Word on the Street: Quentin on the trade block?

Word on the Street: Quentin on the trade block?

Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
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Quentin on the trade block?

Amidst a flurry of moves, the White Sox are looking to continue their busy offseason by actively searching for takers for the services of veteran outfielder Carlos Quentin.

After signing Adam Dunn and re-signing team leaders Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski, the Sox are now searching for at least one reliever and dangling Quentin as trade bait. Philadelphia is said to be interested, but right now, the Sox are asking for too much according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. (MLBTradeRumors.com)

Pujols to the Cubs?

Maybe it's not as crazy as it seems. Kevin Baumer of Business Insider's Sports Page believes Albert Pujols signing with the Chicago Cubs is not out of the realm of possibility. If Pujols doesn't sign an extension, his contract will expire after the '11 season and in free agency, Baumer feels the Cubs have the best chance of throwing the most money at him. As he says, a lot of the big market teams (Boston, Yankees, White Sox, Phillies) each have extremely expensive options at first base locked in for a couple of years at least, which leaves the Cubs as one of the best suitors to give the superstar "Alex Rodriguez money". (BusinessInsider.com)
Buehrle a hero

Veteran White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle has agreed to pay all the veterinary costs for a dog found with an arrow through its abdomen Thursday in Alton, Ill. The dog's owners were tracked down, but they had no way of paying off the estimated 2,400 in veterinary bills. Buehrle, being the big dog lover that he is, caught wind of it and agreed to pay all expenses. (Riverfront Times)

Patriots without big tackler Sunday

The New England Patriots are already going to be playing the Chicago Bears in frigid and snowy conditions Sunday, conditions conducive for running the football. But, now they are going to have to try to defend one of the NFL's hottest teams without one of their leading tacklers.

Linebacker Brandon Spikes has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Spikes, a rookie, is the Patriots' second-leading tackler. (Chicago Tribune)

Crawford closing in on record

Blackhawks fans know goaltender Corey Crawford has been on a hot streak lately, but just how hot is almost shocking. The 25-year-old rookie has won seven consecutive decisions and one more would tie him with Denis DeJordy for the Blackhawks' longest win streak for a rookie goalie.

Crawford gets the start Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks. CSN's coverage begins at 9:30. (CSNChicago.com)

Lions end fined for hit on Cutler

Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril was fined 15,000 for his roughing the passer penalty on Jay Cutler in the Bears' win over the Lions on Sunday. (Chicago Tribune)

White Sox crush four homers to support Jose Quintana in win over Mariners

White Sox crush four homers to support Jose Quintana in win over Mariners

Fireworks Night started early for the White Sox on Saturday night.

The White Sox homered four times to support Jose Quintana in their 9-3 win over the Seattle Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field in front of 27,318 fans. Quintana, who set a career high in season wins last week, notched his 11th victory of the season.

"This year is special for me," Quintana said. "Now we have momentum. (We have to) try to keep (it) going to get more for my team. It’s really good. I’m trying to do my job."

Quintana was on point again right from the get-go. After allowing a double to the first batter of the game, the 27-year-old southpaw retired the next 11 batters.

Quintana pitched 7.2 innings with eight strikeouts and two runs on five hits and a walk. He lowered his ERA to 2.77 on the year.

"He's pretty consistent," said manager Robin Ventura. "I think that's the biggest thing for him. Mentality wise and just focus, just his attitude and everything that goes with him is pretty consistent. You're never going to really tell what's going on with him on the game.

"He's had so many games that were close or tied or even behind that he never changes. I think that's what endears him to a lot of guys. He's consistent."

While Quintana has been consistent all year, the offense hasn't been. But on Saturday, the team gave their starter a healthy dose of run support.

"What was really impressive was the offense tonight was really good for us and for me," Quintana said. "It’s fun when you’re throwing when a lot of runs are scored."

The Mariners opened up the scoring with a sac fly from Robinson Cano in the first. But the White Sox answered back right away.

Melky Cabrera drove in Tim Anderson, who tripled in the previous at-bat, with a sac fly. The next batter, Jose Abreu, crushed his 18th homer of the year to put the White Sox in front. Cabrera was the only White Sox who didn’t record a hit in the game.

The White Sox offense began to heat up in the fourth after a quiet second and third from both sides.

After the first two batters of the inning were retired, the next four White Sox got on. It cleared the path for Tyler Saladino’s RBI single, which put the Sox up 3-1. Saladino finished the night with one homer and three RBI.

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The White Sox added four more in the fifth inning.

The scoring started with an RBI triple from Justin Morneau — the team’s second three-bagger of the night.

Back-to-back homers from Avisail Garcia and Alex Avila made it 7-1. It was the fifth time the White Sox hit two consecutive homers this season.

"I think Q's probably the happiest guy of anybody. He was great," Ventura said. "Any time you swing the bat as well as we did tonight and you get some add ons with the homers, you like seeing that kind of offense and you like seeing balls over the fence.

"Guys had a good night of just being patient and being able to cash in."

The Mariners added a run in the sixth from an RBI single by Guillermo Heredia and a sac-fly Franklin Gutierrez in the ninth.

Avila went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and walk in his first game since July 5.

Garcia, who had five extra base hits in June and July, had three on Friday night.

Preview: Cubs-Dodgers Sunday on CSN

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Preview: Cubs-Dodgers Sunday on CSN

The Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 2:30 p.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.

CSN will also carry the live audio call of Los Angeles Dodgers broadcasting legend Vin Scully during Sunday's game as the SportsNet LA audio feed will be featured during the third inning.

Sunday’s starting pitching matchup: Jon Lester vs. Kenta Maeda

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Defensive mistakes, red card cost Fire in ugly loss at D.C.

Defensive mistakes, red card cost Fire in ugly loss at D.C.

RFK Stadium hosted one of the stranger games of the Chicago Fire’s season on Saturday.

It also may end up being a killer blow to the Fire’s playoff hopes.

The Fire lost 6-2 to the host D.C. United, falling nine points out of the playoffs with nine matches remaining.

Patrick Mullins had a hat trick and former Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko played a role in three of D.C.’s goals. The six goals were the most the Fire have allowed this season.

Fire midfielder Khaly Thiam received a red card in the 34th minute in a match-changing moment. Thiam fouled Nyarko then argued with the ref and dropped the ball on Nyarko’s face while Nyarko was still on the ground.

Nyarko keyed the opening goal in the 25th minute with a backheel in the box to Marcelo, whose low cross was finished off by Mullins.

Michael de Leeuw answered for the Fire (5-12-8, 23 points) by tucking away a big rebound from goalkeeper Bill Hamid after Matt Polster hit a half-volley at Hamid. The relief was short-lived for the Fire because Thiam was sent off a few minutes later.

Nyarko set up Mullins for a goal in the 40th minute and then Luciano Acosta did the same for Mullins in first half added time to make it 3-1 D.C. (7-8-11, 32 points). Razvan Cocis got the Fire back within one on the final kick of the half with a long shot that took a big deflection, lofting the ball perfectly over Hamid and into the net.

However, Nyarko quickly restored D.C.’s two-goal lead out of halftime with a goal in the 51st minute. Mullins finished off his hat trick in the 76th minute and Nick DeLeon finished the scoring in the 89th.

David Accam, who was favoring and icing his left leg after Wednesday’s draw with LA, did not start the match. He subbed on at halftime. He and David Arshakyan, who made his Fire debut off the bench, will both leave for international duty and miss next weekend’s match against Philadelphia.