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Mitchell Hitless For Peoria

Mitchell Hitless For Peoria

Wednesday Oct. 13, 2010
Posted: 7:45 p.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEPeoria Saguaros
Scottsdale bested the Saguaros, 9-1, Wednesday afternoon. Former White Sox top pick Jared Mitchell went hitless in three at-bats, striking out twice and drawing a walk. Hes 3-for-7 with three strikeouts through two games.

Washington's Bryce Harper, the top pick in this years First-Year Player Draft, is on the Scottsdale roster but did not play Wednesday. He will not be eligible to play until next Wednesday but when he does, the 18-year-old will be the second youngest player to ever appear in the AFL behind Fernando Martinez of the Mets.

Harper hit hitting .319 (15-for-47) with four homers and 12 RBIs in the Florida Instructional League in September. He also posted a .407 on-base percentage and .702 slugging percentage along with a 1.110 OPS.

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

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Under Center Podcast: State of the Bears: Defense

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan are back with their training camp preview of the Bears' defense, looking at if it's fair to expect this group to take a step back without Vic Fangio (2:00) or if it's possible to repeat as the league's No. 1 defense (10:00). Plus, the guys look at which players the Bears need to improve to remain one of the NFL's best defenses (15:15), debate if Leonard Floyd can be better (20:00) and look at the future of the defense as a salary cap crunch looms after 2019 (25:00). 

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: 

Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

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Yu Darvish finally has his first win at Wrigley

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It was the final pitch he threw on the afternoon as he completely dismantled the Reds lineup in a 4-2 Cubs victory.

Since the All-Star Break, Darvish leads Major League Baseball in ERA — he hasn't allowed a run in 12 innings while striking out 15 and giving up only 4 hits and a walk. 

Oh yeah, and he finally picked up his first Wrigley Field win in a Cubs uniform...in his 28th start.

In both outings to start the second half, he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and they're also the only two scoreless starts he has as a member of the Cubs (he gave up 0 earned run April 27 last year against the Brewers, but was charged with an unearned run).

The Cubs are now 5-1 since the All-Star Break and will carry a 2.5-game lead in the division into action Friday when the San Diego Padres come into town.