Rose takes contact at practice

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Rose takes contact at practice

DEERFIELD, ILL.Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was somewhat dodgy about when it would occur, but before his teams Monday home win over the Lakers, he indicated that Derrick Rose could start to take on more contact at practices.

Could turned into did Tuesday, as the former league MVP took the next step at the Bulls afternoon practice at the Berto Center, according to Thibodeau.

He did a little bit more. Hes taking on some contact. Hes doing fine, Thibodeau explained after the session. "Hes been cleared for more contact, so we went to the next step today.

Its going to be a while. Its the next step in the rehab, he continued. Hes playing more, hes practicing more.

In practice, youre trying to get it as close to a game-like condition as you can, with the understanding that theres nothing like a game. Theres nothing that matches that intensity. We strive to get it there, but its different, so you have to make sure that he can handle this intensity first and then, well go from there.

A person with knowledge of the situation told CSNChicago.com that Rose has been taking on more contact since approximately last week, but in one-on-one sessions and with Bulls staffers, not players, making Tuesday a relatively significant step in the process.

Hes going against his teammates, Thibodeau said. The challenge is where you are in your schedule, but well figure it out.

Teammate Rip Hamilton was cautiously optimistic about Roses progress.

We know its going to take time. We kind of allow Derrick to just do him. It was good to just see him on the floor, moving around, getting a little contact. But with us, we just want him to take his time, the veteran guard said. Once he starts playingwe didnt do a whole lot of contact with him, personallybut its one of those things that when hes out there, he doesnt want you to back off him because he wants to challenge himself. Any opportunity hes on the floor, he wants to challenge himself and see how good he is, so you want to try to make him play some.

Hamilton, however, wouldnt divulge many details, perhaps being cautious of telling more than the secretive Thibodeau would desire.

I mean, you all just talked to Thibs, Hamilton said with a smirk on his face. What did he say?

Derek Holland not satisfied despite strong outing in White Sox loss

Derek Holland not satisfied despite strong outing in White Sox loss

Derek Holland turned in one of his best starts of the season on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the White Sox had nothing to show for it after a 5-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon.

In six innings, Holland allowed four hits, one earned run, and two walks while recording six strikeouts. He was charged with his only run in the seventh, when he allowed a single to Yonder Alonso, who came around to score after Holland had been pulled from the game.

Despite his confidence in the bullpen, which has been one of the White Sox biggest strengths this season, Holland would like to see himself go deeper into the games.

“I should be getting into the 7th and not having 110 pitches,” Holland said. “The bullpen's done a great job of picking us up in the seventh, eighth and ninth. The starters, and really pointing more to myself, we need to...I need to go out there and go longer."

Entering Sunday, three of Holland’s last four starts had been the worst outings of the season – allowing 22 earned runs over those four games. Despite the team’s 5-3 loss, Holland felt his outing was a step in the right direction.

“I felt good about everything out there,” Holland said. “(Omar Narvaez) and I were right on the same page. There were just a couple of things that got away from us. Just one of those things. Defense made the plays for us when they needed to, unfortunately we just didn't come out on top."

Manager Rick Renteria also had high praise for the 30-year-old southpaw, who bounced back from one of his shortest outings of the season.

“I thought Holland, hopefully what's not lost is Holland's outing today was really, really good,” Renteria said. “He kept us in the ballgame. They've got some kids that can swing the bat. They were putting things together. All we were trying to do at the end was minimize any damage they could produce. We weren't able to.”

Honda Road Ahead: Can Cubs slow down Nationals bats?

Honda Road Ahead: Can Cubs slow down Nationals bats?

CSN's David Kaplan and David DeJesus discuss the upcoming matchups in this edition of the Cubs Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

Maybe a four-game series with the N.L. East-leading Washington Nationals will help the Cubs take off. 

It did last year. 

The Cubs swept the Nats early last season, boosting themselves into first place in the National League - a position they wouldn't relinquish. More than a sweep, though, a positive series is vital for a team that continues to hover around .500. 

To do so, Joe Maddon's pitchers must somehow slow the Nationals offense, which has managed to push across more runs than any team in the majors. 

After D.C., the Cubs are off to Cincy for a three-game set with the Reds. 

Watch David Kaplan and David DeJesus preview the upcoming matchups in the video above.