On The Farm: Nate Jones Comes Up Big For The Dash

On The Farm: Nate Jones Comes Up Big For The Dash

Thursday Aug. 29, 2010
Posted: 9:51 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
WHITE SOXWinston-Salem A
Nate Jones was brilliant Tuesday night as the Dash continued to hold their lead in the Carolina Leagues Southern Division. The big right-hander picked up his 11th victory as Winston-Salem upended Lynchburg, 6-0, at BB&T Ballpark.

Jones went seven innings, scattering three hits and striking out three. It was his second consecutive victory and third in four starts, a 26-inning stretch in which hes posted a 2.08 ERA. Taylor Thompson and Tyson Corley allowed one hit over the final two innings to preserve the shutout.

Jose Martinez had two hits, including a homer and three RBIs. Seth Loman added a solo homer while Kenny Williams drove in a pair.
Kannapolis A
The Intimidators scored three ninth-inning runs and rallied for a 5-2 victory at Delmarva. John Spatolas two-run triple was the big blow. He then scored on a wild pitch to close out the rally.

Spatolas effort made a winner of Kevin Moran, who picked up his first Sally League victory of the season. Orlando Santos pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save.

Bristol Rookie
Jarrett Casey finally got off the schneid Tuesday night, earning his first victory as Bristol held off a late Kingsport rally for a 4-2 win.

Casey had been 0-7 prior to the game but tossed six shutout innings, scattering six hits. Chase Blackwood had three hits, including a homer, and an RBI.
Arizona Fall League
The AFL announced its rosters on Tuesday and the White Sox will be well represented. There are currently seven players on the Peoria Seguaros roster. Pitchers Anthony Carter, Charlie Leesman, Johnnie Lowe and Henry Maybee will be joined by catcher Josh Phegley, infielder Eduardo Escobar and outfielder Jared Mitchell, considered by many to be Chicagos top prospect before he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in spring training. Rich Dotson will serve as the pitching coach.
In other action, catcher Adam Ricks came off the DL in Winston-Salem and was promoted to Charlotte. RHP Carlos Torres was optioned to Charlotte from Chicago. RHP Brian Omogrosso was optioned from Charlotte to Birmingham. The Knights, meanwhile, dropped a 5-2 decision at Birmingham. Freddy Dolsi took the loss. Carolina defeated Birmingham, 9-4. Omogrosso got in and pitched a scoreless inning after Angel Garcia allowed seven runs on seven hits over six innings.
CUBSDaytona A
Daytonas playoff chances took a hit Tuesday night as Clearwater rallied in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 2-1 victory at Bright House Field.

The Cubs had taken a 1-0 lead in the top half of the inning on a Jose Valdez RBI single.
Jake Opitz led off the inning with a double, was bunted to third and scored on Valdezs single to left. Jeff Beliveau came on to pitch the bottom of the inning and issued a leadoff walk, one of two he would allow in the inning, before ultimately loading the bases and giving up a two-run single to Darin Ruf.

Catcher Mark Reed was promoted to Tennessee while catcher Mario Mercedes was added from Tennessee. Daytona catcher Mike Brenly and his teammates first baseman Rebel Ridling and second baseman DJ LeMahieu were named to the Florida State Leagues post-season all-star team.
Arizona Fall League
The AFL announced its rosters on Tuesday and the Cubs will be well represented. There are currently seven players on the Mesa Solar Sox roster. Pitchers David Cale, Chris Carpenter, Jake Muyco and Kyle Smit will be joined by infielders Ryan Flaherty and Josh Vitters as well as outfielder Brett Jackson. Casey Kopitzke will be the manager.
In other action, Tennessee managed only three hits and dropped a 5-0 decision at Jacksonville. Chris Archer 8-2 allowed four runs in five innings.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

Denzel Washington liked Bulls' Denzel Valentine's name, so the actor tracked him down

Denzel Washington liked Bulls' Denzel Valentine's name, so the actor tracked him down

What happens when you share the same name as Denzel Washington? You get tracked down by him.

After Denzel Valentine was selected by the Bulls in Thursday's NBA Draft, Washington made it a mission to find the Michigan State product.

"I actually talked to him," Washington told TMZ. "I talked to him. I tracked him down cause how many Denzels do you meet?"

We assume not a lot of them, but the actor is probably a reason that there are more Denzels in this world. At least that's the case with Valentine, who was named after his father's favorite actor.

Washington's three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards are a few of his honors throughout his acting career.

Maybe Valentine could follow his footsteps and help deliver some hardware for the Bulls in the future.

Tune in to CSN Chicago or catch a live stream on CSNChicago.com at 11 a.m. as GM Gar Forman and head coach Fred Hoiberg introduce Denzel Valentine to the Bulls.

Big Ten vs. SEC: Penn State adds future games against Auburn

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Big Ten vs. SEC: Penn State adds future games against Auburn

Penn State is upping its strength of schedule ... come 2021.

The Nittany Lions announced a home-and-home series with Auburn on Monday, with games slated for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Penn State will play host to Auburn on Sept. 18, 2021, and then travel to take on the Tigers on Sept. 17, 2022.

Not only will these games be the first regular-season meetings between the two schools, they will be the first two regular-season games Auburn has ever played against a Big Ten opponent.

Penn State has played Auburn twice in bowl games, winning the 1996 Outback Bowl and losing the 2003 Capital One Bowl.

"We are thrilled to be adding Auburn to our future football schedules," Penn State athletics director Sandy Barbour said in the announcement. "This is a great intersectional matchup, and there will be significant interest from alumni, fans and students of both schools to be a part of the electric atmospheres on both campuses. I am very appreciative of (Auburn athletics director) Jay Jacobs’ interest and efforts in making this home-and-home series a reality."

The Lions also announced Monday future non-conference games with Ball State and Buffalo for the 2019 and 2021 seasons, respectively.

Penn State's non-conference schedule could use a shot in the arm following the conclusion of the current decade. The highlight of the next four seasons' slates is an annual meeting with in-state rival Pittsburgh, not a bad team by any stretch but not a team such as the attention-grabbing Auburn, which is just two seasons removed from an appearance in the national championship game. The Lions also have future non-conference series scheduled with Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

The future games also provide a Big Ten-SEC matchup fans and observers always seem to crave, particularly when played between two higher-caliber programs. There are only 10 other regular-season meetings between Big Ten and SEC teams currently scheduled: this season's opener between Wisconsin and LSU, a Michigan-Florida tilt in 2017, a 2017-2018 series between Purdue and Missouri, a 2018-2019 series between Michigan and Arkansas, a 2019 game between Purdue and Vanderbilt, a home-and-home between Nebraska and Tennessee in 2026 and 2027 and another Purdue-Vanderbilt showdown all the way in 2029.

Bulls' Jimmy Butler named to Team USA for Rio 2016 Olympics

Bulls' Jimmy Butler named to Team USA for Rio 2016 Olympics

Jimmy Butler officially has been named to the Team USA basketball roster and will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics, the Bulls announced Monday.

Butler reportedly accepted the invitation to compete last week and will mark the first member of the Bulls to compete in the Olympics since Scottie Pippen in 1996.

Butler is one of 10 players on the roster who will compete for Team USA in the Olympics for the first time. The only returning members from the 2012 Gold-medal team are Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony; Anthony also won Gold in 2008, and could become the first player ever to win three gold medals in basketball.

Joining Butler, Durant and Anthony in Rio will be Kyrie Irving, Harrison Barnes, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Paul George, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and DeAndre Jordan.

Though Team USA is still the prohibitive favorites to win gold for the third straight Summer Olympics, the team is void of some of the NBA's best current players including LeBron James, Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Jordan is the only member of this year's All-NBA First Team on the Olympic roster.

Butler will compete with Team USA for the first time, but he's no stranger to USA Basketball. A groin injury prevented him from participating on the Team USA Select Team in 2014, but he was named to the USA Basketball roster the following summer. He was named one of 30 finalists for a spot on the Olympic roster in January.

Butler's inclusion on the team was no surprise after he averaged 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists for the Bulls a year ago. He also added 1.6 steals per game and was named to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team for the third consecutive season. Butler's passing improved as much as any aspect of his game this past season, and he averaged 6.1 assists per game after the All-Star break. That will come in handy in Rio, as Irving and Lowry are the only two true point guards on the roster.

Butler will be one of two Bulls competing in this summer's Olympics. Their second round pick, small forward Paul Zipser, is a member of the German national team and will compete for his country. Pau Gasol, who spent two years with the Bulls and will opt out of his contract this summer, will compete for the Spain national team, which won silver medals in 2008 and 2012.