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The End Of Daylight Saving Time, The Beginning Of Free Agency, And A Game On TV

The headline sums up the entire contents of this story, on a slow Saturday morning in November that feels, in Chicago at least, more Decemberish.

At 2 a.m. CDT Sunday, Daylight Saving (not "Savings"; that's one of my grammar pet peeves) Time ends; turn your clocks back an hour, or before you go to sleep if you're not staying up waiting for the magical time change. (You get two 1 a.m.-2 a.m. hours early Sunday morning.) The most noticeable effect will be a sunset in Chicago on Sunday at 4:38 p.m.

Only three hours before that, at 11:01 p.m. CDT Saturday night, the free agent season is officially open. After that time, the 142 players who officially became free agents (no filing necessary any more) after the last out of the World Series will be able to sign with any team. It doesn't seem likely that the Cubs, or anyone else, will make big signings on Sunday -- but then, the news that Alfonso Soriano was going to sign with the Cubs broke on a Sunday (November 19, 2006, although it wasn't made official until the next day).

And, if you are missing baseball and need a game after five days without, never fear, the MLB Network is coming to the rescue this evening with the telecast of the Arizona Fall League "Rising Stars" game at 8 p.m. CDT. Cubs prospects Christopher Carpenter and Josh Vitters are expected to appear in the game.