CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs are calling up a top pitching prospect as righty Adbert Alzolay will take the place of Tim Collins who was designated for assignment. The Cubs believe Alzolay is on top of his game right now as Theo Epstein said recently his curveball was the best he's seen from him. Fellow Venezuelan and Cubs catcher Willson Contreras had this to say: “I hear really good stuff about him. Really good fastball command. Good spin rate. He's striking people out, he's throwing hard and it makes me proud. I know where he comes from, how hard he works every day to be here and finally his day has come.” A home grown pitcher has been a rare sight at Wrigley Field under Epstein. Alzolay could pitch in relief as soon as Thursday night.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Willson Contreras discuss his 2 homer night including his first grand slam since the last time he faced the White Sox.

Garcia starts game with lead-off homer for White Sox (0:30)
Bote hits solo homer in 4th (0:29)
Contreras cranks 2 home runs in Cubs' win (0:51)
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Ex-commish Vincent hails ChiSox plan on netting

Former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent has expressed unqualified support for Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf's initiative to extend safety netting to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field.

BBTN: CHW's Youth, Powerful Yankees, Power 10

Buster and Karl Ravech discuss the emergence of Eloy Jimenez, the Yankees' powerful lineup and the umpire union's response to Manny Machado (12:58). Plus, Derrick Goold with some "Inside Heat" on the Cardinals (33:00), "Hembo Knows" (47:48) and the latest Power 10 (53:18).

Schwarber smacks another leadoff homer (0:56)
Jimenez hits the White Sox's go-ahead homer in the 9th (0:33)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs got a first pitch HR from Kyle Schwarber and that was it on offense as Ivan Nova and Sox relievers shut them down in a 3-1 loss. In a drama filled moment, former Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez hit a go-ahead ninth inning home run off of Pedro Strop to secure the win for the White Sox.

Hamels reaches milestone in 8-K outing (0:55)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Contacted by ESPN's Outside the Lines about the White Sox' plans to extend netting to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago native Erwin Goldbloom said, "Go Sox! I hope it's a start — somebody had to do it and I hope now the rest of teams will follow." Goldbloom's wife Linda died in August after a foul ball into the loge, above netting behind home plate, struck her in the head at Dodger Stadium. His daughter Jana Brody said Tuesday, "I'm thrilled they are taking action...the only other thing I want is to raise it behind the backstop, but I'll take it."

Kimbrel has perfect minor league debut for Cubs (0:26)