Word on the Street: Favre picks the Packers

Word on the Street: Favre picks the Packers

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011
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Favre picks the Packers

Don't worry, NFL fans, he's not coming out of retirement again. At least not yet. But apparently, even though he hasn't played in Green Bay in three years, he hasn't lost any love for his old home.

In an e-mail response to NFL analyst Ed Werder, Favre said that he believes the Packers are "by far" the best team left in the NFL Playoffs and that he will be rooting for them in their NFC Championship matchup against the Bears on Sunday.

"(Packers QB) Aaron (Rodgers) is the best QB and the receiving corps is the best ever, maybe," Favre said in the e-mail. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Singletary joins the Vikings

Less than a month after Mike Singletary was fired from his head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers, the former Bear great is back among the employed. Singletary confirmed today that he will be joining head coach Leslie Frazier's staff in Minnesota as the Vikings linebacker coach and assistant head coach. (Rotoworld)

Sox avoid arbitration on Pena, Danks, Quentin

The White Sox announced on Tuesday that they avoided arbitration with starter John Danks, outfielder Carlos Quentin, and releiver Tony Pena, signing all three to new contracts.

Danks will earn 6 million in 2011 while Quentin's new deal is worth 5.05 million next year. Pena rounded out the group, agreeing to terms on a 1.6 million contract. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Cubs follow suit; sign Marshall, Garza, Gorzelanny

On the same day that their cross-town rivals avoided arbitration with three of their players, the Cubs signed lefty reliever Sean Marshall, newly acquired starter Matt Garza, and soon-to-be former-Cub Tom Gorzelanny to new contracts.

Marshall's deal is for two years and is reportedly worth 4.7 million while Garza's deal was valued at one year, 5.95 million. Gorzelanny's new contract (which, of course, will be paid by the Nationals once he is traded) is worth 2.1 million. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Lee DeWyze not a wise move?

Does it really matter who sings the national anthem? Apparently, it does to some Bears fans.

Though the reports have yet to be confirmed by the Bears or FOX TV, who will be broadcasting the Bears-Packers NFC Championship Game, it is rumored that American Idol winner Lee DeWyze of Mount Prospect, Ill. will have the honors of singing the national anthem instead of fan favorite Jim Cornelison.

The rumor has set the blogosphere ablaze, with some fans suggesting that choosing who sings the national anthem is part of a team's "home field advantage." (The Daily Herald)

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs wrapping up spring training

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Cubs wrapping up spring training

Today on the Sports Talk Live podcast, David Kaplan, Seth Gruen, Teddy Greenstein, and Mark Grote discussed Addison Russell’s injury, if Szczur or La Stella should get the Cubs final roster spot, if the Bulls would be better off facing the Celtics or Cavs in the first round of the playoffs, and Jay Cutler’s butt all over the internet.