Word on the Street: Players recognize Sox's Ramirez

Word on the Street: Players recognize Sox's Ramirez

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010
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Alexei Ramirez named to The Sporting News A.L. All-Star Team

White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez was named the shortstop on The Sporting News American League All-Star Team. Ramirez hit .282 with 18 home runs, 70 RBI and 29 doubles in 156 games during the 2010 season. Ramirez led all AL shortstops in average, home runs, slugging percentage (.431) and total bases (252).

Ramirez is the third shortstop in White Sox history to be honored by The Sporting News, and the first since Luis Aparicio in 1970. He is the first White Sox player to receive this particular honor since Joe Crede and Jermaine Dye were named to the team in 2006. The All-Stars are voted on by a panel of 326 major-league players, 25 managers and 24 general managers. (chicago.whitesox.mlb.com)

Kopecky playing role on top line to perfection

Primarily on the Blackhawks' third or fourth line last season, Tomas Kopecky is playing his role on a line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa to perfection this season. Kopecky is currently No. 11 in the NHL in scoring (1 goal, 7 assists in 7 games) but his line has been nothing short of dominant, scoring 9 goals and 23 points heading into tonight's game vs. Vancouver.

"I know my job on that line," Kopecky told NHL.com. "I know what I'm supposed to do. I'm supposed to get pucks for them and give them the puck. They're world-class players. All I have to do is skate hard to the net. If we keep sticks on the ice, then good things are going to happen." (blackhawks.nhl.com)

Chicago's current head coachmanager rankings

Two current leading men have won a championship (Ozzie Guillen and Joel Quenneville), yet one tops this list while the other is dead last - behind both Mike Quade and Lovie Smith - who falls where and why? (sbnation.com)

Injured Notre Dame receiver Floyd insists he'll play

Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd missed practice again Wednesday but hopes pain in his ailing right hamstring will alleviate by Saturday and allow him to play against Navy.

"I'm saying right now that I'm going to play," Floyd said following practice. "I don't know how much I'm going to play. But we'll see." (chicagobreakingsports.com)

Redskins' linebacker expected to play Sunday vs. Bears

Washington linebacker Rocky McIntosh is expected to return to the Redskins starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Bears. The five-year veteran missed last Sunday's loss to Indianapolis after suffering a concussion one week earlier against Green Bay. Before last Sunday's game, McIntosh was leading the team in tackles. (washingtonpost.com)

Ex-White Sox Jesse Crain hosting charity event featuring Paul Konerko, George Brett

Ex-White Sox Jesse Crain hosting charity event featuring Paul Konerko, George Brett

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ex-White Sox pitcher Jesse Crain is hosting a local charity golfing event featuring Paul Konerko, Matt Thornton and Hall of Famer George Brett among others.

Crain, who pitched for the White Sox for three seasons and was an All-Star in 2013, and his wife, Becky, recently created the Crain Family Foundation to benefit children. 

The couple is hosting the Swing into Spring event at Top Golf in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Monday night, which is designed to benefit the Tandem Resource Center, Arizona RBI Baseball and Autism Speaks. Crain expects between 25-30 current and former players will participate in the event, which is open to the public.

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"Me and my wife had wanted to start a foundation for a long time with the platform that we'd give back to kids any way possible," Crain said. "We just want to be able to help kids in whatever capacity, whether through medical, hardships or whatever it may be."

Crain, who was at Camelback Ranch on Wednesday, said planning for the event began in October. Though he had wanted to begin a foundation during his playing career, Crain said after planning the event he knows he wouldn't have had the appropriate amount of time while he was an active player.

Among those scheduled to attend are Cody Ross, David Aardsma, Jonny Gomes, Nick Punto, JJ Putz, Brandon Webb, Justin Morneau, Matt Lindstrom, Scott Feldman, Nate Jones, Mark Melancon, Denard Span and Chad Qualls. Crain also hopes to convince a few more current White Sox players. He said reservations for the event or donations can be made through Crainfamilyfoundation.org.

Todd Frazier out with left oblique strain

Todd Frazier out with left oblique strain

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier has been sidelined with what he's describing as a left oblique strain.  

Frazier — who produced a career high 40 home runs and 98 RBIs last season — said he injured himself swinging on Monday. White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Frazier is day-to-day and the club would take advantage of the extra time on the spring training calendar this season.
 
The veteran also said he expects to be cautious with the injury and thorough.

"Just felt a little tightness in my left side," Frazier said. "That's what spring training is for, you've got to just be careful. (Athletic trainer Herm Schneider has) been working with me the past day and a half. I don't feel like it's anything that serious, but we have so much time. Let's take a break, take a few days off and hopefully it keeps getting better and better.

"It's something I've dealt with before. But at the same time, from what I've heard they're not anything to mess with. So let's take a couple days and see how it is after a couple days and go from there."

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The White Sox begin their exhibition season on Saturday with a contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the team's regular season opener isn't for another 5 1/2 weeks, which should give Frazier ample time to rest, rehab and prepare. The White Sox open the 2017 campaign at home on April 3 against the Detroit Tigers. 

"He's been working good," Renteria said. "I just saw him, he's smiling. He's day to day and we'll re-evaluate and see where he's at.

"We'll back him up. We're taking it day to day. We'll see where he's at before I can determine how far back we can push him back."