Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Is Jay Cutler an MVP candidate? Our experts weigh in ]]> Lead story image

BOURBONNAIS — Can quarterback Jay Cutler be the NFL’s most valuable player? Such a notion would have been ridiculed as absurd just a year or two ago. Now, it’s an argument among fans at a bar. Star receiver Brandon Marshall seems to think so. “Absolutely, with coach [Marc] Trestman and [offensive coordinator Aaron] Kromer and our offense,” Marshall said after practice Wednesday at Olivet Nazerene University. “Our offensive linemen are studs; they work together. And we have a special group at the skill positions with Matt Forte, Alshon [Jeffery], Martellus [Bennett] and [Marquess Wilson]. I think, absolutely.” Marshall initiated the … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:21:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rockies beat Cubs 6-4 in 10 innings ]]> Lead story image

Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Wednesday night. Colorado loaded the bases on two walks and Michael McKenry’s third hit of the game before Barnes singled to left with one out against Wesley Wright (0-2). Drew Stubbs then scored on a wild pitch, helping the Rockies stop a three-game slide. Rob Scahill (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for his second major league win and Adam Ottavino got three outs for his first career save. Scahill was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game, bolstering … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:01:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Scherzer helps Tigers to 7-2 win over White Sox ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT — Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the seventh for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Scherzer (13-3) allowed a run and five hits. He struck out six and walked one. Detroit allowed seven runs in the seventh in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday night, but this time the big inning belonged to … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:59:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose looks to have locked up spot on Team USA ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — Whether ­Derrick Rose will make Team USA no longer is in question. Considering the damage he has inflicted on opposing guards ­during the first three days of tryouts, it’s more about when it will be made official. Rose all but did on Wednesday. Well, kind of. In discussing new Bulls teammate Pau Gasol, who was signed as a free agent earlier in the month, Rose mistakenly said, “I talked to [Gasol] before he signed and he said when we get to Spain [for next month’s FIBA Cup] that we’ll probably get something to eat, so I’ll probably … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:20:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jose Abreu hits 31st HR; White Sox pound Tigers 11-4 ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT — Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn hit consecutive home runs, part of a seven-run seventh inning that sent the Chicago White Sox to an 11-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Chicago sent 12 hitters to the plate in the seventh and broke the game open against Anibal Sanchez (7-5) and Joakim Soria. Alexei Ramirez added a three-run double in the inning. Jose Quintana (6-7) allowed two runs and nine hits in six innings. Detroit made three errors, including two in that seventh inning. Soria made his first home appearance since the Tigers acquired him in a … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:32:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Coach K on Derrick Rose’s D: ‘Spectacular’ ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — Derrick Rose insisted Monday that he would be pulling up more to avoid contact in the lane. Well, that lasted about a day. ‘‘I haven’t seen that,’’ USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday when asked about Rose playing more cautiously. ‘‘He has gone after people. [Passiveness for him] ain’t happening. He has gone after everybody, and he has really gone hard.’’ Not the kind of talk some might want to hear about Rose, considering he has played in only 10 games since the 2012 playoffs, but maybe controlled recklessness is just the way he has to … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:59:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ It’s DL, not Iowa, for Cubs reliever Neil Ramirez ]]> Lead story image

The strange case of reliever Neil Ramirez got stranger Tuesday, leading to more questions about how first-year Cubs manager Rick Renteria has handled the bullpen. General manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that the Cubs decided to put Ramirez on the disabled list. Three days earlier, Renteria said Ramirez had been demoted to Class AAA Iowa to rest. Ramirez experienced soreness in his triceps after pitching Friday, said Hoyer, who expects the right-hander to spend no more than the minimum 15 days on the DL. ‘‘He’s going to be fine,’’ Hoyer said. ‘‘But it was probably the right way to handle … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:17:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Optimistic Lance Briggs wants to retire in Bears uniform ]]> Lead story image

BOURBONNAIS — Never known as a workout warrior, Lance Briggs is stepping up his weight-room routine this season. ‘‘When I was younger, I would work out three days, take a day off; work out four, take a day off; work out one day, take a day off,’’ Briggs said. ‘‘Now it’s five days. I’m consistently hitting two-a-days through camp.’’ The intensified regimen is a concession to age and reality. At 33, with 11 seasons with the Bears taking a toll, Briggs is determined to return with a bang. He’s happy to be a mentor to Jon Bostic, Khaseem Greene and … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:51:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tsuyoshi Wada earns 1st MLB win ]]> Lead story image

Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first big league win, pitching seven strong innings Monday night as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-1. Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs to back Wada (1-1). In only his third career start in the majors, Wada cut through the Colorado lineup, allowing one run and five hits. It was a far cry from his last outing, when he lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to San Diego. The sole blemish on Wada’s performance came in the sixth when the Rockies got three hits, capped by Nolan Arenado’s RBI … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:01:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ John Danks to Yanks? Not so fast ]]> Lead story image

DETROIT — It’s one thing to count down the hours to the trade deadline with a stockpile of veterans that other teams really want. It’s another to be the White Sox, who have an assortment of serviceable vets with varying degrees of value — none of it off the charts —for teams needing a piece or two to make a run at the postseason. John Danks is proving to be a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter again, but his contract makes trading him difficult. Danks is not the hot commodity Jake Peavy was when general manager Rick Hahn cleared that big salary … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:11:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose understands critics, now it’s time to ‘prove people wrong’ ]]> Lead story image

LAS VEGAS — Early on during Derrick Rose’s rehab from the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2012, it was easy for him to remain insulated from the critics. But even that bubble can pop. Criticism from fans and media is hard to ignore when the volume gets high enough. “Hell, yeah, it’s even more,’’ Rose said Monday when asked if he still thought those who doubt him are fools. “I’m a special player. I still have youth. I’m only 25, man. Just doing everything I’m supposed to do in rehab. Just strengthening everything, taking it one … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:39:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Emotional Frank Thomas shows heartwarming side in Cooperstown ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Once the tears started, they never really stopped. And seeing as how they started the moment Frank Thomas stepped to the podium Sunday, there was a very good chance he was going to be at flood stage three minutes into his Hall of Fame induction speech. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:18:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fuld lifts Twins past White Sox 4-3 ]]> Lead story image

MINNEAPOLIS — Sam Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Javy Guerra in a three-run seventh inning, and the Minnesota Twins defeated the Chicago White Sox 4-3 Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep. Danny Santana had two RBIs for the last-place Twins, who won for just the 11th time in their last 30 games. Chicago led 2-1 in the seventh when Minnesota loaded the bases against Ronald Belisario (3-7) on walks to Josh Willingham and Eric Fryer around a single by Chris Parmelee. Guerra relieved and retired Eduardo Escobar on a foulout, and Santana hit a tying sacrifice fly just … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:28:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wainwright, Cardinals shut down Cubs in 1-0 loss ]]> Lead story image

Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings and Matt Holliday hit a solo homer to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory and a series win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The Cardinals won two of the three games at Wrigley Field in the weekend set. The Cubs have not won a home series since taking two of three from the Miami Marlins June 6-8. Wainwright allowed five hits and walked three during his seven innings. It was a far cry from his previous outing when he allowed six runs (four earned) in 4? innings against the Tampa … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:12:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox’ Chris Sale shuts down Twins in victory ]]> Lead story image

Chris Sale tied a season high with 12 strikeouts in eight dominant innings, Alexei Ramirez hit his 10th homer, and the White Sox beat Minnesota 7-0 on Saturday night for their third straight win over the Twins. ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:28:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pierzynski, Adams power Cardinals past Cubs ]]> Lead story image

Matt Adams drove in four runs, A.J. Pierzynski had three hits in his St. Louis debut and the Cardinals beat the Cubs 6-3 on Saturday at Wrigley Field to stop a four-game skid. ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:31:06 -0500