Epstein spotted in Chicago . . . or was he?


Epstein spotted in Chicago . . . or was he?

A Cubs fan insists he saw, and spoke to, Theo Epstein at a Chicago Starbucks on Saturday morning, and also said Epstein was driven away in a SUV toward the direction of Wrigley Field.

Noah Pinzur told the Chicago Tribune that Epstein, or someone who looks exactly like him, got out of an SUV in which he was a passenger at a Starbucks in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Pinzur said he approached him and asked if he was Theo Epstein. "No," was the reply. "I get that a lot."

Pinzur then said the man asked him, "Who is Theo Epstein?" Pinzur's reply was: "He's the guy who may become general manager of the Cubs, or at least we hope."

The Epstein lookalike then brought his drink order back to the SUV, handed it to a female companion who was also in the car, and were driven north on Racine Avenue, "in the direction of Wrigley Field," according to Pinzur.

Pinzur, who had his laptop with him, said he then googled "Theo Epstein" and "Theo Epstein's wife" and was convinced that the woman in the SUV was Marie Whitney, who is Epstein's wife.

"It was Theo, all right," Pinzur told the Tribune. "I'm 99.9 percent sure."

Sources say the Red Sox have granted permission for the Cubs to speak to Epstein about their vacant general manager's job, though the Sox have refused to confirm that publicly.

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday


Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez


Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.