Report: Former Wheaton Baseball Alum – Chris Denorfia – Signs With Cubs

By Matt Noonan 

The first day of 2015 will go down as an important date in Wheaton College (Mass.) history as  Chris Denorfia – an alum and former member of the Lyons’ baseball team from 1999-2002 – has signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to reports.

On Wednesday, December 31, FOX Sports‘ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that Denorfia was conversing with the ball club about a one-year deal.

Additional tweets and reports about the acquisition followed, but on Thursday, January 1, the Chicago Tribune tweeted and confirmed that the Cubs had signed the former San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners outfielder.

Prior to the Chicago Tribune‘s post about the signing, John Baker – a former catcher for the Cubs – initially broke the news of the signing, which was picked up by various media outlets, including Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Denorfia entered the majors as a member of Cincinnati Reds in 2005. He played in 18 games and made 44 plate appearances, recording 10 hits, three doubles, one home run, two RBI, and one stolen base. He also played for the Oakland A’s (2008, 2009), Padres (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), but was traded last summer to the Mariners (2014).

In nine years in the majors, he’s recorded 271 runs, 530 hits, 92 doubles, 16 triples, 38 home runs, 178 RBI and 56 stolen bases.

Daily Noontime – May 16, 2012

Josh Beckett pitched seven innings on Tuesday, and picked up his third win on the bump! (Photo Credit: Mass Live)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s “hump day,” which means this work week is slowly coming to an end. However, before the day gets too old, lets dish out some headlines and news.

* The Boston Red Sox earned their fifth consecutive win, and matched their April winning streak by defeating the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday afternoon, 5-0. Josh Beckett picked up his third win on the bump, while David Ortiz smacked his eighth home run of the season. Also, former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield was honored prior to Tuesday’s contest against the Mariners.

* Boston is now 17-19 overall, and will begin an eight game road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Tampa Bay for a two-game series.

* The Celtics will look to rebound on Wednesday evening, and capture Game No. 3 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston spent Tuesday in the film room prior to their flight to re-watch both matches against their semi-final opponent.

* New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker inked his name on a one-year franchise tender on Tuesday, while various reports confirmed that seventh-round draft pick Alfonzo Dennard will be arraigned May 30 for a third-degree felony assault of a police officer.

Daily Noontime – May 15, 2012

Jrue Holiday paced the 76ers with 18 points on Monday, which helped Philadelphia even their semi-final series with Boston! (Photo Credit: PHLsportsfan.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Tuesday, which means this particular week is slowly motoring along! Here are some headlines and news to kickstart your day!

* Four players recorded 10 points or more for Philadelphia on Monday, as the 76ers defended a late rally by Boston to tie their Eastern Conference semi-finals series, 1-1, (Philly defeated Boston, 82-81 in Game No. 2).

Jrue Holiday paced the 76ers with 18 points, while Andre Iguodala recorded 13 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the win. As for the Celtics, Ray Allen came off the bench and netted 17 points, Kevin Garnett added 15 points, and Brandon Bass registered 12 points.

* Boston and Philadelphia will resume their series on Wednesday in the “City of Brotherly Love” — Tip is scheduled for 7:00PM at the Wells Fargo Center.

* The Boston Red Sox earned their fourth consecutive win, as they defeated the Seattle Mariners, 6-1. Jon Lester tossed a complete game, and allowed eight hits, one earned run, and fanned six batters. Daniel Nava and Kelly Shoppach each cranked one home run, while David Ortiz recored his 26th RBI of the season.

* Boston and Seattle will conclude their two-game series on Tuesday — Josh Beckett opposes Blake Beavan — first pitch is scheduled for 4:05PM.

Daily Noontime – May 14, 2012

Jarrod Saltalamacchia recorded one home run and 5 RBIs on Sunday, as Boston extended its current winning streak to three-games! (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Monday, which means a new week has officially begun! Let’s get it started with some news and headlines from the city of Boston!

* The Boston Red Sox won their third consecutive game on Sunday, as the local nine pounded the Cleveland Indians, 12-1. Daniel Bard picked up his third win of the season, as he pitched six innings, allowed one earned run, and fanned two batters, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia recorded one home run and 5 RBIs.

* Boston has now won 15 games, and will look to earn their eighth win at Fenway Park on Monday when they host the Seattle Mariners — Jon Lester opposes Jason Vargas — first pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM.

* According to various reports — Daisuke Matsuzaka will make two more rehab starts with the PawSox before returning to Boston. The right-hander made his most recent start on Saturday, and lasted 5.1 innings and allowed seven hits, five runs, but fanned five batters.

* The Boston Celtics will look to earn their second Eastern Conference semi-final victory on Monday when they return to the hardwood at the TD Garden. Boston defeated Philadelphia, 92-91 on Saturday, and were given the day off on Sunday.

* Finally, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who wrote in his weekly, “Monday Morning Quarterback” an excerpt about his first start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 30, 2001.

Daily Noontime – December 7, 2011

The Jets defeated the Bruins for the first time this season on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

Happy “Hump Day” to everyone, and welcome into another quality edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some headlines, news and more! 

Headlines: 

*Winnipeg handed the Boston Bruins their first loss since October on Tuesday, as the Jets won, 2-1.

* Albert Pujols has yet to make a decision about joining the Florida Marlins. However, as of recently, the St. Louis Cardinals have offered their former slugger $220 million for 10 seasons.

* According to MLB.com — Sources have confirmed that the Seattle Mariners are downplaying their chatter about acquiring Prince Fielder.

* NFL.com has confirmed that the Chicago Bears aren’t interested in acquiring former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

* On Wednesday, the NFL will make an announcement regarding their week 15 flex game, which could entail having New England and Denver square off on Sunday evening instead of the afternoon.

* On Tuesday, the NFL finance committee voted to recommend “Shahid Khan’s bid to buy the [Jacksonville] Jaguars.”

Games to Watch:

* Washington at Ottawa (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Buffalo (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Perhaps this was Tyler Seguin‘s alarm clock, which didn’t go off on time!