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Word on the Street: New Bull Butler takes physical

Word on the Street: New Bull Butler takes physical

Thursday, March 3, 2011
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Butler takes physical, doesn't practice

As expected, Rasual Butler met with the Bulls on Thursday to undergo a physical, however he did not practice with the team. The official signing is expected to be officially announced Thursday afternoon. Butler, 31, averaged 5 points in just under 20 minutes per game with the Los Angeles Clippers before being bought out by the team earlier this week. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Dukes accused of hitting pregnant woman

Former Rays and Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes was arrested on Wednesday on accusations of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. Dukes, who was also arrested for driving with a license that has been suspended or revoked as well as a contempt of court warrant, is currently being held without bond. (Hardball Talk)

Harris thanks Bears fans with ad

Tommie Harris, who was at the center of controversy at times during his Bears career, took out a full-page color ad in Thursday's Chicago Tribune, thanking Bears fans for their support.
Harris went to three Pro Bowls in his first four seasons, but was released by the Bears on Monday.

"Words cannot express my heartfelt appreciation for your support throughout my seven seasons with the Chicago Bears," the ad reads. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Hawk flies right back to the Packers

Less than 24 hours after being cut, linebacker A.J. Hawk is right back where he was before. Hawk signed a 5-year deal with the Packers on Thursday, reportedly worth between 6-7 million per year; considerably less than the 10 million he would have been owed next year by his previous contract. (USA Today)

White Sox Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Chuck Garfien and Steve Stone take a look back at Mark Buehrle's perfect game. How did Buehrle do it? How did Dewayne Wise make that catch?

Plus, Buehrle and A.J. Pierzynski talk about how Buehrle actually told Pierzynski before taking that field that day that he would throw a perfect game and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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Road struggles continue for Cubs in late-game implosion against Giants

Road struggles continue for Cubs in late-game implosion against Giants

It’s no secret that the Cubs have had their fair share of struggles on the road this season. Entering Monday’s game the Giants – the first of a nine-game road trip -- the Cubs held an 18-27 road record, 21st in all of baseball.

Things took a turn for the worse in that department on Monday night.

Clinging to a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning, the Cubs called upon reliever Pedro Strop to shut down the Giants 3-4-5 hitters. Strop, who entered action with a 4.62 ERA in 29 appearances (5.40 in July), surrendered three runs on four hits – including three doubles. The end result was the Giants taking a 5-4 lead, ultimately the game’s final score.

While Strop’s outing will get the most face time due to it occurring in a high-leverage spot, the truth of the matter is that the Cubs struggled for much of Monday’s game. After taking an early 3-0 lead, they couldn’t pull away from the Giants, watching San Francisco slowly close the gap and cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fifth inning.

The Giants actually came close to tying the game at 3-3 in the seventh inning, though Steve Cishek was able to work out of a first and second, one out jam to keep the Cubs ahead. Plus, before consecutive two out singles in the eighth inning – one being an RBI from Anthony Rizzo to give the Cubs an insurance run, the Cubs offense went through a 1-for-15 drought that began with two outs in the third inning.

At the same time, Strop struggling again is quite concerning. The 34-year-old has been the team's most reliable reliever for the past five seasons, posting sub-3.00 ERAs in each campaign from 2014-18. However, he's in the midst of a forgettable month, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings. Strop also surrendered a game-tying home run in the eighth inning Friday against the Padres, though the Cubs were able to bounce back and win. 

Between their road woes and Strop's rough July, Monday's game did nothing to alleviate concerns over two unsettling Cubs trends. If there's one positive to take away from the game, it's that the Cubs were six outs away from picking up their third road win in seven tries this month.

Moral victories count for little when a team is in a heated pennant race, though, especially since the Cardinals took down the Pirates Monday to cut the Cubs' lead in the NL Central to 1.5 games. The Cubs have to find a way to get better on the road, and they have to find a way to get Strop back on track. Fortunately for the Cubs, there's still time to do both, as Strop pointed out postgame.

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