At the time of year when the general population is thinking about and planning vacations, the Bears are going back to work.
Offseason conditioning and casual toss-the-ball-arounds move into drills and plays with coaches (no pads or contact) when the rookies convene May 11-13 for their minicamp. Camp is one practice a day, not open to the public.
Organized Team Activities (OTAs) for players under contract commence in later May through early June, several closed sessions per week.
Those are followed by the full veteran minicamp a week later, June 12-14, one closed practice each day at Halas Hall.
Then the Bears go dark until July in Bourbonnais, public definitely invited.
The White Sox take on the Oakland A's on Saturday, 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 matchup: James Shield (1-0, 2.42 ERA) vs. Daniel Gossett (0-0, 7.20 ERA)
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A day after having quite the offensive party, the White Sox didn’t save any production for Friday.
The White Sox couldn’t muster any offense in a 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics in their series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field in front of 25,370 fans.
After recording 18 hits in Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, the White Sox were held to just seven on Friday, but it felt like fewer. They went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Mike Pelfrey, who fell to 3-6 on the season, took a step back after delivering a strong performance in his last outing against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 33-year-old struggled with his command against the A’s all night. He pitched 4 2/3 innings and issued five walks. Pelfrey also allowed all three runs on four hits and two homers.
The A’s got on the board early with a two-run shot to center field by Khris Davis. In the fifth, Pelfrey allowed another homer, a solo shot, to Matt Joyce to make it 3-0.
The White Sox bullpen staved off any further production and combined for 4 1/3 shutout innings between four relievers. But they weren’t able to generate any of their own.
Not even ejections from Tim Anderson and Rick Renteria could spark a cold offense.
The White Sox best chance came in the bottom of the ninth, where Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu opened with back-to-back singles. After an Avisail Garcia flyout, Todd Frazier popped one over A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso, but Abreu was thrown out at second. Matt Davidson flew out to center field at the warning track to end the game.
Friday marked the start of a season-long 10-game homestand, somewhere the White Sox were happy to be after playing 15 of their last 19 on the road.