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IHSA releases 2018 high school football schedules

The 2018 high school football schedules have been released in Illinois. Jim Taylor reports.
 

 

 

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Heyward helps Cubs beat Cardinals 9-6 in return from break

 Jason Heyward had three hits and two RBIs, Ian Happ belted a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 on Thursday night in baseball's first game after the All-Star break.
 
Anthony Rizzo added two doubles from the leadoff spot as Chicago kicked off a five-game series against St. Louis with its fourth consecutive victory. Victor Caratini had three hits and scored three times, and Ben Zobrist delivered a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the Cubs' five-run fifth inning.
 
With Chicago and St. Louis returning a day earlier than the rest of the majors, Cubs manager Joe Maddon held All-Stars Willson Contreras and Javier Baez out of the starting lineup. Caratini and Zobrist picked up the slack quite nicely as the NL Central leaders increased their advantage to a season-high three games over idle Milwaukee.
 
Yadier Molina matched a career high with four hits for St. Louis, but interim manager Mike Shildt was handed his first loss in his second game in charge after Mike Matheny was fired Saturday night. Tommy Pham and Matt Carpenter each hit a solo homer.
 
The Cardinals had a 3-1 lead before the Cubs started teeing off on Carlos Martinez (6-6) in the fifth.
 
Caratini singled, advanced to second on shortstop Paul DeJong's throwing error and scored on Rizzo's stinging double into the gap in right-center. Heyward hit a tying RBI single and Zobrist followed with a fly ball to center, driving in Kris Bryant for a 4-3 lead.
 
Happ then hit a drive deep to right-center for his 12th homer. He also went deep in his previous game, connecting for a solo shot in Saturday night's 11-6 victory at San Diego.
 
Brian Duensing (3-0) got the last out of the fifth for the win. Pedro Strop got one out for his third save after the Cubs placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list as part of a flurry of pregame moves.
 
Martinez allowed six runs, five earned, and seven hits in five innings. The right-hander went 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his previous four starts.
 
Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks also struggled, yielding nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. But he wiggled out of a couple jams while limiting the Cardinals to three runs.
 
Cubs ace Jon Lester and Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty get the ball this afternoon. Lester (12-2, 2.58 ERA) is 8-0 with a 2.80 ERA in his last nine starts. Flaherty (3-4, 3.24 ERA) pitched five shutout innings in a no-decision against Cincinnati in his previous start on Saturday.

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Cubs place closer Morrow on 10-day DL

The Chicago Cubs have placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list with right biceps inflammation.
 
Morrow has 22 saves and a 1.47 ERA in 35 games in his first season with the Cubs. The DL stint is retroactive to Monday.
 
Morrow, who turns 34 on July 26, also spent time on the DL earlier this season with lower back tightness.
 
The Cubs also activated outfielder Albert Almora Jr. and relievers Carl Edwards Jr. and Anthony Bass before Thursday night's game against St. Louis. Almora was placed on the family medical emergency list on Sunday. Edwards was on the paternity list, and Bass was sidelined by an illness.
 
Infielder David Bote and reliever Rob Zastryzny were sent down to Triple-A Iowa.

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Bulls sign guard Antonio Blakeney to NBA contract

The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Antonio Blakeney to an NBA contract.
 
Undrafted out of LSU in 2017, Blakeney signed a two-way deal with the Bulls and averaged 7.9 points in 19 games while splitting time between Chicago and the G League's Windy City Bulls. He was the G League's Rookie of the Year, averaging 32.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists
 
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.
 

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Bears report to camp in Bourbonnais

The Chicago Bears reported to camp Thursday looking for bigger things after a busy offseason.
 
They brought in a new coach in the offensive-minded Matt Nagy and gave quarterback Mitchell Trubisky some new playmakers. They also expect to have a healthy roster, with no one on the physically unable to perform list, when practices start on Friday. Nagy says receiver Allen Robinson and guard Kyle Long should be good to go.
 
The Bears had one notable player missing Thursday, with rookie linebacker Roquan Smith unsigned. He was the Bears' first-round pick at No. 8 overall.

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Chelios leaving Red Wings to return to Chicago

Chris Chelios is leaving the Detroit Red Wings to return to his hometown of Chicago.
 
Chelios spent a decade with the Red Wings as a player from 1999-2009, and he's also been an adviser for the team. He says he is going to Chicago to be closer to his family.
 
Chelios says he was skeptical about the 1999 trade that sent him to Detroit. He'd spent over eight seasons with the rival Blackhawks, but he says he began to feel at home with Detroit, and the Stanley Cup victories with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008.

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Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer homered on consecutive pitches to begin the 10th inning, and the American League beat the National League 8-6 Tuesday night for its sixth straight win.
 
Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Jean Segura also connected for the AL in a game where every run except one scored on a homer.
 
Scooter Gennett hit a tying two-run shot off Seattle closer Edwin Diaz in the bottom of the ninth. Joey Votto, Willson Contreras, Trevor Story, Christian Yelich also homered for the NL.
 
There had never been more than six homers in an All-Star Game since Babe Ruth hit the very first one in 1933.
 
While several sluggers went deep, not everything went their way. Starters Max Scherzer and Chris Sale and the relievers combined to fan 15 in the first 4 1/2 innings, and there were 25 strikeouts overall.
 
Fitting, because this season is on pace to become the first with more strikeouts than hits, a year after a record number of home runs.
 
Martinez, who leads the majors in homers and RBIs, singled and struck out in his two at-bats.
 
Orioles shortstop Manny Machado had fun, pulling out a camera to snap a selfie at second base after Matt Kemp doubled. By Wednesday, they could be teammates - Baltimore seems ready to trade Machado, with the Dodgers and Phillies in the mix.
 
A day after hometown star Bryce Harper electrified the crowd by winning the Home Run Derby, it was eerily quiet for most of the evening at Nationals Park. Harper didn't excite the fans, either, fanning in his two at-bats.
 
The only thing missing was a bevy of defensive shifts. Overloaded infields are the norm now, Hinch and NL manager Dave Roberts of the Dodgers pretty much played things straight up.
 
Bregman and Springer homered off losing pitcher Ross Stripling of the Dodgers - that's kind of how last year ended, too, with Houston battering Los Angeles pitchers in the World Series.
 
Segura's three-run homer in the eighth landed in the bullpen and broke a 2-all tie. The Seattle infielder popped up the previous pitch, but Votto, Cincinnati's reliable first baseman, dropped it for an error as he approached the dugout railing. Segura then connected off Hader.
 
Judge homered in the second off Scherzer, the Nationals ace who became the first reigning Cy Young Award winner to start an All-Star Game in his home park. 
 
Trout kept up his All-Star excellence, tagging Mets righty Jacob deGrom. A two-time MVP in his event, Trout is 7 for 15 with five extra-base hits and three walks in these games.
 
Diaz wound up with the win and Toronto's J.A. Happ got his first pro save after giving up Votto's homer.
 
The AL won for the 18th time in 21 games played to a decision, and leads the series 44-43-2. Not since the early 1960s has the AL been ahead.

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147th British Open Round One Tee Times & Odds

The complete field has been set for the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and there are some intriguing threesomes that will link up over the first two rounds. Sandy Lyle, Martin Kaymer and Andy Sullivan will kick things off at 1:35 a.m. ET on Thursday.  Some of the other pairings to get round one underway tomorrow include:
 
3:03 a.m. -- Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello  
4:58 a.m. -- Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
5:09 a.m. -- Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood
5:20 a.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed  
7:31 a.m. -- Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker
7:53 a.m. -- Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen
8:04 a.m. -- Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman  
10:10 a.m. -- Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma
10:21 a.m. -- Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox  
 
ODDS:
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson remains on top of the board as the favorite to win. DJ's got 12-1 odds entering the tournament, followed closely by the trio of Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose. 
 
Defending champion Jordan Spieth is listed next with two-time U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka following and three-time Open winner Tiger Woods sitting than a dozen spots behind DJ. 
 
Dustin Johnson: 12-1 
Rory McIlroy: 16-1 
Rickie Fowler: 16-1 
Justin Rose: 16-1
Jordan Spieth: 18-1
Justin Thomas: 20-1 
Tommy Fleetwood: 20-1
Brooks Koepka: 20-1
Jon Rahm: 20-1 
Jason Day: 25-1
Henrik Stenson: 25-1 
Tiger Woods: 25-1
Sergio Garcia: 30-1
Patrick Reed: 30-1 
Paul Casey: 30-1
Alex Noren: 30-1
Francesco Molinari: 30-1 
Hideki Matsuyama: 40-1
Marc Leishman: 40-1
Branden Grace: 40-1 
Tyrell Hatton: 40-1
Phil Mickelson: 50-1
Matthew Fitzpatrick: 50-1
Ian Poulter: 50-1

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Cubs sweep Padres with 7-4 win

Jon Lester won for the eighth time in nine starts, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs swept the San Diego Padres with a 7-4 win on Sunday.
 
The Cubs jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings against rookie left-hander Eric Lauer, who came within one out of his first complete game in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in his previous start.
 
It was more than enough for Lester (12-2), who struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. The All-Star lefty allowed three runs and six hits while improving to 10-1 in his last 12 starts.
 
Lester was selected for Tuesday's showcase in Washington by the players' vote, but he won't be on the active roster due to Sunday's outing.
 
The 34-year-old Lester carried a 7-1 lead into the sixth inning before getting into a jam. He hit Freddy Galvis with the bases loaded, forcing in a run. James Norwood then came in and got Austin Hedges to pop out before walking pinch-hitter Carlos Asuaje, bringing home another run.
 
Manuel Margot then flied out to right, ending the inning.
 
Pedro Strop surrendered Hunter Renfroe's seventh homer in the seventh, but Justin Wilson got three outs before Brandon Morrow pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.
 
Chicago closed out a 4-2 road trip to San Francisco and San Diego and opened a 2 1/2-game lead over slumping Milwaukee in the NL Central.
 
Christian Villanueva also homered for San Diego, hitting his 19th of the season in the fourth. Villanueva had two hits and scored twice.
 
Lauer, meanwhile, was in trouble early and often. He faced seven batters and threw 37 pitches in the first inning, when Javier Baez and Addison Russell hit RBI singles and Ben Zobrist drove in a run on a groundout. Heyward hit a two-run single in the second.
 
That was it for Lauer (5-6), who allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one.
 
The Cubs added an unearned run in the fourth, when the Padres committed three errors.
 
David Bote drew a leadoff walk, stole second and took third on catcher Hedges' throwing error. He scored on Anthony Rizzo's sacrifice fly. Kris Bryant then beat out a dribbler for an infield single and reached third on consecutive errors by Hedges and right fielder Renfroe. Bryant was stranded when Heyward popped up to shortstop.
 
Bryant brought in a run in the sixth when he was hit by a pitch by Adam Cimber with the bases loaded.
 
Kyle Hendricks (6-8, 3.92 ERA), who beat the Padres on Saturday night, is scheduled to start Thursday night as the Cubs open the second half against the St. Louis Cardinals.
 

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Offense sparks White Sox to 10-1 rout of Royals

Daniel Palka and Yoan Moncada homered, and Lucas Giolito tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning, lifting Chicago to a 10-1 victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals.
 
Moncada was 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored a day after leaving a game with a bruised right knee. Palka also had three hits and two RBIs while Tim Anderson and Kevan Smith each hit a two-run double as Chicago pounded out 13 hits.
 
The rebuilding White Sox had dropped seven of nine before Sunday and are 33-62 overall.
 
Adalberto Mondesi homered leading off the eighth for the Royals, who are 2-11 in July.
 
Kansas City decided to go with a bullpen day instead of a regular starting pitcher. The relievers were no match for Giolito (6-8). The right-hander allowed just two hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking three.
 
After Giolito worked out of his only jam in the top of the first with an assist from the defense - Jorge Bonifacio was thrown out trying to score from second on a single to left with one out - Palka's two-run blast off starter Burch Smith (0-1) gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead.
 
The lead grew to 4-0 in the third as Jose Abreu scored on a wild pitch and Leury Garcia followed with an RBI single against left-hander Brian Flynn. Chicago then broke the game open with a five-run fifth against left-hander Enny Romero. Moncada, who was hit in the knee by a pick-off throw on Saturday, started things with a lead-off homer. It was his 12th of the season and first right-handed. Anderson and Smith each had a two-run double to make it 9-0.
 
Moncada doubled and scored in the sixth to make 10-0 before Mondesi's homer off Jeanmar Gomez broke the shutout.
 
RHP James Shields (4-10, 4.43 ERA) takes the mound Friday night for the start of a three-game series at Seattle.

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Cardinals win in interim manager Shildt's debut

Mike Shildt wasn't sure what to expect in his first day as interim manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
 
He certainly didn't foresee the treatment he received in a wild post-game celebration that occurred following the Cardinals' 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
 
Rumors of discontent in the locker room, along with inconsistent play, spelled the end for manager Mike Matheny, who was fired after Saturday's 8-2 loss after six-plus seasons. The Cardinals were 591-474 during Mathey's tenure and made the playoffs in each of his first four years. But St. Louis failed to reach the postseason the last two years.
 
Matheny was a gold glove catcher for St. Louis from 2000-04 and used those leadership qualities as a manager.
 
Matt Carpenter and Fowler homered to lead an opportunistic seven-hit attack Tommy Pham broke out of a 0-for-20 slump with a two-run, go-ahead single for the Cardinals, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
 
Cincinnati, which had won four of five, is 35-26 since beginning the season 8-27.
 
John Gant (3-3) picked up the win with four hitless innings of relief. He struck out four and walked two.
 
Carpenter began the game with a first-pitch homer, his fifth leadoff home run of the season and 20th of his career. He leads the team with 19 round-trippers.
 
Fowler added a solo shot in the second off Anthony DeSclafani (4-2) for a 2-0 lead.
 
Pham erased a 3-2 deficit with a two-run single that highlighted a four-run outburst in the fourth. It was Pham's first hit since July 5. He entered the game in the second inning after starter Harrison Bader left with a knee injury.
 
Both Pham, who is hitting .243 and Fowler (.176), have struggled at times this season.
 
Adam Duvall tied the game for the Reds with a two-run, bases-loaded single in the fourth. Jose Peraza then put his team in front with a single off the leg of starter Miles Mikolas.
 
DeSclafani allowed six earned run on five hits over 3 1-3 innings.
 
Mikolas, who is headed to the All-Star Game, surrendered three runs on six hits over four innings in his shortest outing of the season.
 
Reds outfielder Jesse Winker extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games with a third-inning single.
 
St. Louis travels to Chicago for a four-game series against the Cubs after the break.

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Cubs place Almora on family medical emergency list

The Chicago Cubs have placed outfielder Albert Almora Jr. on the family medical emergency list and recalled infielder David Bote from Triple-A Iowa.
 
The Cubs made the moves prior to Sunday's series finale against the San Diego Padres.
 
Bote returns to the majors for his fourth stint this season. He hit .300 with one homer and nine RBIs in his first 19 games with the Cubs.
 
Almora is hitting .319, third in the NL going into Sunday, with four homers and 28 RBIs.

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Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Hamilton, Ontario

Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35.
 
Hamilton Police said Emery was identified as the victim of the swimming accident Sunday morning. Staff sergeant Paul Evans said police received a call just after 6 a.m. that an adult swimmer did not surface and that the Niagara Police assisted in the recovery effort. Emery's body was recovered Sunday afternoon.
 
Nicknamed "Razor" for his aggressive style, Emery played parts of 11 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks from 2003-2015. He helped the Senators reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2007 and won it as a backup with the Blackhawks in 2013.
 

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Singh tops Maggert in playoff at Senior Players Championship

Vijay Singh birdied the second playoff hole to beat Jeff Maggert and win the Constellation Senior Players Championship on Sunday.
 
Singh knocked in a putt from about 2 feet after a nearly perfect approach on the 18th hole at Exmoor Country Club. He gave an understated fist pump as the ball fell in, giving him his first major title on the PGA Tour Champions.
 
Singh (67) and Maggert (68) finished at 20-under 268. Brandt Jobe (66) was two strokes behind, while Jerry Kelly (64) and defending champion Scott McCarron (71) finished at 17 under.
 
Maggert had chances to win in regulation and on the first playoff hole but missed birdie putts both times.
 

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Laura Davies cruises to victory in US Senior Women's Open

Laura Davies went virtually unchallenged in Sunday's final round of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open, claiming the title by 10 strokes over Juli Inkster.
 
The 54-year-old Davies shot a 5-under 68 to finish at 16-under 276 at Chicago Golf Club in the USGA's championship for women 50 and older.
 
A 7-under 66 Saturday provided Davies with a five-shot lead over Inkster. The World Golf Hall of Famer from England widened her advantage early Sunday when she birdied the par-5 second hole and Inkster made bogey.
 
Davies' lead never fell below six shots after that as she added to her extensive trophy collection. She has 85 career victories, still plays on the LPGA Tour and finished tied for second at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup earlier this year.
 
Inkster shot an even-par 73. England's Trish Johnson also shot 73 to finish third, 12 shots back. Danielle Ammaccapane was fourth and Yuko Saito finished fifth.
 
Martha Leach was the top amateur, tying for 10th at 6-over 298.

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Chicago Bulls waive guard Sean Kilpatrick

The Chicago Bulls have waived guard Sean Kilpatrick.
 
Signed in late March, Kilpatrick averaged 15.4 points in nine games for Chicago after spending time last season with the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. He has averaged 10.3 points in four seasons after going undrafted out of Cincinnati.
 
The Bulls announced the move on Thursday.
 

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Wheatcroft shoots 9-under for 1-stroke lead in Quad Cities

Steve Wheatcroft shot a career-best 9-under 62 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead in the John Deere Classic.
 
Wheatcroft birdied seven of the last nine holes to finish a shot ahead of Michael Kim. Johnson Wagner, Nick Taylor, Andres Romero and Joel Dahmen shot opening-round 64s. Francesco Molinari, who won the Quicken Loans National two weeks ago, was among a group of players three strokes back.
 
Zach Johnson shot 69 and three-time John Deere winner Steve Stricker finished at 1-under 70.
 
Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau, the highest-ranked player in the field, withdrew because of a right shoulder injury.

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Perry, Small share 1-stroke lead at Senior Players

Kenny Perry and Mike Small shot 7-under 65s to share a one-stroke lead in the first round of the Constellation Senior Players Championship on Thursday.
 
Bart Bryant, Glen Day and 2015 U.S. Senior Open champion Jeff Maggert were one stroke back in the fourth of five majors on the PGA Tour Champions schedule.
 
Defending champion Scott McCarron was in a pack at 5 under, while three-time Senior Players winner Bernhard Langer and Vijay Singh were another shot back at Exmoor Country Club. David Toms, coming off a win at the U.S. Senior Open, shot 2 over.
 
The 57-year-old Perry made eight birdies and one bogey to put himself in contention for his fifth senior major.
 
Small is the longtime golf coach at Illinois and has never won on the PGA Tour Champions.

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Elaine Crosby leads inaugural US Senior Women's Open

Elaine Crosby shot a 3-under-par 70 Thursday at Chicago Golf Club for the lead after one round of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open.
 
A winner of two tournaments in 17 LPGA seasons, the 60-year-old Crosby owns a one-shot advantage over Trish Johnson, Laura Davies and Liselotte Neumann.
 
Crosby started on the back nine with a 3-under-par 34 and made just one bogey on the day at one of the oldest 18-hole courses in the U.S.
 
Johnson, who won the first Senior LPGA Championship in 2017, birdied four of the five par-5 holes.
 
Helen Alfredsson shot a 72, while Juli Inkster, Jean Bartholomew, Marilyn Lovander and Alicia Dibos matched par.
 
The first 72-hole USGA championship for women 50 and older began with a tee shot by the oldest player, 79-year-old JoAnne Carner. Carner proceeded to shoot her age, and has set a goal of making the 36-hole cut.

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White Sox blank Cardinals 4-0

Carlos Rodon pitched three-hit, shutout ball into the eighth inning to outduel Luke Weaver and lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
 
Tim Anderson tripled and had two RBIs. Charlie Tilson singled in a run off reliever Mike Mayers in Chicago's two-run seventh 
 
and Jose Abreu added an RBI groundout as White Sox ended a six-game losing streak and won for just the third time in their last 13.
 
Rodon (2-3) allowed only two singles and a double while walking two and striking out a season-high seven though 7 1/3 
 
innings. The 25-year-old left-hander, who spent the first two months of 2018 on the disabled list rehabbing from shoulder surgery, sparkled in just his seventh start this season.
 
Joakim Soria got the final four outs for his 13th save in 16 chances.
 
Weaver (5-8) allowed one run on three hits and fanned seven his second straight impressive start. The right-hander pitched two-hit ball over a career-high eight innings last week in San Francisco.
 
Jose Martinez grounded a sharp single off Rodon with two outs in the first. Then the White Sox lefty didn't allow another hit - and retired 14 of 15 batters - before Matt Carpenter doubled with one out in the sixth.
 
Rodon was coming off his strongest outing this season, when he allowed two runs on five hits in a six-inning no-decision at Houston last week.
 
The White Sox managed only three baserunners - with Yolmer Sanchez singling twice - before the fifth, when Chicago took a 1-0 lead.
 
Leury Garcia walked to lead off, advanced to third on Omar Narvaez's single and came home when Anderson grounded into a force at second.
 
The White Sox scored twice with two outs in the seventh to make it 3-0. Narvaez singled, then scored on Anderson's triple to the left field corner. Tilson's single plated Anderson.
 
The Cardinals loaded the bases with one out in the eighth to chase Rodon. Paul DeJong led off with a single, Kolten Wong reached on an error and Carpenter walked.  But Juan Minaya fanned Tommy Pham for the second out, then Soria struck out Martinez to end the threat.
 
The White Sox added a run in the eighth when Yoan Moncada came home on Abreu's groundout.
 
RHP James Shields (3-10, 4.53) squares off against Kansas City RHP Brad Kelley (2-3, 2.52) in Chicago.
 

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Cubs fall 5-4 to Giants in extras

 Buster Posey singled off the right-field wall in the 13th inning for his fifth career game-ending hit, sending the San Francisco Giants past the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Wednesday.
 
Brandon Belt drew a two-out walk from James Norwood (0-1). Andrew McCutchen then singled to bring up Posey, who ended the 4-hour, 30-minute game with San Francisco's first run since scoring four in the first.
 
Dereck Rodriguez (4-1) pitched three scoreless innings for the win. He also had three of San Francisco's 16 strikeouts.
 
Norwood worked the 12th and 13th in his major league debut. He immediately struck out Brandon Crawford on a 99 mph fastball.
 
Cubs slugger Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer in his return from the disabled list, and All-Star Javier Baez tied the game with a solo homer to start the seventh.
 
Tony Watson's scoreless streak at home ended at 20 2/3 innings with Baez's 18th homer - and Watson hadn't allowed a run in 18 innings overall, which had been the longest active streak in baseball.
 
San Francisco's Johnny Cueto struck out seven in five innings in his second start back from a lengthy trip to the disabled list with a sprained elbow. The right-hander hasn't won since April 28.  Cueto was under a careful watch in just his seventh start of 2018 because of two trips to the DL.
 
Bryant hit his 10th homer of the year in the fifth following a single by Jason Heyward, who homered leading off the third.
 
Out since June 23 with inflammation in his left shoulder, Bryant rejoined the Cubs from his Double-A rehab assignment. The 2016 NL MVP started at third base before moving to right field in the ninth.
 
The Cubs missed a chance when they loaded the bases in the sixth.
 
Heyward wound up with three hits on a day former Cubs catcher Miguel Montero attended the game to see his old club. 
 
Some of San Francisco's more unheralded contributors staked Cueto to an early cushion.
 
Chase D'Arnaud homered to begin the first inning for the Giants, the first leadoff drive of his career. Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-run double before Steven Duggar singled him home.
 
Cubs starter Mike Montgomery gave up eight hits in five innings. He has never beaten the Giants in three starts.

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White Sox cut reliever Bruce Rondon

The Chicago White Sox have designated veteran reliever Bruce Rondon for assignment.
 
The 27-year-old Rondon went 2-3 with an 8.49 ERA and one save in 35 games with Chicago. The right-hander got one out and issued three walks in Tuesday night's 14-2 loss to St. Louis.
 
The White Sox also purchased the contract of righty Jeanmar Gomez from Triple-A Charlotte before their game against the Cardinals on Wednesday night.
 
The 30-year-old Gomez was 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA and two saves in 30 relief appearances with Charlotte. He was 3-5 with 37 saves with Philadelphia in 2016.

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Mikolas to start Sunday, replaced by Stripling in ASG

Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas has been removed from the National League's active roster for the All-Star Game next Tuesday because he is scheduled to start Sunday for St. Louis against the Cincinnati Reds.
 
Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Ross Stripling was added to the NL pitching staff Wednesday as Mikolas' replacement.
 
Mikolas is 10-3 with a 2.65 ERA and was selected to his first All-Star team. The 29-year-old right-hander is enjoying a resurgent season in the majors following three years in Japan.
 
Stripling also has been a big surprise since stepping into an injury-depleted rotation for the Dodgers. He is 7-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 24 games, including 13 starts. In his third big league season, he has 103 strikeouts and only 13 walks in 89 1/3 innings.
 

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DeChambeau looking to repeat at John Deere Classic

Bryson DeChambeau will enter a PGA Tour event looking to defend a title for the first time in his career.
 
DeChambeau's breakthrough came last year at the John Deere Classic, which tees off on Thursday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. After entering the final round four strokes off the pace, DeChambeau birdied six of his final nine holes for a one-shot win over Patrick Rodgers.
 
DeChambeau will enter this year's event as a strong contender to repeat as its champion as well.
 
With most of golf's big names playing the Scottish Open in preparation for next week's British Open at Carnoustie, DeChambeau is the highest-ranked golfer in the field. The 24-year-old is 22nd in this week's world ranking.

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Cubs win 2-0 over Giants

Victor Caratini hit an RBI double during a decisive seventh inning, helping the Chicago Cubs back Jose Quintana in a close game and beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0 on Tuesday night.
 
A night after losing 2-1 in 11 innings despite a strong start from Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs had enough offense for Quintana (8-6). The left-hander allowed three hits in six scoreless innings to beat the Giants for the first time in his career after going 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA over his first three starts.
 
Addison Russell's one-out double in the seventh chased Giants starter Derek Holland (5-8). Russell advanced on Sam Dyson's wild pitch and scored on a bad throw by catcher Nick Hundley trying to get Russell at third. Caratini later doubled.
 
Carl Edwards Jr. struck out the side in order in the seventh, Justin Wilson followed with a perfect eighth and Steve Cishek closed it out for his third save after taking the loss Monday.
 
Holland struck out eight and didn't walk a batter in 6 1/3 innings. Johnny Cueto had been the announced scheduled starter, but manager Bruce Bochy gave Cueto an extra day to recover, something that could be the norm in the second half for the veteran right-hander.
 
Holland has been versatile: In less than a week, he pinch-ran, pitched twice in relief then returned to the rotation.
 
Giants center fielder Gorkys Hernandez returned to the lineup after missing Monday's game nursing a tight calf that forced him to an early exit Sunday against the Cardinals.
 
Aside from a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth, Buster Posey had the night off for the Giants and was scheduled to catch the day game Wednesday. He has to skip the All-Star Game because of a lingering right hip injury that will require an injection.
 
 LHP Mike Montgomery (3-3, 3.68 ERA) is 0-1 in four career appearances against the Giants with two starts, as he'll face RHP Johnny RHP Cueto (3-1, 1.95) making his second start since coming off the disabled list from a 61-game absence with an inflamed pitching elbow and seventh overall in 2018.

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Cards rout White Sox 14-2

Slumping outfielder Dexter Fowler hit his fourth career grand slam, All-Star Miles Mikolas tossed six innings of three-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Chicago White Sox 14-2 on Tuesday night.
 
Kolten Wong had four hits, including a two-run homer and a double, as every St. Louis starter except catcher Yadier Molina got at least one hit. Jose Martinez had three hits and two RBIs.
 
Fowler lofted his sixth homer this season, but first since May 6, to cap the Cardinals' seven-run sixth. He finished with two hits and played right field in only his second start since June 27.
 
Fowler entered batting just .167 - and .111 in his previous 20 games. Wong entered hitting only .208 for the season, but has 10 hits in his last 18 at-bats.
 
Mikolas (10-3), selected to his first All-Star team Sunday, faced only three hitters in five of his six innings. The right-hander allowed two runs and struck out six.
 
Charlie Tilson drove in two runs for the White Sox in the third, one of only two innings in which Chicago had baserunners against Mikolas.
 
White Sox starter Dylan Covey (3-5) lasted five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits and two walks. The right-hander lost his fourth straight decision and has an 11.70 ERA in his last five starts.
 
Mikolas came out dealing, fanning five of the first six White Sox hitters. Covey started strong, too, retiring eight of the first nine Cardinals batters and striking out four.
 
Then with two outs in the third, four consecutive line-drive singles gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead.
 
The White Sox tied it 2-all in the bottom half. Tilson's single, the third straight hit off Mikolas to start the inning, drove in both runs.
 
The Cardinals moved back ahead 3-2 in the fourth when Jedd Gyorko scored from third on a forceout. St. Louis made it 4-2 in the fifth on Molina's sacrifice fly.
 
Then the Cardinals broke it open in the sixth with seven runs on three hits and four walks.
 
Omar Narvaez's passed ball and a wild pitch by reliever Bruce Rondon allowed two runs to score. Rondon then issued three straight walks to force in another run before Fowler went deep to left-center off Hector Santiago.
 
Wong's two-run shot off Santiago in the eighth made it 13-2. Martinez doubled home a run in the ninth.
 
RHP Luke Weaver (5-7, 4.92 ERA) faces LHP Carlos Rodon (1-3, 4.29) today in the finale of the two-game set.

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Bryant headed to Bay Area to return from DL

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is headed to the Bay Area hoping he will be ready to come off the disabled list and play in Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the San Francisco Giants.
 
Bryant, out since June 23 with inflammation in his left shoulder, played rehab games for Double-A Tennessee on Monday and Tuesday. He had hoped to rejoin the Cubs during their series at AT&T Park.
 
In the two rehab games, Bryant went 2 for 6 with a two-run homer and three RBIs. He left Tuesday's game in the third inning to travel after going 0 for 2 with a pair of strikeouts.
 
Bryant is batting .280 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 66 games this season.

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Avisail Garcia back on DL with hamstring strain

The Chicago White Sox placed outfielder Avisail Garcia on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.
 
Garcia, an All-Star last season who hit .330 with 18 home runs and 80 RBIs, missed two months earlier this season with a more serious strain to the same hamstring muscle. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Garcia's new injury is "in a different location and considered more mild."
 
Hahn hopes Garcia will return after the All-Star break.
 
The 27-year-old outfielder is batting .282 with nine homers and 17 RBIs in 35 games this season. Since returning on June 22 from his first stint on the DL, Garcia was Chicago's hottest hitter with a .333 average, eight homers and 13 RBIs before leaving Sunday's game at Houston.
 
The White Sox added outfielder Ryan LaMarre, claimed off waivers from Minnesota, to their roster to take Garcia's place.
 

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Giants down Cubs 2-1

Pablo Sandoval singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning a day after driving in five runs, sending the San Francisco Giants to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.
 
Brandon Crawford loaded the bases when he was intentionally walked by Pedro Strop to bring up Sandoval, who hit a sharp single to left against a five-man infield.
 
Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Belt started the rally with consecutive one-out singles off Steve Cishek (2-1), who entered with one out in the 10th and immediately gave up Hunter Pence's triple before working out of trouble.
 
Ty Blach (6-5) pitched a 1-2-3 11th for the win.
 
The Giants came through an inning after missing a big chance with Pence on third. Pinch-hitter Chase d'Arnaud struck out with the Cubs playing with five infielders, making him 0 for 16 in his last nine games. Then Steven Duggar also struck out.
 
Ben Zobrist hit a two-out double in the ninth off Will Smith but David Bote then grounded out.
 
Alen Hanson tied the game in the fifth when he blazed around the bases to score from first on Anthony Rizzo's second error of the inning. The ball skipped by the first baseman and rolled past the visitor's bullpen in right-field foul territory. The speedy Hanson slid headfirst with his left hand touching home before catcher Willson Contreras could tag him.
 
Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks struck out eight and pitched into the ninth as manager Joe Maddon got a pair of relievers up in the bullpen. After Brandon Belt drew a one-out walk, Hendricks' night was done and he gave way to Randy Rosario.
 
Hendricks is winless in four starts since beating the Cardinals on June 16.  
 
Giants starter Andrew Suarez has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last six outings. He gave up one run on three hits, struck out five and walked four in six innings.
 
LHP Jose Quintana (7-6, 4.22 ERA) tries for his first career victory against the Giants after going 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA in his first three starts.  He'll face RHP Johnny Cueto (3-1, 1.95) who makes his second start since coming off the disabled list from a 61-game absence with an inflamed pitching elbow.

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Cubs 6-5 victory over Reds

David Bote drove in the game-winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning, lifting Chicago to a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
 
Javier Baez had two hits and two RBIs for the Cubs, who have won their last nine games in comeback fashion. Albert Almora Jr. and Ian Happ also had two hits apiece, and Addison Russell drove in three runs.
 
The Cubs trailed 4-3 in the seventh. They scored four times in the eighth inning on Saturday for an 8-7 win.
 
Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall homered for the Reds, who had their five-series winning streak snapped.
 
Luke Farrell (3-3) worked a clean 10th inning for the win.
 
Willson Contreras led off the 10th with a walk against Jackson Stephens (2-2). Contreras then advanced on a wild pitch with Victor Caratini at the plate. After Caratini struck out, Happ was intentionally walked.
 
Russell then hit a weak roller to first base. Joey Votto fielded the ball cleanly and had an easy play, but tried to take the ball out of his glove before reaching the bag - to hold Contreras at third - and bobbled it. Russell was initially called out, but the call was overturned following a review, loading the bases with one out. Votto was given an error.
 
Bote worked the count to 3-2 and then took a high fastball for ball four.
 
Baez's two-run single in the seventh gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead. But Duvall led off the ninth with a drive to left off Brandon Morrow. It was Morrow's second blown save of the season.
 
RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-8, 4.27 ERA) takes the mound in the opener of a three-game series at San Francisco tonight.

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White Sox swept by Astros, 2-1

The Astros managed just three hits and two runs in the series finale against the White Sox, but it was just enough to get a 2-1 win to complete the four-game sweep.
 
Dallas Keuchel pitched seven strong innings, Jose Altuve hit a homer and the Astros manufactured the go-ahead run in the seventh to get the victory.
 
Altuve's solo shot put Houston up 1-0 in the fourth to help the Astros to improve to a season-high 30 games above .500 (61-31).
 
Chicago starter Lucas Giolito (5-8) had retired nine straight after Altuve's home run when Yuli Gurriel got Houston's second hit of the game with a double with no outs in the seventh. He took third on a fly ball out by Josh Reddick and the Astros went up 2-1 on a sacrifice bunt by Marwin Gonzalez.
 
Keuchel (6-8) yielded six hits and a run while walking three to win his third straight decision.
 
Giolito had one of his best starts of the season, allowing three hits and two runs in a career-high 7 1/3 innings. But he continued to be plagued by a lack of run support with the White Sox being shut out in seven of his starts and managing just one run three other times.
 
He fared much better than he did in his first meeting against the Astros this year when he gave up a career-worst nine runs in two innings of a 10-1 loss.
 
Hector Rondon struck out two in a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
 
Houston's Alex Bregman went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts to snap his 12-game hitting streak, which was the longest active streak in the majors.
 
Yoan Moncada singled with no outs in the seventh and Yolmer Sanchez walked. Both players advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Adam Engel before the White Sox tied it on a sacrifice fly by Tim Anderson.
 
Engel doubled with one out in the fifth and reached third on an error by rookie right fielder Kyle Tucker, who made his major league debut on Saturday. But Keuchel left him stranded when he struck out Tim Anderson before Avisail Garcia grounded out.
 
Giolito had control issues early, walking leadoff hitter George Springer on four pitches before plunking Bregman. He settled down after that, retiring nine of the next 10 batters before Houston got its first hit on the homer by Altuve.
 
Chicago is off on Monday before right-hander Dylan Covey (3-3, 4.82 ERA) is scheduled to start in the opener of a two-game interleague series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

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Cardinals fall 13-8 Giants

Pablo Sandoval homered and had five RBIs to back an uneven start by Madison Bumgarner as the Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 13-8 on Sunday.
 
Andrew McCutchen and Alen Hanson each added three hits. Brandon Belt and Gorkys Hernandez had two apiece to help the Giants split the four-game series.
 
Bumgarner (2-3) earned his second win this season despite an erratic outing. Making his seventh start after missing the first two months with a broken left pinkie, Bumgarner allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and hit a batter with a pitch.
 
The Giants bailed out their ace with a pair of three-run innings and a five-run sixth while setting a season high for scoring.
 
After Jose Martinez's RBI single off Bumgarner in the fifth put St. Louis ahead 4-3, San Francisco rallied against reliever John Brebbia.
 
Belt doubled and went to third on All-Star Brandon Crawford's single. Sandoval followed with his eighth home run, a three-run drive that bounced into the waters of McCovey Cove.
 
Sandoval added a two-run single in the sixth. The five RBIs were one shy of his career high.
 
Brebbia (1-3) also took the loss against the Giants on Friday.
 
Matt Carpenter hit his 17th home run and Yairo Munoz also went deep for St. Louis.
 
Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty gave up three runs, two earned, in 2 1/3 innings.
 
All-Star RHP Miles Mikolas (9-3, 2.63 ERA) starts Tuesday in Chicago against the White Sox.

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Bulls match 4-year contract offer for Zach LaVine

Zach LaVine is staying with the Chicago Bulls, after the team matched a four-year, $80 million offer sheet that he got from the Sacramento Kings.
 
The Bulls made the announcement Sunday, two days after the Kings and LaVine agreed to the offer terms. LaVine was a restricted free agent, which meant the Bulls had right of first refusal. It was expected that the Bulls would match, and now they have.
 
LaVine has missed 91 of a possible 162 games over the past two seasons because of injuries, and the Bulls will have some language in this contract protecting them if his surgically repaired left knee remains problematic. He appeared in only 24 games for the Bulls last season, averaging 16.7 points on 38 percent shooting.
 
The Bulls acquired LaVine a year ago, as part of the trade that sent Jimmy Butler from Chicago to Minnesota.

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Mozgov, Biyombo swapped in Hornets-Magic-Bulls trade

Timofey Mozgov has been traded for the second time this summer, dealt from Charlotte to Orlando in a three-team deal that also included Chicago.
 
The Magic sent Bismack Biyombo and two future second-round picks to Charlotte, which traded Mozgov to Orlando. The Magic also got guard Jerian Grant from the Bulls in the deal completed late Saturday night.
 
Chicago acquired Julyan Stone from Charlotte in the trade that saves the Bulls about $2 million.

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Cardinals hit 3 HRs, beat San Francisco 11-2

Luke Weaver pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and St. Louis beat the San Francisco Giants 11-2 on Thursday night.
 
Weaver (5-7) faced two over the minimum and had seven strikeouts. The 24-year-old right-hander carried a perfect game into the sixth inning before giving up a single and Hanson's two-run homer. Weaver then bounced back to retire the final seven batters he faced.
 
Weaver didn't allow a hit until Gorkys Hernandez reached on an infield single with one out in the sixth. Jedd Gyorko made a diving stop on Hernandez's sharp liner near third base but the ball popped out of his right hand as he attempted to throw. Hanson followed with his homer.
 
Gyorko had three hits including a home run and drove in five runs to spoil the return of Johnny Cueto after two months on the disabled list. Matt Carpenter and Harrison Bader also went deep while Yadier Molina singled three times.
 
The Cardinals had a season-high 18 hits - their most since getting 19 against the New York Mets on Aug. 24, 2016.
 
Alen Hanson homered for San Francisco. The Giants have scored five runs while losing four straight.
 
Cueto (3-1) was rocked in his long-awaited return from the 60-day disabled list. He gave up four runs in the first inning - one more than he had in 32 innings before going out with right elbow inflammation.
 
Game two of the series will feature John Gant (2-2, 3.48 ERA) for St. Louis as it will be RHP Dereck Rodriguez (3-1 3.16) to start for San Francisco.

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Sox blow lead in 9th, Astros win 4-3

Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and Yuli Gurriel's RBI single with one out in Houston's two-run ninth lifted the Astros to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
 
The Astros trailed by 1 when Joakim Soria (0-3) walked pinch-hitter Tony Kemp with no outs in the ninth before advancing to third on a single by pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez. George Springer snapped an 0 for 8 slump and tied it at 3-3 with his RBI single to shallow center field. It was a much-needed hit for the World Series MVP who has been struggling lately, going 6 for 70 since June 15.
 
Alex Bregman walked to load the bases and Altuve struck out before Gurriel sent a ball over second baseman Yoan Moncada's head into right field to give Houston the victory.
 
Justin Verlander bounced back from his last start where he allowed nine hits and five runs - both season highs - in a loss to Tampa Bay with a solid outing. He yielded four hits and two runs and struck out 10 in seven innings.
 
Joe Smith (3-1) allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for the win in his first appearance since June 6.
 
Omar Narvaez homered with two hits and Leury Garcia's solo shot in the eighth inning put the White Sox up 3-2.
 
The score was tied at 2-all with one out in the eighth when Garcia sent a fastball from Chris Devenski into the bullpen in right-center to put the White Sox on top.
 
Chicago trailed 2-0 when Narvaez got Chicago within one with his solo homer to right field off Verlander to lead off the sixth. Moncada singled with two outs in the inning and Chicago tied it up when Yolmer Sanchez doubled to left field.
 
White Sox starter Carlos Rodon allowed five hits and two runs while tying a career-high with six walks in six innings.
 
Gurriel was on third base with one out in the eighth inning, but got caught in a rundown before Tyler White struck out to end the inning.
 
Rodon worked around singles by White and Jake Marisnick in the second inning and a pair of walks in the third. Houston couldn't get anything going on offense until Bregman doubled with one out in the fifth inning and Altuve followed with his eighth homer of the season to make it 2-0.
 
Chicago's Avisail Garcia went 0 for 4 with a strikeout to end his career-high 14-game hitting streak, which was the longest active streak in the majors.
 
Houston's Lance McCullers (9-3, 3.55 ERA) opposes Chicago's Reynaldo Lopez (4-5, 3.68) as the series continues tonight.
 

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Packers RB Aaron Jones suspended for 2 games

The NFL has suspended Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones for the first two games of the 2018 season without pay for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
 
Jones will miss the season opener against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 9 and the Week 2 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, with both games at Lambeau Field.
 
He will be eligible to return to the roster on Sept. 17, the day after the Vikings game.
 
The discipline stems from a traffic stop in Brown County, Wisconsin, on Oct. 1, 2017, in which Jones was charged with operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in his system; speeding; and operating a vehicle without a valid license. The case came to light after he entered a plea of not guilty on Nov. 15.
 
The case was resolved in February with Jones pleading no contest to the first charge. He was ordered to pay more than $1,000 in court costs, and his license was revoked for six months. The other two counts were dismissed.
 
The Packers cited confidentiality in declining comment. A representative for Jones referred to the player's apology in November.
 

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Cubs defeat Tigers 5-2 for 6 straight

Javier Baez stole home and Willson Contreras hit a tie-breaking homer and to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Detroit Tigers 5-2 on Wednesday for their sixth straight victory.
 
Conditions at Wrigley Field favored the longball, with a game-time temperature of 92 degrees, a heat index of 102 and the wind blowing out.
 
David Bote hit his first homer while Detroit got solo shots from Nick Castellanos and John Hicks, but was swept by the Cubs in the two-game interleague set and has dropped 13 of 15.
 
Bote, playing third in place of injured Kris Bryant, smacked his drive into the batter's eye shrubs in straight-away center on the first pitch he faced in the second to tie it.
 
Contreras homered in the sixth and then added a two-run double in the seventh.
 
Chicago starter Jose Quintana (7-6) allowed two runs on five hits through six innings to win for the first time since May 31. Detroit's Francisco Liriano (3-5) permitted three runs on five hits and five walks in his third outing -and third loss - since returning from the disabled list.
 
Brandon Morrow pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances.
 
Castellanos hit his 14th homer, and third in five games, to left in the first to put Detroit ahead 1-0.
 
Hicks' shot in the third landed halfway up the left-center bleachers and put the Tigers back in front, 2-1.
 
Baez capped an eventful trip around the bases by stealing home with one out in the fourth to tie it at 2. He singled to lead off the inning, then Liriano picked him off first base. But Hicks' throw to second sailed into left field and Baez advanced to third.
 
Baez sprinted home when Liriano tried pick off Addison Russell at first. Hicks' throw to catcher James McCann was quick and accurate, but Baez slid head-first and touched the plate before McCann could tag him.
 
The Cubs will have the night off as they'll begin a three-game series with the Reds Friday at Wrigley Field.

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Cardinals beat D-backs 8-4

The Cardinals scored seven times in the seventh and eighth innings to beat Arizona 8-4 on Wednesday night. After coming to town on a four-game losing streak and off a three-game sweep at the hands of Atlanta, St. Louis took two of three from the first-place Diamondbacks.
 
Yadier Molina's three-run homer on the first pitch from reliever Fernando Salas highlighted a five-run Cardinals seventh inning after Arizona had nursed a 2-1 lead through six in front of a sellout crowd of 44,072.
 
Tommy Pham drove in three Cardinals runs with a double and two singles. Matt Carpenter doubled twice and singled with one RBI.
 
The Diamondbacks dropped to 1-5 on their homestand and lead the surging Los Angeles Dodgers by just a half-game in the NL West.
 
Mikolas (9-3) gave up two runs and seven hits, walked four and struck out three.
 
Arizona reliever Yoshihisa Hirano (2-1) had his franchise-record streak of 26 games without allowing a run end when Yairo Munoz homered to lead off the seventh. Hirano gave up four runs, one earned, on three hits in two-thirds of an inning for his first loss since coming to the major leagues from Japan this season.
 
After Munoz's homer, shortstop Ketel Marte booted pinch-hitter Tyler O'Neill's grounder for an error. With one out and O'Neill on second, Pham singled to center to put the Cardinals up 3-2. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson left the game with discomfort in his right groin area, Lovullo said.
 
Salas relieved Hirano and gave up the big hit to Molina, who homered twice in the series.
 
St. Louis will head to San Francisco for four games against the Giants. RHP Luke Weaver (4-7, 5.16 ERA) starts in tonights opener. Johnny Cueto (3-0, 0.84) comes off the disabled list to pitch for the Giants.

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White Sox drop series finale to Reds 7-4

Starting pitcher Sal Romano dropped down a suicide squeeze during a six-run fourth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Wednesday night.
 
Jesse Winker and Jose Peraza each had a two-run single during the big inning, and Scooter Gennett also singled in a run. The Reds overcame Daniel Palka's third home run in two games to win the three-game series and complete a 4-3 homestand.
 
The Reds have won 13 of 17 and have come from behind in eight of their last 11 wins.
 
Yoan Moncada added a two-run homer for the White Sox, who have dropped five of seven and 14 of 20.
 
Cincinnati improved to 8-2 in interleague play, the most wins since going 11-9 in 2013. The White Sox are 4-11 against NL teams.
 
Romano (5-8) struck out six and allowing six hits and four runs in five innings. His bunt back to the mound brought home Adam Duvall for the final run of Cincinnati's breakout fourth inning.
 
Reds relievers Amir Garrett and Michael Lorenzen teamed up for 2 1/3 scoreless innings before Jared Hughes pitched the finl 1 2/3 for his sixth save.
 
Dylan Covey retired his first nine batters before the Reds erupted for five hits and six runs while sending 10 batters to the plate in the fourth. Winker and Peraza each had a two-run single before Romano's bunt knocked Covey (3-4) out of the game. Covey allowed a walk, struck out two and hit a batter in 3 2/3 innings.
 
Moncada, whose 12th-inning bases-loaded triple broke open Chicago's 12-3 win Tuesday, gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead with a two-out, two-run homer in the third. Palka went deep for a 3-0 lead in the fourth.
 
The Reds added a run in the eighth on pitcher Chris Volstad's bases-loaded throwing error.
 
LHP Carlos Rodon (1-3) faces the Astros today. He is 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four career starts against Houston.

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White Sox rally for 12-8 win over Reds in 12 innings

Daniel Palka and Avisail Garcia each homered twice, and Yoan Moncada tripled with the bases loaded in the 12th inning as the Chicago White Sox pulled off their biggest comeback of the season, beating the Cincinnati Reds 12-8 on Tuesday night.
 
Trailing 7-2 after five innings, the White Sox pulled even in the ninth on Garcia's solo homer off Raisel Iglesias, then pulled it out with the help of a couple of Reds errors.
 
They loaded the bases in the 12th with a walk and two errors. Moncada's triple off Jackson Stephens (2-1) broke the tie, and Yolmer Sanchez followed with another triple.
 
Hector Santiago (3-3) fanned six in two innings as the White Sox extended their domination in the interleague series. They're 17-5 all-time against the Reds, including 11-3 in Cincinnati.
 
Jim Riggleman was ejected by plate umpire Eric Cooper during Chicago's winning rally, his first ejection as the Reds' interim manager.
 
The Reds got the better of a free-swinging game early on, surging ahead 4-0 before Lucas Giolito could record an out. Jose Peraza opened with a triple, Scooter Gennett hit his 14th homer, Joey Votto walked, and Eugenio Suarez followed with his 17th homer. Suarez performed a salsa dance with Votto after he crossed the plate.
 
Adam Duvall added a three-run shot into the upper deck in left field in the fifth inning off Giolito for a 7-2 lead, the second time in his career that the right-hander has allowed three homers in a game.
 
Anthony DeSclafani also gave up a career-high three homers - two by Palka and one by Garcia, who went 3 for 6 and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games.

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Rizzo, Schwarber lead Cubs to 5-3 victory over Tigers

Anthony Rizzo drove in his second run of the game in the seventh inning to snap a tie, Kyle Schwarber followed with a solo homer in the eighth and the Chicago Cubs rebounded from an early three-run deficit to edge the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Tuesday for their fifth straight win.
 
With one out in the seventh, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist singled off Tigers reliever Daniel Stumpf (1-4). Rizzo's slow bouncer up the middle resulted in a force of Zobrist at second, but Jose Iglesias' throw to first was too late to double up Rizzo and Heyward scored from third to put Chicago ahead for the first time, 4-3.
 
Schwarber hit his team-leading 17th homer to right against a steady wind off Lake Michigan in the eighth.
 
Trailing 3-0, Albert Almora, Jr. and Heyward each drove in a run with a double, then Rizzo followed with an RBI single in Chicago's three-run fifth.
 
Detroit leadoff hitter Mikie Mahtook had three singles and scored a run. Niko Goodrum drove in a run with a double, and Jeimer Candelario and James McCann each had an RBI as the Tigers lost their 12th game in their past 14.
 
Justin Wilson (3-2), Chicago's second reliever, worked around an error to pitch a scoreless seventh and earn the win. Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save in four chances.
 
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks labored through five innings, allowing three runs and seven hits in a no-decision. In his past six starts, the right-hander is 1-4 with 6.75 ERA.
 
Tigers starter Michael Fulmer went six innings and allowed three runs - all in the fifth - and seven hits.
 
The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. After Mahtook and Nick Castellanos led off with singles, Candelario drove in a run with a groundout. Goodrum's double to the right-field corner scored the second run.
 
The Tigers added a run in the fourth on McCann's RBI single.
 
The Cubs tied it 3-all in the fifth. Pinch-hitter Tommy LaStella, Almora and Heyward led off with consecutive doubles to cut it to 3-2, then Rizzo's hit with one out tied it.
 

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Goldschmidt homers, Diamondbacks knock off Cardinals 4-2

Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer, Zack Greinke pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
 
Greinke (9-5) gave up two runs in the second inning to end his 13-inning scoreless streak but was otherwise sharp in winning his fourth straight game. Yoshihisa Hirano needed one pitch to get a groundout with the bases loaded in the seventh and extend his team record with a 26th straight scoreless appearance.
 
Brad Boxberger worked around a walk in the ninth for his 20th save in 24 chances.
 
Goldschmidt had the big blow, following a four-hit night Monday with a three-run homer off Flaherty (3-4) in the fifth inning. The NL player of the month for June, Goldschmidt is hitting .413 with 11 homers and 28 RBIs his past 26 games.
 
Greinke entered Tuesday's game with the 13-inning scoreless streak after tossing seven scoreless innings against Miami his last start. His streak lasted one more inning; the Cardinals scored two runs in the second inning on Yairo Munoz's single and Kolten Wong's sacrifice fly.
 
Greinke shook off the shaky second by mixing his pitches well, keeping the Cardinals off-balance with low-90s fastballs and looping curves that dipped to 63 mph. He was lifted with two outs in the seventh inning after giving up consecutive hits, allowing two runs on seven hits and four strikeouts.
 
Flaherty allowed four runs on six hits in six innings in a loss to Cleveland his last start. He was sharp after giving up David Peralta's run-scoring single in the first inning, retiring 10 straight batters.
 
Flaherty ran into trouble in the fifth inning, giving up a double and hitting a batter before Goldschmidt lifted a three-run homer just over the wall in right to put Arizona up 4-2.
 
Flaherty allowed four runs on four hits and struck out seven in six innings.

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Cardinals beat Diamondbacks 6-3

Yadier Molina came through early in a key situation, sparking the Cardinals to a play-from-ahead victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
 
Molina hit a two-run single in the first inning and homered, helping the Cardinals end a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Monday night.
 
The Cardinals played from behind most of their series against the Braves, but jumped on the Diamondbacks early.
 
Molina hit a two-run single in the Cardinals' four-run first inning against Robbie Ray (3-1) and hit his 12th homer off the Arizona left-hander in the sixth.
 
Jedd Gyorko also homered and had two RBIs to end Ray's nine-game winning streak, dating to last season.
 
Martinez (5-4) allowed two runs on six hits and lined a double. Bud Norris worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.
 
Paul Goldschmidt had four hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks, who were not able to overcome the early deficit for their fourth straight loss.
 
Martinez snapped a three-game losing streak his last start, holding Cleveland to two runs on six hits in six innings. The right-hander was staked to a four-run lead before taking the mound and gave up Jake Lamb's run-scoring single in the bottom half.
 
Goldschmidt lined a run-scoring single in the fifth inning off Martinez, who struck out seven.
 
Ray returned from the DL (strained right oblique) to throw six scoreless innings in a 2-1 win over Miami on Wednesday.
 
The Arizona left-hander had a shaky start to his second post-DL outing, allowing four runs on five hits in the first inning.
 
Ray struck out six while retiring 12 of the next 13 hitters before Molina and Gyorko connected on consecutive solo homers to put the Cardinals up 6-2 in the sixth inning.
 
Ray allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings in his 100th career appearance.
 
Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke is 12-5 with a 3.42 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 19 career games against the Cardinals headed into Tuesday's game. He'll face RHP Jack Flaherty, who will be making his first career start against Arizona.
 

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White Sox drop series opener with Reds 5-3

Alex Blandino's double in the eighth inning completed the Cincinnati Reds' four-run rally for another comeback victory Monday night, 5-3 over the Chicago White Sox.
 
The White Sox returned to Great American Ball Park for the first time since 2009 and let one slip away with the help of a misplay in the bottom of the eighth.
 
The Reds loaded the bases with one out against Chris Volstad (1-5). Adam Duvall grounded to first baseman Matt Davidson, who was indecisive. He took several steps toward first before throwing home too late to get Scooter Gennett scoring from third base.
 
Billy Hamilton followed with a sacrifice fly that tied it at 3, and Blandino's pinch-hit double put the Reds in position for another comeback win. They've trailed in seven of their last 10 victories.
 
Dylan Floro (3-2) retired two in the eighth. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.
 
Until Chicago's bullpen melted down, James Shields was in position to get his first road win since opening day. Chicago has scored three runs or less behind him in 14 of his last 16 starts.
 
Scott Schebler connected on Shields' first pitch of the game, but he allowed only three more hits while going 6 2/3 innings.
 
The White Sox pulled ahead 2-1 in the seventh when Yoan Moncada doubled home the tying run and came around on Yolmer Sanchez's single. Avisail Garcia added his fifth homer in the eighth. Garcia extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games.
 
Chicago's Jose Abreu went 0 for 3, ending his 19-game hitting streak in interleague play - one shy of Paul Konerko's club record. Abreu fouled a ball off the inside of his left ankle in the sixth inning and left for a pinch hitter in the seventh.
 
Lucas Giolito (5-7) is 2-3 with a 6.81ERA in his last seven starts as he'll face Anthony DeSclafani (3-1) makes his sixth start since returning from a strained oblique.

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Cubs top Twins 11-10

Jon Lester hit a three-run homer that highlighted an eight-run burst in the second inning and wound up with his NL-leading 11th win as the Chicago Cubs held off the Minnesota Twins 11-10 on Sunday.
 
Ian Happ also homered for the Cubs, who have scored at least 10 runs in four straight games for the first time since 1930. Chicago swept the three-game series and has won four in a row overall.
 
Lester (11-2) allowed four runs, two of them earned, and nine hits in five-plus innings.
 
Javier Baez, who doubled twice, Happ and Willson Contreras each had three hits for the Cubs.
 
Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer off reliever Dillon Maples as the Twins scored five times in the eighth. Maples, called up from Triple-A before the game when pitcher Brian Duensing went on the disabled list with a sore left shoulder, also allowed an RBI single to Logan Morrison and a two-run triple to Willians Astudillo.
 
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow got one out in the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances.
 
Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer and Jake Cave also homered for the Twins. Minnesota concluded a 1-5 Chicago road trip that began with two losses in three tries to the White Sox, and fell 10 games below .500 for the first time this season.
 
In the third consecutive sweltering day at Wrigley Field with a gametime temperature at 93 degrees and a heat index at 101, the Cubs jumped all over Twins starter Lance Lynn (5-7) in the second inning.
 
Lester hit his second career home run, prompting a curtain call from the cheering fans. Baez doubled home two runs and Anthony Rizzo had an RBI double. Kyle Schwarber met reliever Matt Magill with the Cubs' third straight double.
 
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell added an RBI single in the fourth inning and made a highlight grab in the sixth inning before leaving the game with an apparent injury resulting in the catch. Russell bumped into Baez while making the running catch on Eduardo Escobar's ball down the left-field line in foul territory. He walked off the field and into the dugout after talking to a team trainer and manager Joe Maddon.
 
RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-8) will try to bounce back from his shortest outing of the season on Tuesday against the Tigers.

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Braves sweep Cardinals take finale 6-5

Mike Foltynewicz (Folt-ah-nev-ich) tossed five shutout innings and Freddie Freeman homered as the Atlanta Braves held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Sunday.
 
The Braves outscored St. Louis 22-10 in sweeping a three-game series in St. Louis for the first time since May 11-13, 2012.
 
Tommy Pham homered for St. Louis, which has lost four in a row. The Cardinals scored five times in the seventh to rally from a 6-0 deficit.
 
Foltynewicz matched Julio Teheran and Max Fried to post the Braves third successive scoreless appearance by a starter. Teheran tossed six scoreless innings a 5-1 win on Friday. Fried did not allow a run in 6 2-3 innings of an 11-4 victory on Saturday.
 
Foltynewicz (6-4) surrendered one hit - a fourth-inning single to Marcell Ozuna. He struck out nine and walked three in an 86-pitch outing.
 
Foltynewicz has allowed just two hits and one run over 10 innings in two outings since coming off the disabled list with tightness in his right tricepts on June 25.
 
The Braves three starters allowed seven hits over 17 2-3 innings with 24 strikeouts in the series.
 
A.J. Minter picked up his third save in as many tries by setting the side down in order in the ninth. He has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances.
 
Freeman's 16th homer of the season, a two-run drive, pushed the lead to 3-0 in sixth. The blow highlighted a five-run uprising that also included a run-scoring hit from Culberson.
 
Pham hit a three-run homer off Peter Moylan in the seventh to bring the Cardinals to within 6-5.
 
St. Louis starter John Gant (2-3) allowed four runs on four hits over 5 1-3 innings.
 
Francisco Pena had a two-run single in the seventh for St. Louis, which will play 17 of its next 20 games on the road.
 
The Braves have been in first place or tied for first in 60 of the last 62 days. They kicked off their 10-game road trip in style.
 
Atlanta infielder Ozzie Albies extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a sixth-inning single.
 
RHP Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.22) takes on Arizona LHP Robbie Ray (3-0, 4.01) in the opener of a three-game series in Arizona that kicks off a nine-game road trip. 

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White Sox bounce Rangers 10-5

Matt Davidson hit a two-run double in his second straight three-hit game to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 10-5 on Sunday.
 
Avisail Garcia had four hits and Davidson and Jose Abreu drove in three runs apiece to help the White Sox avoid a sweep to start a 10-game road trip, their longest of the season.
 
Texas' Shin-Soo Choo extended the majors' longest on-base streak this season to 42 games. He returned after missing a game with a strained right quadriceps that the club said will limit him defensively for a few weeks. He was 0 for 4 as the designated hitter with an eighth-inning walk that kept alive the third-longest streak in club history, and longest since 1995. Choo's 12-game hitting streak ended.
 
Reynaldo Lopez (4-5) made it through 6 1/3 innings in the boiling Texas heat - a first-pitch temperature of 97 degrees that climbed past 100 before the last of Lopez's career-high 114 pitches.
 
The right-hander walked in the tying run in the fourth but escaped further damage with the strikeout of Choo. Lopez allowed seven hits and two runs with six strikeouts.
 
One-time Texas closer Joakim Soria pitched around two hits in the ninth and had three strikeouts in a five-out save. It was his 12th save of the season in his 14th consecutive scoreless appearance.
 
Five straight Chicago hitters reached with one out in a five-run fifth against Texas ace Cole Hamels, starting with ninth-hitting Adam Engel on a wild pitch after a strikeout.
 
Tim Anderson doubled, Garcia hit a run-scoring single and Abreu had an infield single before Davidson's double off the base of the 14-foot wall in left field.
 
Garcia had two doubles and one of two triples for the White Sox, who started the day tied for second in the majors with 23 triples.
 
Hamels (4-7) gave up a season-high seven earned runs on nine hits, which matched the season high from his previous start. The left-hander matched a season low with five innings amid talk of a deadline trade with the Rangers in last place in the AL West.
 
Joey Gallo had a two-run triple and Rougned Odor reached all five times with two walks and three singles for Texas.
 
 RHP James Shields (3-9, 4.29 ERA) is scheduled for the opener of a three-game interleague series in Cincinnati starting today.

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Blackhawks add 3 players on 1st day of NHL free agency

The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to contracts with free agents Chris Kunitz, Cam Ward and Brandon Manning on Sunday, addressing their depth in every position group after missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
 
Kunitz got a one-year deal worth $1 million, and Ward's one-year contract is for $3 million. Manning received a two-year deal.
 
The 38-year-old Kunitz gives Chicago another experienced forward, Ward adds to the Blackhawks' depth in goal after Corey Crawford missed most of last season, and Manning joins a mix of aging veterans and intriguing prospects with the defensemen.
 
Kunitz had 13 goals and 16 assists in 82 games with Tampa Bay last season. He also had an assist in 17 playoff games with the Lightning.
 
Kunitz is a four-time Stanley Cup champion, winning it all with Anaheim in 2007 and Pittsburgh in 2009, 2016 and 2017. He also won gold with Canada at the 2014 Olympics.
 
He joins a Chicago team looking for a comeback after a disastrous season. Crawford got hurt in December and the Blackhawks tumbled to 33 wins and 76 points, their lowest totals since they went 31-42-9 during the 2006-07 season. They finished last in the Central Division.
 
The 34-year-old Ward was selected by Carolina in the first round of the 2002 draft and spent his first 13 seasons with the Hurricanes. He went 23-14-4 last year with two shutouts, a 2.73 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.
 
Ward also has 41 career playoff appearances. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2006 as playoff MVP when Carolina beat Edmonton for its only Stanley Cup title.
 
The 28-year-old Manning set career highs with seven goals and 12 assists in 65 games last season with Philadelphia. He also played in six postseason games.
 
Chicago also announced it had agreed to a three-year contract with defenseman Adam Boqvist. The Blackhawks selected the 17-year-old Boqvist with the eighth overall pick in this year's draft.

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Cubs defeat Dodgers 11-5

Anthony Rizzo's three-run double and Addison Russell's two-run homer highlighted a seven-run seventh inning as the Chicago Cubs broke loose after Clayton Kershaw exited, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-5 on Thursday.
 
The Cubs pounded out 15 hits, including four by Rizzo. Russell drove in four runs in the final regular season meeting between the teams that played each other in the NL Championship Series the last two years.
 
They met seven times in 10 days, with the Cubs winning four games over the two series.
 
The Dodgers staked Kershaw to a 3-1 lead before he departed after five innings because of a pitch limit.
 
The Cubs jumped on reliever Walker Buehler (4-2), who arrived earlier in the morning from Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he had been set for a rehab assignment. Albert Almora Jr. homered on Buehler's second pitch and Russell's sacrifice fly tied it at 3 in the sixth.
 
Chicago didn't let up in the seventh.
 
Jason Heyward's pinch-hit RBI double gave the Cubs the lead for good, 4-3.
 
Almora followed with a popup to first base. Max Muncy used his glove as a shield against the sun in a cloudless sky, but the ball dropped for a single and scored Kyle Schwarber, who reached on a walk.
 
Rizzo stroked a double to right-center field off Erik Goeddel, extending the lead to 8-3. Russell followed with a two-run shot on an 0-2 pitch that made it 10-3. The Cubs' seven runs were the most by a Dodgers' opponent in an inning this season.
 
Steve Cishek (2-0) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief.
 
Muncy hit a solo homer in the third and Justin Turner added a two-run shot in the ninth, giving the Dodgers 53 homers in June and tying the franchise record set last year. Enrique Hernandez drove in a pair of two-out runs with a single in the second and a double in the fourth.
 
Kershaw tossed five innings of one-run ball in his second start since coming off the disabled list. He allowed four hits, struck out six and didn't walk anyone while restricted to 68 pitches.
 
Cubs starter Jose Quintana gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, the fourth time in five starts this month he hasn't completed six innings. The left-hander struck out four and walked three.
 
LHP Mike Montgomery (2-2, 3.39 ERA) starts Friday against Minnesota in the opener of an eight-game homestand. It will be his seventh start to go with 18 relief appearances.

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White Sox fall to Twins 2-1 in 13 innings

Max Kepler drew a two-out walk with the bases loaded in the 13th inning and the Minnesota Twins outlasted the Chicago White Sox 2-1 Thursday.
 
The Twins pushed across the go-ahead run after Logan Morrison doubled off left fielder Charlie Tilson's glove with two outs. Hector Santiago (2-3), the sixth White Sox reliever, intentionally walked Ehire Adrianza before walking Jake Cave and Kepler.
 
Alan Busenitz (2-0), the Twins' sixth reliever, pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win.
 
Minnesota bounced back after the White Sox tied it with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when closer Fernando Rodney walked pinch-hitter Daniel Palka on four pitches to force in a run.
 
Rodney quickly got the first two Chicago hitters in the inning, but ended up blowing his fourth save in 21 chances. Yolmer Sanchez singled, Rodney hit Tim Anderson with a pitch and Charlie Tilson walked before Palka also walked.
 
Morrison hit his ninth homer deep to right to lead off the seventh for a 1-0 lead. The drive was just Minnesota's second hit off White Sox starter Lucas Giolito, who didn't allow any until Eddie Rosario lined a double off first baseman Jose Abreu's glove with one out in the sixth.
 
Twins starter Jake Odorizzi tossed six shutout innings in his best outing in more than a month, allowing three hits and striking out eight. The righty was 0-3 with an 8.77 ERA in his six previous starts.
 
Giolito recovered after walking the bases loaded in the first for his lowest-scoring outing this season. The 6-foot-6 righty, who entered with a 7.01 ERA, allowed one run on four hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings. He leads the AL with 51 walks.
 
Giolito escaped the first without allowing a run despite throwing just 11 of his first 26 pitches for strikes.
 
RHP Dylan Covey (3-2, 3.45) faces RHP Yovani Gallardo when Chicago opens a three-game series at Texas tonight.

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Darvish has setback in bullpen session

Yu Darvish won't be rejoining the Chicago Cubs' rotation this weekend after sustaining a setback during a bullpen session on Thursday.
 
Manager Joe Maddon says the Japanese right-hander felt pain in his right arm.
 
Darvish will return to Chicago to be evaluated, and won't pitch Saturday as scheduled. He'll be replaced by Tyler Chatwood, who came off the paternity list.
 
Darvish said his strength and endurance was good after he played catch on Wednesday. He threw a five-inning, 57-pitch rehab start with Class A South Bend on Monday.
 
He's been on the disabled list since May 26 because of tendinitis in his right triceps, his second DL stint this season.
 
Darvish has a 4.95 ERA in eight starts with the Cubs since he signed a $126 million, six-year deal with the team in February.

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White Sox beat Twins 6-1

Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia homered and James Shields limited Minnesota to four hits over seven innings, leading the White Sox to a 6-1 victory over the Twins on Wednesday night.
 
Shields (3-9) struck out five and walked just two in his only scoreless start of the season. The veteran right-hander lasted just 4 2/3 innings in a loss to Oakland on Friday. Before that, he had worked at least six innings in 11 straight turns and has gone at least seven innings five times. After struggling through the last two years following his arrival in a trade with San Diego, Shields has begun to settle in.
 
Tim Anderson and Charlie Tilson each had two hits and an RBI for Chicago, which has won three straight games and four of five.
 
Ehire Adrianza had four hits and an RBI for Minnesota, which has dropped two straight games and five of six. Twins starter Kyle Gibson (2-6) allowed five runs on 11 hits in seven innings.
 
The White Sox took a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Abreu and Garcia led off with singles. One out later, Leury Garcia doubled to drive in Abreu. Anderson followed with a run-scoring single, and Omar Narvaez drove in a run with a ground out. Abreu's solo homer in the fifth stretched the lead to 4-0.
 
Avisail Garcia's solo homer in the eighth made it 6-0. The Twins tacked on a run in the ninth, but they fell to 34-42 to match their season high of eight games below the .500 mark.
 
RHP Lucas Giolito (5-7, 7.01 ERA) takes the mound for the White Sox, aiming to win a second straight start in the series finale with the Twins.

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Tribe top Cards 5-1

Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall hit back-to-back homers, as Shane Bieber pitched six strong innings and the Indians beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Wednesday night.
 
Bieber (3-0) struck out seven to become the seventh pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out six or more batters in each of his first four major league starts. After giving up four runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first outing, Bieber has given up just two runs in his last three starts and lowered his ERA to 2.22.
 
The Indians avoided a series sweep and have won eight of 10. Cleveland starters improved to 17-2 with a 2.26 ERA across 26 starts in series finales, including wins in their last nine decisions.
 
Bieber jumped on a first-pitch fastball from Jack Flaherty in the fourth for a double, his first major league hit.
 
Jose Martinez snapped Bieber's scoreless innings streak at 14 innings with a one-out RBI single in the third.
 
Encarnacion and Chisenhall gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the second, marking Cleveland's fifth back-to-back home runs this season.
 
Francisco Lindor walked and Michael Brantley doubled to spark a two-run third that extended the Indians' lead to 4-0. Tyler Naquin doubled home another run in the sixth.
 
Flaherty (3-3) went four innings, his shortest outing this season as the Cardinals had their four-game winning streak snapped. It followed perhaps his most dominant start, in which he carried a no-hitter for 6 1/3 innings against Milwaukee on Friday.
 
Matt Carpenter walked, doubled and scored a night after scoring five runs and getting five hits.
 
 RHP Miles Mikolas (8-2, 2.69 ERA) will get the start as St. Louis hosts Atlanta and RHP Julio Teheran (5-5, 4.52 ERA) in the first of a three-game set Friday.

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Cubs fall 7-5 to Dodgers

Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger each hit a solo home run, Joc Pederson added a two-run shot and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-5 on Wednesday night.
 
The Dodgers improved to 17-6 in June and have slugged a major league-leading 51 homers this month. That's the second-most during any month in franchise history, and with three days remaining they have a chance to overtake last year's team that set the record with 53.
 
After not homering in a 9-4 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday that snapped their four-game winning streak, the Dodgers got going early despite not having Matt Kemp in the lineup. The outfielder who is hitting .311 served a one-game suspension after losing his appeal with Major League Baseball involving a scuffle with Texas catcher Robinson Chirinos on June 13.
 
Muncy homered over the center-field wall in the first for his ninth long ball this month and 16th of the season. Later in the inning, Yasmani Grandal's two-run double with two outs gave the Dodgers the lead for good, 3-2.
 
Pederson followed in the second with his 10th homer of the month to make it 5-2. Enrique Hernandez extended the lead with an RBI single.
 
Alex Wood (4-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings to earn his third straight win. The left-hander struck out six and walked none, retiring the final seven batters he faced.
 
Kenley Jansen earned a four-out save, his 21st of the season.
 
Chicago made it close after Wood exited. He was replaced in the eighth by Scott Alexander, who walked Jason Heyward and gave up a single to Javier Baez before Willson Contreras hit a two-run double to pull the Cubs to 6-5.
 
Ben Zobrist grounded back to Alexander, putting the potential tying run on third, but Jansen came in and struck out Addison Russell to end the inning.
 
Bellinger homered leading off the bottom of the eighth against Randy Rosario, tying Muncy for the team lead with 16 homers and making it 7-5.
 
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (5-8) gave up six runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings, failing to go at least five innings for the first time in 16 starts this season. The team has lost five of his last six starts.
 
Chicago took the lead in the first on a two-run homer by Contreras.
 
In the fifth, Heyward reached on an infield single that Wood raced to pick up along the first base line. He flipped to Bellinger, and first base umpire Alan Porter signaled that Heyward was out. But the ball came loose and second baseman Logan Forsythe, backing up the play, fired to the plate. Ian Happ, who singled leading off, was called safe to leave the Cubs trailing 6-3.
 
Cubs LHP Jose Quintana (6-6, 4.26 ERA) starts the series finale against LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-4, 2.94).

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White Sox rally to beat Twins 8-4

Yolmer Sanchez matched a career high with four RBIs, Avisail Garcia hit his first homer since returning from the disabled list last week and the Chicago White Sox came back to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-4 on Tuesday night.
 
Yoan Moncada drove in a run with a triple and scored as the White Sox won for the third time in four games following an eight-game losing streak. Reynaldo Lopez (3-5) lasted 6 1/3 innings for the win in a contest that began after a delay of 1 hour, 48 minutes because of heavy rain.
 
Ehire Adrianza hit a solo shot and drove in two runs, and Brian Dozier also went deep for Minnesota.
 
Minnesota's Lance Lynn (5-6) seemed to be cruising with a 4-2 lead in a seventh straight solid start, but slipped on the wet grass while fielding Matt Davidson's soft grounder leading off the bottom of sixth. Leury Garcia and Kevan Smith followed with singles to load the bases, prompting manager Paul Molitor to bring in reliever Ryan Pressly.
 
Pressly walked Tim Anderson to force in a run. Sanchez put the White Sox ahead for the first time when he lined a single off Taylor Rogers with two outs that drove in two.
 
Lynn allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits through five-plus innings. The 31-year-old right-hander struck out eight and walked only one.
 
Lopez yielded four runs and six hits before four Chicago relievers combined for 2 2/3 hitless innings.
 
Dozier's 11th homer, on a towering fly that barely cleared the left-field fence, put the Twins ahead 1-0 in the second. Adrianza's drive to straightaway center on the first pitch of the third made it 2-0.
 
The White Sox tied it at 2 in the bottom of the inning. Adam Engel reached on Adrianza's throwing error, then scored on Moncada's triple to the right-center wall. Moncada came home on Sanchez's groundout.
 
Minnesota moved back ahead 4-2 in the fifth. Mitch Garver, Jake Cave and Adrianza opened the inning with sharp singles. Joe Mauer settled for a sac fly as Garcia made a nifty running grab of his liner to the warning track in right center.
 
After Chicago took a 5-4 lead in the sixth, Garcia hit his second homer of the season - and first since April 3 - in the seventh.
 
Sanchez singled in another run as the White Sox scored twice in the eighth.
 
RHP Kyle Gibson (2-5, 3.25) faces White Sox RHP James Shields (2-9) tonight.

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Bryant on DL for 1st time with sore left shoulder

The Chicago Cubs have placed Kris Bryant on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, marking the first time the fourth-year player has gone on the DL.
 
Chicago announced the move Tuesday. It's retroactive to June 23, making Bryant eligible to return in a week.
 
Cubs manager Joe Maddon says the injury is not considered serious and he expects Bryant to be activated next Tuesday.
 
The 2016 NL MVP is batting .280 this season with nine home runs, 36 RBIs and an .864 OPS. He had a home run among his six hits in a series last week against the Dodgers, but was just 1 for 8 in the Cubs' previous series at Cincinnati.
 
The Cubs recalled infielder David Bote from Triple-A Iowa to take Bryant's spot on the active roster.

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Dodgers beat Cubs 2-1

Kenta Maeda pitched seven scoreless innings, Enrique Hernandez homered again and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Monday night.
 
Maeda (5-4) struck out nine and allowed three singles, helping the Dodgers improved to 16-5 in June. The Dodgers returned to Los Angeles to open a 10-game homestand after sweeping the New York Mets over the weekend in a three-game series.
 
Kenley Jansen gave up deep a sacrifice fly to Javier Baez in the ninth inning before closing out the Cubs for his 20th save.
 
Chicago lost its fifth straight after getting swept over four games at Cincinnati. The Cubs have scored a combined 13 runs over their past five games.
 
Hernandez also went deep twice Sunday. He has a career-high 13 home runs, surpassing his 12 from 2017.
 
Chris Taylor added a pinch homer in the eighth, his ninth of the season. It was the second pinch homer of his career.
 
The Dodgers had Duane Underwood Jr. on the run early in his major league debut, but they were unable to deliver the big hit. In the first inning, Matt Kemp worked a 14-pitch walk to load the bases with two outs, but Yasmani Grandal flew out to the warning track in center field.
 
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead on Hernandez's home run to the bullpen in left field. Hernandez has hit six homers since June 7.
 
Underwood (0-1) settled down after that, walking one over the next nine batters. He gave up just two hits and a run over four innings, with three walks and three strikeouts. He threw 77 pitches, 41 in his first inning.
 
Maeda was in control while coming off a start at Chicago last week where he was removed after 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander beat the Cubs in the regular season for the first time in his career.
 
LHP Jon Lester (9-2, 2.10 ERA) will try to win his sixth consecutive start and faces the Dodgers for his second consecutive outing. RHP Ross Stripling (6-2, 1.99), who saw his six-start win streak come to an end last week at Chicago, will get another chance to beat the Cubs for the first time in his career.
 
>>The Whites Sox begin a three game set against the Twins tonight, as RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-5, 3.59 ERA) opposes Twins RHP Lance Lynn (5-5, 4.64 ERA) in the opener.

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Ozuna sparks St. Louis to victory over Cleveland

John Gant pitched one-hit ball over a career-high seven innings, Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run double and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Monday night.
 
It was the third consecutive win for the Cardinals and the 10,000th regular season victory for the franchise. St. Louis joined the Braves, Cubs, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers among NL teams to reach the milestone. It was the Cardinals' fifth win by shutout this season.
 
Cleveland had won seven straight. Mike Clevinger (6-3) allowed two runs over five innings, and the Indians had just four hits.
 
Gant (2-2) started in place of Michael Wacha, who went on the disabled list last week with an oblique strain.
 
Gant allowed only an infield single to Yan Gomes that hit third base in the third inning. He walked a career-high five and struck out four. It was his first win in three starts this season.
 
St. Louis closer Bud Norris relieved Austin Gomber with two on and no outs in the ninth. He got a strikeout and a double play to record his 15th save.
 
Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks put two runners on in the eighth with two outs but got Edwin Encarnacion to ground out.
 
It was the second shortest outing of the season for Clevinger, who allowed six hits and walked two. Clevinger had pitched at least six innings in five straight starts before facing St. Louis.
 
Francona said Clevinger began to cramp up in the fourth inning, and the team pushed him for one more before calling it a day.
 
St. Louis took a 2-0 lead in the third. Matt Carpenter singled for one of his three hits, and Greg Garcia walked. With one out, Ozuna hit a one-out double to score both runners.
 
Kolten Wong added an RBI double in the sixth, and Harrison Bader singled in a run in the eighth. It was Wong's first extra-base hit with runners in scoring position this season.
 
This was Cleveland's first visit to St. Louis since 2012, and the Indians fell to 15-9 all-time against the Cardinals.
 
Corey Kluber (11-3, 2.10) will be making his second career start against the Cardinals as he'll face Cardinals RHP Carlos Martinez (3-4, 3.24).
 

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Cards take down Brewers 8-2

Jose Martinez hit a three-run homer to pace the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
 
Luke Weaver (4-6) allowed two runs, both in the first, on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out a season-high nine and walked two for his first victory since May 11.
 
Martinez's 11th homer capped a five-run fourth when St. Louis erased a 2-1 deficit. Dexter Fowler, who entered hitting .163, doubled twice and scored twice, and Harrison Bader reached four times, scoring twice for the Cardinals, who won the final two games of the series to salvage a split.
 
Fowler snapped an 0-for13 streak with a double to open the fourth and Bader walked. Both runners advanced on Kelton Wong's fly out to right. After Weaver struck out, Matt Carpenter lined a two-run single to center to put the Cards up 3-2.
 
Jhoulys Chacin (6-3) issued his fifth walk to Greg Garcia and Martinez then drove an 0-2 pitch over the wall in center to make it 6-2.
 
The Cardinals extended it to 8-2 in the fifth. Fowler again led off with a double and Bader followed with an RBI single. Wong singled Bader to third and Weaver laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt.
 
Chacin allowed a season-high eight runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking five. Chacin dropped to 0-7 with a 6.90 ERA in nine career appearances, including eight starts, against the Cardinals.
 
The Cardinals pushed across a run in the first when Carpenter walked, Garcia doubled and Marcell Ozuna lofted a one-out sacrifice fly to the wall in right-center.
 
Milwaukee answered with two runs in the bottom half. Christian Yelich tied it with his 10th home run, a one-out solo shot into the second deck in left. Ryan Braun followed with a double to right and scored on Hernan Perez's 
 
two-out single. Jonathan Villar doubled Perez to third, but Weaver escaped by retiring Erik Kratz on a hard-hit liner to right.
 
RHP John Gant (1-2, 4.39) opens the three-game series at home against Cleveland tonight.

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Moncada powers White Sox past Athletics 10-3

Yoan Moncada broke out of a slump with a three-run homer and six RBIs, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 10-3 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series.
 
Daniel Palka and Yolmer Sanchez also connected for the White Sox, who had lost nine of 10. Carlos Rodon (1-2) pitched a season-high eight innings in his fourth start after missing the beginning of the year while recovering from shoulder surgery last September.
 
Moncada, who hit .183 over the previous 35 games, gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead with a three-run double in the fifth. Moncada then scored on Avisail Garcia's single, and Jose Abreu added another RBI single.
 
Palka, Sanchez and Moncada all went deep in the sixth. Moncada belted a three-run drive for his 10th homer, making it 10-2 Chicago.
 
Oakland set a modern major league record when Mark Canha hit a drive to left on Rodon's first pitch of the fifth, extending the A's streak to 25 straight road games with a homer. Canha also opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the second.
 
A's right-hander Paul Blackburn (1-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He permitted only one baserunner through the first four, but got into trouble with two out in the fifth.
 
Rodon allowed two runs and seven hits. The eight innings matched his career high.
 
Following an off day, the White Sox begin a three-game set against visiting Minnesota on Tuesday.

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Cubs fall 8-6 to Reds

Pitcher Mike Lorenzen connected for a pinch-hit homer to begin Cincinnati's comeback and Jesse Winker added a pinch-hit three-run homer in a big seventh that sent the Reds over the Chicago Cubs 8-6 on Sunday.
 
Lorenzen's homer was the third of his career and second in two games by a Reds pitcher. Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam on Saturday - the first by a Reds pitcher since 1959.
 
The Reds, who have won seven straight and 11 of their past 13 games, completed a four-game sweep of the Cubs for the first time in 25 years.
 
Trailing 6-1 in the seventh Winker went opposite field with relief pitcher Pedro Strop's first pitch after relieving emergency starter Mike Montgomery, driving it into the left field seats to cut Chicago's lead to 6-5. 
 
Joey Votto delivered the go-ahead double as the next four batters reached against Strop (3-1), who retired just two of the nine batters he faced.
 
Jose Peraza had two runs batted in and Tucker Barnhart had the game-tying RBI as the Reds set a season high for runs. Seven runs are the most allowed in one inning this season by the Cubs, who have lost six of their last eight 
 
games and were swept in a four-game series by the Reds for the first time since April 8-11, 1983, at Riverfront Stadium.
 
The Reds overcame a fifth-inning two-run homer by slumping Anthony Rizzo, who went 1-for-14 in the series, and a solo shot by Albert Almora Jr. off Jackson Stephens (1-0), which gave Chicago a 6-1 lead in the seventh.
 
Montgomery started in place of Tyler Chatwood, who left for Chicago early Sunday morning when his wife went into labor. The left-hander kept the Reds scoreless until Lorenzen's homer with two outs in the fifth inning.
 
Montgomery allowed six hits, three in the seventh, and four runs with two walks and six strikeouts.
 
The Cubs had at least one baserunner in every inning except the fourth against Sal Romano. They reached him for eight hits and five runs with a walk and six strikeouts in five innings.
 
Amir Garrett had three strikeouts in the eighth before Raisel Iglesias picked up his 13th save.
 
The Cubs head to L.A. to start a series with the Dodgers as RHP Duane Underwood will make his major league debut.

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Cubs drop series opener 6-2 in Cincinnati

Jesse Winker hit his first career grand slam during a big sixth-inning rally Thursday night, putting Matt Harvey in line for his second win for the Cincinnati Reds, 6-2 over the Chicago Cubs.
 
The Reds sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six times in the sixth, matching their biggest inning of the season. Kyle Hendricks (5-7) walked three to set up the two-out rally, including Eugenio Suarez with the bases loaded. Hendricks has equaled his career high with four walks in each of his last two starts.
 
Winker connected on the second pitch from left-hander Randy Rosario, who hadn't allowed a homer this season. The Reds' sixth grand slam of the season moved them into a tie with Boston for most in the majors.
 
Billy Hamilton walked, stole a base, scored and singled home the final run during the rally.
 
Harvey (2-5) went six innings for his first victory since May 22, allowing five hits, including Javier Baez's two-run double. He'd lost his last three decisions with the Reds, who got him from the Mets for catcher Devin Mesoraco in a deal on May 8.
 
Harvey plunked Kris Bryant on the left hand and Anthony Rizzo on the left shin in the third inning, but both remained in the game. Baez's two-run double was his fourth extra-base hit in the last two games.
 
Amir Garrett relieved and fanned Rizzo on three pitches to end a bases-loaded threat in the seventh. Jared Hughes pitched out of a two-on jam in the eighth and finished for his fifth save in six chances.
 
The Reds have won four straight, their second-best streak of the season. 
 
Jose Quintana (6-5) will face off against Luis Castillo (4-8) has lost his last four starts in game two of the series.

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St. Louis routed 11-3 by division foe Milwaukee

Brent Suter pitched seven strong innings, Manny Pina homered and the Milwaukee Brewers capitalized on a season-high four errors by St. Louis in an 11-3 victory Thursday night.
 
Suter (8-4) retired 12 straight after Matt Carpenter homered on the first pitch of the game.
 
He went a career-high seven innings for the second time this season and third overall. He limited the Cardinals to two runs and two hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
 
Suter is 6-1 with a 3.12 ERA in his last seven starts.
 
The Brewers regained the lead in NL Central, one game ahead of the Chicago Cubs.
 
Carlos Martinez (3-4) struggled in his fourth start since returning from the disabled list (right lat strain). He allowed seven runs - five earned - on eight hits in four innings with two walks, three strikeouts and two wild pitches. The right-hander is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA since being activated on June 4.
 
Milwaukee went ahead 2-1 in the first and never looked back.
 
Left fielder Marcell Ozuna tracked Jesus Aguilar's towering fly and climbed the wall in anticipation of making a home run-saving catch. The ball hit the padding behind and below Ozuna and bounced away as two runs scored for Milwaukee.
 
Fielding and throwing errors in the third helped the Brewers tack on two unearned runs.
 
Lorenzo Cain reached on Carpenter's fielding error at third base and scored on Travis Shaw's double. Shaw advanced on a wild pitch and then raced home when Martinez lost the grip on the ball as he threw toward the plate and it squirted toward the third base line.
 
The Brewers broke it open in the fourth on a home run by Pina, a run-scoring single by Cain and a sacrifice fly by Shaw.
 
Milwaukee added three unearned runs in the seventh aided by a fielding and throwing error by second baseman Jedd Gyorko.
 
Yadier Molina was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Yairo Munoz in the fifth. Munoz had a run-scoring base hit in the ninth.
 
Carpenter hit the first pitch from Suter for his 17th leadoff home run and second of the season.
 
 RHP Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.66 ERA) makes his third career start against the Brewers and second at Miller Park, where he made his major league debut on April 3.

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White Sox-A's game postponed

Thursday night's game between the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago White Sox has been postponed because of rain.
 
The postponement is the 40th in the major leagues this season, one more than last year and the most in at least the past six years.
 
The game will be made up on Friday as part of a straight doubleheader beginning at 3:10 p.m. CDT. The second game will start at 7:10 p.m., the time for Friday's regularly scheduled game, or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
 
The White Sox announced right-hander James Shields (2-8, 4.63 ERA) will start the first game on Friday, with righty Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.19) following in the nightcap. Chicago has lost seven straight to match a season high and is a season-low 25 games under .500.

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Bulls take Carter Jr. and Hutchison in first round

The Chicago Bulls have drafted Duke's Wendell Carter Jr. with the No. 7 overall pick, giving them another versatile big man to go with Lauri Markkanen.
 
The 6-foot-10, 259-pound Carter Jr. was the second Blue Devils big man taken after Marvin Bagley III went to Sacramento at No. 2. With his ability to hit from the outside and score down low, he averaged 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds as a freshman last season while helping the Blue Devils advance to the Elite Eight.
 
Chandler Hutchison is a 6-foot-7 Small Forward who finished up his senior season at Boise State.  He was a steady-handed first option for the Broncos, averaging 20.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game as a senior.

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Cubs beat Dodgers 4-0

Jon Lester won his fifth straight start, Javier Baez backed him with three hits and two runs, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Wednesday.
 
Lester (9-2) gave up five hits over seven innings. Baez had two doubles, a triple and a steal. He also made some solid plays at shortstop and second base.
 
Kyle Schwarber hit his 14th homer. Kris Bryant added two hits and an RBI in his third straight game batting leadoff. And the Cubs handed Ross Stripling his first loss since April 30, taking two of three in a rematch of the past two NL Championship Series.
 
Lester walked three and struck out one batter. Anthony Bass worked the final two innings to finish the six-hitter.
 
Baez made a strong throw from deep in the hole at shortstop in the second inning to rob Logan Forsythe of a hit and had fans chanting his name in the eighth after a neat double play as the second baseman. He caught Justin Turner's line drive and lunged to the bag to double off a diving Enrique Hernandez.
 
Right fielder Jason Heyward threw out Chris Taylor trying to score on Turner's fly in the third. And the Cubs caught several balls on the warning track while winning for the 17th time in 25 games.
 
Stripling (6-2) had won six straight starts. The right-hander went six innings, allowing three runs and eight hits while striking out seven without a walk.
 
The Cubs open a four-game series at Cincinnati today, with RHP Kyle Hendricks (5-6, 3.55) going against RHP Matt Harvey (1-5, 5.92).

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Cardinals fall by one run to Phils 4-3

Odubel Herrera hit a tiebreaking, solo homer in the seventh inning, Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Wednesday to win their third straight series.
 
Herrera is batting .419 (13 for 31) with two doubles, five homers and eight RBI in the last seven games.Yadier Molina hit a pair of homers for the Cardinals, who lost starter Michael Wacha to injury.
 
Philadelphia's beleaguered bullpen tossed three scoreless innings after Arrieta had another so-so outing, giving up both of Molina's homers. Edubray Ramos (2-0) got five outs and Adam Morgan retired the last two batters with the tying run on second for his first career save.
 
The Phillies took two of three to win a series against the Cardinals for the first time since August 2014.
 
Arrieta gave up three runs and four hits in six innings to remain winless in June after posting a 0.90 ERA in five starts in May.
 
Wacha left in the fourth with a left oblique strain. The right-hander allowed three runs - one earned - and six hits in 3 2/3 innings. He'll have an MRI on Thursday.
 
Herrera ripped a 91 mph slider from Sam Tuivailala (1-3) off the scoreboard on the facing of the second deck in right field to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. Herrera has a homer in four straight games.
 
Pinch hitter Jedd Gyorko hit a one-out double off Victor Arano in the ninth. Morgan entered to get Matt Carpenter on a foul pop and Tommy Pham on a grounder.
 
Molina drove a 3-2 pitch the opposite-way into the seats in right-center for his fifth career multihomer game in the sixth to tie it at 3.
 
A throwing error by Carpenter led to a pair of unearned runs in the fourth. Jorge Alfaro reached with one out when Carpenter's throw pulled first baseman Jose Martinez off the bag. With two outs, Hernandez lined a 1-2 change-up to the seats in right for a 3-1 lead.
 
The Phillies took a 1-0 lead in the first after Rhys Hoskins hit a single, advanced to third on Herrera's double and scored on Carlos Santana's sacrifice fly.
 
Molina crushed Arrieta's first pitch in the second inning to left to tie it at 1.
 
Wacha worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third by striking out Scott Kingery and retiring Nick Williams on a bouncer.
 
RHP Carlos Martinez (3-3, 2.73 ERA) takes the mound for the start of a four-game set at Milwaukee.

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White Sox routed by Indians 12-0

Corey Kluber shut down the White Sox and became the first pitcher with 11 wins this season. 
 
Kluber allowed one hit over seven dominant innings and retired his final 14 batters Wednesday as the Cleveland Indians routed Chicago 12-0. The right-hander struck out seven and issued a lone walk in his latest masterpiece.
 
Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis hit three-run homers for Cleveland, which swept the three-game series by a 24-5 margin. The Indians have won 17 of their last 21 games against the White Sox at Progressive Field, including all six this season.
 
Kluber (11-3) only permitted a second-inning single past third base by Omar Narvaez and a third-inning walk to Charlie Tilson, throwing 96 pitches before giving way to George Kontos to begin the eighth. Josh Tomlin surrendered a double to Jose Abreu in the ninth before completing the combined two-hitter.
 
Yonder Alonso added three hits and Yan Gomes doubled twice as the Indians chased White Sox righty Reynaldo Lopez (2-5) after 4 1/3 innings. Lopez gave up five runs, four earned, and is 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in three career starts against Cleveland.
 
The Indians tacked on six runs in the sixth against Bruce Rondon to extend their lead to 11-0, including a two-run double by Edwin Encarnacion and Kipnis' three-run shot.
 
The White Sox matched their longest losing streak of 2018 at seven and fell to a season-low 25 games under .500. 
 
Manager Rick Renteria was ejected by home plate umpire Will Little in the sixth for arguing a strikeout.
 
White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.19 ERA) takes on Athletics RHP Chris Bassitt (0-2, 2.45 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series at Guarnteed Rate Field.

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Morrow goes on DL with back tightness

The Chicago Cubs have placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list because of lower back tightness.
 
The Cubs announced the move prior to Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Right-hander Justin Hancock will remain with the club after being called up from Triple-A Iowa as the 26th man for Tuesday's day-night doubleheader.
 
Signed by the Cubs after helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat them in the NLCS last season, Morrow has 16 saves in 17 chances.
 
The Cubs are also missing relievers Carl Edwards Jr. (right shoulder inflammation) and Brian Duensing, who is on the bereavement list after his grandfather died on Saturday. Chicago was second in the NL Central, a half-game behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
 

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Billy Connors, ex-Cub, dies at 76

Billy Connors, a three-time New York Yankees pitching coach and confidant of late owner George Steinbrenner, has died. He was 76.
 
Connors coached the Yankees from 1989-90, 1994-95 and 2000, and was vice president of player personnel from 1996-2012. He was instrumental in the development of Yankees pitchers Orlando Hernandez, Andy Pettitte, Chien-Ming Wang and Mariano Rivera.
 
Connors also coached with the Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals and Seattle.
 
Connors spent three seasons in the major leagues, starting with the Cubs in 1966 and then with the New York Mets the following two years. He was 0-2 with a 7.53 ERA in one start and 25 relief appearances.

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Cubs beat Dodgers 2-1 in 10 innings for doubleheader split

In game one of the day night doubleheader pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer doubled sharply down the left-field line with two outs in the ninth to drive in two runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers came back to edge the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Tuesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
 
Farmer lined a 2-2 pitch from Justin Wilson into the corner after Wilson had walked pinch-hitter Austin Barnes and Justin Turner singled. Entering the game, Farmer was hitting .226, but was 5 for 15 as a pinch-hitter.
 
Joc Pederson led off the game with solo shot and Yasiel Puig drove in a run with a bloop double in a rematch of the last two NL Championship Series.
 
Kris Bryant doubled twice and drove in two runs. Anthony Rizzo added an RBI single for Chicago.
 
Edward Paredes (2-0), the fifth of six Dodgers relievers, got one out in the eighth to earn the win. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
 
Wilson (1-2) came one pitch away from earning his first save.
 
In game number two, Albert Almora Jr. hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Tuesday night to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader.
 
Kris Bryant sparked the winning rally with a leadoff triple against Brock Stewart (0-1). After Javier Baez was walked intentionally, Almora hit a liner into right field.
 
Rob Zastryzny (1-0), the fifth Cubs reliever, got Yasmani Grandal to fly out with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th to earn the win.
 
Los Angeles opened the doubleheader with a 4-3 victory on pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer's two-run double in the ninth.

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Carpenter leads Cardinals past Phillies 7-6

Matt Carpenter hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two out in the ninth, helping the St. Louis Cardinals edge the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Tuesday night.
 
Carpenter also had a tying two-run double in St. Louis' four-run seventh. Tommy Pham homered and singled for the Cardinals, and Kolten Wong also went deep.
 
Odubel Herrera and Carlos Santana connected for the Phillies.
 
Seranthony Dominguez (1-1) struck out the first two batters in the ninth and had Carpenter in a 0-2 hole. But Carpenter lined the next pitch, a 98-mph fastball, over the wall in right to extend his homer streak to three games.
 
Carpenter noticed Dominguez shake off catcher Jorge Alfaro just before the 0-2 pitch and believed the right-hander wanted to throw a fastball.
 
A hard-throwing rookie, Dominguez began his career by tossing 15 2/3 scoreless innings and entered with 27 strikeouts and a 1.27 ERA in 21 1/3 innings.
 
The Cardinals trailed 4-2 before rallying against Vince Velasquez and Tommy Hunter.
 
Velasquez got the first out of the seventh before a single and hit batsman brought manager Gabe Kapler to the mound. Hunter got pinch-hitter Greg Garcia to line out to left before Carpenter doubled, Pham singled and Jose Martinez made it 6-4 with another two-run double.
 
The Phillies tied it in the eighth on Rhys Hoskins' two-run double. Austin Gomber started the inning, but was lifted for Jordan Hicks (3-1) with two out and runners on first and second. Three of Hicks' four pitches to Hoskins were fastballs that registered at least 100 mph, but the slugger drove the final 101-mph heater into the gap in right-center.
 
Hicks pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, to secure the victory.
 
The Phillies opened the scoring with Santana's RBI groundout in the first. Pham extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games with a two-out homer to deep left in the third, tying it at 1.
 
Herrera continued his hot hitting against St. Louis by driving the first pitch he saw in the third, a 79-mph curveball, into the seats in right for a 2-1 Phillies lead.
 
Cesar Hernandez's bases-loaded walk in the fourth made it 3-1, but Philadelphia wasted a chance for more when Luke Weaver got Hoskins to pop out to shortstop before fanning Herrera to leave the bases full.
 
Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha (8-2, 3.24 ERA) will oppose Phillies RHP Jake Arrieta (5-5, 3.33 ERA) in the series finale this afternoon.

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Indians beat White Sox 6-3

Mike Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Tuesday night.
 
Clevinger (6-2) beat Chicago for the third time this season and was in command after giving up a first-inning run. The right-hander retired 13 straight between the second and sixth while allowing five hits.
 
Clevinger, who struck out a career-high 11 against the White Sox last week, was pulled after two walks in the eighth. He has held Chicago to three earned runs in 21 1/3 innings over three starts.
 
Francisco Lindor's two-run single was the key hit in the second when Cleveland scored four times. Yonder Alonso, Michael Brantley and Edwin Encarnacion also drove in runs for the Indians.
 
Yoan Moncada had a two-run double with two outs in the ninth off Zach McAllister. Second baseman Erik Gonzalez booted Yolmer Sanchez's ground ball putting two runners on. Cody Allen retired Jose Abreu on fly ball for his 15th save in 16 chances.
 
Cleveland improved to 16-4 in its past 20 home games against Chicago.
 
Carlos Rodon (0-2) allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander made his third start of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery in August.
 
The White Sox lost their sixth straight and dropped a season-high 24 games under .500. Chicago is 11-23 against the AL Central.
 
Abreu's single put Chicago ahead three batters into the game, but the lead lasted one inning. Alonso tied the game with an RBI single in the second and Cleveland went ahead on Rodon's wild pitch.
 
Lindor singled into right-center with runners on second and third for a 4-1 lead. Brantley and Encarnacion drove in runs in the seventh.
 
Clevinger retired Adam Engel and Moncada with a runner on second to end the second inning. He didn't allow another baserunner until Daniel Palka's two-out single in the sixth.
 
Abreu had a home run overturned in the third. His drive down the left field line was called fair by third base umpire Lance Barksdale, The ruling was reversed after a crew chief review that lasted 44 seconds. Abreu then struck out.
 
Moncada led off the first with a double and scored when Abreu hit a sharp ground ball through the right side.
 
Brandon Guyer and Rajai Davis stole bases for the Indians, who have stolen 23 consecutive bases since May 23.
 
Indians RHP Corey Kluber (10-3, 2.24 ERA) starts the series finale.  RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-4, 3.26 ERA) starts for the White Sox.

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Chris Duhon named Illinois State assistant coach

Former Duke and Chicago Bulls point guard Chris Duhon has joined the staff of Illinois State University as an assistant coach.
 
Illinois State coach Dan Muller announced Duhon's hiring on Monday.
 
Duhon resigned from Marshall in January 2017 after his arrest for driving on a revoked license. His driver's license was revoked for driving under the influence in 2015.
 
Duhon helped lift Duke to the 2001 national championship by leading the team in steals and minutes played. He was selected by the Bulls in the second round of the 2004 NBA draft. He played four seasons in Chicago.

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