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Youkilis walk-off wins it for White Sox in 10th

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Youkilis walk-off wins it for White Sox in 10th

It wasnt as emphatic as Tuesdays victory, but the White Sox will take a win any way they can get against the team with the best record in the major leagues.

Kevin Youkilis drove in Alejandro De Aza with the winning run, giving the White Sox a 5-4 10-inning victory over Texas on Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Rangers took a 3-0 lead when they strung together four consecutive two-out hits against Dylan Axelrod. Michael Young broke an 0-for-13 stretch with a two-run double and later scored the third run.

A four-run second put the White Sox into the lead against Scott Feldman, who entered 2-6 with a 6.13 ERA. The rally included five straight batters reaching base, and three consecutive run-scoring hits.

Gordon Beckham, the only Chicago starter without a hit in Tuesdays 19-2 victory, capped the outburst with a two-run double after Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez hit RBI singles.

The inning also featured a collision at home plate between All-Star catcher Mike Napoli and A.J. Pierzynski. Trying to score from second on Ramirezs single, Pierzynski smashed into Napoli just after the ball arrived. Napoli dropped it after the collision.

Josh Hamilton, who singled and scored in the first, tied it 4-4 by leading off the third with this 26th home run of the season, a 428-foot blast to right field.

After a start like that it was more than surprising that both starters managed to reach the sixth inning. But both Axelrod and Feldman recovered to turn in quality outings, though neither factored in the final decision.

In keeping with a season-long signature of the rotation, Axelrod lasted 5 innings despite struggling. He allowed four runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in the 107-pitch effort.

Feldman completed six innings, giving up four runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts. All the runs came in the second, and Feldman only allowed one runner in scoring position after that.

The White Sox did threaten in the seventh after putting two runners on base with two outs. But Adam Dunn struck out looking on a full-count pitch from Robbie Ross to end that.

The bullpens took over where the starters left off.

The Rangers trio of Tanner Scheppers, Ross and Mike Adams kept the White Sox off-balance.

The young White Sox bullpen did the same to the Rangers. Rookie Leyson Septimo was the lone blip as he surrendered an infield hit and an intentional walk against the only two batters he faced.

But fellow rookie Nate Jones slammed the door, getting pinch-hitter Craig Gentry to ground into a force at second.

Matt Thornton -- the only nonrookie in the bullpen -- didnt allow a hit in two strong innings before giving way to Addison Reed in the 10th. Reed needed only 10 pitches to retire the heart of the Rangers order on easy fly balls to the outfield.

Matt Nagy doesn't care about being a players' coach

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Matt Nagy doesn't care about being a players' coach

Matt Nagy is a few days into his first training camp as an NFL head coach, and while he's earned praise from players up and down the Chicago Bears' roster, he said Sunday after practice that he's not concerned with being a player's coach.

"I don't care about the players' coach part," he said, "but I care that they respect me and our coaches. This isn't going to happen overnight, this is something I'm trying to build with the players.

"There's so much stuff that comes into this. There are little areas where were all growing and that's where I think the respect factor comes in for all coaches."

Nagy won't make any friends with his approach to practicing in bad weather. The first few days of Bears camp have been drenched by rain but Nagy hasn't moved practice indoors. Instead, he wants his team to get used to playing in the elements. Hardly a favor to the players, even if it will prepare them for bad weather games this season.

The Bears will debut Nagy and their new offense on August 2 against the Ravens in the Hall of Fame game. Starters will likely play only one series, if at all. 

Tarik Cohen on Matt Nagy: 'He's a swag coach'

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Tarik Cohen on Matt Nagy: 'He's a swag coach'

Tarik Cohen has a knack for explaining things in an entertaining way. His description of Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy was no exception.

"He's a swag coach," Cohen said after training camp practice on Sunday.

Nagy is definitely bringing a different kind of swagger to Chicago's sideline. Maybe it's his youthful optimism that's such a pleasant change of pace from his predecessor. Maybe it's because he's just a confident guy who knows his offense is going to score a lot of points.

Cohen said he and the rest of the guys on offense are starting to feel more comfortable with Nagy's system.

"I just feel like the offense is getting comfortable faster. Everybody is tuned in and the fact we have so many good guys at so many positions is making it easier for the offense."

Learning a new system is a challenge, but learning multiple positions in a new system can be a daunting task. And it's exactly the undertaking facing Cohen, who will line up all over the field for the Bears.

"I feel like it's more mental. Now I really think I have that down pat and know where I'm going when I come in the game."

The Bears conducted their first padded practice of training camp on Sunday, a milestone that represents the next step in developing timing and efficiency for Nagy's system.

"There's a lot of things not in pads like running routes, the run game for the linemen. With pads, those holes are more realistic and you can get your keys in. You know you can get hit now and have to keep your head on a swivel."