Wednesday Sept. 8, 2010
Posted: 8:45 a.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
WHITE SOXGreat Falls (Rookie)
The Pioneer League is the only circuit still playing regular-season games but playoff-bound Great Falls sure looked as if it were in post-season mode Tuesday night with a 1-0 victory over Helena at Centene Park.
Mike Blankes RBI single in the bottom of the ninth was just the Voyagers fifth hit of the game. Ross Wilson had led off with a triple and Blanke, a 14th-round pick from the University of Tampa, followed immediately with the grounder to left. It was his 43rd RBI. He finished with a pair of hits and is batting .333 as the season draws to a close.
Jacob Wilson 6-2, despite allowing three hits in his one inning of work, earned the victory. Steve Upchurch started and went six innings, allowing only two hits and striking out four.
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The latest Derrick Rose report says the 28-year-old guard will end up teaming up with LeBron James.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Rose is leaning toward signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Los Angeles Lakers. Discussions have been for a one-year, $2.1 million deal.
The free agent guard is meeting with Cavs officials in Ohio on Monday, according to Woj.
Rose's decision to sign with the Cavs makes more sense than the Lakers, especially after last week's report that Kyrie Irving requested a trade out of Cleveland. A minimum deal for Rose would also be a steal for the Cavs, who are seeking some solid production at a low cost.
In 64 games last season with the New York Knicks, Rose averaged 18 points, his best since the 2011-12 season with the Bulls.
Johnny Oduya is headed to the Eastern Conference.
The 35-year-old defenseman signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Ottawa Senators. The contract could be worth up to $1.25 million with incentives.
Oduya, who the Blackhawks re-acquired prior to the trade deadline last season from the Dallas Stars, finished with two goals and seven assists in 52 games between the two teams.
It comes to no one's surprise that the Blackhawks didn't re-sign the veteran defenseman.
After being swept in the first round of the playoffs last season by the Nashville Predators, Stan Bowman has made it clear the Blackhawks are headed in a different direction, and their offseason has been plenty of busy so far. Headline deals included trading Oduya's linemate Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes for 24-year-old defenseman Connor Murphy and re-acquiring Brandon Saad from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Artemi Panarin.
Oduya heads to a Senators team which got ousted in the Eastern Conference Final in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.