Hinrich improving, hopes to play in Monday's game

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Hinrich improving, hopes to play in Monday's game

Kirk Hinrich will travel to Memphis with the Bulls after their practice Sunday afternoon at the Berto Center and hopes to play in their game Monday night against the Grizzlies, he told CSNChicago.com following the Bulls Saturday night win over the Nets at the United Center.

I hope to play Monday, for sure, Hinrich, who has missed two consecutive games with a bruised left knee, told CSNChicago.com. I dont anticipate it being too much longer. All signs are its improving and Im just anxious to get back out there. Were playing really well right now.

The knees been my main issue, continued the point guard, who has had five separate ailmentsinjuries to his thumb, groin, hip and elbow, in addition to his latest setbacksince the preseason began. I saw the doctor, did some stuff to really help with me getting treatment. Just hope to be ready to go.

Hinrich attempted to participate in Saturday mornings walk-through, but was ruled out of the evenings contest.

The veteran praised rookie Marquis Teague, who has received significant playing time in his recent absence, for his poised play.

Hes doing a great job. Hes very talented, Hinrich said. Hes doing a good job of just being solid and making good plays. Hes defending very well.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: How do Friday's blockbuster deals impact the Blackhawks going forward

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: How do Friday's blockbuster deals impact the Blackhawks going forward

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Tracey Myers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the Blackhawks' blockbuster deals involving Niklas Hjalmarsson being dealt to Arizona and re-acquiring Brandon Saad from Columbus in exchange for Artemi Panarin.

They also discuss what it means for the team going forward, and whether it's a precursor to bigger deals to come.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below.

Adam Engel making the most of his opportunity with White Sox

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Adam Engel making the most of his opportunity with White Sox

Adam Engel is making the most of his second opportunity with the White Sox.

Engel had his best game of the season in Thursday’s finale against the Minnesota Twins, where he went 4-for-5 with three singles, a double, and two RBIs in the White Sox 9-0 win. He became the first White Sox outfielder with a four-hit game within their first 11 career MLB games since Harold Baines (10th game) on April 20, 1980, according to CSN stats guru Chris Kamka.

"Some days you hit it, some days you don’t," Engel said. "Yesterday was the day that I hit it.”

After nearly a five-hour rain delay, the White Sox came out hot right from the get-go on Thursday. In fact, by the time Engel was ready to bat for the first time, the White Sox were already leading 4-0 and Twins starter Nik Turley had been yanked from the game.

“It was awesome,” Engel. “(The) team is winning, getting some hits. It’s a great feeling. Obviously the goal is to try and help the team win.”

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Engel made his major league debut on May 27 and then was optioned back to Triple-A Charlotte on June 9. His wife Jaime had a child on June 12, and almost a week later, he was recalled again by the White Sox to replace an injured Leury Garcia.

Engel, who's hitting .344/.382/.406 entering Friday's game, will look to keep his hot streak going with his wife and newborn in attendance.