Word on the Street: Sox claim Joaquin

Word on the Street: Sox claim Joaquin

Monday, Nov. 22, 2010
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Sox claim Joaquin
The White Sox claimed relief pitcher Waldis Joaquin off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Joaquin, 23, made only four appearances after making the Giants opening day roster in 2010, racking up a hefty 9.64 ERA. He spent the rest of the season in Triple-A Fresno, where he had a 1-2 record with a 4.93 ERA in 23 appearances.

Joaquin's fastball has been clocked at 97 mph. His addition brings the Sox's 40-man roster to 35. (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Eagles CB Hobbs to miss game vs. Bears

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs will miss at least 1 week with a disc injury to his neck. Hobbs suffered the injury on Sunday night in the Eagles 27-17 win over the Giants. Hobbs was down on the field for 11 minutes after suffering the injury before coming off the field.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said he did not know the severity of the injury, only that he would not be available to play next Sunday against the Bears. (Washington Post)
Gibson misses second straight practice

Bulls forward Taj Gibson missed his second straight practice on Monday, and said that he will visit a foot specialist. Gibson said he suffered a pinched nerve in his right foot warming up for practice.

"Ididn't turn my ankle or anything," Gibson said. "It was the nerve on the side of my foot. It was tingling. I'm just hoping it's nothing serious. We don't know about (Tuesday against the Lakers)." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Votto wins NL MVP

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was named the National League MVP on Monday. Led by Votto, the Reds made their first playoff appearance since 1995. That was also the last year that a Red, Barry Larkin, won an MVP award. Votto received 31 of 32 first place votes, nearly sweeping the voting. Pujols, who came in second in voting, received the other first place vote.

When I found out I won the N.L. M.V.P., I thought I must have snuck it in there, said Votto, I didnt think it would be so conclusive. (New York Times)

Tinoisamoa expected to return vs. Eagles

Bears linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa is expected to be back this Sunday when the Bears and Eagles square off at Soldier Field. Tinoisamoa missed last Thursday's game against Miami due to a knee injury. His return will send Nick Roach back to the bench. (Rotoworld)

SI ranks Bears No. 9

Sports Illustrated, who ranked the Bears 29th in their preseason rankings, ranked the team No. 9 in this week's power rankings. The Bears' Thursday night domination of the Miami Dolphins helped spring the Bears into the top 10, up five spots from last week's rankings. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

For the past two seasons, David Accam was a bright spot on bad Chicago Fire teams.

This season, with more talent on the roster, Accam has blossomed into one of the most dangerous players in the league.

He had a hat trick and an assist in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Orlando. That gives him 10 goals and six assists on the season. Only two other players in Major League Soccer have 16 combined goals and assists, New York City FC's David Villa and teammate Nemanja Nikolic (the leading goal-scorer in the league).

“I thought I could do anything on the pitch today,” Accam said. “I just wanted to enjoy myself and entertain the fans and also help the team win. That’s what we did today, especially after my first goal. I just thought I could get more goals and also help the team win.”

Accam’s big game comes after he sat out the previous two games, which were both played on turf. He wasn’t listed on the injury report, but coach Veljko Paunovic said, “he didn’t recover from the physical issues that he had in the previous game.”

The rest seemed to do Accam some good, but his success in the game (as well as his recent run of eight goals and four assists in his last eight matches) coincides with questions about his future. He was recently rumored to be the target of a Turkish club.

In the past, Accam has spoken about his ambition to play at the highest levels. Typically, that means Europe. General manager Nelson Rodriguez said last month that he expects offers to come in for the 26-year-old because he is a good player in his prime ages.

So is Accam playing like someone trying to earn a new contract? That could be either impressing potential suitors in Europe or boosting his negotiation position with the Fire. Rodriguez has talked about contract negotiations with Accam before, and said those will not resume again until after the season.

“I wanted to be in a team where I would develop as a person and also win trophies, whether here or somewhere (else) I don’t know,” Accam said. “For me, I’m doing really well here and every year if I keep playing well there will be always interest. I know there is a lot of interest because I’m doing well. For me it’s always extra motivation to keep doing well. You don’t know where I will end up, whether here or somewhere else. I’ll just keep playing.”

Accam’s play earned him another call-up to the Ghanaian national team. He will join the team on Sunday for a pair of friendlies in the U.S. The Black Stars will take on Mexico in Houston on June 28 and the U.S. in East Hartford, Conn., on July 1 as the two North American countries prepare for the Gold Cup.

“That’s where I want to be,” Accam said. “I want to be playing for the national team so it’s extra motivation for me to perform well and also to go to the national team.”

Accam has been one of the most productive players in MLS this year, based on goals and assists, and is young enough to draw the attention of plenty of teams. For now, the Fire have him as a key part of the best season the club has had in years.

“I think that he understands very well how to play with the team that we have now and with the teammates that he is surrounded with,” coach Veljko Paunovic said. “We just have to work to give David opportunities… Then we expect that performances like that will come even more.”

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