Last week’s Twitter spat between Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch — with Denny Hamlin also chiming in — raised the excitement level for fans prior to the playoff opener at Chicagoland. Not only did Busch and Keselowski provide great entertainment with their back-and-forth disses, fans not only welcomed what both drivers had to say, but many also took sides, as well. It also started fans, drivers, media and others mulling about how the sport needs more rivalries — and race day animosity between drivers to further amp up the edge — which would likely further boost the attention and excitement of the sport.
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
BOSTON Red Sox chairman Tom Werner doesnt seem to be the biggest fan of the the Yankees, MLB disciplinarian Joe Torre, and players who cant take criticism from broadcasters. In a spot Thursday with WEEI, Werner made clear David Prices handling of Dennis Eckersley was unprofessional. Boston is a tough place to play, Werner said on WEEIs Ordway, Merlonia and Fauria.