Danks Leads Chicago Contingent For Team USA

Danks Leads Chicago Contingent For Team USA

Friday Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 11:40 a.m.
WHITE SOXCharlotte AAA
Outfielder Jordan Danks and infielder Andrew Garcia were named to the Team USA roster for the 2011 IBAF World Cup and Pan American Games. The White Sox led all major league clubs with three players from its farm system making the team. Pitcher Justin Cassel will also participate.

The roster features 24 players not currently on Major League Baseball's 40-man rosters. This fall, Team USA will compete in both the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Cup in Panama City, Panama, October 2-15, and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, October 20-25. Players will join with the team September 27-29 in Cary, N.C. for training at the U.S.A. Baseball National Training Complex.

Team USA will be looking to win its third straight IBAF World Cup title. USA has defeated Cuba in the gold medal game in each of the last two World Cup finals.

Danks helped a Team USA squad featuring college players secure a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as a third-place finish at the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2007. He hit .257 this season with 14 home runs, 65 RBI and 18 stolen bases at Charlotte.

Garcia played in 104 games with the Charlotte Knights in 2011 playing second base and shortstop. He finished the season hitting 24 doubles and batting in 43 runs. ... Cubs prospects outfielder Brett Jackson and lefty Jeff Beliveau were also named to the squad.

Great Falls Rookie
Lefty Scott Snodgress and catcher Kevan Smith were named by Baseball America as two of the top 20 prospects in the Pioneer League. Snodgress, who was tabbed at No. 14, was 3-3 in 16 games 12 starts with a 3.34 ERA while Smith, No. 17, hit a combined .355 between Bristol and Great Falls. He was also ranked as the 20th-best prospect in the Appalachian League by the publication.

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In this week's edition of In the Gym at EFT, physical therapist Emily Sluis tackles muscle activation. 

Sluis enlists the help of Super Bowl XLIX Champion Darius Fleming to demonstrate dynamic stretches that get an athlete ready to compete. 

Check out key techniques in the video above, and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.

Morning Update: Bulls win first meeting with Cavs; LeBron pays off Cubs-Indians bet

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Morning Update: Bulls win first meeting with Cavs; LeBron pays off Cubs-Indians bet

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