Vitters debuts, Cubs playing spoiler

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Vitters debuts, Cubs playing spoiler

Spoiler alert: The Cubs arent going to make this playoffs this year.

OK, theres no surprise or secret to that statement, but the Cubs hope to play spoilers as they play out the final 52 games of their season.

Thursdays 5-3 come-from-behind win against NL Central-leading Cincinnati was a nice start after eight straight losses. Ruining other teams October plans is the only thing the Cubs can accomplish this season other than develop their young players. And it might even help with the latter. Playing spoiler is fun.

"To knock people out of the playoffs when you're not in the pennant race, those are the things you play for as a player, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Friday.

Its another day, another debut for the Cubs on Friday against the Reds. Third baseman Josh Vitters makes his Wrigley Field debut and bats sixth, behind Alfonso Soriano and in front of center fielder Brett Jackson, who debuted last weekend in Los Angeles.

Vitters is just 1 for 10 with a double in four games, but thats about average for a first few days in the big leagues.

"When you've got young guys on the team, you're going to go through some tough times, Sveum said. But they have to play. There's only a select few people that step into the big leagues that just dominate or even do well.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo, with his nine home runs and 24 RBI in just 27 games, might seem to be one of those guys, but Rizzo had a horrid first few months after being called up by San Diego last year.

All the Cubs young players are playing to prove themselves day in and day out. And though thats big-time pressure, the fun of playing spoiler might take off some of the edge.

31 Days to Kickoff: Wheaton North

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31 Days to Kickoff: Wheaton North

CSNChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 31, we’ll unveil the @CSNPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 25.

School: Wheaton North

Head coach: Joe Wardynski

Assistant Coaches: Jack Schomig, Nick Reicher, Evan James, Paul Connor, Travis Cherry, Mike Oleszek, Jeff Butikofer

How they fared in 2016: 4-5 (3-5 DuPage Valley Conference), missed the 2016 IHSA state playoff field

2017 Regular Season Schedule:

August 25th @ Wheaton South

September 1st @ Joliet Catholic

September 8th @ Naperville North

September 15th vs Metea Valley

September 22nd @ Lake Park

September 29th vs Glenbard North

October 6th vs Neuqua Valley

October 13th @ Naperville Central

October 20th vs Waubonsie Valley

Biggest storyline: Can Wheaton North reload and replace kids in a few key spots for 2017?

Names to watch this season: Senior TE Tyler Johnson, Senior DB Jackson Gray

Biggest holes to fill: The Falcons will need to replace graduated three-year starting QB Luke Anthony this summer.

EDGY's Early Take: Year in and year out Wheaton North and head coach Joe Wardynski always seems to find a way to compete in the rugged DuPage Valley. North welcomes back 11 starters (four offense, seven defense) and while the defense has experience the biggest question remain under center and also on the offensive line with just one starter back in senior J'Kolbi Grant. If the Falcons can get its offense in gear, Wheaton North can challenge in the DVC and also for a state playoff spot in 2017.

Wake-up Call: White Sox top Cubs; D-Rose has a new home; Jerrell Freeman a life-saver

Wake-up Call: White Sox top Cubs; D-Rose has a new home; Jerrell Freeman a life-saver

Here are some of Monday's top stories in Chicago sports after the first Crosstown Cup game was played:

Slumping White Sox get huge boost after Miguel Gonzalez 'defended his ground'

Kyle Hendricks is back, but Cubs will likely have to wait for their next shot at Yu Darvish

Bullard a prime example of how, why and where Bears can improve

Derrick Rose to sign with Cavaliers

Such a mighty wallop: How does Matt Davidson's mammoth home run stack up?

Willson Contreras may be ‘the f------ Energizer Bunny,’ but Cubs still need to get another catcher before trade deadline

'I'm a patient man': Lovie Smith takes the long view entering second season of Illini rebuilding effort

Fired-up Anthony Swarzak relishes pressure of first career save

Was Hector Rondon tipping pitches during late-game meltdowns with Cubs?

Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman saved a man's life at an airport