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Word on the Street: Bears to face Miami third-string QB

Word on the Street: Bears to face Miami third-string QB

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010
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Bears expected to face third-string QB Thursday

The Miami Dolphins--Chicago's opponent in Thursday's game--suffered brutal injuries to their first two quarterbacks Sunday in a win over the Tennessee Titans.

Veteran Chad Pennington started the game, but after just two passes, left with an injury to his right (throwing) arm.

Backup Chad Henne, who started every game this season prior to Sunday's contest, left later with a leg injury and was seen exiting the locker room on crutches. He has an MRI scheduled on his left knee, which was twisted while throwing a pass in the third quarter.

The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that both Henne and Pennington will be out for the year, which would leave third-string Tyler Thigpen as the starter against the Bears Thursday night.

Thigpen is in his fifth NFL season, having previously started for the 2008 Kansas City Chiefs, a year in which he threw 18 TD passes against only 12 INTs and rushed for 386 yards and 3 scores. The 26-year-old gunslinger compiled a 76.0 QB rating last year. In relief of both Chads on Sunday, Thigpen put up a rating of 141.7, completing 4 of 6 passes for 64 yards and a TD. (Sun-Sentinel, NFL.com)

Viciedo could start at 1B for Sox in '11

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune is suggesting young prospect Dayan Viciedo could start at first base next year for the Chicago White Sox if they are unable to retain the services of Paul Konerko, who has secured the 1B spot on the South Side since 1999. (Chicago Tribune)

Sox likely to re-sign Putz

Rogers is also reporting that right-handed reliever J.J. Putz will likely be re-signed by the White Sox, once they figure out the situation with Bobby Jenks, who is arbitration-eligible. (Baltimore Sun)

Cubs' Hendry says he won't be trying to make a 'splash' in offseason

Jim Hendry, the general manager of the Chicago Cubs, is not looking for a big splash in the offseason with moves. So, Cubs fans shouldn't expect a blockbuster trade or a prominent free-agent signing, at least not right now.

"I'm not worried about the 'splash' factor,'' Hendry said in a Chicago Sun-Times article. ''I'm worried about getting the right guys that make us better. We've already put the fifth-place thing behind us, and we'd like to think we're going to build off the last two months 24-13 finish. ... It's really imperative that we have two or three really good moves.'' (Chicago Sun-Times)
Lions still can't win on the road

The Detroit Lions won't be challenging for the NFC North again this year, and likely won't be in the future until they figure out their road woes. The division cellar-dwellers lost their NFL-record 25th straight road game Sunday against Buffalo, a team that was winless heading into the contest. The Lions (2-7) failed to convert on a two-point conversion in the game's waning moments and fell 14-12. (Chicago Tribune)

Yu Darvish thinks the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series title

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Yu Darvish thinks the Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series title

The Astros' sign-stealing scandal is personal for a lot of players, though it probably hits a little differently for Yu Darvish. 

Darvish was a member of the 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers team that Houston beat in the World Series. Darvish didn't have his best performance in the series and when asked about the scandal, the Cubs' pitcher didn't hold back:

It's a weird feeling. Like, in the Olympics, when a player cheats, you can't have a Gold medal, right? But they still have as World Series title. That makes me feel weird. That's it. And one more thing. With [Carlos] Correra talking about [Cody] Bellinger. I saw that yesterday. So they cheat, and I think right now that they don't have to talk. They shouldn't talk like that right now.

You can watch the video of Darvish's comments, from ESPN's Jesse Rogers, it right here.

The comments took on a life of their own, as Astros' soundbytes have been known to do over the last few weeks or so. Darvish was ready for the clapback, though, and delivered a final blow to some poor 'Stros fan who thought he could compete with Darvish on twitter dot com. 

Sign a lifetime contract, Yu. Never leave us.

Related: Bryant crushes Astros for cheating scandal: 'What a disgrace that was' 

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Jason Kipnis comes home looking to write one final chapter of his career

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Jason Kipnis comes home looking to write one final chapter of his career

Jason Kipnis, who’s potentially the Cubs’ new second baseman but indisputably the pride of Northbrook, said there’s one major reason why his possible reunion with Wrigley Field is so exciting.

“Now I don’t have to hate the 'Go Cubs Go' song,” he quipped.

Kipnis was a late addition to the Cubs’ roster, and still not even a guaranteed one at that. After almost a decade spent being one of the Cleveland Indians’ cornerstones, Kipnis arrived in Mesa on a minor league contract, looking to win a job. Ironically, being with his hometown team is unfamiliar territory for the two-time All-Star. 

“[Leaving Cleveland] was hard at first,” he said. “You get used to the same place for 9-10 years, and I think it’s a little hard right now coming in and being the new guy and being lost and not knowing where to go. But it’ll be fun. It’s exciting. It’s kind of out of the comfort zone again, which is kind of what you want right now – to be uncomfortable. I don’t know, I’ve missed this feeling a little bit, so it’ll be good.”

It was a slow offseason for the second baseman, but the second baseman said he was weighing offers from several teams. Opportunity and organizational direction dictated most of his decision-making, but Kipnis admitted the forces around him were all, rather unsubtly, pulling him in one direction.

“They were telling me to take a deal, take a cut, whatever. Just get here,” he joked. “... It made sense, it really did. I think I didn't fully understand it until it was announced and my phone started blowing up and I realized just how many people this impacted around my life. Friends and family still live in Chicago, so it’s going to be exciting.”

The theme of renewed motivation has hung around Sloan Park like an early-morning Arizona chill, and Kipnis said part of the reason he feels the Cubs brought him in is to set a fire under some guys. He talked with Anthony Rizzo during the offseason, who talked about how the Cubs had struggled at times to put an appropriate emphasis on each of the 162 games in a regular season. That’s not a new problem in baseball, and it struck a chord with Kipnis, who himself was on plenty of talented Cleveland teams that never got over the hump. 

“They got a good core here. I’m well aware of that, they’re well aware of that, too,” he said. “I texted him and called him and asked him what happened last year, because I look at rosters, I look at St. Louis’, I look at all that, and I’m like, ‘I still would take your guys' roster.’” 

As for his direct competition, Kipnis said he hasn’t had a chance to really get to know Nico Hoerner yet, but doesn’t feel like the battle for second base has to be a contentious one by any means. At 32, Kipnis has been around long enough to understand the dynamics an aging veteran vs. a top prospect, and doesn't feel like it’s a situation where only one of them will end up benefiting. 

“I know he came up and had a pretty good success, so I think [it’s] going to be a competition, but at the same time, I’m not going to try to put him down,” he said. “I’d like to work with him, kind of teach him what I know too and hopefully both of us become better from it.”