It’s O.K. if you missed a few games this weekend, cialis we did too. But you can still roll into the office, your next client meeting, and your hot date tonight with the buzz-worthy highlights from the busy sports weekend.
We’ve wrapped up the most discussion-worthy events from the weekend just so you never have to miss a beat come Monday.
CUBS: (From Rachel Musnicki)
It was another big weekend for the Cubs front office, with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer making another big move before the MLB Trade Deadline by sending 37-year old outfielder Alfonso Soriano back to the New York Yankees, the team the slugger began his career with way back in 1999.
In exchange for Soriano the Cubs received right handed minor league pitcher Corey Black. The Yankees will cover $6.8 million of Soriano’s $25 million contract. In his return to the Bronx, Soriano went 4-5, including a home run.
“This is my house. I play here. I start my career [here],” Soriano said. “I think I have a great moment here with the Yankees and I’m happy when I play here, so that’s why I come back here.”
In the midst of trade deadline madness, the Cubs journeyed out to San Francisco this weekend to take on the Giants. The Cubs swept the defending champs, winning the three game series.
The Cubbies came back late in the game Friday night to beat the Giants 3-2. Trailing 2-1 in the ninth, Anthony Rizzo hit a line drive that went through first baseman Brian Belt’s legs, scoring Julio Borbon and Junior Lake. Edwin Jackson had a solid inning, winning three of his last five outings. Closer Kevin Gregg picked up his 20th save of the season. The win gave the Cubs their 24th road win, tying their total from last season.
The Cubs didn’t need much offense on Saturday, winning 1-0. Chris Rusin threw 7 scoreless innings. The Cubs were able to avoid trouble, and closer Kevin Gregg was able to get out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth. Nate Schierholtzwas the hero of the day, hitting a solo home run off his former team with one out in the night.
On Sunday it was all about Travis Wood. The starter lasted seven innings, giving up only one run and four hits. Wood struck out seven, and joined in on the scoring, hitting his third home run of the year, off Giants’ ace Tim Lincecum. Wellington Castillo also added a solo home run, and 2 runs were all the Cubs would need, winning 2-1. The Cubbies are now 6-2-3 over their last 11 games.
WHITE SOX: (From Kristen Perteet)
The Sox suffered another weekend sweep, this time at the hands of the Kansas City Royals, but the question that dominated White Sox discussions over the weekend was whether starting pitcher Jake Peavy be a member of the White Sox by the middle of the week?
All signs are pointing to ‘yes’ as Peavy’s bags were already packed and his belongings removed from the White Sox clubhouse on Sunday.
The way this team is playing this year it might be time for a great deal of the Sox players to be sent packing. The Sox are sinking deeper and deeper below .500 and giving their quality pitching staff nothing to work with game by game.
Some people including manager Robin Ventura think the trade rumors are a distraction but Sox first baseman and team leader Paul Konerko stated they were playing like (expletive) before the rumors even started.
This past weekend the south siders faced their division foe the Kansas City Royals and as usual, the Sox struggled mightily against them. The weekend series started with fall like weather in the forecast and just like the temperature the Sox’ bats were cold.
Friday night was a wasted night for pitcher Jose Quintana. He only allowed 2 runs in his quality start, but the offense and bullpen didn’t come through and the Sox lost 5-1. On Saturday, Chris Sale took the 1-0 loss after posting his 16th quality start. Will this team ever score for him? He receives the lowest runs per game in the league.
Sunday wasn’t any better as the Sox couldn’t avoid the sweep to the Royals. The Royals’ Alex Gordon hit a 2 run homer in the 12th inning to beat the Sox 4-2. One positive note from the game is Adam Dunn hitting his 15th homerun to tie Cal Ripken Jr. on the all-time homerun list. The Sox finished the weekend 22 games under 500 and head on the road for seven games in Cleveland and Detroit.
Be on the lookout for some big moves from the Sox early this week before Wednesday’s MLB Trade Deadline.
The 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks hosted their sixth annual Convention this weekend at the Chicago Hilton. Check back in later today for Trish Christake’s recap from Saturday’s festivities.