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Getz on White Sox' radar

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 00:15
In spring training, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said Chris Getz had, well, let's just say "stones.'' Getz, one of the Sox' top minor-league prospects, has a bright future as well. The door on Pablo Ozuna's career with the White Sox closed on Tuesday when he was "designated for assignment.'' That's baseball's cryptic way of saying: "Hey, you're fired.'' Ozuna has a variety of skills, and he should quickly catch on with another major-league team. As for the 24-year-old Getz, it's just a matter of time before he gets a shot with the White Sox. Manager Ozzie Guillen was impressed with the scrappy infielder during spring training. "Getz is good,'' Guillen said on Tuesday. "He's in our picture.''

Pre-special session party

Posted by JP on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 22:26
For those of you planning on watching the General Assembly's special session on Wednesday and Thursday (audio and video available via www.ilga.gov), the festivities kickoff shortly after 1 p.m. and are expected to go until nearly 6 p.m. They'll likely resume Thursday morning, 10-ish is usually a good bet. Here's the question of the day: Will the Cubs have more players on the All-Star roster than the Senate has members show up? Keep in mind, all the focus is on the House, which has turned its back on the idea of massively expanding gambling in order to pay for billions worth of construction spending. The Senate already approved the gambling expansion and $34 billion worth of spending. But the Senate gets brought back for the special session along with the House.

Hendry makes his move

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 21:17
When Jim Hendry called me over to talk last Friday in St. Louis, he had that look about him. It was a look that said he was ready to deal. Hendry had been talking with the Indians about CC Sabathia, but he knew then the Cubs didn't have the right match for Cleveland. I asked Friday and Saturday about Rich Harden of the A's, and I could tell then that was his top target. I wrote that for Sunday's paper, and Hendry finalized things with Oakland GM Billy Beane today, getting Harden and reliever Chad Gaudin for Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton, Eric Patterson and Josh Donaldson. So in one way, this looks to be the perfect counterpunch to Milwaukee landing Sabathia, and it is. On the other hand, Hendry had been working with Oakland for about three weeks on landing Harden.

Cubs, top pick agree

Posted by Bruce on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 15:56
The Cubs have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner, a reliever out of TCU. Various reports say Cashner, the 19th pick overall, gets a signing bonus of $1.54 million, $75,000 to finish school and an invite to spring training next year. Cashner is expected to be at Wrigley Field Wednesday and Thursday and is scheduled to throw in the bullpen. The Cubs could not comment on the reports because of Cashner's pending physical exam. The 6-foot-6 180-pound Cashner just completed his junior season at TCU, where he had 9 wins and 9 saves in 30 appearances. The Cubs drafted Cashner in the 29th round last year, but he did not sign.

"Boo-yah!"

Posted by Sean Stangland on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 20:32

"Hellboy II: The Golden Army" opens Friday, but I doubt the movie will be anywhere near as entertaining as these ads for it:

It's gonna be a late "Knight"

Posted by Sean Stangland on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 19:39

If you want to see "The Dark Knight" in IMAX just after midnight on Friday, July 18, you're out of luck. It's apparently the hottest ticket in the moviegoing world.

At least two theaters -- Regal Lincolnshire and the Cinemark Seven Bridges -- are showing it at 3 a.m. that morning, and one of those late, late night shows is already sold out.

O, say, can you see C.C.?

Posted by Bruce on Mon, 07/07/2008 - 16:55
If you thought the Cubs-Cardinals series was big this weekend, wait until later this month when the Cubs and their fans caravan up to Miller Park. There's a good chance the Cubs will face big lefty C.C. Sabathia during a four-game series. The Cubs and Brewers also go at it twice in September, including three in Milwaukee to end the season. It seems to me the Cardinals have a whole lot more to worry about than do the Cubs. Two of these three NL Central teams figure to make the playoffs this year, and the addition of Sabathia gives the Brewers a leg up on St. Louis and should draw them closer to the Cubs, who still have the best team top to bottom in the division.

Seven, count 'em, seven

Posted by Bruce on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 14:22
The Cubs placed a club-record seven players on the National League all-star team, including starters Geovany Soto at catcher and Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome in the outfield. Added as reserves are third baseman Aramis Ramirez and pitchers Kerry Wood, Ryan Dempster and Carlos Zambrano. In contrast with many modern-day athletes, all the Cubs seemed genuinely excited about going. "Awesome," Dempster said. The previous record of six Cubs in the All-Star Game was set twice, in 1988 and 1936. Soto is the first rookie in NL history to be elected to start and the first Cubs catcher to start since Gabby Hartnett in 1937.

Ready for some fireworks

Posted by Bruce on Fri, 07/04/2008 - 20:22
Yes, it's only the Fourth of July, but Cubs manager Lou Piniella wasn't downplaying the significance of this weekend's series with the Cardinals at St. Louis. The Cubs came into the game having lost seven of 10 and leading the Cards by two and a half. "We have been struggling," Lou said. "We'd like to reclaim our momentum. So from that standpoint, it's an important series for us." A first-inning homer by Fukudome and a fourth-inning blast by Soto helped the Cubs get a start. Big Z is on the mound tonight, and he's been economical with his pitches in the early going.

White Sox seeing stars?

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 07/04/2008 - 19:40
All-star teams are going to be announced on Sunday afternoon, and the White Sox deserve to have several players representing the American League. So why am I getting the feeling the Sox will be lucky to get two players to Yankee Stadium for the July 15 Midsummer Classic? Maybe it's because many fans are still voting like the All-Star Game is a popularity contest. That's the only reason why Boston's David Ortiz has the most votes among designated hitters even though he's been sidelined since June 1 with a left wrist injury. Which White Sox players should be going to baseball's showcase game?