Word on the Street: Ozzie's job in jeopardy?

Word on the Street: Ozzie's job in jeopardy?

Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011
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Ozzie's job in jeopardy?

In the past year and a half, the Chicago White Sox have made a flurry of moves to improve their roster--adding Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy, Alex Rios and Edwin Jackson and retaining the services of clubhouse leaders Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski. But, according to the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers, it's the move they didn't make that is really saying a lot.

The White Sox have not extended the contract of manager Ozzie Guillen, putting him in a position, as Rogers says, is win or go home. Meaning if the Sox don't win the AL Central next year, at the very least, Ozzie could be just yet another former Chicago manager. (Chicago Tribune)

Bears playoff game set

The NFL playoff schedules are out and the Bears are officially playing Sunday, Jan. 16 at Noon. They will host either Philadelphia, New Orleans or the winner of the St. LouisSeattle game, depending on how next week's slate of games winds up. Since the Atlanta Falcons have locked up the No. 1 seed, they will face the lowest seed remaining in two weeks. (NFL.com)

Toews could return Monday

When Jonathan Toews first went down with injury on Tuesday, everybody feared the worst. The Blackhawks captain was said to miss at least two weeks, but now everything has changed.

CSNChicago.com's Tracey Myers is reporting that Toews may very well play Monday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

He obviously means a lot to us in a lot of ways and plays in a lot of situations, head coach Joel Quenneville said prior to the Blackhawks game against Anaheim. Were excited about the chance of getting him back. Hes very tough, very competitive. (CSNChicago.com)

Two more added to Bulls' potential trade targets

There has been much talk about the Bulls possibly adding some outside help at shooting guard before the NBA trade deadline, but now Chicago is reportedly throwing small forwards in the mix as well.

Dorell Wright, a SF for the Golden State Warriors, and Omri Casspi from the Sacremento Kings both fit the perimeter shooting the Bulls are interested in.

Wright, who is shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc this season, is a talented defender and athlete and should be a better fit for the Bulls than O.J. Mayo or J.R. Smith, who both demand the ball a lot more.

Casspi, on the other hand, is also shooting 40 percent from the floor and is only earning 1.25 million this season. (Chicago Now blog, True Hoop blog)
Forte cracks 1,000 yard mark

Matt Forte, the multi-dimensional running back for the playoff Chicago Bears, cracked the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the second time in his three-year career. Forte needed only 22 yards in the season's final game in Green Bay, which he got on his third carry of the game. (ESPN)

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

The White Sox are back in action in spring training as they square off against the San Diego Padres. Coverage begins this afternoon at 2 p.m. on CSN!

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White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.