Sick bay Bears health better for Seattle; Seahawks hurting


Sick bay Bears health better for Seattle; Seahawks hurting

The ominous injury count after last Sundays win over Minnesota was down to all Bears except receiverreturner Devin Hester and guard Chris Spencer at least possible for Sundays game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery (knee) did not practice but was up to doubtful from last weeks out, although not expected to play against Seattle.
With Earl Bennett already starting over Hester at receiver and Eric Weems moved up to No. 1 returner, Spencer represents the one starter out of the lineup. Jeffery had moved into the starting lineup earlier this season but has missed time with two injuries to slip back into a reserve role.
Lance Briggs, Kellen Davis, Matt Forte and Charles Tillman, all finishing the Vikings game with ankle injuries, went through a full practice and are listed as probable. Also in that group are defensive tackle Stephen Paea and guard Edwin Williams, both with shoulder injuries.
The Seahawks listed nickel cornerback Marcus Trufant as doubtful after he was down with a hamstring injury after Thursdays practice. Wide receiver Sidney Rice came down with a calf injury on Friday and is questionable.
Defensive tackle Red Bryant (foot) and linebacker Leroy Hill (ankle, both starters, are questionable.

Preview: Carlos Rodon, White Sox open final series of season vs. Twins on CSN

Preview: Carlos Rodon, White Sox open final series of season vs. Twins on CSN

The White Sox open their final series of the season tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon (8-10, 4.08 ERA) vs. Tyler Duffey (9-11, 6.18 ERA)

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White Sox five-game winning streak snapped with loss to Rays

White Sox five-game winning streak snapped with loss to Rays

The playoffs were the ultimate goal and he probably would have liked another victory on Thursday night.

But Jose Quintana has plenty to be pleased about when he takes stock of his 2016 campaign, which ended with a 5-3 White Sox loss to the Tampa Rays in front of 14,792 at U.S. Cellular Field. The first-time All-Star’s record dropped to 13-12 after he allowed two earned runs in six innings in his final start, but not before Quintana established career highs for innings pitched, strikeouts and earned-run average.

Rays pitcher Chris Archer won to avoid becoming the first pitcher since 2003 to lose 20 games and Carlos Sanchez homered in the losing effort. The loss also guaranteed a fourth straight losing season for the White Sox, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2008.

No surprise, Quintana didn’t receive any run support yet again. He entered the game ranked 116th out of 132 qualified starting pitchers in run support with an average of 3.8 runs per contest. Archer had plenty to do with the latest round of inadequacy when it comes to supporting Quintana as he kept the White Sox under wraps until Sanchez’s two-run homer in the seventh made it a two-run game. Archer allowed three earned in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 9-19.

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But Quintana was good enough to win yet again in a season full of comparable efforts.

He allowed a run in the second inning on a bloop RBI single by Alexei Ramirez and another in the fourth on a solo homer by Mikie Mahtook. Other than that he was his normal efficient self, striking out seven and limiting the Rays to two runs and five hits in six innings.

The effort lowered his ERA to 3.20 (his previous low was 3.32 in 2014). He also surpassed his previous high-inning mark of 206 1/3 with 208 this season. And, Quintana finished with 181 strikeouts, three more than he in 2014.