HOUSTON -- Don’t think the White Sox front office isn’t enjoying every second of Yoan Moncada’s tear. Everyone can breathe a little easier knowing there are fewer questions for baseball’s top prospect to answer headed into 2018. Pleased as they’d been with Moncada’s patient plate approach, the club desired a breakthrough before Oct. 2 for the confidence boost it would provide him alone. Moncada continued a torrid run on Wednesday night that should have him bristling with poise when he arrives in Glendale, Ariz. next February. He homered as the White Sox fell 4-3 to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. “We’ve been looking for him to continue to try and make adjustments,” manager Rick Renteria
Martin Frk has a shot that makes teammates shy to serve as a screen, that even his own goaltenders don’t care to face. How adeptly and successfully Frk can utilize that shot during the Detroit Red Wings' exhibition season will go a long way toward determining his future. He was slated to play in Thursday’s game at Chicago on a line with Riley Sheahan and Ben Street, and was also on one of the power play units. “Every game is big for me,” Frk told the Free Press. “I need to try to take someone’s spot and I am trying to play my best and hopefully I can earn a spot.” Frk, 23, wasn’t able to do so a year ago, and so ended up on waivers. The Carolina Hurricanes picked him up only to put him back
The Chicago Cubs took complete control of the National League (NL) Central with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers in MLB on Thursday. Kris Bryant's two-run home run off reliever Oliver Drake in the top of the 10th inning provided the winning margin as the Cubs beat the Brewers 5-3 in 10 innings. The loss could not have been more heartbreaking for the Brewers, who fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, then took the lead on an Eric Thames single in the eighth.