Cora, Sandberg to interview for Jays' opening?

Cora, Sandberg to interview for Jays' opening?

Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010
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Sandberg, Cora 'to be interviewed' for Blue Jays

Ryne Sandberg and Joey Cora are among those "to be interviewed" for the Blue Jays' managing vacancy, according to the Toronto Sun.

Sandberg, the Cubs' Triple-A manager, also is a finalist' for the Cubs' opening, and Cora, third base coach for the White Sox, has interviewed for several openings in recent years.

Citing sources and telephone calls with candidates, the paper listed 14 candidates who already have gone through an interview process, although it is not known how formal some of those talks were. Among those names is Don Baylor, the former Cubs manager and recently freed as hitting coach by the Rockies.

Seven names are on the "to be interviewed" list, including Sandberg and Cora, as well as Tampa Bay bench coach Davey Martinez, the former Cub, (ChicagoBreakingSports).

Ted Lilly re-signs with Dodgers

Former Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly has agreed to terms on a new contract with the Dodgers, according to a baseball source. Lilly went 7-4 with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts with the Dodgers after the Cubs traded him to Los Angeles on the July 31 trade deadline. (latimes.com)
Jordan: I could have scored 100 points"

USA Todays Game Hunters blog focused on Michael Jordan being featured in the NBA 2K11 video game.

During the interview, Jordan was asked how the game has changed since his playing days and said, It's less physical and the rules have changed, obviously. Based on these rules, if I had to play with my style of play, I'm pretty sure I would have fouled out or I would have been at the free throw line pretty often and I could have scored 100 points, (USA Today).

Possibility for Cubs to make managerial announcement before World Series

The Cubs are about to approach three months since Lou Piniella first announced his retirement and general manager Jim Hendry is under no obligation to wait until Joe Girardis season is over. According to CSNChicago.coms Patrick Mooney, it is a possibility that the Cubs will make an announcement before the World Series, (CSNChicago.com).
U.S. withdraws from 2018 World Cup bid

The United States has withdrawn its bid to host the 2018 World Cup and will focus entirely on the bid for the 2022 tournament, the country's bid committee said on Friday.

"For some time we have been in conversations with FIFA and UEFA about the possibility of focusing only on the 2022 bidding process, an option we have made reference to many times," said Sunil Gulati, Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. "We are confident this is in the best interests of the USA Bid," he said, (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Carmelo deal waiting until December?

Talk of a rumored deal for Carmelo Anthony has certainly died down from the roar it was at just before training camp started but that doesn't mean the folks in the Denver Nuggets front office aren't interested in making it happen.

A league source tells Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears that Denver "could eventually revive the (Derrick) Favors talks, but, for now, they prefer to shop for a better offer."

Spears notes that the team is likely to wait to make any kind of deal with Anthony till after December 15. At that point, free agents that signed this summer are eligible to be traded, (Scoop Du Jour, Yahoo! Sports).

Former Blue Demon, NBA veteran joins staff

Former Blue Demon and NBA veteran Kevin Edwards joins the DePaul men's basketball staff as the program's director of community, corporate and professional relations. Edwards played two seasons for the Blue Demons from 1986-88 before an 11-year NBA career. In his new role with the program, Edwards will work as a liaison to members of the university community and Chicago's corporate community while also handling the program's relationships with professional basketball franchises in the United States and overseas. (depaulbluedemons.com)

Three more hits for Leury Garcia as White Sox pound Royals

Three more hits for Leury Garcia as White Sox pound Royals

When a role player finally gets an opportunity in Rick Renteria's rotation, it's usually for two or three games. The idea is to give said player an opportunity to find a rhythm before they might head back to the bench for a few days.

So far this season, Leury Garcia has found this method favorable.

The centerfielder/utility man posted his second consecutive three-hit night game and drove in two runs on Tuesday night as the White Sox pounded the Kansas City Royals 10-5 in front of 14,591 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Garcia said he appreciates knowing he's likely to appear in two straight games if he's penciled in for a first. Todd Frazier also drove in three runs for the White Sox, who scored double-digit runs in consecutive games for the first time since May 26-27, 2012 to improve to 10-9.

"That's something that makes you get into rhythm," Garcia said. "It's not the same when you get to play just once a week or twice a week. When you're playing every day you have your routine and your swing and your approach."

Though a familiar face, Garcia — who was acquired in the Aug. 9, 2013 deal that sent Alex Rios and $1 million to the Texas Rangers — is on pace to play more this April than he ever has before. With four more plate appearances on Tuesday, Garcia has 46 this month, just four shy of the 50 he accrued last September. September 2013 when he netted 45 trips to the plate is the only other time in Garcia's career where he's received at least 40 plate appearances in a month.

But Garcia has found ample time this month with Peter Bourjos traded, Charlie Tilson injured and Jacob May struggling. Much like Matt Davidson, Garcia has capitalized on his chances.

On Tuesday his two-out RBI single in the second inning off Danny Duffy tied the score at 1. Three innings later, Garcia's two-out RBI double put the White Sox ahead for good. He also added an infield single in the sixth inning for good measure and finished 3-for-4.

A career .462 OPS hitter before this season, Garcia is slashing .318/.348/.500 in 46 plate appearances this season. 

"He was playing one day and then playing after five days (before)," teammate Avisail Garcia said. "Now he's playing every day and he's doing good. He's a good player and he can hit the ball and play good defense.

"It's huge (to play consecutively)."

A big factor for Leury Garcia's early success is his reduced strikeout rate. He's at 8.7 percent this season (four in 46 tries), down from 30.8 percent for his career. 

"He's just starting to manage his swing," manager Rick Renteria said. "He's learning how to approach at-bats, he's not just flailing at balls, I think it's a little bit more in control. He's still an aggressive swinger but I think he's trying to manage making contact. 

"He's capable of doing quite a few things and it's just coming together."

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Leury Garcia's second straight great game helped the White Sox break out against a lifeless Kansas City club. Tim Anderson followed Leury Garcia's double in the fourth with an RBI single off Duffy to make it 4-2.  

Frazier, who had two doubles and three RBIs, doubled in a run in the fifth and Yolmer Sanchez tripled him in. 

Duffy allowed six earned runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez, who had two hits and a walk, singled in a pair off reliever Chris Young in the seventh as the White Sox pulled away. Frazier and Avisail Garcia, who finished 3-for-5, doubled in runs with two outs in the eighth. 

But afterward Leury Garcia received praise from every corner of the clubhouse. Renteria and Frazier singled out his performance and Sanchez sat in on his postgame media session. 

"I've been taking advantage of that rotation because you as a player, you want to play," Garcia said. "But at the same time you have to realize there's another 24 teammates that also deserve to play to. You have to be prepared to take advantage of that opportunity. 

"For me I've been great because I've been able to perform and I feel good."

White Sox Talk Podcast: How soon could White Sox promote Yoan Moncada

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White Sox Talk Podcast: How soon could White Sox promote Yoan Moncada

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk podcast, Ryan McGuffey and Rob Wiatrowski are joined by CSNChicago.com's Dan Hayes to discuss his recent weekend visiting all four White Sox minor league affiliates. 

The panel discusses the players that jumped out to Hayes and when may be the earliest Yoan Moncada gets the call to the Big Leagues. 

Later, Matt Davidson's story makes quite the read and why the Orioles giving up on Miguel Gonzalez has benefitted the Sox. 

Listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast below.