Could Bulls be players for Redick at deadline?

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Could Bulls be players for Redick at deadline?

According to CSN Bay Area's Ric Bucher, the Magic may shop shooting guard J.J. Redick near the trade deadline, and the Bulls may be a potential destination for the 6-year veteran.
Bucher said on Sulia that "it would surprise no one if JJ Redick were moved before the February trade deadline, but there's no urgency on the part of the Magic for several reasons."
Bucher explained that the Magic, despite trading perennial All-Star Dwight Howard to the Lakers in the offseason, sit at 11-13 in the Eastern Conference. They have won six of nine games and sit just 1.5 games out of the No. 8 seed in the East. While unlikely as a playoff run may be, it'd be a tough sell to Orlando fans trading the team's second leading scorer while battling for a playoff spot.
Bucher also said the Magic will wait on dealing Redick, if they deal him at all, because "as of right now, the potential suitors aren't anywhere near making their best offer." He reports that Redick's likeliest destinations are Chicago, Memphis, Minnesota Milwaukee and Utah.
In his seventh season with the Magic, Redick's numbers across the board are career bests. His 14.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 44.4 field goal percentage and 91.8 free throw percentage have never been higher, helped out by the departure of Howard.
In 2010, the Magic matched a three-year, 19 million offer sheet the Bulls offered to Redick to retain the shooting guard. The Bulls went forward with Keith Bogans as their starting shooting guard that following year, and added Rip Hamilton in 2011 and 2012.
Redick has one year left on the deal the Magic matched three years ago, set to make 6.1 million. For a player in the midst of a career-year, that's a reasonable price to pay for a starting shooting guard.
Hamilton remains sidelined by a foot injury, while Marco Belinelli has averaged 16.6 points and shot better than 43 percent from beyond the arc in eight starts this season. Still, adding Redick would give the Bulls valuable backcourt depth.
Bucher said the Magic likely will look for a draft pick andor younger player in return. Because of its trade this offseason, Chicago has a trade exception of 5.1 million to use stemming from dealing Kyle Korver to Atlanta.
Rookie point guard Marquis Teague fits the bill, but the Bulls may be hesitant to give up on the 19-year-old so early in his career. As Bucher stated, Chicago likely wants to see where they are in the standings near February before deciding on whether or not to commit to Redick. Derrick Rose's rehabilitation schedule will play a role in that.

Starters help White Sox bullpen maintain health for lengthy stretch

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Starters help White Sox bullpen maintain health for lengthy stretch

The White Sox are at another point in their schedule where every inning is precious.

So even though they only managed a split in Monday’s doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians, the White Sox have to feel good not to have taxed their bullpen.

Mat Latos and Erik Johnson combined for 12.1 innings pitched and five relievers combined for another 5.1 on Monday for the White Sox, who are in the midst of a stretch of 17 games in 16 days. Given they have Chris Sale and Jose Quintana scheduled the next two games, the White Sox feel pretty fortunate at the midway point of their lengthy run.

“We didn’t really abuse anybody,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “These doubleheaders can kind of get away from you and both sides probably had that. You get out of these things without having to use anybody in both games and extending anybody.”

With the way things had recently gone for Latos and Johnson’s command issues in his last start, Monday’s doubleheader could have been trouble for the White Sox bullpen.

Latos hadn’t completed six innings since April 24 and posted a 7.84 ERA in his last four starts. And in his only major league start this season, Johnson allowed four earned runs in five innings against the Boston Red Sox on May 5.

Not only do the White Sox have two more here against the Indians, they start a four-game series in Kansas City on Thursday and then head to Citi Field for three against the New York Mets. Only then do they have another day off.

Johnson made two early mistakes, but mostly followed in the footsteps of Latos, who delivered six innings in the opening game before he departed with a 6-3 lead courtesy of a three-run homer by Brett Lawrie.

While Johnson left a 3-0 fastball up to Rajai Davis and he ripped it for a two-run homer, which put Cleveland up 3-1 in the fifth, he faced only five over the minimum through six innings.

“EJ did a good job for us, we just weren’t really getting anything going,” Ventura said.

Johnson — who was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after the start — entered the seventh inning at 93 pitches. With his team trailing by two, Ventura hoped to steal another inning from his right-hander. The Indians took advantage as Juan Uribe homered and scored another run off the combination of Johnson and reliever Matt Purke, who allowed a hit in 2.1 scoreless innings.

“You want to help the team out and save the bullpen as best you can, especially on these nine and nines,” Johnson said. “That’s your job as a starter for a regular nine inning game, whether it’s a doubleheader or not.

“I’m thankful for the opportunities and if they keep coming I’m going to keep coming back here.”

For now, the opportunity belongs to reliever Tommy Kahnle, whom was added as the 26th man before the doubleheader. By optioning Johnson to Charlotte, the White Sox will employ an eight-man bullpen.

Preview: Cubs look to snap losing streak vs. Cardinals on CSN

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Preview: Cubs look to snap losing streak vs. Cardinals on CSN

The Cubs look to snap a three-game losing streak against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 5:30 p.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jason Hammel (5-1, 2.31 ERA) vs. Michael Wacha (2-4, 4.03 ERA)

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Preview: Chris Sale targets 10th win as White Sox battle Indians on CSN+

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Preview: Chris Sale targets 10th win as White Sox battle Indians on CSN+

The White Sox continue their series with the Cleveland Indians tonight, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet Plus. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup: Chris Sale (9-0, 1.58 ERA) vs. Josh Tomlin (6-0, 3.56 ERA)

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