Word on the Street: NBA stars want to play for MJ?

Word on the Street: NBA stars want to play for MJ?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NBA stars want to play for Michael Jordan?

New Orleans Hornets point guard won't rule out the possibility of signing with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2012, citing the chance to play for a Jordan-owned team as the main reason for his interest in the franchise.

"It would definitely be something to think about," Paul said.

Already part of Jordan's Nike brand, Paul says he is happy to have such a special relationship with the legend. "To have a personal relationship with him now and for him to be a mentor of mine, it's something when you're growing up as a kid in North Carolina you would never expect." (chicagosports.com)

Cubs sign another veteran pitcher

Still reeling from losing two starting pitchers, the Cubs signed another veteran starter to a minor-league contract after signing Doug Davis.

Davis will report to extended spring training to get stretched out. The 35-year-old lefty is coming off elbow surgery and posted a 7.51 ERA in 38 13 innings with the Brewers in 2010. (mlb.sbnation.com)

Former White Sox Uribe being sued

Ex-White Sox shortstop Juan Uribe is being sued by a San Francisco landlord over a late-night fish fry that caused 145,000 worth of damage to the condo he rented while playing for the Giants last season. (sfgate.com)

Stars fire their head coach

After losing to the Minnesota Wild and thus failing to make the playoffs - to the benefit of the Blackhawks - the Stars fired head coach Marc Crawford after not making the playoffs in either of his two seasons as head coach in Dallas. (dallasnews.com)

Jose Quintana keeps dominating as White Sox top Red Sox


Jose Quintana keeps dominating as White Sox top Red Sox

How much longer can Jose Quintana be described as the most overlooked good pitcher in baseball?

With more outings like this, it’ll be a designation he’ll quickly shed. 

The 27-year-old left-hander fired eight innings of one-run ball as the White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-1, in front of 15,025 at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night. 

After four seasons pitching as a consistent, solid force in the White Sox rotation — in which he’s been overshadowed by the dominance of Chris Sale — Quintana’s taken his pitching to another level so far this year. He lowered his ERA to 1.13 on Tuesday and has only issued eight walks in 38 2/3 innings covering six starts.

Quintana allowed his first home run of the season when Hanley Ramirez took him deep to right in the top of the fifth, but that was the only damage Boston was able to inflict. He aced David Ortiz for a strikeout looking in the fifth, and then blew away the retiring Red Sox slugger for a strikeout swinging in the seventh. 

He finished the evening allowing that one run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. 

Quintana again received ample support from a White Sox offense that’s reversing a head-scratching trend from the last few years. 

Facing knuckleballer Steven Wright, Jose Abreu smashed a line drive off the center field wall that outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. misplayed into a triple, allowing Jimmy Rollins to score in the first inning. Todd Frazier’s bases-loaded groundout to third in the third inning tacked on the other run off Wright.

Abreu knocked in Adam Eaton and Jimmy Rollins with a two-run double in the eighth off Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa to add on a pair of insurance runs. 

David Robertson earned his ninth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.  

The White Sox improved to 5-1 in games started by Quintana this season. From 2012-15, the White Sox were 13 games under .500 with Quintana starting despite the Colombia native’s solid 3.46 ERA. 

But this year, the White Sox have scored four or more runs in five of Quintana’s six starts. Quintana has never finished a season with a double-digit win total, but moved to 4-1 with his win Tuesday. 

Today on CSN: Lester, Cubs go for sweep in Pittsburgh


Today on CSN: Lester, Cubs go for sweep in Pittsburgh

The Cubs look to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 11 a.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jon Lester (2-1, 1.83) vs. Juan Nicasio (3-2, 3.33)

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Rick Hahn: Filling fifth spot in White Sox rotation a 'fluid situation'


Rick Hahn: Filling fifth spot in White Sox rotation a 'fluid situation'

Erik Johnson gets the first chance at the No. 5 spot in the White Sox rotation, but the situation is hardly finalized.

The White Sox announced Tuesday that they would promote Johnson from Triple-A Charlotte in time to make Thursday’s start in place of John Danks, whom they will officially designated for assignment later this week. But just because Johnson gets the first start doesn’t mean he’s here for good, general manager Rick Hahn said.

Hahn and the White Sox have made it clear they want better production from the fifth spot, whether it's from an internal or an external option.

“It’s going to be a bit of a fluid situation,” Hahn said.

Hahn is comfortable with the team’s internal options at Charlotte beyond Johnson.

Miguel Gonzalez, who started last Monday in Toronto, has a solid major league track record. Then there’s Jacob Turner, who has 27 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings with a 3.04 ERA in five starts.

But Hahn also said the White Sox wouldn’t shy away from looking outside the farm system, either. Hahn declined to answer whether or not the White Sox would watch Tim Lincecum’s tryout Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz. before he noted the club has “scouts everywhere.”

The White Sox could also try and use their internal options to get by for several months before adding another pitcher ahead of the trade deadline.

No matter whom they turn to, the expectation is better results than the White Sox received from Danks, who was 0-4 with a 7.25 ER in four starts.

“Obviously, Erik starts on Thursday,” Hahn said. “After that, we may well make another move next week as we try to accomplish two things with that spot -- first and foremost, get greater production than we’ve been receiving thus far this year.”

“We do have a few internal options.

“If it does get to the point where we’re better off going outside the organization, obviously we’ve never been shy about doing that.”