Vitters One Of The Big Hitters In AFL Opener

Vitters One Of The Big Hitters In AFL Opener

Tuesday Oct. 4, 2011
Posted: 5:50 p.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Josh Vitters had a monstrous opening day in the Arizona Fall League Tuesday afternoon but it went for naught as Phoenix defeated visiting Mesa, 12-8.

Vitters, who hit .283 with 14 homers and 81 RBIs with Double-A Tennessee during the regular season, hit a pair of homers and drove in five runs. The former top pick appeared in 20 AFL games in 2010, batting .253 with two homers and 13 RBIs. He hit .353 with a homer and eight RBIs in 16 AFL games in 2009

Fellow Cubs prospect DJ Lemahieu went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. He was also hit by a pitch and scored a pair of runs. Junior Lake, who split the season between Class-A Daytona and Tennessee, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. White Sox prospect Brandon Short went hitless in five at-bats with three strikeouts for Mesa.

Cubs prospect Marcus Hatley, who split his regular season between Peoria, Daytona and Tennessee, allowed a run on three hits in 1 13 innings. White Sox right-hander Brandon Kloess also pitched at three levels during the regular season Winston-Salem, Birmingham and Charlotte also made his seasonal AFL debut, allowing an unearned run in an inning.

In other action, Cubs prospect Brett Jackson went 1-for-3 with a walk Monday night in Team USAs 8-4 loss to Puerto Rico in IBAF World Cup action. White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above. 

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from a busy Sunday: 

Tonight on CSN: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls show some moxie in road win over Bucks

Today on CSN: White Sox battle Dodgers in spring training game

From ‘When It Happens’ to ‘Where It Happens,’ Cubs mining next generation of talent

Will lopsided loss shake Blackhawks from their slumber?

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

Joe Maddon doesn’t have any concerns about new Cubs closer Wade Davis

Nick Delmonico takes advantage of fresh start with White Sox

Cubs expect Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell to be ready for Opening Night

Owners to consider on and off field changes this week during NFL meetings