Yes, I know I spelled "tee" wrong.
Most people drink coffee in the morning while they read the paper or whatever. I drink tea. Thus, this new round up of yesterday's headlines will be called the Morning Tea Shot. Deal with it.
Javy Baez Gets The Call
In perhaps the second biggest news of the Cubs' season, they've made the decision to call one of their top prospects up to the big leagues. Javier Baez had been hitting .300 with 12 homers since July 1st at Triple A Iowa. It's quite possible Baez will get off to a slow start, as he hit .172 in April this year, his first month at the Triple A level. But his average has improved ever since then, and he's also hitting .283 with RISP. The Cubs aren't going anywhere this year, but I think this call up is a sign that management is tired of waiting, tired of losing. Baez makes his debut tonight in Colorado.
White Sox Win Rain-Shortened Affair
It poured harder than it has in a long time around here last night, and it was no different at US Cellular Field. The Sox and Rangers waited out a short delay at the start, and then got seven innings in before the game was called. The White Sox scored a couple in the bottom of the 6th to secure the victory. Tyler Flowers homered and tripled, and Jose Abreu had a couple of hits. Also, congratulations to Abreu, as he was named the AL's Rookie of the Month for the 3rd time. Can we just give him the Rookie of the Year trophy now?
Not a Great Day in Bourbonnais
We'll start with the injury news. Third wide receiver Marquess Wilson went down with a broken clavicle after he dove for a ball in practice yesterday. The Bears aren't deep at all behind Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, and even though Wilson wasn't a threat to take a starting job from either of those two, you never want to lose depth at a position you're not very deep at. Wilson will be out 6-8 weeks
Practice ended early after a slight dust up between tight end Martellus Bennett and rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller. Bennett took issue with a tackle Fuller made after a Bennett catch. Bennett then body slammed Fuller to the ground. Is this a big deal? No, but only because nobody got hurt. Bennett is your starting tight end, and Fuller is expected to make an impact on the defense. Marc Trestman wants his guys to stay off the ground during practice, but on two different occasions, negative things happened yesterday when players did not stay off the ground.
Johnny Football Takes 1st Team Reps
All of them. I mean come on, did we really think the Cleveland Browns would start Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel in Week 1? I could be wrong, but I think Manziel is on the fast track to the starter's job at the beginning of the season. You drafted the kid, you have to see if he can play.
Tiger Not Out of PGA...
...Yet. Tiger's news conference, scheduled for later today, has been cancelled after he pulled out of last weekend's Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger aggravated his back after an awkward shot on the second hole, then lasted until the 9th hole before deciding he was finished. We know Tiger wants to play. He even had his caddy, Joe LaCava, out scouting Valhalla yesterday. Tiger won it the last time the tournament was played at Valhalla (2000). Even if he does play, I don't expect Tiger to win, though I will be rooting for him to at least make the cut.
Brett Favre Coming Back...
...To Green Bay to have his number retired. Look, even as Bears fans, it's only right that Brett Favre's number be retired in Green Bay. The guy played 16 years there, won a Super Bowl, and brought the franchise back to prominence. The feud between them was silly.
So there you go, the first edition of the Morning Tea Shot. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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