Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ White Sox help Royals come alive in 7-1 loss ]]> Lead story image

Mike Moustakas homered twice, Bruce Chen pitched five effective innings and the Kansas City Royals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-1 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Moustakas, who has 12 homers this season, went 3 for 5 with three RBIs. The Royals entered the game with a major league-worst 55 homers and had managed a total of six runs during the losing streak. Chen (2-2) allowed one run and five hits in five innings. Adam Dunn went 2 for 4 with a solo homer for the White Sox, who had won three of four. … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:15:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jeff Samardzija would love to have Darwin Barney join him on A’s ]]> Lead story image

OAKLAND, Calif. — If Jeff Samardzija has his way, Darwin Barney will have his back again in the middle of the infield the next time Samardzija pitches. And if Samardzija’s boss, Billy Beane, is asking, the Oakland Athletics’ new ace will tell him. “I would put in a word for Barney anywhere on that,” the former Cubs pitcher said of the Gold Glove second baseman who was designated for assignment on Tuesday. “He’s an amazing talent. And I know you stick Barney in the right situation on a winning team, he’s going to make that team a whole lot better.” … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kevin Love to Bulls? That’s a tricky one ]]> Lead story image

If the Bulls are back in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, as ESPN reported Tuesday, that would be news to a source close to the situation. “I would like to know which side let that out,’’ the source said, inferring that it sounded more like the Timberwolves were playing chicken with more serious bidders such as the Warriors and Cavaliers. The Bulls were one of the first teams to throw a serious package at the Timberwolves in June, headlined by Taj Gibson, Tony Snell and multiple draft picks, but it wasn’t to be. The attention immediately turned to Carmelo Anthony once … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:17:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Confident in the Bears? Take our test ]]> Lead story image

Playoffs or bust. In an unscientific fan poll by Comcast SportsNet on Monday, 50 percent of the responders said their minimum expectation for the Bears this season is to make the playoffs. That seems like a reasonable measurement of success — and failure — for the team in Marc Trestman’s second season. The oddsmakers seem to agree. After an 8-8 season in which they had the second-highest scoring offense in the NFL and the second-worst scoring defense and failed to make the playoffs, the Bears are an impressive sixth pick to win the Super Bowl at 14-1 (along with the … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:43:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chris Sale keeps getting better; White Sox win 3-1 ]]> Lead story image

Is Chris Sale getting better in his third year as a starting pitcher? “Yes, because he’s controlling his emotions a little more,’’ pitching coach Don Cooper said last week. “He’s staying under control better. He’s been growing each year.’’ If Cooper — who missed a second consecutive game while fighting the effects of vertigo — watched Sale pitch in the White Sox’ 3-1 victory Monday against the Kansas City Royals, it was on a TV screen. He undoubtedly noticed Sale getting angry at himself for falling behind 1-0 to Danny Valencia with two runners on and one out in the … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:44:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls sign Kirk Hinrich, Cameron Bairstow ]]> Lead story image

Monday proved to be something old and something new for the Bulls, as the organization announced that they officially signed veteran guard Kirk Hinrich, as well as second-round pick Cameron Bairstow. ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Anthony Rizzo named NL Player of the Week ]]> Lead story image

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has picked up where he left off after earning his first All-Star selection. Rizzo on Monday was named National League player of the week after going 5-for-11 with three home runs and four RBI in the Cubs’ weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also went tumbling into a camera well to catch a foul pop-up Sunday, a play that manager Rick Renteria called ‘‘the freaking greatest effort.’’ Rizzo already has matched the 23 homers he hit last season and is tied for the NL lead with Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. ‘‘I’m just trying … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:11:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cliff Stein is the Bears’ money man ]]> Lead story image

PAT FINLEY: The maitre d’ at the Ritz-Carlton was right: No one could overhear their conversation. Three men sat in a glass-enclosed room in March at a tapas bar in Orlando, Fla ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:56:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rory McIlroy wins British Open for 3rd major ]]> Lead story image

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy had to work a little harder and sweat a little more. No matter. Just like his other two majors, this British Open was never really in doubt. With two key birdies around the turn, and a powerful tee shot at just the right moment, McIlroy completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at Royal Liverpool and captured the third leg of the career Grand Slam. ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:13:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ White Sox fail to sweep after 11-7 loss to Astros ]]> Lead story image

Matt Dominguez hit a two-run homer and a tiebreaking RBI double, and the Houston Astros tied their season high with 17 hits in an 11-7 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday that prevented a three-game sweep. Chicago fell behind 4-0 early and tied the score 7-all in the sixth on Alexei Ramirez’s RBI double, Jose Abreu’s run-scoring single and a run-scoring two-out grounder by Dayan Viciedo that went through the legs of All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve for Houston’s second error of the inning. Daniel Webb (5-3) allowed RBI doubles in the seventh to Dominguez and L.J. Hoes, … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:13:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Losses continue to mount for Cubs ]]> Lead story image

PHOENIX — If the Cubs thought it was hot over the weekend, wait till they get to August with this gutted pitching staff and the likelihood of being down a few more traded veterans by then. “It’s just the situation we’re in as far as where we’re at as a team,” said de facto ace Jake Arrieta, who pitched well again as the Cubs lost again — this time 3-2 to an Arizona Diamondbacks team that was in last place when the weekend started with only one series sweep before taking all three from the Cubs. “We’re well aware that … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:27:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ NASCAR Nationwide: Elliott vaults into points lead with win in Joliet ]]> Lead story image

Chase Elliott didn’t have a particularly good Friday at Chicagoland Speedway during practice sessions for Saturday’s Nationwide series 300. “Our car had speed at times, we just weren’t as good the whole time as I wanted to be,” he said. The 18-year-old has a pretty slick crew chief in Greg Ives. “We made some really good adjustments overnight,” Elliott said. “I can’t thank Greg and everybody enough.” He pretty much did show his appreciation during the race, which he led for 85 laps en route to capturing his third win of the season and vaulting past both Regan Smith … ]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:09:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rory is one and only story ]]> Lead story image

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy looked as though he just had thrown the knockout punch at the British Open, and it was only Saturday. When McIlroy rolled in a 10-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a 4-under-par 68, he straightened his back, stared defiantly at thousands of fans crammed into the horseshoe arena around the green at Royal Liverpool and lightly pumped his fist. McIlroy went from being tied for the lead to six shots ahead of Rickie Fowler in just more than an hour. Suddenly, the biggest challenge facing him was reminding himself that he had one … ]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:03:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tyler Flowers powers White Sox past Astros ]]> Lead story image

Paul Konerko was asked before the game Saturday about how different things would be for the White Sox if they hadn’t signed Jose Abreu last fall. Abreu was courted by many suitors, including the Astros, who were willing to invest tens of millions in a rookie who had never played pro baseball. But, as Konerko pointed out, as great as Abreu’s impact has been, a team needs more than a high-impact slugger to win games. And the Sox’ 4-3 victory against the Astros proved that. “There’s definitely been a lot of games he’s single-handedly put us in the driver’s seat … ]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:23:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Diamondbacks blast struggling Cubs, Travis Wood ]]> Lead story image

PHOENIX — Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fifth, Paul Goldschmidt added a two-run homer, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 9-3 on Saturday night. Goldschmidt, with Montero a National League All-Star, went 3 for 3. He also scored three runs and walked twice, raising his batting average to .314. Wade Miley (6-6) went seven innings, allowing three runs and seven hits, striking out seven with one walk. He is 3-0 in his last four starts. The Diamondbacks tagged Cubs starter Travis Wood (7-9) for seven runs — five earned — on eight hits. He … ]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wings and losses for Bulls ]]> Lead story image

Coach Tom Thibodeau still has some work to do. About 19 points per game of work to do. That’s what was lost when Luol Deng was traded to the Cavaliers last January. And after a flurry of offseason moves in the last month, those points still could be missing when training camp starts in ­October. “Again, you start with the guys that you do have,’’ Thibodeau said last week in Las Vegas when asked about improving the roster. “Hopefully, we’ll continue to add pieces. The perimeter is something we want to address, and we’ll see what we can do.’’ Pieces … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:49:08 -0500