'Disrespected' Marshall passes test against Seahawks secondary

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'Disrespected' Marshall passes test against Seahawks secondary

Brandon Marshall doesn't see much one-on-one coverage these days, but knowing the Seahawks were going to play him straight up, he took the challenge rather personal.

"This game was personal. Any time a team goes one-on-one I take it really personal," Marshall said. "I take it as a sign of disrespect. I'm going to tell you the truth, I wanted to have a big game and also wanted to win. I want to compete and I want to dominate. But those guys played their tail off today and they won and you have to give it to them."

Despite not reaching the endzone, Marshall had one of his best games of the season, catching 10 passes for 165 yards and hauling in a 56-yard pass with under 20 seconds left that helped send the game to overtime.

Marshall saw coverage throughout the afternoon from both of Seattle's starting cornerbacks in Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman and they knew going into the game, Jay Cutler was going to target No. 15 as much as possible.

"Coming into the game we knew Brandon Marshall had 124 targets and the second guy behind him had something like 40 targets," Browner said. "There was a big difference from the first to the second guy. We knew Cutler was going to target him a lot and we did a good job of mixing up our coverages with him."

Sherman, who was credited with five tackles and one pass breakup, explained Seattle's gameplan against Marshall.

"Just another day out there. They tried to move him around, put him in the spots he likes and try to keep him off the press. Same old, same old," Sherman said. "Marshall is going got catch some balls, they're going to target him a lot. We did our best to contain him and I think we did a good job."

In the end, one of the biggest keys to the game were the Seahawks holding Marshall without a touchdown.

"Most definitely Marshall not scoring. There were some plays we let get away from us, but at the same time we made enough plays against him to win the football game," Browner said.

Morning Update: Bulls prep for Game 4; Cubs won; Sox lost

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Morning Update: Bulls prep for Game 4; Cubs won; Sox lost

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Jacob May gets 'Harambe' off his back with first career hit

Jacob May gets 'Harambe' off his back with first career hit

Jacob May gets 'Harambe' off his back with first career hit

Jacob May earned his first career hit on Saturday night when he singled up in the middle against Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, ending an 0-for-26 start to his major league career. That lengthy stretch without a hit put a weight on May's back heavier than a monkey, as the cliché usually goes.

Instead, that weight felt like America's favorite deceased silverback gorilla. 

"It was kind of like having Harambe on my back," May, a Cincinnati native, said. "I was in a chokehold because I couldn't breathe as well. Now that he's gone, hopefully I can have a lot of success and help this team win.

In all seriousness, May felt an extraordinary relief when he reached first base. He said first base coach Daryl Boston looked at him and said, "Finally," when he reached first base, and when he got back to the dugout, he was mobbed by his teammates and hugged by manager Rick Renteria.

Before anyone could congratulate him in the dugout, though, May let out a cathartic scream into his helmet.

"I was just like oh, man, I let loose a little bit," May said. "This locker room, every'one has kind of helped me out and brought me aside, and told me to just relax. It's a tough situation when you are trying to impress instead of going out there and having fun. Just kind of got to release all that tension built up."

May only had the opportunity to hit because left fielder Melky Cabrera injured his left wrist in the top of the seventh inning (X-Rays came back negative and Cabrera said he should be able to play Sunday). May didn't have much time to think about having to pinch hit for Cabrera, who was due to lead off the bottom of the seventh, which Renteria figured worked in his favor.

"When we hit for Melky, I was talking to (bench coach Joe McEwing), I said, 'He's not going to have anytime to think about it. He's going to get into the box and keep it probably as simple as possible,'" Renteria said. "I don't think he even had enough time to put his guard on his shin. He just got a pitch out over the middle of the plate and stayed within himself and just drove it up the middle, which was nice to see. Obviously very excited for him."

When May reached first base, he received a standing ovation from the crowd at Guaranteed Rate Field, too, even with the White Sox well on their way to a 7-0 loss to the Indians. It's a moment May certainly won't forget anytime soon, especially now that he got Harambe off his back.

"I kind of soaked it all in," May said. "It was probably one of the most surreal, best experiences of my life."