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Word on the Street: Boozer to miss Monday's game

Word on the Street: Boozer to miss Monday's game

Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011
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Boozer out for Monday's game

The Bulls star forward Carlos Boozer will miss Monday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies after suffering an ankle injury in the waning seconds of Chicago's thrilling victory over the Miami Heat Saturday night. Boozer, who missed the first few weeks of the season after suffering a freak injury in which he broke his hand tripping over a duffel bag, will reportedly not travel with the team. (CSNChicago.com)

Bosh whines about Asik

Chris Bosh, the third member of the self-proclaimed "Heatles," sprained his ankle late in Saturday night's game as Bulls center Omer Asik dove for a loose ball and crashed into Bosh's ankle.

Bosh responded by saying: "C'mon, that is how guys get hurt, that is how serious injuries happen.You've got to watch people's legs. I know guys want to hustle and everything but we all want to play and provide for our families and have a job.We all want to be healthy and that is very important If it is by somebody's leg, don't dive for the ball, it's too close." (CBS Sports)

Harris out with hip injury

Bears safety Chris Harris left Sunday's game with a hip injury he suffered in the first half. He starts alongside Danieal Manning, with rookie Major Wright as the main backup for both positions. No word yet on whether Harris will play next week against the Green Bay Packers, but if not the Bears may be in some trouble without his veteran leadership. (Chicago Tribune)

Bears champs reunite in Minnesota

Former Bears linebacker and 49ers head coach Mike Singletary is expected to reach a deal to become the linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings.

Such a deal would reunite him with former Bears teammate Leslie Frazer, who was named permanent head coach after an interim stint replacing Brad Childress. (nfl.com)

Bad blood between Cubs and Theriot

Ryan Theriot, a former fan favorite of the Chicago Cubs, was recently traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs' most hated rivals. Upon the deal, Theriot commented that he was finally on the right side of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.

Cubs catcher Koyie Hill had some harsh words for the former Cubs leadoff man, saying "theres probably a decent chance hes going to feel how hard the dirt is around the home plate batters box at least once. (CSNChicago.com)

Glanville to take over on radio for Santo?

According to rumors circulating around Twitter and other outlets, former Cubs outfielder Doug Glanville could replace Ron Santo as the color commentator for WGN Radio for the Cubs broadcast. It is all just rumors at this point, however, as Glanville claims he hasn't even received a call about the position yet. (CSNChicago.com)

Cubs' Twitter trolls Brewers, Christian Yelich after Yu Darvish's stellar start

Cubs' Twitter trolls Brewers, Christian Yelich after Yu Darvish's stellar start

The Cubs' Twitter account has been saving this one for nine months.

First, let us present you with this doozy of a tweet from the Cubs after Thursday's 4-2 win over Milwaukee.

If you recall, Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich went at Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish on Twitter last November. A since-deleted tweet from Yelich's account to Darvish read "nobody needs help facing you."

A video circulated in November that showed Darvish step off the rubber while Yelich was in the batter's box during a 2019 Cubs-Brewers game. Some suggested Darvish stepped off because Yelich's eyes moved, also suggesting Yelich was looking for signs stolen via technology.

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In response to the video, Darvish explained his actions from that game, clarifying he wasn't accusing Milwaukee of stealing signs.

Here we are nearly a year later, the Cubs' Twitter playing off Yelich's tweet after Darvish dominated Milwaukee. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, allowing a hit (a solo homer) and two walks while striking out 11.

If you're wondering, Yelich went 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch against Darvish on Thursday.

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Cubs rotation weathers surprise break, shakeup to be as dominant as ever

Cubs rotation weathers surprise break, shakeup to be as dominant as ever

Hair flowing out from under his cap, Yu Darvish held his right leg up at a right angle and watched Brewers’ Omar Narvaez swing late on a high fastball.

If Darvish stuck an arm out, his body would be in the shape of a K, fitting for yet another strike out.

In the Cubs’ 4-2 win against the Brewers on Thursday, Darvish allowed just one hit and one run in seven innings. In fact, in the Cubs’ past three games no starter has given up more than a run, and all pitched at least six innings.

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“It makes my job really easy,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “It’s fun to sit back and not have to worry about too much until the sixth or seventh inning.

The Cubs rotation has been a strength all season. Entering play Thursday, the Cubs starters had the third-best ERA in Major League Baseball (2.65). But this recent string of especially dominant performances came under unusual circumstances: right after a surprise four-day break.

Starting pitchers enjoy a consistent schedule through most of the season. They generally pitch every fifth or sixth day, with a bullpen in between starts.

But the postponement of the St. Louis series, due to more positive tests in the Cardinals organization, threw off that routine for the Cubs starters. The Cubs left St. Louis last Friday without having played a game.

The Cubs coaching staff had a decision to make: skip the pitchers scheduled to start in those un-played games, or shuffle the rotation? They did a little bit of both.

Jon Lester, who was originally scheduled to start last Friday, threw his regular in-between-starts bullpen on Saturday and drew the first start of the Cleveland series.

Then, the rotation picked up at the beginning. The Cubs’ first three games back had Lester, Kyle Hendricks and then Darvish taking the mound. All had dominant outings, despite the extra days rest.

"There have been so many things going on this whole year,” Hendricks said, “I think that nothing's going to faze us now.”

Having Mills and Lester swap places also split up the two most similar pitchers in the Cubs rotation. Hendricks and Mills are both soft-throwing, crafty right-handers. With Mills pitching fifth and Hendricks first, they threw on consecutive days as the rotation turned over.

Now, left-handed Lester will pitch in between the two, giving hitters a different look.

“We talked about it a little bit,” Hendricks said after his start Wednesday. “I think it's a little overblown, the effect of it. I think the last two games that I've pitched behind (Mills) I just haven't made a lot of good pitches, I was kind of off a little bit. Today I just made better pitches. ... And honestly, seeing how he attacks guys helps.”

Even so, Lester set the bar high out of the break and then Hendricks matched his one-run six innings.

“We’re not talking about it, but we’re putting pressure on each other,” Darvish said. “That’s a good pressure for us.”

On Thursday, Darvish said he stuck to mixing in his knuckle curve ball early in counts, as he’d begun to do against Pittsburgh two weeks before. He had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning Thursday but gave up a solo home run to Justin Smoak. Darvish recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts.

“I thought he had really good command of his off-speed stuff tonight,” Ross said after the game. “… Really kept them off balance. You really didn’t see a whole lot of good swings until that homer form Smoak.”

Next, the streak will be in the hands of Tyler Chatwood and Mills. Chatwood had a dud of an outing the last time he pitched, allowing eight runs on 11 hits at Kansas City. But he averaged over nine strikeouts in each of his first two outings.  And Alec Mills has a 1.38 ERA, the second best on the team, behind Lester (1.06).

Both have been integral parts of the rotation overperforming, after the Cubs front office was up front about its starting-pitching depth concerns ahead of the season.

After Thursday’s game, the Cubs rotation has improved to a 2.55 ERA, with a 12-3 record.

 

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