Results tagged ‘ White Sox ’

6/6 Intracity showdown

If you’re looking ahead to the Cubs’ first round against their crosstown rivals, the White Sox, which begins Friday at Wrigley Field, it looks like the rotation will be Randy Wells, Carlos Silva and Ted Lilly. A reminder that the Sunday, June 13 game will start at 7:05 p.m. CT.

— Carrie Muskat

5/15 Updated Cubs game times

The Cubs will face the White Sox at Wrigley Field on June 13 in an Interleague game at 7 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN TV. On June 20, the Cubs will play host to the Angels at 1:20 p.m. CT, and that game will be carried on WGN-TV. The starting times for those two games were not finalized until now.

— Carrie Muskat

4/26 More at stake in Cubs vs. White Sox

The Cubs and White Sox will be battling for more than just bragging rights. The two teams Monday announced an official structure to the Interleague rivalry known as the Crosstown Classic. Starting this year, the series will be called the BP Crosstown Cup. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and manager Lou Piniella joined White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham and catcher A.J. Pierzynski in announcing the details.

“Cubs and Sox fans have always been passionate about this rivalry. The BP Crosstown Cup recognizes the excitement of winning the crosstown series,” Ricketts said. “In addition to bragging rights, fans will have a chance to win prizes through this promotion, which will make the series even more fun.”

Under the rules of the BP Crosstown Cup, the two teams will continue to meet in a yearly six-game head-to-head series as they have since 1997. The team with the most wins in the yearly series will be formally awarded the rivalry’s namesake trophy. If the annual series is split 3-3, the BP Crosstown Cup will be awarded to the winner of the series’ last game.

The Cubs and White Sox kick off their first series of 2010 at Wrigley Field on June 11 and will celebrate their 75th meeting on June 13. The BP Crosstown Cup trophy will be awarded in a formal ceremony at U.S. Cellular Field following the deciding game of the six-game series.

— Carrie Muskat

4/4 Ozzie sends a message

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who was in Atlanta for exhibition games Friday and Saturday, left a message in the visiting manager’s office at Turner Field for Lou Piniella. It was in Spanish.

“He said, ‘Good luck’ and a couple more phrases,” Piniella said Sunday. “And it wasn’t ‘Twitted.'”

Guillen started his own Twitter account this spring but it’s a foreign concept to Piniella. When showed how to use the social networking site, he said, “You have to type?”

— Carrie Muskat


4/2 Some spring crowd noise

The Cubs averaged 10,892 fans in 14 games at HoHoKam Park this spring, drawing a total 152,493. That’s the top average home attendance in the Major Leagues this spring. This is the seventh straight year the Cubs have led the Cactus League in per game attendance.

The Cubs’ home attendance is listed as 164,046 in official MLB stats because that includes the March 13 game in Las Vegas. The Cubs were the home team that day.

They also were part of the Cactus League single-game record of 13,629, set March 28 in Peoria against the Seattle Mariners.

* The average attendance for a Cactus League game this spring was approximately 6,800 per game. The Cubs are a little more than 4,000 fans ahead of the Cactus League per game average. 

* The Cubs helped establish since-surpassed single-game marks on consecutive days in Glendale — 13,391 on March 18 vs. the Dodgers; 13,413 on March 19 vs. the White Sox. 

* The Cubs set an all-time HoHoKam Park attendance record on March 27 when they drew  13,462 fans for a game against the Padres.

* Last year, the Cubs set an all-time Cactus League record with 203,105 fans in 19 games at HoHoKam Park, an average of 10,690 per game.

* The Cubs have played in 15 of the top 20 top drawing Spring Training games of all time.

— Carrie Muskat 

3/7 Cubs vs. White Sox Sunday rained out

The Cubs’ travel squad never left Mesa before Sunday’s game against the White Sox was called because of rain. Jeff Samardzija was to start for the Cubs. Rain was expected in Mesa as well.

— Carrie Muskat

2/5/10 Prickly issue in Cactus League

Cactus League teams want the Cubs to stay in Arizona. They just don’t want to pay for the Cubs’ new facility.

According to a story in the Phoenix Business Journal, the White Sox and Diamondbacks oppose a plan to have the entire Cactus League bankroll the $84 million stadium being built in Mesa for the Cubs. Arizona lawmakers are considering a plan to impose new ticket charges on all Cactus League games and raise rental car taxes in the Valley to help pay for the new complex.

Ticket surcharges have been used by specific cities to fund baseball stadiums within their jurisdictions, according to Cactus League president Robert Brinton. However, the latest proposal would mark the first time a league-wide fee would be imposed for one project.

White Sox president Jerry Reinsdorf told the Journal that other teams and their fans did not finance development of his team’s stadium in Glendale. D-backs President Derrick Hall also is opposed to the idea of league-wide ticket surcharges to benefit the Cubs.

“We want the Cubs to stay here badly, but not at the expense of our fans,” Hall told the Journal. “I’ve heard the argument that the other teams should be willing to because of the visiting crowds that the Cubs bring to their games. They do draw well, as do we, yet we were creative in our search for a new site to identify a partner willing to finance the entire project without public dollars.”

The D-Backs and Rockies will move into a new facility in 2011 that the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is building east of Scottsdale. The tribe is taking a $23 million loan backed by federal stimulus money to help fund the $100 million project. The tribe, which operates two casinos, is paying for the remainder of the new complex.

Arizona House Majority Leader John McComish is formulating a financing bill for the Cubs. He has said he’s looking at options to pay for the new stadium, including ticket surcharges and increased taxes on hotels and car rentals. It has not been determined how much the surcharge would be. The Phoenix area already has high car rental taxes, with current rates totaling 18.53 percent.

Legislators may face criticism if they fast-track taxes for the Cubs as they cut education and social welfare programs in the face of a multibillion-dollar deficit.

Mesa City Manager Chris Brady said in addition to ticket surcharges and higher car rental taxes, Mesa voters will be asked to approve bond money as well as infrastructure and services spending for the new complex. Brady said tentative plans call for two-thirds of the $84 million to come from regional sources and one-third from the city. That translates into a split of $56 million to $28 million.

— Carrie Muskat

9/3 Lineup & Lee

Derrek Lee was scratched from Thursday’s lineup to be with his wife Christina, who delivered a baby boy around 5 a.m. It’s the couple’s second child. No word yet on the name, but everyone was doing well.

Jake Fox started at first, which meant a late change of gloves for him during early BP. Here’s the lineup:

CF Fukudome

SS Theriot

3B Ramirez

RF Bradley

1B Fox

LF Soriano

2B Baker

C Hill

P Dempster

— Carrie Muskat

9/3 Early quick hits

Expect Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Theriot back in the Cubs lineup Thursday against the White Sox. Lou Piniella wanted to give them a breather Wednesday.

* The Cubs bullpen enters Thursday’s game with a 20 1/3 scoreless inning streak, dating back to Aug. 27. Carlos Marmol has converted five straight save opportunities.

* Cubs pitchers have yet to throw a complete game this year. There have been three times in franchise history when the team has not had at least one nine-inning CG by June 1, and one other time not by Sept. 1.

According to research by historian Ed Hartig, the latest CG of the season:

Sept. 16, 2006: Rich Hill

June 11, 2008: Ryan Dempster

June 10, 1983: Fergie Jenkins

* Interleague play will finally be over after Thursday’s makeup game between the Cubs and White Sox.This ties for the latest Cubs’ Interleague game. On Sept. 3, 1997, the Cubs beat the Twins, 10-6, at Wrigley. Previously, the latest the Cubs and White Sox had played a regular season game was July 14, 2001, which the White Sox won, 3-1.

— Carrie Muskat

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Lou and Ozzie

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was a little disappointed in Cubs manager Lou Piniella. First of all, Guillen says Piniella is reading books by “mellow” people like Tony Dungy and John Wooden. Guillen would prefer to read material by someone who is more fiery like Piniella himself or Billy Martin.

Guillen also was insulted that Piniella accidentally hung up on him. Earlier in February, when the Cubs were at Fitch Park, Guillen tried to call because he wanted to use the designated hitter in Saturday’s game. But Piniella didn’t hear anyone on the other end of the call, so he hung up. On Saturday, Guillen let Piniella know he wasn’t happy about that.

“I told Ozzie, ‘Whatever you want, we’ll accomodate you,'” Piniella said of his conversation Saturday. “He said today, ‘Can I have a couple of your players?'”

— Carrie Muskat