Word on the Street: Sox open to offers for Buehrle?

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Word on the Street: Sox open to offers for Buehrle?

Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010
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Metrodome roof collapses; Bears-Vikings game in jeopardy?

The inflatable roof at the Metrodome collapsed after a winter storm dumped 17 inches of snow accompanied by wind gusts of 30 mph on Saturday. The Vikings-Giants game that was originally scheduled to be played there on Sunday has been moved to Monday night in Detroit. Roy Terwillinger, chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facility says that he is confident that the roof can be repaired in time for next week's Bears-Vikings game scheduled to take place at the Metrodome. That gives crews eight days to repair three panels and re-inflate the roof.

Sox listening to offers for Buehrle?

The Boston Globe is reporting that the White Sox will listen to offers for ace Mark Buehrle, who is entering the final year of his contract with the Sox. Buehrle has 10-5 protection, however if he should waive those rights it is possible that teams may try to work out a long-term deal for him in conjunction with a trade. (Boston Globe)

Rodgers suffers concussion

The Packers suffered yet another devastating injury on Sunday as QB Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of the game in the second quarter after suffering his second concussion of the season. Rodgers was 7 of 11 for 46 yards prior to leaving the game. After his loss, the Packers faltered and fell by a final of 7-3 to the Detroit Lions. The victory was only the Lions third on the season.

Rodgers first concussion occurred in an overtime loss to Washington in October. He was able to play the following week. (Chicago Tribune)

Anthony wants to go to New York

There has been yet another twist in the Carmello Anthony saga. The Nuggets star is now reportedly saying he will only sign a long-term extension if he is traded to the New York Knicks. Anthony also said that he does not think the Nuggets will trade him anywhere where he would not accept an extension. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Nationals targeting Lee

Former Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee is reportedly being targeted by the Washington Nationals for their first base vacancy. Lee would provide strong defense and clubhouse leadership to the squad. Aside from Lee, the Nationals are also said to be in the running for Adam LaRoche.

"We will explore both options, so it expands our pool a little bit more," Nats GM Mike Rizzo said. "I don't ever want to feel rushed to do a deal. I think when you feel rushed to do a deal, you make a deal that you may not have wanted to do. So we are going to look at our options. We feel there are still good options out there, and we will see where they take us." (MLB.com)

Preview: Jose Quintana, White Sox look to win sixth straight game on CSN

Preview: Jose Quintana, White Sox look to win sixth straight game on CSN

The White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals on Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21 ERA) vs. Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02 ERA)

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Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier reached the 40-home run plateau on Wednesday night and now his eyes are trained on 100 RBIs.

Frazier’s seventh-inning solo home run not only extended his hitting streak to 12 games, it provided the game’s only offense in a 1-0 White Sox victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of 12,976 at U.S. Cellular Field. Frazier became only the seventh player in franchise history to hit 40 homers in a season with his 394-foot drive off Rays pitcher Eddie Gamboa. The blast offered Miguel Gonzalez and David Robertson just enough support as they combined on a three-hit shutout. Robertson recorded his 37th save in 44 tries.

“It’s a big deal any time a guy rounds off that number,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s always a big deal for you. He’s been wanting to get there for a while. I don’t know if you guys know, but he’s been talking about it for a while. I know I’ve heard it a lot. He’s been aiming for that. He wants to get 40 and 100 and especially if it counts like it did tonight and gets a guy a win.”

Frazier entered the game hitting .305/.374/.568 with six homers and 14 RBIs in September, easily his best month of the season. His homer came on a cold, windy night in which offense was at a premium.

The game was delayed for 21 minutes by rain, which continued through the first inning. The rains came again in the bottom of the third inning and delayed the contest for another 76 minutes.

Tampa’s third pitcher of the night, Gamboa’s 76-mph knuckleball caught too much of the plate and Frazier planted it about eight rows beyond the left-field bullpen with two outs in the seventh.

“Not many people have hit 40 home runs in a year so it’s a good feat to have,” Frazier said.

“It’s a great feat to have. I had a bunch of people text me ‘It’s coming. Today is the day.’ It wasn’t that much pressure. It was just a matter of knowing that it’s there and I’m glad to get it over with and now it’s on to another goal of mine.”

Frazier has never driven in 100 runs in a season. His 98 RBIs this season are nine more than his previous career high of 89 that he set in 2015.

Gonzalez hadn’t pitched into the ninth inning since he threw a four-hit shutout on Sept. 3, 2014. To get there he had to stay loose and sharp throughout the second delay of the night. Gonzalez threw twice during the delay, a total of 25 pitches in the indoor cage, and stretched to stay loose.

But being his final start, Gonzalez wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. He returned after the delay and was remarkable. He had stretches where he retired eight in a row in the middle and nine straight into the ninth before he yielded a one-out single to Logan Forsythe.

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He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out five. Gonzalez threw strikes on 71 of 102 pitches.

Robertson took over and needed only one pitch to record the save as Kevin Kiermaier grounded into a game-ending double play.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been out there for the ninth inning,” Gonzalez said. “It took me two years to get there, but they were swinging early. I made some good pitches early on. Got some quick outs, that’s what you got me to the ninth inning.

“Staying loose was really the most important thing for it.

“I was mentally prepared. Obviously you can’t get away with it. It was my last start. I was going out no matter what and didn’t give in and the results were there.”