Daytona Remains Unblemished

Daytona Remains Unblemished

Tuesday April 12, 2011
Posted: 9:45 p.m.

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The Cubs remained undefeated and atop the Florida State League standings Tuesday night, toppling Clearwater, 5-1, at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

Robert Whitenack, who earned his first victory of the season, was as sharp as he was in his season-opening performance at Brevard County. He allowed only an unearned run over six innings and struck out a dozen. Whitenack didnt walk a batter and allowed only one hit, a one-out triple by Alan Schoenberger in the sixth inning.

Whitenack fell victim to an error and his own wildness in the third inning, both of which led to Clearwaters only run. Troy Hanzawa reached on a Junior Lake error, taking second before moving to third on a subsequent grounder to Lake. Whitenack then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Hanzawa to score.

Still, he was virtually un-hittable all evening, holding Joe Savery, who entered the game hitting close to .800, hitless. A trio of relievers preserved the victory without allowing a hit over the final three innings.

The Cubs broke the game open in their half of the sixth, scoring three times off Jarred Cosart and Ebelin Lugo. Logan Watkins singled and scored after stealing second and advancing home on a pair of throwing errors to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits and an RBI.
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Red-hot Rubio Silva extended his season-long hitting streak to six games Tuesday night, leading Peoria by Burlington, 8-5.

Silva had three hits, scored three times and drove in a pair, pushing his average to .370. The Cubs signed the Cuban free agent in December after starring for the Cuban Junior National Team. His two-run double in the fifth sparked a four-run inning and helped knot the score at 5-5.

He singled two innings later and scored what would prove to be the winning run on D.J. Fitzgeralds single.

Hayden Simpson made his second career start and last years top pick allowed five runs three earned on eight hits in five innings. He fanned two before Erik Jokisch tossed four shutout innings, striking out three and allowing one hit, to earn the victory.
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The Intimidators used a late power surge Tuesday night in a 9-6 victory at Delmarva to run their winning streak to four games.

Kyle Eveland and Juan Silverio accounted for three of Kannapolis four seventh-inning runs by cracking a pair of homers. Silverios was a solo shot while Eveland brought in a pair with his bomb as the Intimidators erased a 6-5 deficit.

Kevin Moran started and allowed all six runs on six hits in 4 13 innings. But Paul Burnside came on and pitched two-hit ball, earning his first win. He hasnt allowed a run in 5 23 innings this year.

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Indians embrace potentially hostile Wrigley Field conditions for Game 3

Indians embrace potentially hostile Wrigley Field conditions for Game 3

With the city drunk on Cubs fever, the Cleveland Indians expect to face hostile conditions when storied Wrigley Field hosts its first World Series game since 1945 on Friday.

But Indians manager Terry Francona said the potential for an unreceptive atmosphere shouldn’t intimidate his club. Francona said Thursday that the makeup of the Indians, a group flush with veterans and and confident young stars, should help the team manage itself in the potentially Unfriendly Confines in Game 3 of the 2016 World Series. Josh Tomlin faces the Cubs Kyle Hendricks in the contest, which begins at 7:08 p.m. CST.

“It will be a tremendous atmosphere,” Francona said. “I don’t think there’s going to be a ton of people cheering for us. But then that’s where it comes in the feeling in the clubhouse because it is going to be us against the world (Friday), but us is pretty good. We have a good feeling. Everybody in there protects everybody else and takes care of everybody else.”

Wrigley Field promises to offer a surreal setting on Friday.

 The Cubs have never played a game this late in the calendar year and they haven’t been to this far in the postseason for several generations.

Fans were lined up for the Cubby Bear as early as 5 a.m. and other local watering holes reached full capacity 4-5 hours before first pitch with patrons paying ridiculous cover charges just to be able to watch the game live from Wrigleyville.

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Still, Cleveland isn’t unprepared for insane playing conditions. The Indians won their only game at always electric Fenway Park in the American League Division Series and then emerged victorious in two of three games at the insanely loud Rogers Centre in front of crowds of 49,507 and 48,800. Veteran first baseman Mike Napoli said he hoped the Indians might face the Cubs in the World Series just so he could experience Wrigley Field in October.

“It's a park you want to come to and play,” Napoli said. “I watched when they clinched to go to the World Series and how crazy it was and seeing the fans in the streets where they had to have police escorts. You could just see the crowd just part ways.

“So it's going to be fun. It's something that I wanted to be a part of, and thought that it would be an unbelievable World Series.”

White Sox claim former top outfield prospect Rymer Liriano off waivers

White Sox claim former top outfield prospect Rymer Liriano off waivers

The White Sox announced on Friday they have claimed outfielder Rymer Liriano off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.

Liriano, a former Top 50 prospect by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, missed the entire 2016 season after suffering multiple facial fractures when he was hit in the face by a pitch during a spring a spring training game on March 20.

The 25-year-old Liriano had a brief stint in the majors with the San Diego Padres in 2014 in which he had a .220/.289/.266 slash line with one homer, six RBI and four stolen bases in 38 games.

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Liriano has a career minor-league slash line of .277/.350/.435 with 68 home runs, 378 RBI and 190 stolen bases in seven seasons. Liriano was named the Midwest League Most Valuable Player in 2011 and earned midseason All-Star honors in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

With the move, the White Sox 40-man roster now stands at 40.