Word on the Street: Teahen leaves spring training

Word on the Street: Teahen leaves spring training

Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

Teahen leaves spring training for family emergency

Chicago White Sox third baseman Mark Teahen abruptly left training camp to because of a family emergency. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he didn't want Teahen to be distracted by the health issue involving a family member.

Guillen also said that family comes first, and that he hopes Teahen will return to camp in a few days. (Associated Press)Desmond Clark's Florida property seized by policePolice recently seized Desmond Clark's property in Lakeland, Florida. According to the police, known drug dealers and prostitutes were regular guests at the rental home owned by the NFL tight end.

Police contacted Clark and his landlord brother, Ralph Wilson, and they agreed that it was a problem and that the police must act. Clark will regain his right to rent the house out again next year. (Bay News 9)

The talk for Rose for MVP gets hotter

The crowd chanted "MVP! MVP! MVP!" after Derrick Rose hit a jumper late in the game to put the Bulls up by five over the Miami Heat. The match-up of arguably the top two MVP candidates took center stage: Lebron James vs. Derrick Rose.

According to Jonah Puls, after last night's performance, MVP is exactly the right word for Rose. (PippenAin'tEasy.com)

Jerry Jones takes responsibility for Super Bowl mess

He may have been out of the spotlight since the Super Bowl fiasco ended, but he's speaking up now. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he's sorry that Dallas was panned as a Super Bowl host.

"I do, along with the NFL, take responsibility for the seating issue," Jones said. "I'm disappointed, but I understand thata criticism. It makes me want to get it right." (Pro Football Talk)

Preview: Chris Sale faces Jose Quintana, White Sox Tuesday on CSN

Preview: Chris Sale faces Jose Quintana, White Sox Tuesday on CSN


The White Sox take on the Red Sox on Tuesday, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (2-6, 4.82 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (5-2, 2.34 ERA)

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Joe Maddon thinking shake-up for Cubs? ‘I have no idea what that would be’

Joe Maddon thinking shake-up for Cubs? ‘I have no idea what that would be’

SAN DIEGO – Joe Maddon looked down at the desk, shook his head and didn’t hesitate when asked if he was thinking about making some lineup changes to jolt the Cubs.

“I have no idea what that would be,” Maddon said after Monday’s 5-2 loss to the Padres at Petco Park. “We’ve tried everything possible. Guys have been rested. We’ve given guys days off. These are our players. I have all the faith in the world.”

The defending World Series champs are a .500 team through the Memorial Day checkpoint, but Maddon projected calm from the manager’s office to the cameras, expecting that message to filter out toward his clubhouse.

But this wasn’t the red-hot Dodgers pushing all the right bullpen buttons and executing a game plan almost flawlessly. The Cubs had Jarred Cosart on the ropes – and bases-loaded opportunities in the first, second and seventh innings – but still couldn’t deliver the knockout punch against a last-place team.

The Padres gave up 10 walks while the Cubs went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

“We came off a 7-2 homestand,” Maddon said. “Everybody loved us a couple days ago. Now all of a sudden, we’ve had a tough time scoring runs on the road. We just got to do better. That’s all this comes down to.”

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Until Jason Heyward lined a 93-mph Cosart fastball into right field for a two-out, bases-loaded single and a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the middle of that homestand (May 21) had been the last time the Cubs scored without hitting a home run.

“Everybody’s proverbially trying way too hard,” Maddon said. “(Don’t) try to hit homers. Really, again, take what they give you. Play with the middle. You got to convince them to do it. They got to do it.

“It’s not complicated. You can see the big swings coming out of our zone when just a single would do. That’s it. We did it before. We can do it again. We just got to keep talking. But then you have to use the velvet hammer as opposed to a real one. Otherwise, you have no chance whatsoever.”