>>Cardinals At Cubs Tonight
(Chicago, IL) -- After a travel day Thursday, the Cardinals are in the Windy City tonight to open a three-game series with the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Joe Kelly is slated to take the mound for St. Louis, while Chicago counters with Travis Wood. The Cardinals are looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
>>Shelby Miller To Start Tomorrow
(Chicago, IL) -- Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller will make his return to the starting rotation tomorrow. The right-hander served a short stint in the bullpen, but the Cards have elected to move him back into the rotation and he will start Saturday against the Cubs. Carlos Martinez is moving back to the pen.
>>Cubs Show Interest In International Prospect
(Chicago, IL) -- The Cubs will have a huge presence tomorrow for the workout of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo in Miami. The right handed free agent is believed to have a chance to impact a big league roster soon with his speed and surprising power. Castillo draws comparisons to Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett.
>>2014 Class To Be Inducted Into Cooperstown Sunday
(Cooperstown, NY) -- The 2014 class is set to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine [[ GLA-vin ]], first baseman Frank Thomas, and managers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre [[ TORE-ee ]] make up this year's class. Sunday's ceremony is at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
Maddux was a four-time NL Cy Young winner with 355 wins for the Cubs, Braves, Dodgers and Padres. Glavine won two NL Cy Young Awards and had 305 career wins with the Braves and Mets. Thomas was a two-time AL MVP with 495 career home runs. La Russa won three World Series titles with the Cardinals, A's and White Sox and ranks third in all-time managerial wins with 2,728. Cox was a four-time Manager of the Year with the Braves and Blue Jays and ranks fourth on the all-time wins list. Torre won four World Series titles as manager of the Yankees and was also skipper of the Mets, Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers. He ranks fifth on the all-time wins list.
>>Twins Cancel Knoblauch Hall Plans After Arrest
(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Minnesota Twins are canceling an upcoming Hall of Fame induction for former second baseman Chuck Knoblauch [[ NOB-lock ]]. The moves comes after he was arrested Wednesday night for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife. The Twins were scheduled to honor Knoblauch in a ceremony on August 23rd at Target Field. The team says it has no plans to reschedule at this point. The four-time All-Star and former American League Rookie of the Year was convicted of hitting a previous wife back in 2010 and received a year of probation. The 46-year-old is due in court this time on July 30th.
>>M's Re-Acquire Morales From Twins
(Seattle, WA) -- Kendrys [[ KEN-drees ]] Morales is headed back to the Emerald City. The Mariners have re-acquired the 31-year-old designated hitter from the Twins for reliever Stephen Pryor. Morales signed with Minnesota as a free agent in June after rejecting Seattle's 14.1-million-dollar qualifying offer in November. He hit a team-leading .277 last year with 23 home runs and a club-high 80 RBI. Morales is batting .234 with one homer and 18 RBI in 39 games this season.
>>Athletics Designate Reliever Johnson For Assignment
(Oakland, CA) -- Struggling reliever Jim Johnson's days for the Oakland Athletics may be numbered. MLB.com reports the team has designated the 31-year-old right-hander for assignment. The A's acquired Johnson in December from Baltimore in exchange for second baseman Jemile Weeks and minor leaguer David Freitas. Johnson is 4-and-2 with two saves and a 6.92 ERA in 38 games this season. Oakland owes Johnson the remaining 3.66-million-dollars on his 10-million-dollar contract for this year.