 pitches, 69 for strikes and was consistently in the mid-90s with his fastball.

“I’m looking to do that every time out,” Rodon said. “Just show up and establish the strike zone with the fastball and be aggressive.”

The 25-year-old’s second-inning strikeout of Khris Davis was the 400th of Rodon’s career. It is a career that is continuing after a surgery that was a setback, but one that did not derail Rodon’s confidence that he would again pitch effectively.

“There are up-and-down days when you go through shoulder surgery or any surgery for any player,” Rodon said. “You've just got to work through it and try to make your way back. I'm here now and it’s looking up and I’m trying to get better.”

So is it reasonable to view Rodon as the future ace after all?

“You certainly can’t discount that,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He has to go out there and continue to get his feet underneath him and get through the rest of the season healthy and climbing.”

In other Sox pitching news, Renteria said starter Dylan Covey, who was removed in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game due to a hip flexor injury, “felt better” Sunday and the team will continue to monitor the right-hander’s progress.

Meanwhile, veteran Miguel Gonzalez made a rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte as he continues to recover from inflammation in his right rotator cuff. Gonzalez went three innings and allowed one hit with a walk and a strikeout. Outfielder Eloy Jimenez belted his first homer for the Knights in the game.

A series to forget: Facts and figures from Cubs' rough weekend in Cincinnati

A series to forget: Facts and figures from Cubs' rough weekend in Cincinnati

The Cubs and their fans may want to invent and use one of those Men In Black neuralyzers because the four-game series in Cincinnati was one to forget.

The Reds finished off a four-game sweep of the Cubs on Sunday with an 8-6 win. The way the Reds won the finale will be especially painful for the Cubs considering they led 6-1 after six innings. Mike Montgomery appeared to tire in the seventh inning and Pedro Strop got rocked out of the bullpen to lead to a seven-run seventh for the hosts.

The Reds have now won seven in a row and 10 of 12, but still sit 13 games under .500. Bizarrely, the Reds also swept the Dodgers, the Cubs’ next opponent, in a four-game series in May. Duane Underwood will start for the Cubs Monday against the Dodgers and make his major league debut.

Here are some other wild facts and figures from the series:

  • The last time the Reds swept the Cubs in a four-game series was back in 1983. That was the first week of the season and three weeks before the infamous Lee Elia rant.
  • One positive for the Cubs from the game was Montgomery’s start. Through six innings he allowed one run on three hits and two walks. However, he gave up a single, a double and a single in the seventh before Strop relieved him. Montgomery had gone six innings and allowed one run in each of his last four outings.
  • Strop was definitely a negative. On his first pitch, Strop gave up a home run to pinch-hitter Jesse Winker, the second home run for a Reds pinch-hitter in the game. Then Strop allowed a single, a walk, a single and a double before getting an out. Strop’s final line: 2/3 inning pitched, four runs, one strikeout, three walks, four hits.
  • The Cubs led in three of the four games this series, including two leads after five innings.
  • The Cubs were 5-for-23 (.217) with runners in scoring position in the series. On the season the Cubs are hitting .233 with RISP, which is 22nd in the majors and fourth-worst in the National League (but ahead of the division-rival Brewers and Cardinals).
  • The Reds outscored the Cubs 31-13 and scored at least six runs in every game. The Reds are now 6-3 against the Cubs this year after going a combined 17-40 against the Cubs from 2015-2017.