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Youkilis propels Sox to win

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Youkilis propels Sox to win

Gavin Floyds recent contributions to the White Sox rotation cannot be overlooked.

The veteran right-hander pitched another gem on Saturday afternoon and Kevin Youkilis stayed hot as the White Sox topped the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 in front of 25,399 at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won their fifth straight game and 12th in their last 15 contests, including seven straight at home.

Floyd (7-8) didnt allow a run for the third time in four starts to earn his third victory since June 20 as he matched a season-high with 7 23 scoreless innings.

He and Matt Thornton combined on a five-hit shutout.

Floyd received just enough support as Youkilis blasted a two-run home run in the fifth inning, giving the third baseman 13 RBIs in 12 games since he was acquired in a June 24 trade. The White Sox are 9-3 since they acquired Youkilis and cash from the Boston Red Sox for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart.

The timing of Floyds resurgence couldnt be much better with two of the White Sox five original starting pitchers out because of injuries.

Floyd has lowered his ERA from 6.20 to 4.54 over his last four starts. He limited Toronto to four hits and two walks as he matched his May 11 start against Kansas City with 7 2 3 shutout innings.

Thornton pitched 1 13 innings to record his second save in place of Addison Reed, who pitched in the White Sox previous three games.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)

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