Hawks-Flyers, Game 6: Magic number is one


Hawks-Flyers, Game 6: Magic number is one

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
11:12 PM

By Brett Ballantini

PHILADELPHIA Heading into Game 5 at the United Center on Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks were saying all of the right things about their pending matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Hometown Heroes were talking more about the pressure both teams would feel in Game 5 than feeling that the spotlight was only on the Blackhawks. Game 5 was clearly measured as a pivotal contest, the most important of the series.

And Chicago came right out like a team on a mission, recognizing the importance of the game without having it freeze it. It was a first period for the ages, finishing 3-0 in favor of the home club and unveiling not only new lines but a renewed devotion to a suffocating puck-possession game.

The Flyers, on the other hand, were as flat as theyve been in the 2010 postseason, flopping in spite of two straight wins (no team had knocked off the Blackhawks two straight times in the entire playoffs) and all the momentum of the series in their favor. Michael Leighton, though a Wachovia Center strangler whos scheduled to start Game 6, was pulled for the second time in the Finals. Chris Pronger, so dominant for much of the series, turned in a career-worst minus-five and was on ice for six of the seven Blackhawks goals. Philadelphia couldnt crawl closer than within two goals of Chicago throughout.

Philly coach Peter Laviolette has pledged changes for Game 6, where his club is sure already to be buoyed playing a must game in its home barn. But after Chicago mentor Joel Quenneville shuffled his lines for Game 5, splitting his most potent scorers from the first line through his top three, you wonder if the Flyers have a true counterpunch. As great as the Philly forecheck has been, the Flyers defense is playing thin, with just Pronger and Kimmo Timonen playing effectively and logging high minutesand Prongs is reeling.

The Blackhawks may not wrap the series up and claim the Cup on Wednesday, but with two cracks at it, it appears the sand has trickled from Philadelphias hourglass.

Adam Eaton leaves White Sox-Mariners finale with bruised right forearm

Adam Eaton leaves White Sox-Mariners finale with bruised right forearm

Adam Eaton left Sunday's White Sox-Seattle Mariners series finale early with a bruised right forearm.

X-rays were negative and he's day-to-day.

The White Sox outfielder was hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth inning in his second time at the plate.

He remained in the game to field in the top of the fifth, but was replaced by J.B. Shuck for his next at-bat in the bottom of the inning.


White Sox Top Prospects: Jameson Fisher faring well with transition to outfield

White Sox Top Prospects: Jameson Fisher faring well with transition to outfield

Jameson Fisher entered the 2016 MLB Draft with experience at only catcher and first base.

When the White Sox drafted him in the fourth round (116th overall), little did he know he wasn’t going to start off his professional career at either of those positions.

The White Sox transitioned the Southeastern Louisiana product to outfielder. Fisher has a .953 field percentage in 35 games played at left field in the Advanced Rookie Class.

The 22-year-old credits outfield instructor Aaron Rowand and Great Falls hitting coach Willie Harris for helping him with the switch.

Fisher is batting .335/.425/.466 with three homers and 21 RBI this season with the Great Falls Voyagers. His .335 average ranks second on the team and his 12 stolen bases ranks third.

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This season at Southeastern Louisiana, Fisher had the best batting average (.449) and on-base percentage (.577) in college baseball.

Fisher played catcher in 2014 but transitioned to first base following a shoulder injury, which cause him to miss the entire 2015 season.

The White Sox signed Fisher for $485,000 on June 16.

White Sox: Miguel Gonzalez will head out for rehab assignment

White Sox: Miguel Gonzalez will head out for rehab assignment

Miguel Gonzalez will head on a rehab assignment.

The White Sox pitcher has been on the 15-day disabled list since August 12 with a right groin strain.

Manager Robin Ventura said Gonzalez pitched in a simulated game on Saturday and it “went well.”

“Everything’s good,” Ventura said. “Next step is he’s going to go out and see how that goes.”

After a bullpen session on Wednesday, Gonzalez said he felt “a lot better” and “didn’t feel anything” while throwing in the bullpen.

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If all goes according to plan, Gonzalez would be one of a few roster moves after Sept. 1.

How the White Sox will balance the rotation in his return is uncertain.

“We talk about that all the time,” Ventura said, “just being able to find the right spot to put a guy in, if a guy’s gonna come out of it, if we’re just gonna leave everybody in there and do it.”

Gonzalez is 2-6 this season with a 4.05 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 19 games (18 starts).