Bulls' Noah game-time decision vs. Timberwolves

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Bulls' Noah game-time decision vs. Timberwolves

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Posted: 12:14 p.m.
By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com

MINNEAPOLISAfter tweaking his right ankle in Mondays home loss to the 76ers, Bulls center Joakim Noah is a game-time decision for Wednesdays road matchup with the Timberwolves

Im just trying to take care of this ankle, said Noah after Wednesday mornings Bulls shootaround at the Target Center. Ill see how I feel tonight. Im just trying to push it tonight and see if I can push it through.

It feels better than yesterday.

Noah, who practiced Tuesday afternoon at the Berto Center, prior to the Bulls departing for Minnesota, didnt participate in Wednesdays shootaround, instead sitting on the sidelines with his ankle wrapped.

The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of the Philly game, explained Noah, who is coming off two consecutive double-doubles. I was trying to push through it at Tuesdays practice.

If Noah cant play, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said veteran Kurt Thomas would start in his place.

Actually, the swelling is down and we thought the rest would be better this morning, said Thibodeau. Hell warm up tonight and well where we are once he warms up.

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Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here