Kyle Schwarber's recent surge has improved his chances of playing more regularly, and that could begin in Thursday night's series opener against the Brewers. Schwarber is batting .253 with 16 home runs in 56 games since his return from Triple-A Iowa on July 6. Following the example of Anthony Rizzo hasn't hurt Schwarber's recent production, as he's batting .348 (8-for-23) in his last seven games entering Wednesday night's game against the Rays. "He's already trying to choke up (on the bat)," manager Joe Maddon said. "I don't know if you've noticed it from up top. He's trying to do different things in counts right now. I'm starting to see some progress with that." Schwarber is 2-for-10 with four
The attendance at Citizens Bank Park for Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was just 20,145. Years from now, it will be quadruple that. Everyone will say they were there the night Rhys Hoskins went toe-to-toe with Pedro Baez's high-octane fastball and delivered the big hit that helped lift the Phillies to an emotional 6-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers (see observations). Hoskins, the Phillies' rookie sensation, had four RBIs in the game, all of them coming on full-count hits in the sixth and seventh innings. He got the Phillies on the board with an RBI single against Dodgers starter Yu Darvish in sixth inning. Then, with two outs in the seventh, he lashed a tie-breaking,
Anton Forsberg and Joel Quenneville react to Forsberg's impressive Blackhawks preseason debut.