Te'o Notre Dame's lone first-team rep on AP All-American team


Te'o Notre Dame's lone first-team rep on AP All-American team

Manti Te'o earned first team AP All-American honors Wednesday, and is the only Notre Dame player on the publication's first team.

Stephon Tuitt, who was a CBS All-American as a defensive tackle (he plays defensive end) and an ESPN All American at his natural position, was beat out by Florida State's Bjoern Werner for the second AP first-team defensive end honor. South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney is an across-the-board All American at the other defensive end slot.

Tyler Eifert was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, with Stanford's Zach Ertz garnering top honors. Braxston Cave was also named a third-team center to round out Notre Dame's representatives.

Alabama leads the pack with four representatives on the first team: guard Chance Warmack, center Barrett Jones, linebacker C.J. Mosley and cornerback Dee Milliner. Tackle D.J. Fluker is a second team rep and quarterback A.J. McCarron is on the third team.

Eifert was CBS' second-team tight end and Cave was its second-team center, while Louis Nix made the cut as a third-team defensive tackle.

The FWAA releases its All-American team Friday morning.

Preview: White Sox-Tigers doubleheader today on CSN

Preview: White Sox-Tigers doubleheader today on CSN

The White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers on Saturday in a doubleheader, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

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Today’s starting pitching matchups: Derek Holland vs. Buck Farmer for Game 1, and Tyler Danish vs. Michael Fulmer for Game 2.

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Avisail Garcia busts out of mini-slump in White Sox win

Avisail Garcia busts out of mini-slump in White Sox win

Avisail Garcia’s longest mini-slump of the season ended against his former team on Friday night.

Guessing nobody in Detroit is surprised.

The former player came back to haunt his old team yet again as Garcia’s three-run double put the White Sox ahead for good. Combined with five good innings from Mike Pelfrey against the team that cut him in March, the White Sox toppled the Detroit Tigers 8-2 in front of 17,842 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Pelfrey allowed two runs (one earned) and Matt Davidson and Melky Cabrera both homered in support as the White Sox snapped a three-game losing streak.

Prior to the third inning, Garcia had gone hitless in 13 at-bats dating back to his final plate appearance in Saturday night’s blowout win over Seattle. The four games without a hit (he was intentionally walked in his only plate appearance Tuesday) is the longest Garcia has gone without a knock in what has begun to look like a breakout season.

Despite still feeling the effects of a flu that sidelined him Tuesday, Garcia broke out of his slump in a big way. With the bases loaded and two outs in the third, Garcia ripped a 1-0 changeup from Detroit’s Tyler Boyd into the left-field corner to score all three runners and give the White Sox a 3-1 lead. Cabrera and Jose Abreu both singled with two outs and Todd Frazier walked ahead of the double, which exited Garcia’s bat at 114.5 mph, the 24th hardest-hit ball this season in the majors, according to BaseballSavant.com.

Garcia also bounced a pair of singles through the left side to finish 3-for-5. Acquired from the Tigers in July 2013 as part of the three-way deal that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox, Garcia is slashing .295/.338/.481 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs against his former team in 228 plate appearances.

While Garcia broke out of his mini-slumber, Abreu stayed hot with three singles, all of which were rockets off his bat. He finished 3-for-5.

Cabrera has also begun to heat up and finished 3-for-5. His two-out RBI single in the sixth and three-run homer in the eighth provided the White Sox with plenty of margin for error. Davidson’s homer in the sixth inning, his ninth, made it a 4-2 game. He finished with two hits for the White Sox, who had 14.

Pelfrey looked good in a second straight start. He followed up a six-inning effort at Seattle by limiting a Detroit lineup sans Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera to four hits. Pelfrey walked one and struck out seven in an 86-pitch performance.

It’s the first time Pelfrey faced the Tigers since they cut him near the end of spring training. Pelfrey went 4-10 with a 5.07 ERA in 24 games (22 starts) for Detroit in 2016 and was in the final season of a two-year, $16-million deal when they released him on March 30. The White Sox signed the veteran right-hander to a minor-league deal on April 5. He improved to 2-4 and lowered his ERA to 4.41.

Chris Beck, Anthony Swarzak, Dan Jennings, Tommy Kahnle and Gregory Infante combined for four scoreless innings to close it out.