Bobby Jenks talks about his painkiller addiction, near death experience


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Bobby Jenks is best remembered as the rookie closer on the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series championship team. Jenks has the third most saves in White Sox history, and was often clocked above 100 mph on his pitches. Bobby Jenks once registered 102 m.p.h. during a 2009 game at Safeco Field.

However, the life of Bobby Jenks off the field is an even more interesting and compelling story, as a CSN Chicago special reveals.

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Heyward delighted to extend Braves stay


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Jason Heyward has admitted his delight at avoiding arbitration and signing a new two-year contract with the Atlanta Braves. The 24-year old agreed a $13.3 million deal over the next two seasons, bringing an end to Heyward’s fears of entering arbitration on the back of an injury-plagued 2013 MLB season.

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Orioles Need Starter, Burnett in Contention


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A lot of speculation came out of the Baltimore Orioles ’ camp last weekend after the club kept quiet on their plans to sign a new starter to their desperate roster.

Usually the annual FanFest is an event where the clubs offer a carrot to the fans, maybe shedding light on a trade rumor, but this year the Orioles supporters were left in the dark regarding their pitching ranks.

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Jenny Dell might leave NESN for Fox Sports 1


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Jenny Dell, the NESN personality who works for the Boston Red Sox is pondering a leave. She’s look at possibly joining Fox Sports 1.

The Boston Globe reports that she is in talks with the network, possibly trying to hammer out a deal. The Boston Globe was also the first to report that Jenny Dell is living with and dating Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks. All of Boston knew the two were dating for well over a year, but only a few weeks ago did the Dell relationship with Middlebrooks become public common knowledge.

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Six NESN “reporters” who’ve dated the teams they cover


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Have you met NESN (New England Sports Network) and their history of hiring bikini models, pageant winners and cheerleaders? These eye candy reporters also have, and this is going to shock you I’m sure, a substantial amount of jersey chasing to their credit. Hey, there’s nothing quite like sleeping with your sources!

I don’t know what you would classify NESN as, maybe a “broadcast arm of the Boston Red Sox Media Relations Department,” “New England Sports Propaganda Channel.” But I do know it’s not a news network. And their “reporters” are not journalists. When you’re in bed, both literally and figuratively with the same exact teams that you cover, your journalistic credibility is zero.

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Seattle Mariners sign Robinson Cano cousin, named Burt Reynolds


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Seattle made another interesting signing only days after inking Robinson Cano for $240 million.  Yes, the Robinson Cab signing that dominated MLB headlines for so long. The Mariners have given his cousin, third baseman-outfielder Burt Reynolds, a minor league deal.

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Why Doesn’t New Jersey Host a MLB Team?


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Many people have wondered why New Jersey doesn’t have its own Major League Baseball team. After all, the residents of New Jersey would most likely love to have a team there, and the state leadership would be more than happy to support it. In fact, the state even has the three main components that are nearly essential to owning and operating a successful MLB franchise. So why doesn’t New Jersey have a team? As it turns out, a Supreme Court Ruling from 1922 might be to blame.

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Arizona Diamondbacks promote Northwestern grad Bo Schultz


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Thanksgiving dinner is likely to seem especially tasty for onetime American Association hurler Bo Schultz since news arrived Wednesday that he had been added to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 40-man roster after a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. The 28-year-old righty and Northwestern journalism grad, who was mostly a bullpen contributor (4-3, 4.13 in 37 appearances) while helping Grand Prairie, TX win the Association title in 2011, went 3-0 with a 3.09 earned run average in seven starts in the AFL after both starting and relieving for the D-Backs’ top two farm clubs this summer.

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Offseason considerations for the New York Mets


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As baseball heads into the postseason, the New York Mets are faced with an offseason of intense decision-making. During the break, there are plenty of problems that need to be addressed but fortunately, this time, there’s plenty of money available to transform the squad.

Plenty of positions need firming up: the outfield is lacking a real big hitter; General Manager Sandy Alderson needs to decide whether Ike Davis or Lucas Duda can hold down first base; the New York Mets are in the market for a new shortstop according to Alderson; and, despite Matt Harvey’s intense rehab, there’s no prognosis on when his shoulder injury will heal so a replacement veteran starting pitcher might be in the mix.

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San Francisco Giants find prospect from a dentist appointment


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How the San Francisco Giants found their latest prospect is yet another example of it’s all about who you know in life. Even in sports. Yes, sports, where it’s a pure meritocracy, and all about talent. You get ahead only if you can play, and left behind if you cannot play.

Not true. Sometimes it is all about who you know. Like the case of Matt Chavez and the San Francisco Giants.

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Chicago Cubs prospects Kris Bryant and Albert Almora dominate AFL


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With only four major league teams still participating in the postseason and most major and minor league ballparks shuttered until Spring Training, it would be easy to overlook offseason minor league baseball leagues commencing around the globe, starting last week with the Arizona Fall League (AFL), which is considered between AA and AAA caliber.  Eight prospects in the Cubs organization have been assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox, one of six teams in the two-division league whose regular season concludes on November 14 followed by a brief playoff round. 

MLB Playoffs are on? I’ll pass…


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The MLB Playoffs are in full swing with the Divisional Series set.

Yawn.

The St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, and Oakland Athletics face off for the chance to win a championship that will be earned after 162 (or 163) games.

Meh.

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