24/7 News Source 07/09/2013 00:56:02
Cubs Pound White Sox
(Chicago, IL) -- Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and four runs scored as the Cubs pounded on the White Sox in an 8-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field. Dave Sappelt went 4-for-5 with two RBI while Luis Valbuena knocked in three for the Cubs. Matt Garza allowed two runs, one earned, over seven innings with six strikeouts to improve to 5-and-1.
The Cubs took all four contests against their in-city rivals this season and have won three straight overall. Josh Phegley hit a solo homer for the White Sox. Matt Thornton was charged with the loss in relief for the Pale Hose, who have lost four straight.
Cubs Host Angels Tonight
(Chicago, IL) -- The Cubs return to Wrigley Field tonight to start a brief two-game series with the Angels. All-Star Travis Wood gets the start for Chicago while the Halos send Joe Blanton to the mound. The teams split a two-game series in Anaheim in early June. First pitch is set for 7:05.
White Sox Face Tigers
(Detroit, MI) -- The White Sox are off to Detroit where they start a three-game series with the Tigers tonight from Comerica Park. Jose Quintana gets the start for Chicago while the Tigers send ace Justin Verlander to the hill. This is the first meeting this season between the AL Central foes. They are scheduled to play 16 times after the All-Star break. First pitch is set for 6:08.
Cubs May Keep Garza Instead Of Trade
(Chicago, IL) -- Matt Garza may not be dealt away from the Cubs after all. ESPN reports the pitcher has discussed a few contract options with the club that would keep him in Chicago. Garza is set to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end. The Cubs will likely trade him or sign him to a new deal before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. Garza is 4-and-1 with a 3.45 ERA in nine starts this season.
Cubs' Wood Won't Play In All-Star Game
(Chicago, IL) -- Despite his selection, Cubs pitcher Travis Wood won't take part in next week's All-Star Game. Wood is scheduled to pitch this Sunday and will not be available to participate in the contest. It will be the first time since 1998 a Cub will enter the game knowing he won't play. Sammy Sosa was selected that season but had an injured shoulder. Ted Lilly was selected in 2009 but did not get into the game while Carlos Zambrano faced the same fate in 2006.
Cubs Complete Trade Of Hairston
(Chicago, IL) -- The Cubs have completed a trade that sends outfielder Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals. Chicago received minor-league pitcher Ivan Pineyro in return. The 33-year-old Hairston was hitting .172 with eight homers and 19 RBI this season. Pineyro is a 21-year-old that was 6-and-3 with a 3.24 ERA with Single-A Hagerstown and Potomac this season. The Cubs called up pitcher Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa to take Hairston's roster spot.
Dunn Not Selected For Home Run Derby
(Undated) -- White Sox slugger Adam Dunn was not one of the selections to participate in the Home Run Derby. American League captain and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano picked Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder as his teammates for the contest. Cano still has one more selection to confirm, which he's expected to do today. Dunn did not make the All-Star team, but is third in the American League with 23 homers.
Fire In Action Tomorrow
(Bridgeview, IL) -- The Fire take a break from MLS play tomorrow night as they play host to Mexican pro side Club America in a friendly from Toyota Park. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN Deportes and ESPN2. It's the third straight season Chicago will host a Mexican opponent in Bridgeview. Tomorrow's kickoff is set for 7:30.
Delle Donne Earns WNBA Honor
(New York, NY) -- Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne [[ della-DON ]] is this week's Eastern Conference Player of the Week in the WNBA. It's the second straight week Delle Donne has captured the honor. She averaged 16 points and nine rebounds in Chicago's two games. Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks earned the honor in the Western Conference.
Sky Face Mystics Tomorrow
(Rosemont, IL) -- The Sky are back on the hardwood tomorrow morning as they host the Washington Mystics at Allstate Arena. Chicago has won four of its last five to move to 8-and-4 on the campaign. The Mystics are 6-and-6 on the season. Tomorrow's game tips off at 11:30 a.m. in Rosemont.
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