Word on the Street: Cora to interview for Brewers job

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Word on the Street: Cora to interview for Brewers job

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010
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Cora to interview for Brewers job

White Sox bench coach Joey Cora will interview for the Brewers' vacant managerial position.

Cora is part of a larger group of candidates to replace the fired Ken Macha. Fox Sports reported that the Brewers have already interviewed Tim Wallach, manager of the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate, and former Indians manager Eric Wedge.

Cora has yet to manage in the major leagues but has been a coach under Ozzie Guillen dating back to 2003. (The Sporting News)

Butkus 'offended' by Musburger's comments on steroids

Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus told the Chicago Tribune he "personally was offended" by recent comments made by sportscaster Brent Musburger. Musburger told a college journalism class at the University of Montana that medically monitored steroid use by professional athletes should be allowed. Butkus took major exception to Musburger's viewpoint.

"The problem with the whole thing ... he's just uninformed," Butkus told the Tribune on Wednesday. "When Brent says something, a lot of people listen. And, unfortunately, in this case, a lot of young people are watching him and listening to him. When he makes a statement that if the pros get a prescription, he doesn't see a problem with it ... so now the kids are going to be thinking, 'Well, if the pros can do it, I can do it. What's the big deal?' And the problem with getting the prescription ... I'd like to see the doctors who give those prescriptions because it's totally illegal." (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Dorsey suspended for actions during preseason game vs. Bulls

Toronto Raptors forward Joey Dorsey was suspended one game by the NBA for swinging his arm at the head of Bulls forward Brian Scalabrine on Tuesday night. Dorsey will serve his suspension in the first game of the regular season for Toronto, which will be at home against the New York Knicks on Oct. 27. (tsn.ca)

Williams knows losing Hahn will hurt

One day after assistant general manager Rick Hahn interviewed for the Mets GM job, White Sox GM Kenny Williams discussed the possibility of losing his valued assistant.

"I know I'm gonna lose him, and it's gonna be a heavy blow," Williams said.

Williams said Hahn is ready to run a team.

"Nothing is going to surprise him," Williams said. "He's handled the pressure of this market, and I've leaned on him a lot. I don't think he could be any more prepared to take the next step." (nypost.com)

Predators still struggle with playoff loss to Blackhawks

A Stanley Cup erases bad memories for those getting their names engraved, but the eventual champions claim casualties along the way. The first Blackhawks victim of the playoffs was Wednesday night's opponent - the Nashville Predators - who were just 13.6 seconds away from eliminating the favored Hawks before Patrick Kane scored to force overtime and Marian Hossa scored the game-winner to change momentum in the series.

Now almost six months later and in a new season, the loss still weighs heavily on the Predators.

"It was bad luck against us," Nashville forward Steve Sullivan said. "It (stunk) that they scored to tie the hockey game, but that we have to learn that there was still an opportunity for us to win the hockey game, and we didn't take advantage of that." (tennessean.com)

White Sox win the DL Crown

The White Sox spent 27 days in first place, eventually finished with 88 wins for a second place finish in the American League Central division. But they can lay claim to one championship: the DL Crown.

A recent study by Fangraphs indicates White Sox players spent the fewest number of days on the disabled list and tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks as having reported the fewest trips to the DL. (sbnation.com)

Favre's consecutive game streak could end

Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre suggested on Wednesday that he would consider sitting out a start - something he hasn't done since 1992 - if his arm pain continues to linger. Favre has been dealing with tendinitis in his throwing arm and was holding it at several points in Monday's loss to the New York Jets.

"You're not going to make every throw but I would have made some of those throws," Favre said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "From that standpoint, I don't want to play just to play." (usatoday.com)

Jenn Sterger cancels Chicago appearance

Jenn Sterger, the sports television personality at the center of a scandal surrounding Brett Favre's inappropriate text messages has decided to stay out of the public spotlight for a while. After agreeing to host a party at Chicago's Bull & Bear on Saturday, Sterger announced she will no longer be attending. (guyism.com)

Tyler Saladino, Jose Abreu homer as White Sox tie Padres in Arizona finale

Tyler Saladino, Jose Abreu homer as White Sox tie Padres in Arizona finale

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tyler Saladino hit leadoff on Wednesday, finishing with a home run and a single.

Saladino's first-inning drive was one of eight combined homers hit between the White Sox and San Diego Padres, who finished in a 9-all tie at Camelback Ranch. Before the game, White Sox manager Rick Renteria said that Saladino, who finished 2-for-2, would see most of his playing time at second base.

"He's been developing and continuing to grow every single season," Renteria said. "The flexibility that he brings allows him to be in the lineup over an extended period of time. But we want to make sure we take care of him as we want to do with everybody else, kind of keep them all fresh as much as we can.

"He's developed into a pretty good major league baseball player."

Jose Abreu, Nick Delmonico and Jake Peter all homered for the White Sox. Delmonico led the White Sox with five homers this spring. Abreu went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs.

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Rule 5 pitcher Dylan Covey, who appears primed to make the Opening Day roster, allowed two earned runs in his lone inning pitched. Covey then headed to the bullpen and threw additional pitches there as the White Sox continue to build up his arm strength.

Veteran Anthony Swarzak allowed a run and struck out two in two innings. Reliever Dan Jennings allowed five runs (four earned) and four hits in 1/3 innings.

First-rounder Zack Collins drew a pair of walks in his only plate appearances and scored a run.

The White Sox ended the spring with a 16-15-2 record.

White Sox pitching staff nearly complete with prospect Zack Burdi headed to Triple-A

White Sox pitching staff nearly complete with prospect Zack Burdi headed to Triple-A

GLENDALE, Ariz. — With Zack Burdi headed for the minors, the White Sox 12-man pitching staff is all but set.

The Opening Day roster won't be finalized until Sunday and the White Sox hypothetically could find an attractive candidate to claim off the waiver wire over the weekend. But barring that, it looks as if veteran Anthony Swarzak and second-year reliever Michael Ynoa have made the team after Burdi said Wednesday morning that he'd start the season at Triple-A Charlotte. 

The No. 7 prospect in the organization, according to MLBPipeline.com, Burdi finished the spring with a 6.75 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 12 innings. Burdi finished his Cactus League on a high note with three strikeouts over an inning on Tuesday, including one of Kansas City four-time All-Star catcher Salvador Perez. 

"Man, it's been crazy," Burdi said. "Coming in and being the young guy in the locker room and then just progressing and showing a little bit more (comfort) around the guys and the veterans and then just being able to pick their brains and go out every day and try to progress. You get to the innings and you are facing guys you've watched your last 10 years of your life. It has been crazy and definitely something I won't forget."

Burdi lasted the longest this spring out of the cache of highly-touted prospects the White Sox brought to big league camp. Prior to escaping a first-and-third, one-out jam Tuesday, Burdi looked like he would allow a run in a third straight game after a hot start to camp (he only allowed a run in one of his first 10 appearances). But Burdi battled back and struck out Perez on three pitches, one of two straight strikeouts to strand both runners.

Pitching coach Don Cooper has been impressed by Burdi throughout the spring. But he also wants to see the Louisville product continue to work on command in the minors.

"You can't not see his stuff," Cooper said. "Everybody gets excited when you see 99, 100, 101. But whether you throw it 101 or 83 like [Mark] Buehrle you have to throw it to the glove with command, change speeds and all that stuff. But he's a big part of our future going forward. He's one of the names."

Burdi said he plans to operate like he has already spring and not pay attention to any of the hype. Though he'd like to play in the majors, Burdi is excited to play alongside the likes of Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Carson Fulmer in Charlotte.

"Once you get a feel for all this stuff and you feel how cool it is to be in the locker room with all these guys and play with them, of course you want to get back up here," Burdi said. "But at the same time, a lot of my really good friends are on Charlotte and I couldn't be more excited to go down there and play with them and make the most of the season down there."