Myers: Blackhawks' Brouwer, Bolland progressing

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Myers: Blackhawks' Brouwer, Bolland progressing

Friday, April 8, 2011
Posted: 12:02 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

DETROIT The Blackhawks have plenty on their minds as they prepare for tonights game against the Detroit Red Wings. But theyre getting some good news from home.

Dave Bolland, whos been out with a concussion, has progressed at a different pace, and could be skating today back in Chicago, coach Joel Quenneville said this morning. Its welcome news for the Blackhawks, who have missed their gritty center since he was injured March 9 against Tampa Bay.

Its close. In fact, he could be on the ice today, Quenneville said. But hes really progressed in the last couple of days.

Quenneville added that Troy Brouwer, whos listed day-to-day with a right shoulder injury, could also be on the ice soon.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks, who got Patrick Sharp back on Wednesday night, will face a Red Wings team minus Henrik Zetterberg (leg) and Niklas Kronwall (upper body). Regardless of personnel, the Blackhawks know they need this one.

We have to get points, we control our destiny, Quenneville said. It should be an exciting game. We had a great game here (on March 28) and we expect the same (tonight). The last one was anyones game, both goalies played great and there were a lot of scoring chances. When everythings at stake, you expect a hard-fought game.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Contreras helps Cubs end 4-game skid by beating Marlins

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Contreras helps Cubs end 4-game skid by beating Marlins

MIAMI -- Rookie Willson Contreras homered and drove in three runs to help the Chicago Cubs break their longest losing streak of the season at four games by beating the Miami Marlins 5-4 Friday night.

Contreras hit a two-run homer in the Cubs' four-run first inning. His RBI single in the seventh put the team with the best record in the majors ahead to stay. He's batting .412 with three homers and eight RBI after seven games in the big leagues.

While Contreras again excelled as a reinforcement for the injury-hampered NL Central leaders, they endured another setback when second baseman Ben Zobrist left the game after he was hit by a pitch on the left ankle.

Four pitchers held the Marlins to two hits, including Justin Bour's grand slam.

Each team scored four runs in the first inning, when Kris Bryant and Contreras homered for the Cubs. It was the first time in the majors this year that both teams scored at least four runs in the first, according to ESPN.

Despite the early onslaught, both starters settled down before departing with the score still 4-all.

The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks pitched five innings and allowed only one hit -- Bour's slam. All four runs were unearned because of an error by shortstop Addison Russell.

Miami's Tom Koehler gave up six consecutive hits in the first but still pitched six innings.

Trevor Cahill (1-2) threw a scoreless sixth to help the Cubs break their longest losing streak of the season. Hector Rondon retired all four batters he faced for his second four-out save in a row, and his 13th overall.

Mike Dunn (0-1) retired only one of the five hitters he faced in the seventh.

The Cubs' outburst in the first included Bryant's 18th homer and Contreras' drive. They nearly had hits by their first seven batters, but Jason Heyward was robbed by center fielder Marcell Ozuna to start the game.

The Marlins tied the game in their half of the first, with all four runs unearned because Russell mishandled a grounder to start the inning. Hendricks gave up a pair of two-out walks, and Bour hit a breaking pitch into the center field shrubs for his 13th homer.

TRAINER'S ROOM

The Cubs endured another loss after Zobrist was hit by a pitch from Dunn on one bounce. Zobrist took his base and stayed in the game until the end of the inning, but was then replaced in the field. ... Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (stiff back) and C Miguel Montero (right knee) were held out of the starting lineup for the second game in a row but were both feeling better, manager Joe Maddon said. Contreras started for Montero, who was available off the bench and is expected to start Saturday.

WHERE WAS BARTMAN?

Chicago 3B Javier Baez dove into the stands to catch J.T. Realmuto's pop foul in the fourth.

UP NEXT

Cubs RHP John Lackey (7-3, 2.78) is scheduled to start Saturday against RHP Paul Clemens (0-1, 5.40), who will make his second start since being recalled from Triple-A. Lackey has faced the Marlins twice -- in 2005 and 2015.

Saturday on CSN: White Sox continue series with Blue Jays

Saturday on CSN: White Sox continue series with Blue Jays

The White Sox take on the Blue Jays this afternoon, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: R.A. Dickey (4-8, 4.08) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.29)

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White Sox: No timeframe for Zach Putnam, surgery an option

White Sox: No timeframe for Zach Putnam, surgery an option

Zach Putnam is weighing his options after he had a second opinion on Friday and surgery is one of them.

The White Sox reliever went on the disabled list Tuesday with ulnar neuritis in his right elbow. Putnam, who has a 2.30 ERA in 25 games this season, last pitched on Sunday in Cleveland.

“(Surgery is) possible,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “But again, we are exploring all the options. We want to make sure we have all the possibilities laid out before us. It’s just one of the things we are considering.”

“Still parceling through the options and at this point we don’t have a specific timeframe for him.”

The White Sox bullpen already is short-handed after losing Jake Petricka to potentially season-ending hip surgery earlier this month. Daniel Webb is out for the season after he had reconstructive elbow surgery earlier this month.

The White Sox bullpen currently features three rookies as result of those injuries and manager Robin Ventura doesn’t see any way of avoiding using them in key spots. Michael Ynoa and Chris Beck both got in and out of trouble and earned holds in Boston.

“We’re gonna have to find a way to get nine innings in and they’re gonna get tested,” Ventura said. “I thought Michael did a nice job the other day. I think even Beck after the first hitter, it could have been a mess. I thought he really showed what he’s made of by coming back. He gave up the sac fly and that was it.”