Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
By Tracey MyersCSNChicago.com
Defenseman Duncan Keith is in tonights lineup after taking a maintenance morning off and Corey Crawford will be in goal when the Chicago Blachkawks host the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center.
The Blackhawks are once again sitting in 11th place in the Western Conference, losing no ground over the past two nights but not gaining any either. For them, tonights as must win as Wednesday against Minnesota.
Chicago has won three of four from Columbus this season, outscoring them 18-10 in the four games. But the Blue Jackets are in the same boat as the Blackhawks: theyre on the outside looking in and trying for that late-season playoff push.
Theyre a hard working team and weve got to come ready to work. When we do, our skill shows through, said Mike Haviland, who will be acting head coach again tonight in Joel Quennevilles absence. Were gong to have to work extremely hard to get chances against this team.
Meanwhile, Quenneville is in good spirits according to Haviland, who talked to him this morning. Quenneville is still in the hospital with a small ulcer. There is no timetable for his return.
Hes going a little stir crazy there but hes in great spirits and we talked about Columbus tonight and how we need to be ready to go, Haviland said. We said wed talk this afternoon or after the game. He didnt say when he was getting out or anything.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.
Luis Sierra hopes to take another step next spring toward achieving his dream of being a major league manager when he coaches in the World Baseball Classic.
Sierra — who spent eight of 10 minor league seasons in the White Sox farm system — will return as a coach for Colombia after participating in the WBC qualifier last spring.
Colombia, which plays in Pool D in Miami along with the United States, Canada and Dominican Republic, is managed by Luis Urueta, a short-season field coordinator in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system. Sierra, a pregame instructor in his second year for the White Sox, is Colombia’s first-base coach. The 29-year-old said the transition from player to coach hasn’t been too difficult.
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“It didn’t take too long and that’s what I do now and that’s my focus, just to help the guys and get better as a coach and as a person,” Sierra said. “It’s been a great experience so far. Still learning. Hopefully one day I’ll be a big league manager.”
Sierra, who was a catcher and an infielder in his professional career, hails from Barranquilla, which is also the home of White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana. The two live near each other and work out in the offseason. Quintana has expressed interest in pitching for Colombia during the 2017 WBC.
PITTSBURGH – This definitely felt like something out of spring training, with Thursday night’s game between the Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates suspended as rain kept pouring down on PNC Park, ending after five innings in a 1-1 tie.
Major League Baseball considered this an official game – its first tie since it happened to the Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros on June 30, 2005 – and stats will still count after an 83-minute rain delay. But there is no need to make it up with the Cubs having already clinched the National League’s No. 1 seed and the Pirates eliminated from wild-card contention.
The last time the Cubs finished in a tie: a 2-2 five-inning draw with the Montreal Expos on May 28, 1993 at Wrigley Field.