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Youkilis' big day not enough for White Sox in loss to Angels

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Youkilis' big day not enough for White Sox in loss to Angels

Kevin Youkilis brought his team back, but the White Sox couldn't finish the job.

With the Sox down 5-3 in the seventh, Youkilis belted a long two-run home run -- his second of the game -- to tie the contest. But Matt Thornton allowed a double to Alberto Callaspo with two out in the 10th, and Howie Kendrick followed that up with a single to right that pushed the Angels to a 6-5 win over the White Sox Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Things started off badly for the White Sox, as Vernon Wells nearly missed a first-inning grand slam on a fly ball to right that just sailed into foul territory. Had it stayed fair, the Angels would've led 7-0.

Instead, Los Angeles only managed three runs during Gavin Floyd's rough first inning, in which Floyd issued three consecutive walks before striking out Wells and Chris Ianetta to end the frame.

As Floyd walked Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick with the bases loaded on a 58-foot 3-0 offering in the first, Nate Jones began warming in the White Sox bullpen. This came after manager Robin Ventura preached having his starters go deep into games as a critical factor in the success of the White Sox six-man rotation.

But Floyd was able to hold the Angels at bay despite issuing three walks and hitting two batters. He wound up throwing 6 13 innings and allowing five runs, with his outing ending on a long home run off the bat of Albert Pujols.

Youkilis hit his first homer, a solo shot in the first inning and A.J. Pierzynski poked a solo home run, his 20th, in the sixth. For Youkilis, it was his first multi-homer game since Sept. 28, 2009.

Gordon Beckham nearly joined Youkilis and Pierzynski with a home run, but Angels center fielder and MVP candidate Mike Trout robbed his long ball bid in left-center field in the second inning.

With Detroit's 6-1 win over Cleveland, the White Sox lost ground on the Tigers for the first time since July 29. The White Sox now sit 1 12 games ahead of Detroit in the AL Central.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”