Word: Cubs to reach out to VCU and Butler coaches

Word: Cubs to reach out to VCU and Butler coaches

Monday, March 28, 2011
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Cubs to reach out to VCU and Butler coaches

Who knew NCAA Final Four coaches were such talented singers? The Chicago Cubs plan to reach out to VCU coach Shaka Smart and Butler coach Brad Stevens after the NCAA tournament to invite them to sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field.

Smart attended Cubs games as a child with his grandfather. He also called Chicago a kind of "second home" for him.

Smart is under the impression that he may have to win to earn an invite to throw out a first pitch or sing at Wrigley. (ESPNChicago.com)

Chicago Fire Foundation host fundraiser at Noodles and Company

Hungry for Noodles and Company? Chicago Fire fan? Grab dinner at Noodles and Company at the 2813 N. Broadway location in Lakeview today from 12-8 pm.

Just mention the Chicago Fire and 25 of your purchase will be donated to the Fire Foundation! (Chicago-Fire.com)

Ex-mistress says Bonds threatened to kill her

Barry Bonds' former mistress Kimberly Bell took the witness stand for the prosecution in the trial against Bonds, who is accused of four counts of making false statements and one of obstruction for telling a federal grand jury in 2003 that he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs.

Bell choked up as she recalled Bonds once threatening "to cut my head off and leave me in a ditch." The defense portrayed Bell as an unreliable witness, looking to capitalize on her affair with Bonds.

Bell also said that Bonds talked about the widespread use of steroids among baseball players. (AP)

Is Prior headed to opening day for Yankees?

The former Cub who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006 wasn't expected to receive big-league consideration, but he could be headed Yankee Stadium on opening day. Mark Prior is being considered to replace Pedro Feliciano for the Opening Day roster of the New York Yankees.

Prior has made eight appearances, allowing only three hits and one earned run, striking out 11 and walking 5. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

United Airlines to advertise on Wrigley rooftop

The Cubs announced that United Airlines has bought the rights to advertise on the rooftop, a highly visible sign across the street from Wrigley Field. The Horseshoe casino in Indiana had advertised on the rooftop the last few seasons.

The Cubs do not own the rooftop. Last season, the Cubs put a giant sign featuring Toyota's logo behind the left-field bleachers that partially blocked the Horseshoe rooftop ad. (Chicago Breaking Business)

Cubs can't complete another miracle comeback against Giants bullpen

Cubs can't complete another miracle comeback against Giants bullpen

Hours before the first pitch was even thrown in Cubs-Giants Monday night, the managers of both teams fielded questions on the miraculous comeback that occurred the last time these two teams squared off.

But the Cubs offense couldn't complete another epic comeback against the San Francisco bullpen Monday, dropping a 6-4 contest in front of 36,204 fans at Wrigley Field.

Two hundred, twenty three days after the Cubs scored four runs in the ninth inning to eliminate the Giants in the National League Division Series, they put a four-spot on the board in the eighth inning.

But the Giants had built a six-run lead and called upon Hunter Strickland (who was on the mound for the final runs of that Game 4) to induce a rally-killing double play ball from Willson Contreras.

The Cubs had done nothing against Ty Blach for seven innings before Jason Heyward led off the eighth with a single. Javy Baez followed with a homer, pinch-hitter Ian Happ tripled and Ben Zobrist drilled another blast into the right-field bleachers.

Pinch-hitter Jon Jay then singled and after Kris Bryant flied out, Anthony Rizzo was plunked, putting two on and one out for Contreras.

Mark Melancon —  the big-money closer recently activated off the disabled list who was signed to help stabilize the back end of the Giants bullpen — pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the San Francisco victory.

John Lackey had a rough outing for the Cubs, allowing five runs on seven hits and a pair of walks in five innings. He also hit two batters and gave up two home runs — including a solo shot by Joe Panik to lead off the game.

White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada's trip to Chicago much ado about nothing

White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada's trip to Chicago much ado about nothing

PHOENIX -- Yoan Moncada’s routine checkup with team doctors drew some extra attention when baseball’s top prospect made it known he was in Chicago.

The White Sox Triple-A second baseman took a selfie and noted he was in Chicago, Illinois early Monday which sent some fans into a frenzy. General manager Rick Hahn said Monday that Moncada was only there to have his sore left thumb examined. Hahn said the thumb that landed Moncada on the seven-day disabled list last week has been determined to be fine.

“He’s been playing with it,” Hahn said. “It goes back a few weeks. It started getting a little more swollen and aggravated him a little more. He wanted to keep playing and didn’t want to go on the DL. But we decided to take a little time here, get it 100 percent, before he gets back out there.”

Moncada is hitting .331/.401/.504 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in 157 plate appearances this season. He also has stolen 10 bases.