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Cubs Pound Reds

Patrick Wisdom hit a grand slam and a solo homer en route to a career-high six RBIs, rookie Christopher Morel had a career-high five hits and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 15-7 Thursday night.

 

The Cubs collected 23 hits off five pitchers, tying their season high from a 21-0 rout of the Pirates on April 23. Seven of those hits came in the eighth against outfielder Max Schrock, who allowed a two-run homer to P.J. Higgins and a solo shot to Morel.

 

Wisdom's slam off Graham Ashcraft capped a five-run second, and he also connected against Dauri Moreta in the sixth. It was his fifth multihomer game. He hit his other grand slam on Sept. 15, 2018 against the Dodgers while a member of the Cardinals.

 

The Cubs (30-46) won for the third time in four games. The Reds (26-49) lost for the 10th time in 13 games.

 

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (4-6) pitched six innings of six-hit ball and tied a season high with seven strikeouts. Hendricks has allowed two runs in his last 13 1/3 innings.

 

Joey Votto continued his dominance of Hendricks by hitting a solo home run in the sixth and is batting .415 (17 for 41) with six homers lifetime against Hendricks.

 

Morel hit an RBI single that knocked out Ashcraft in the third, and he hit a double in the seventh and that set up Narciso Crook's first major league hit, a double down the left-field line.

 

Morel is 7 for 9 with a double, two homers and four RBIs since being dropped to the ninth spot Wednesday.

 

Nico Hoerner extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games with a single in the fourth and finished with three hits.

 

Ashcraft (4-2) allowed a career-high seven runs in 2 1/3 innings and has allowed six runs or more in two of his last three starts.

 

Tommy Pham hit a three-run home run in the ninth off Cubs left-hander Brandon Hughes.

 

Cubs second baseman David Bote left after four innings due to left shoulder soreness. Bote collided with Hoerner on a groundball single by Votto that scored Pham, but Bote finished the inning. Bote underwent surgery on the same shoulder last season.

 

Cubs RHP Adrian Sampson (0-0, 1.69) will face the Red Sox in Friday's series opener at Wrigley Field. Sampson allowed two runs in five innings of a 5-3 loss Saturday to the Cardinals.

NASCAR Opens July on Road Course

NASCAR heads to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for a road course 4th of July weekend race.

 

Last year's winner Chase Elliott rallied from 25th after 120 laps and pulled away on a restart with four laps to go to win at Nashville, his second victory of the season. Elliott won after starting 34th, the deepest starting spot for any race winner last season.

 

The Joe Gibbs Racing trio of pole-stter Denny Hamlin (114), Martin Truex Jr. (82) and Kyle Busch (54) combined to lead 250 of the 300 laps at Nashville, but late-race traffic relegated Busch to 21st and Truex to 22nd. 

 

Kurt Busch finished second, followed by Ryan Blaney, Kye Larson, Ross Chastain and Hamlin. 

 

Elliott became the fifth multiple race-winner through 17 events. He leads Chastain by 30 points and Blaney by 31. The race was delayed twice by lightning with the second delay lasting more than 2 hours.

 

Practice and qualifying are at 10:30 am Saturday morning and the green flag drops at 2 pm on Sunday.

 

In the XFinity Series, Riverton-native Justin Allgaier led five times for 134 laps, won both early stages and coasted to victory at Nashville, his second victory of the season.

 

Kyle Busch won after starting fifth last year in Elkhart Lake. 

 

JR Motorsports drivers have won five of the last seven races, and Chevrolet has won all seven. JRM also has won 12 consecutive stages on oval tracks. 

 

AJ Allmendinger, already a two-time winner on road courses this season, remains the series points leader by 25 over Ty Gibbs and 32 over Allgaier. Allmendinger’s 16th-place finish was just his second outside the top 10 through 15 races. 

 

The top five in points have all won at least twice. Allgaier has led a series-best 462 laps.

 

Practice and qualifying are tonight at 4:30 pm with the green flag drops at 1:30 pm Saturday.

 

Ryan Preece pulled away on a restart with 10 laps to go, then held off challenges from Zane Smith and Carson Hocevar to win at Nashville for the second year in a row in the Camping World Truck Series. 

 

Preece's two victories have come in just eight career starts. The trucks take the week off and return next week at Mid-Ohio. 

Angels Get By White Sox

In a game heard on WHOW, Shohei Ohtani extended his scoreless streak to 21 2/3 innings while pitching five-hit ball into the sixth with 11 strikeouts in Los Angeles' 4-1 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night.

 

Ohtani (7-4) yielded five singles and a walk, and the White Sox had to work for every small success against him. The reigning AL MVP hasn't allowed a run since the fifth inning of his brilliant seven-inning outing in Boston on June 9, giving him an 0.34 ERA in his last four starts with 36 strikeouts - 24 in the last two games.

 

Ohtani went 0 for 3 with a walk at the plate, but Luis Rengifo hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout had an early RBI double as the Angels finished their disappointing 4-5 homestand on a positive note because of their superstar's work on the mound.

 

Michael Kopech (2-5) yielded five hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings for the White Sox, who have lost six of eight. Chicago loaded the bases in the fourth, but couldn't capitalize.

 

Ohtani's streak included scoreless efforts in victories over Seattle and Kansas City before this tough challenge against the White Sox, who pounded out 17 hits and 11 runs one night earlier. After he struck out a career-high 13 Royals last week, Ohtani reached double-digit strikeouts for the fifth time this season against Chicago.

 

He gave up two singles while racking up three strikeouts in the first inning, and the Angels scored moments later when Taylor Ward delivered a leadoff single and came around on Trout's double. Trout then scored when Kopech made an error at first base while Chicago tried to turn a tricky 3-6-1 double play.

 

Ohtani escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth after allowing two more singles and a walk, striking out Josh Harrison with a slider. Ohtani also reached back for two fastballs over 100 mph during the inning.

 

Rengifo doubled Los Angeles' lead and chased Kopech with his two-run shot into the ficus trees beyond center field in the sixth.

 

After a travel day, Lance Lynn (1-1, 6.19 ERA) takes the mound in San Francisco on Friday to open a weekend series against the Giants.

Cubs Roll Reds

Christopher Morel's rocket throw to cut down Tommy Pham trying to score on a fly to center got the Cubs out of a bases-loaded jam and helped propel them to an 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

 

Willson Contreras homered for Chicago. Morel also went deep, but the play that stood out came with the Cubs clinging to a 1-0 lead with one out in the fourth inning.

 

Donovan Solano sent a line drive to center. Morel took a few steps to his left, made the catch and, with his momentum going toward the plate, fired a 97.3 mph pellet on one hop.

 

Contreras hauled in the throw a little up the third-base line and reached to his right to tag Pham on the letters on his back as he slid by, ending the threat. The jubilant catcher let loose.

 

Contreras got hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Ian Happ against Hunter Greene in the first inning. He made it 5-0 in the fifth when he lined a two-run drive against Luis Cessa for his 13th homer - tops among major league catchers - and also doubled twice.

 

Morel singled and scored in the fifth. He added a two-run homer deep into the left-field bleachers in the sixth against Ross Detwiler, bumping the lead to 7-1.

 

Nico Hoerner extended his hitting streak to seven games, matching a career-high when he smacked a two-run double in the fourth. He finished 1 for 3 after five consecutive multi-hit games.

 

Steele (3-5) exited with a 5-1 lead after Joey Votto doubled in a run with none out in the sixth. The left-hander gave up six hits and struck out six.

 

Scott Effross retired the next three batters, and the Cubs bounced back after opening a three-game series between the two worst teams in the not-so-great NL Central with a 5-3 loss.

 

Cubs OF Seiya Suzuki (sprained left ring finger) is scheduled to begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. He has not played since May 26. Suzuki, who left Japan for a five-year, $85 million contract, is batting .245 with four homers in his first season with Chicago. 

 

Reds rookie RHP Graham Ashcraft (4-1, 3.27 ERA) looks to continue an impressive start to his career, while Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-6, 4.90) eyes his second straight win. Hendricks pitched scoreless ball into the eighth inning at St. Louis last week.

Marlins Edge Cardinals

Avisail Garcia hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning and Sandy Alcantara pitched a complete game, lifting the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

 

With two outs, Garcia hit the first pitch he saw from Ryan Helsley (3-1 ) 411 feet over the wall in center field for his fifth homer. Jesus Sanchez, who walked to begin the inning, also scored.

 

It was Garcia 's first go-ahead, ninth-inning home run. He is the 12th MLB player to hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the ninth this season.

 

It was the second blown save this season for Helsley, who recorded the save Tuesday with three strikeouts in the ninth.

 

Dylan Carlson drove in two runs while Juan Yepez hit two doubles and Edmundo Sosa also had two hits, including a triple and two runs scored for the Cardinals.

 

Alcantara (8-3) picked up his first victory against his original team. Alcantara improved to 1-3 in five starts against St. Louis. He gave up seven hits and three runs in his second complete game of the season.

 

Rookie Andre Pallante threw a career high seven innings for the Cardinals. He allowed two runs and five hits.

 

Cardinals 2B Nolan Gorman (bruised left hand) was not in the lineup for second straight game. Gorman hurt his hand Monday after fouling off a ball. 

 

LHP Steven Matz and RHP Jordan Hicks both made pitching rehab appearances at Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. Hicks was scheduled to throw again Wednesday night against Jacksonville and could rejoin St. Louis on its upcoming road trip. Matz is scheduled for a start the game Saturday.

 

Miles Mikolas (5-5, 2.57) will start Friday's game in Philadelphia. Mikolas has not faced the Phillies since May 6, 2019 when he threw seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball en route to a 6-0 shutout win. He received a loss in his last start at Citizens Bank Park permitting four runs over five innings in a 6-5 extra-inning walk-off loss on June 18, 2018. The Phillies have yet to name a starter.

White Sox Roll Angels

Josh Harrison and Luis Robert hit two-run homers during Chicago's five-run fifth inning, and the White Sox pounded out 17 hits in an 11-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

 

Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada had RBI doubles during a five-run seventh for the White Sox, who rallied from an early three-run deficit with multi-hit games from seven batters to win for only the second time in seven games.

 

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani hit back-to-back homers in the third inning for Los Angeles, which has lost five of eight on its brawl-marred homestand. Ohtani went 3 for 3 with a walk, two doubles and two RBIs on the night before his next mound start.

 

Cueto (2-4) recovered from yielding three homers in a shaky third to pitch six innings of seven-hit ball.

 

Robert's majestic 448-foot shot off Oliver Ortega (1-3) highlighted Chicago's dismantling of the Halos' perpetually poor pitching staff. Robert, Tim Anderson and Abreu all had three hits, and Harrison drove in three runs.

 

Angels rookie Chase Silseth largely cruised through the first four innings of his fifth big league start, but Chicago abruptly chased him in the fifth. Seby Zavala had an RBI double before Harrison tied it with just his second homer of the season.

 

Between injuries for a handful of relievers, two underperforming starters being sent to the minors and top relievers Ryan Tepera and Raisel Iglesias currently appealing suspensions, the Angels will be scrambling for any competent pitching outside their top four starters in the next few weeks.

 

Chicago sent 11 batters to the plate in the seventh, which could have been even bigger if Jaime Barria hadn't struck out Anderson and Robert with the bases loaded to end it.

 

Trout was visibly frustrated in center field while Angels reliever Elvis Peguero was on the mound in the seventh. The three-time MVP appeared to signal to the Angels' dugout that Peguero was tipping his pitches while he allowed four runs on two hits and two walks.

 

Peguero confirmed that Trout alerted him about the pitch-tipping during the game.

 

Andrew Velazquez homered in the second before Trout and Ohtani connected, giving the Angels three homers in nine pitches by Cueto. Two pitches after Trout put his 23rd homer down the left field line, Ohtani blasted his 17th - and fourth of the Angels' homestand - with a 115.2-mph exit velocity.

 

The Angels' former MVPs homered in consecutive at-bats for the fifth time in their careers and the second time this season.

 

Moncada went 2 for 5 with two RBIs after coming off the injured list earlier Tuesday. He had been out since June 18 with a strained right hamstring.

 

Ohtani (6-4, 2.90 ERA) returns to the mound for the Halos' homestand finale after throwing eight innings of scoreless two-hit ball with a career-high 13 strikeouts last week against Kansas City. He'll face Chicago's Michael Kopech (2-4, 2.59), who is coming off back-to-back losses.

Cardinals Down Marlins

Dylan Carlson drove in a pair of runs and the St. Louis bullpen combined for four scoreless innings as the Cardinals came back to beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Tuesday night.

 

Carlson went 2 for 4 and has hit in five straight games. Teammate Tommy Edman scored a pair of runs and stole his 19th base of the season.

 

Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson (6-4) went five-plus innings, allowing three runs. He was lifted after issuing a leadoff walk to Jorge Soler in the sixth. Junior Fernandez pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh, and Giovanny Gallegos did the same in the eighth. Ryan Helsley struck out the side to earn his sixth save in eighth opportunities.

 

Fernandez has not given up a run in 6 1/3 innings since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis on June 22.

 

The Marlins struck first with a three-run third. Miguel Rojas had an RBI double and Nick Fortes and Soler added run-scoring singles. Soler's hit was the 40,000th in Marlins franchise history.

 

But the Cardinals knocked out Marlins starter Braxton Garrett while batting around in a four-run fifth. Edmundo Sosa got it started with an RBI triple. Edman, Carlson and Paul Goldschmidt followed with RBI hits to give the Cardinals a 5-3 lead.

 

Garrett (1-3) allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed the first three to reach in the fourth, including an RBI single by Carlson, but got out of the frame without any additional damage by getting Nolan Arenado to ground into a double play and a deep fly-out by Juan Yepez.

 

Jon Berti went 0 for 4, snapping his 24-game on base streak and 11-game hitting streak.

 

The Cardinals won for the third time in their last four games, while the Marlins have lost seven of their last eight games at Busch Stadium.

 

Andre Pallante (2-3, 2.03 ERA) will start for the Cardinals in the finale of a three-game set Wednesday against Miami RHP Sandy Alcantara (7-3, 1.95 ERA). Pallante recorded a career high in innings (6), hits (7), runs (3) and pitches thrown (90) in his last outing Friday. Alcantara has not posted a win in three career starts against St. Louis, but has a 0.81 ERA with two earned runs in 22 1/3 innings and 23 strikeouts.

Reds Top Cubs

Luis Castillo struck out 11 over six shutout innings in his first win in a month, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-3 victory over Keegan Thompson and the Chicago Cubs.

 

Castillo (3-4) allowed five hits and walked three while throwing a career-high 123 pitches. One of the top players on the market ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline, Castillo had gone 0-2 with a 4.07 ERA in four starts since his last win May 31 at Boston.

 

Castillo hears all the trade rumors. He just doesn't pay much attention to them.

Jonathan India hit a three-run homer for Cincinnati in the opener of a three-game series between the worst teams in the not-very-good NL Central. India returned to the starting lineup after missing Sunday's 10-3 win at San Francisco in a precautionary move after he was hit on the wrist by a pitch.

 

The Cubs scored three runs in the seventh, helped by a misplay by center fielder Nick Senzel and right fielder Albert Almora Jr. that handed an RBI double to Christopher Morel. Art Warren worked the eighth and Hunter Strickland got three outs for his fourth save.

 

Thompson (7-3) matched Castillo all the way to the sixth, when the last-place Reds grabbed a 2-0 lead on consecutive RBI doubles by Brandon Drury and Donovan Solano.

 

The Cubs (28-46) loaded the bases in the bottom half, but Castillo escaped the jam when he retired Yan Gomes on a fly ball to left on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. Castillo clapped into his glove as he left the mound after the final out.

 

The Reds (26-47) chased Thompson in the seventh, and India hit a 421-foot drive to center against Rowan Wick with two out. It was the second homer of the season for the 2021 NL Rookie of the Year.

 

Thompson was charged with four runs and eight hits in a career-high 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked none.

 

Nico Hoerner went 3 for 4 for the Cubs in his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. He became the first player with such a streak for Chicago since Jon Jay in September 2017.

 

Reds OF Tommy Pham was scratched because of low back stiffness. Max Schrock replaced Pham in left field.

 

Reds right-hander Hunter Greene (3-8, 5.66 ERA) and Cubs left-hander Justin Steele (2-5, 4.59) pitch on Wednesday night. The hard-throwing Greene has allowed a major league-high 20 homers in 14 starts in his first big league season. Steele is 1-0 with a 3.28 ERA in four June starts.

Angels Edge White Sox

In a game heard on WHOW, Taylor Ward hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning Monday night and the Angels rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Not only was it Los Angeles' second consecutive one-run win, it marked the first time in nearly five weeks the Halos won back-to-back home games.

 

Noah Syndergaard snapped his four-game losing streak and struck out seven for the Angels, who won for only the fifth time in their last 19 home games.

 

The victory capped a hectic day. Less than two hours before the game, the Angels learned a total of nine players and coaches were suspended by Major League Baseball for their roles in Sunday's nasty fight with the Mariners.

 

Bench coach Ray Montgomery took over for interim manager Phil Nevin, who began serving his 10-game suspension.

 

Assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti (five games), pitcher Andrew Wantz (three games) and major league interpreter Manny Del Campo (two games) also began their suspensions. Montgomery will serve a two-game ban when Chiti returns.

 

Gavin Sheets had two hits for the White Sox, who have dropped five of six. Lucas Giolito pitched six solid innings but did not factor in the decision.

 

The White Sox went ahead 3-2 in the seventh on Josh Harrison's RBI single before the Angels regained the lead in the home half.

 

Max Stassi drew a leadoff walk from Reynaldo Lopez (4-2) and moved to second on Marsh's single. Pinch-runner Monte Harrison and Marsh advanced on Andrew Velazquez's sacrifice bunt before Ward hit a two-run double off the wall in right-center that was just beyond Robert's reach.

 

Syndergaard (5-6) allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings for his first victory since May 24 against Texas.

 

Raisel Iglesias worked the ninth for his 14th save.

 

Syndergaard retired the first nine White Sox hitters before Tim Anderson singled leading off the fourth.

 

The Angels got on the board with two outs in the second when Jared Walsh scored after a long fly ball hit by Marsh went in and out of Sheets' glove near the right-field wall. The ball deflected off the top of the short fence in the corner but stayed in play. It originally was ruled a home run, but got overturned to a triple.

 

Marsh scored when Velazquez hit a grounder up the middle that deflected off Giolito's foot into shallow right field for a hit.

 

The White Sox tied it in the sixth on RBI doubles by Andrew Vaughn and Jose Abreu.

 

johnny Cueto (1-4, 3.19) is 4-0 with a 1.34 ERA in five career starts against the Angels.

 

A starter had not been announced for Tuesday for LA, but rookie RHP Chase Silseth (1-2, 4.96 ERA) is part of the team's taxi squad and could be activated.

Wainwright, Cardinals Blank Marlins

Juan Yepez had his first career multi-homer game, Paul Goldschmidt went 4 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBIs, and Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings in the Cardinals' 9-0 rout of the Miami Marlins on Monday night.

 

Wainwright (6-5) scattered seven hits through his first five innings, but escaped trouble with the help of nine strikeouts. He retired the final seven batters he faced and ended up with his 190th career win.

 

The Cardinals beat the Marlins for the sixth time in their last seven games at Busch Stadium. Miami has lost three of its last four games.

 

Goldschmidt's solo homer in the first, his second in as many games, traveled 402 feet before crashing off the Big Mac Land sign in left field. Yepez's three-run blast in the fourth went to almost exactly the same location as Goldschmidt's to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead.

 

Goldschmidt added to the scoreboard with an opposite-field RBI double off the right field wall in the fifth.

 

Yepez - who has three home runs in his last two games - then touched Marlins reliever Richard Bleier for a two-run homer to make it 7-0 in the sixth. Dylan Carlson drove in a run with a triple and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth.

 

Marlins starter Pablo Lopez (5-4) gave up five runs in five innings. It was the second time in 15 starts this season that Lopez allowed more than one home run.

 

Marlins second baseman Jon Berti extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a third-inning single and stole second for his league-leading 22nd stolen base.

 

Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain) was put on the 15-day IL and OF Harrison Bader (right foot plantar fasciitis) was placed on the 10-day IL.

 

Dakota Hudson (5-4, 3.72 ERA) will start for the Cardinals in the middle game of a three-game set Tuesday against the Marlins and LHP Braxton Garrett (1-2, 4.08 ERA). Hudson took the loss in his last start Thursday in Milwaukee giving up 5 runs in 4 1/3 innings. Garrett allowed 2 runs in 4 1/3 innings in his first career start against St. Louis on June 14.

Bulls Hope LaVine Will Stay in Chicago

The Chicago Bulls remain hopeful All-Star guard Zach LaVine will choose to re-sign with them rather than join another team as an unrestricted free agent.

 

Executive vice president Arturas Karnisovas has been consistent in saying publicly the organization wants to keep LaVine. And he did it again on Monday.

 

LaVine’s situation is obviously the biggest story hovering over the Bulls, with the free-agent negotiating period opening Thursday evening.

 

Karnisovas wants to keep intact a core that helped Chicago reach the playoffs for the first time in five years.

 

LaVine averaged 24.4 points and made his second straight All-Star team last year. It ended with his first trip to the playoffs in his eighth year as a pro. The Bulls lost in the first round to Milwaukee in five games.

 

LaVine’s four-year, $78 million contract is up and he said after the season that he plans to explore the market as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career after five years in Chicago. He did not rule out returning to the Bulls, who can offer a max contract worth about $212 million. The most he can get from another team is approximately $157 million over four years.

 

How comfortable the Bulls are about offering a five-year deal is another question. Karnisovas played it coy when asked.

 

The past season wasn’t exactly an easy one for LaVine. He dealt with a thumb injury early and was in and out of the lineup the final few months because of a left knee injury.

 

LaVine had platelet-rich plasma therapy, a cortisone injection and fluid drained from his knee in Los Angeles before the All-Star break. He had arthroscopic surgery on it last month.

 

The Bulls went 46-36 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2017 following a major makeover, with DeMar DeRozan and LaVine leading the way. Chicago got off to a big start and finished with its best record since the 2014-15 team went 50-32 in former coach Tom Thibodeau’s final season.

 

The Bulls also went from leading the Eastern Conference to finishing sixth, losing 15 of their final 22 regular-season games. They dealt with a long list of injuries, making it tough for them to develop continuity and compete with the best teams.

Bulls Take Arizona Guard at No. 18 in NBA Draft

The Chicago Bulls drafted Dalen Terry with the No. 18 pick on Thursday night, adding size and versatility in the backcourt as they try to take another step after reaching the playoffs for the first time in five years.

 

Though he didn’t put up big numbers on offense, the 6-foot-7, 195-pound Terry played an important role on a team that won 33 games and reached the Sweet 16. Arizona won the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament championships and finished No. 2 in the final AP poll in coach Tommy Lloyd’s first season.

 

Terry averaged 8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.2 steals. Owning a nearly 7-foot-1 wingspan, he can guard multiple spots and play on or off the ball on offense. He is also known for his energy and enthusiasm, and it sure was on display after the Bulls took him.

 

Terry is known for his infectious enthusiasm not to mention his ability to play multiple positions, and the Arizona guard is ready to bring all that to Chicago.

 

Terry, who worked out for the Bulls right before the combine in Chicago, opted to skip his junior season and turn pro after seeing his stock rise this spring. He announced just before the June 1 deadline he would remain in the draft rather than return to Arizona. He was the second Wildcat taken on Thursday, with Pac-12 Player of the Year Bennedict Mathurin going to Indiana at No. 6.

 

Bulls GM Marc Eversley sees him as more of a wing player who can guard both guard spots as well as small forwards. He said Terry probably needs to work on his jumper, though he is a “capable” 3-point shooter.

 

The Bulls went 46-36 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2017 with All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine leading the way. Chicago got off to a big start and finished with its best record since the 2014-15 team went 50-32 in former coach Tom Thibodeau’s final season, though the way things unfolded down the stretch left a bitter taste.

 

The Bulls went from leading the Eastern Conference to finishing in sixth place. They lost 15 of their final 22 regular-season games, then got knocked out by Milwaukee 4-1 in their first playoff appearance since 2017.

 

The Bulls dealt with their share of injuries, making it tough for them to develop the continuity they needed to beat the NBA’s best. They were a combined 2-21 against the top four teams in each conference.

 

They also have a major issue hanging over them, with LaVine planning to test the market as an unrestricted free agent. Eversley said the Bulls have “every intention” to re-sign the two-time All-Star, though it won’t be cheap.

 

Eversley said the Bulls look forward to discussing a deal with LaVine and agent Rich Paul once the free-agent negotiating period starts. 

 

Something else to keep an eye on is point guard Lonzo Ball’s recovery from a left knee injury. He missed the final 31/2 months because of a torn meniscus that required surgery and recurring pain from a bone bruise that occurred prior to the.

 

Ball is rehabbing in Los Angeles. The Bulls’ performance staff has been going there each week to track his progress.

 

Eversley said the reports are positive, though he wasn’t sure if Ball would be able to play if the season were going on. He hopes Ball is a full participant in training camp.

 

Chicago did not own a second-round pick. The Bulls will also look to add a rim-protecting big man to complement the offensive-minded Nikola Vucevic.

Pirates Walk Off Cubs

Michael Chavis hit a tying home run in the eighth before pulling off a defensive gem and delivering a game-ending single in the 10th, sending the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 8-7 Thursday.

 

Chavis' solo homer, his seventh this season, made it 7-all after the Cubs scored five times in the top of the eighth.

 

In the 10th, Chavis charged a slow grounder by Jason Heyward toward first base and threw out Patrick Wisdom at the plate. The call stood after a Chicago challenge.

 

In the bottom half, Chavis blooped a single to right off Scott Effross (1-3) and automatic runner Ke'Bryan Hayes scored in a collision with catcher Willson Contreras. Hayes remained down for a few moments after sliding in, with his left shoulder crashing into Contreras' leg, before walking off under his own power.

 

Hayes homered earlier in the game.

 

Chris Stratton (4-3) pitched the 10th.

 

Alfonso Rivas capped Chicago's big eighth with a pinch-hit, two-run single up the middle that put the Cubs ahead 7-6. Wisdom had an RBI single and Nico Hoerner hit a grounder that deflected off shortstop Oneil Cruz for a two-run single.

 

Cruz, on the verge of a third straight strikeout with an 0-2 count, hit an RBI double in the sixth and later scored for a 6-2 lead. The 23-year-old has seven RBIs in four games since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, and at least one RBI in each of his six games in the majors.

 

Pirates starter Jose Quintana allowed two runs on six hits with six strikeouts in six innings.

 

Justin Steele gave up six runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for the Cubs.

 

Bryan Reynolds put the Pirates ahead 1-0 in the first with his team-leading 12th home run.

 

Earlier in the inning, there was a six-minute delay after Cubs bullpen coach Chris Young became lightheaded. Chicago manager David Ross went from the dugout to speak with plate umpire Cory Blaser, halting play as trainers ran to check on Young.

 

Young was taken to a hospital and is expected to be fine, Ross said.

 

Hayes hit his third homer of the season, a two-run shot that put gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead in the bottom half before reaching twice more on errors in the fifth and seventh and sliding in for the game-winner in the 10th.

 

Kyle Hendricks (2-6, 5.43) will start as Chicago heads to St. Louis on Friday for the first of a three-game series against the Cardinals. He gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings his last outing, a 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Brewers Get By Cardinals

Tyrone Taylor hit a three-run homer, Willy Adames added a solo shot and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Thursday to split a four-game series with their NL Central rivals.

 

Taylor's drive to left field on a 2-1 sinker from Dakota Hudson (5-4) in the fourth inning gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead and snapped a streak of 46 1/3 innings without allowing a homer by the Cardinals right-hander.

 

Adames took Hudson deep leading off the fifth to make it 5-3.

 

The Brewers, who have won five of seven, moved back into a first-place tie with the Cardinals atop the division. St. Louis has lost five of its last eight.

 

Jason Alexander (2-0) allowed four runs on six hits, working into the sixth inning while making his fifth start for a Brewers rotation that's been plagued by injuries.

 

Josh Hader breezed through the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.

 

Paul Goldschmidt doubled in a run for St. Louis and came around to score on Alexander's throwing error to make it 2-0 in the first inning. Alexander then allowed another double to Nolan Arenado and hit Brendan Donovan with a pitch before inducing an inning-ending double play from Juan Yepez.

 

Lars Nootbaar led off the fifth with a homer for the Cardinals. St. Louis again got within one run on Yepez's sacrifice fly in the sixth, but Milwaukee responded with Jace Peterson's sac fly in the eighth.

 

Hudson allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

 

The teams will face off seven more times in 2022. They'll play three games in St. Louis from Aug. 12-14 and two more there a month later before wrapping up their regular-season series with two games in Milwaukee on Sept. 27 and 28.

 

The Cardinals return home, where RHP Andre Pallante (2-2, 1.69 ERA) will take the mound Friday to open a three-game series against RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-6, 5.43) and the Chicago Cubs.

NASCAR's Top 3 Series Head to Nashville, TN

The NASCAR Cup Series returns this week after the Father's Day weekend bye week to Nashville Superspeedway in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Daniel Suarez pulled away from Chris Buescher in the closing laps on the road course in California to earn his first career victory in the series two weeks ago. 

 

Suarez became the 12th different winner through 16 races, enhancing the possibility with 10 regular season races remaining that not all race winners will automatically qualify for the 16-driver playoffs. 

 

Five of the top 12 drivers in the points standings have yet to win a race this year. Chase Elliott leads the standings by 16 over Ross Chastain, 23 over Kyle Busch and 25 over non-winner Ryan Blaney. Denny Hamlin, one of four two-time winners, remains the lowest winner in the standings; he’s 21st, 211 points behind Elliott.

 

Kyle Larson won after starting fifth last year.

 

Practice is tonight at 6:30 pm local time. Qualifying is at 1 pm on Saturday and the green flag drops at 5 pm on Sunday.

 

A.J. Allmendinger led only six of 75 laps but beat Myatt Snider by 2.879 seconds for his second victory of the season — both on road courses — in the series’ debut at Portland International Raceway two weeks ago in the XFinity Series.

 

Allmendinger’s victory came after he started last because of pre-race changes to his car, and after he went a lap down. Allmendinger’s points lead increased to 43 over Ty Gibbs and 44 over Noah Gragson. 

 

The top eight drivers in points have accounted for 12 victories through 14 races. Only 21 of 38 cars finished on the lead lap on the 1.97-mile circuit in the Portland debut.

 

The XFinity Series returns this week in Nashville. Kyle Busch won from the pole position last year. 

 

Practice is tonight at 5:30. Qualifying is at noon Saturday and the green flag drops at 3:30 pm.

 

Todd Gilliland passed John Hunter Nemechek on the 140th of 150 laps and pulled away after a restart on Lap 147 to win on the dirt in Iowa, winning his first start of the season and for the third time in his career last week as the Camping World Truck Series was the only series to run on during the Father's Day weekend. 

 

Gilliland became the sixth non-regular in the series to win through 13 races. Nemechek regained the point leads, vaulting from fourth. He leads Zane Smith by five, defending series champion Ben Rhodes by 10 and Chandler Smith by 14. Zane Smith (3) and part-timer Corey Heim (2) are the only multiple winners thus far this season.

 

Ryan Preece won after starting sixth last year as the series shifts to Nashville this week. 

 

Practice and qualifying is at 4 pm this afternoon. Race time is 8 pm tonight.

Cardinals Down Brewers

Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado hit two-run homers as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Wednesday night and moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central. Since Goldschmidt and Arenado became teammates in 2021, the Cardinals have gone 5-0 when they've homered in the same game.

 

The Cardinals have taken two straight from the Brewers after falling 2-0 in the opener of the four-game series.

 

St. Louis trailed 4-3 before Arenado's sixth-inning drive to left-center - his 14th homer of the season - put the Cardinals ahead for good. Goldschmidt went deep to left in the first inning for his 17th homer.

 

The Cardinals' bullpen once again took over from there.

 

Over the last two games, Cardinals relievers have allowed just three walks and one hit while pitching 10 1/3 scoreless innings. The Cardinals' bullpen was dominant Wednesday at less than full strength after both Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley had pitched two innings a night earlier.

 

Genesis Cabrera pitched the final two innings to earn his third career save, and first since 2020. Johan Oviedo (1-1) got his first career win with 2 1/3 innings of perfect relief and said he was in tears after the game.

 

Oviedo came in with runners on third and second with two outs in the fifth after Andrew McCutchen's ground-rule double had given the Brewers a 4-3 lead. Oviedo got out of the jam and then retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings.

 

Milwaukee threatened with two outs in the ninth as Victor Caratini walked and Tyrone Taylor was hit by a pitch, but Cabrera ended the game by retiring Christian Yelich on a grounder to second.

 

The Cardinals' bullpen picked up the slack after Wainwright allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, the second-shortest of his 14 appearances this season. Wainwright gave up solo homers to Rowdy Tellez and McCutchen.

 

The homers by Arenado and Goldschmidt came against Eric Lauer (6-3), who worked six innings and gave up five runs while striking out five and walking one. Lauer has allowed eight homers over his last three starts.

 

Goldschmidt was back in the Cardinals' lineup after sitting out a 6-2 victory Tuesday due to back tightness. The Cardinals used Goldschmidt as a designated hitter rather than putting him at first base because they wanted to keep him off his feet as much as possible.

 

Dakota Hudson (5-3, 3.31 ERA) starts for the Cardinals and Jason Alexander (1-0, 2.42) pitches for the Brewers as this four-game series concludes with a Thursday afternoon matchup of right-handers.

Cubs Pound Pirates

Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom hit two-run homers early and Alfonso Rivas added a grand slam off a position player late as the Chicago Cubs routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-5 Wednesday night.

 

Held to a total of two runs in the first two games of the series, Chicago broke out for seven runs in the second inning.

 

The Cubs loaded the bases and Jared Eickhoff (0-1) then hit Rivas with a pitch. Rafael Ortega doubled to score two and Patrick Wisdom singled home two more and brought up Happ.

 

Happ sent a first-pitch fastball to the shrubbery atop the center field wall. The Pittsburgh native continued his torrid June and is now hitting .380 with eight RBIs and three home runs this month. He said being decisive and aggressive has helped fuel his strong month.

 

Wisdom homered to nearly the same spot in the ballpark in the fourth.

 

Eickhoff made his 2022 debut and allowed 10 runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. He became the first Pirates pitcher to give up 10 runs in his first outing with the team. He also gave up 10 runs in his first start with the New York Mets in 2021.

 

Chicago starter Keegan Thompson (7-2) worked six innings and allowed four hits. He struck out seven and gave up one run, a solo homer by Diego Castillo in the second.

 

Justin Steele (2-5, 4.27 ERA) will face Pirates LHP Jose Quintana (1-4, 3.66) in the conclusion of the four-game series Thursday afternoon.

Blue Jays Slam White Sox

Bo Bichette hit a grand slam and Alejandro Kirk homered for the second straight game, leading Ross Stripling and the Toronto Blue Jays over the injury-riddled Chicago White Sox 9-5 Wednesday.

 

Bichette's second career slam capped a five-run fourth inning as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game series sweep.

 

Kirk hit an RBI single in the first and a homer to center in the third. He tops All-Star fan voting for AL catchers and leads all qualified major league catchers in batting average (.307) and OPS (.857).

 

Kirk batted .364 (8 for 22) with four home runs and eight RBIs in five games against the White Sox this season.

 

Lucas Giolito (4-4) allowed seven runs on a season-high 11 hits in five innings. He has a 9.47 ERA in his last five starts.

 

Kirk is 4 for 9 with three home runs and six RBIs lifetime against Giolito.

 

Stripling (4-2) gave up one run in six innings. He scattered five hits and didn't allow a runner past second until Josh Harrison scored from first on a single by Luis Robert in the sixth.

 

Stripling has allowed 12 hits over his last 20 2/3 innings, posting a 1.31 ERA in his last four starts.

 

The White Sox collected seven hits in the final three innings after Stripling departed. They scored three times in the eighth and brought the potential tying run to the plate, but Leury Garcia grounded out.

 

Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games. He moved slowly running to first and stayed there even after his hit skipped past left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and eventually left the game in the eighth.

 

The White Sox were stretched at shortstop. Tim Anderson, who returned Monday after missing 18 games because of a right groin strain, didn't play under doctor's orders, manager Tony La Russa said before the game.

 

White Sox shortstop Danny Mendick left after colliding with left fielder Adam Haseley on a foul pop in the second and left due to right knee discomfort. Garcia, who had been sidelined for the last four games because of side discomfort, replaced him.

 

Right fielder Adam Engel left after three innings because of right hamstring soreness.

 

Johnny Cueto (1-3, 2.95) will face the Orioles in Thursday's series opener. Cueto pitched seven innings of two-hit ball Saturday in a 7-0 victory over the Astros.

White Sox Outlast Blue Jays

In a game heard on WHOW, Josh Harrison hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 12th inning, and the White Sox topped the Toronto Blue Jays for a wild 7-6 victory on Tuesday.

 

Luis Robert matched a career high with four RBIs and made a sliding grab in center field in the top of the 12th, helping the White Sox (33-33) win for the sixth time in eight games. The reigning AL Central champions returned to .500 for the first time since beating the crosstown Cubs on May 29.

 

Vince Velasquez (3-3) worked two innings for his first win since May 6. He committed a balk before his first pitch, setting up Raimel Tapia's tiebreaking single in the 11th, but retired the Blue Jays in order in the 12th.

 

With runners on first and second in the bottom half, Harrison drove in Jose Abreu with a liner to center off rookie Matt Gage (0-1). Harrison also faced Gage on Monday night, fouling out to the catcher on the second pitch of the at-bat.

 

Alejandro Kirk homered and drove in two runs for Toronto, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Bradley Zimmer made a memorable catch in center field, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI double in the 10th.

 

Blue Jays slugger George Springer was removed in the eighth inning because of right elbow discomfort. Manager Charlie Montoyo said he thinks Springer will have some tests done.

 

Chicago nearly wasted a stellar start by Cease, who matched his career-high for strikeouts. The White Sox went 6 for 21 with runners in scoring position and left 14 runners on base.

 

Chicago trailed 4-2 before Robert hit a two-run single off Jordan Romano with two outs in the ninth, delighting the crowd of 20,529 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

 

After Abreu singled, putting runners on the corners, AJ Pollock hit a liner to center. But Zimmer, who entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth, made a diving grab, sending the game to extra innings.

 

Toronto then went to work against Chicago's bullpen.

 

Kirk hit his seventh homer in the seventh against Jimmy Lambert. The Blue Jays grabbed a 4-2 lead with three runs in the eighth, sending nine batters to the plate.

 

Toronto's rally got Kevin Gausman off the hook for what would have been a hard-luck loss. The right-hander struck out seven while working six innings of two-run ball.

 

Right-handers Ross Stripling (3-2, 3.28 ERA) and Lucas Giolito (4-3, 4.78) pitch in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. Stripling is 3-1 with a sparkling 1.04 ERA in four June appearances for Toronto. Giolito was tagged for eight runs and seven hits in five-plus innings during Chicago's 13-3 loss at Houston on Friday night.

Pirates Get By Sliding Cubs

Bligh Madris hit his first major league home run and fellow rookie Roansy Contreras pitched five solid innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night.

 

Madris connected in the sixth for a solo shot to right-center field off Mark Leiter Jr. to close the scoring. It came a day after Madris had three hits in his big league debut.

 

Contreras (2-1) allowed one run and four hits while striking out three and walking two. He had given up four runs in each of his previous two starts.

 

He got through a 32-pitch first inning without allowing a run.

 

Anthony Banda, Chris Stratton and rookie Yerry De Los Santos combined for four scoreless innings of relief.

 

Michael Perez also homered for the Pirates, and Daniel Vogelbach went 2 for 2 with two walks and two RBIs. Pittsburgh won its third straight game after losing 11 of 12.

 

Cubs rookie Matt Swarmer (1-3) permitted five runs - four earned - and five hits in four innings while losing his third straight start. He had five strikeouts and two walks.

 

Jason Heyward had two hits for the Cubs, who lost for the 13th time in 15 games. Patrick Wisdom accounted for their lone run with a 461-foot leadoff homer into the bullpens in center field leading off the fourth inning.

 

The Cubs optioned rookie right-hander Caleb Kilian to Triple-A Iowa and recalled Leiter from the same club. Kilian was 0-2 with a 10.32 ERA in his first three career starts.

 

Left-hander Sean Newcomb was sent outright to Iowa after clearing waivers. He has until Wednesday to accept or decline the assignment.

 

Keegan Thompson (6-2, 3.27 ERA) will start Wednesday night. He pitched six scoreless innings against Atlanta in a no-decision last outing after getting tagged for 12 runs over 3 2/3 innings in his two previous starts combined.

 

Pirates Jerad Eickhoff will be called up from Indianapolis, where he is 4-3 with 4.84 ERA in 13 games, including six starts. The 31-year-old has pitched in the major leagues with Texas, Philadelphia and the New York Mets.

Cardinals Down Brewers

Rookie Nolan Gorman went 4 for 4 with a pair of solo shots and four RBIs as the Cardinals snapped Milwaukee's four-game winning streak and regained a share of the NL Central lead in a 6-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night a giant step forward.. The Cardinals and Brewers are both 39-31 after splitting the first two matchups of this four-game series.

 

Gorman broke a 2-all tie and put the Cardinals ahead for good with a homer to center field off Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-1) in the fourth inning. The rookie extended the lead to 4-2 with a drive over the right-field wall against Miguel Sanchez in the seventh.

 

Since making his major league debut May 20, Gorman has six homers in 29 games. His first five all traveled at least 400 feet, including his 428-foot shot in the fourth. The streak ended when his seventh-inning homer went 396 feet.

 

Gorman also has 33 strikeouts in 93 at-bats, but the Cardinals like the way he's adapted. He arrived in the majors with a high leg kick that he later stopped using so much, though Gorman believed he employed it again Tuesday night.

 

Since making his major league debut May 20, Gorman has six homers in 29 games. His first five all traveled at least 400 feet, including his 428-foot shot in the fourth. The streak ended when his seventh-inning homer went 396 feet.

 

Gorman also has 33 strikeouts in 93 at-bats, but the Cardinals like the way he's adapted. He arrived in the majors with a high leg kick that he later stopped using so much, though Gorman believed he employed it again Tuesday night.

 

The Cardinals also got great work from their bullpen.

 

Zack Thompson (1-0), Drew VerHagen, Giovanny Gallegos and Ryan Helsley combined to allow just one hit and one walk in six innings of scoreless relief. The Brewers had only four hits.

 

Gorman's big night started with a two-out RBI single in the first as the Cardinals grabbed a 2-0 lead. Willy Adames tied it in the bottom half with a two-run homer off Jack Flaherty.

 

But the Brewers failed to capitalize on Flaherty's control issues.

 

Flaherty retired just one of his first five batters - allowing Adames' homer and three walks - but avoided further damage in his three-inning stint by continually pitching out of trouble. Flaherty matched a career high with five walks.

 

It was Flaherty's second appearance after having a platelet-rich plasma injection in March while recovering from shoulder inflammation. The right-hander made his season debut last Wednesday.

 

Gonzalez allowed three runs and four hits over four innings with two strikeouts and one walk in his Brewers debut after getting claimed off waivers from Minnesota. He started in place of Aaron Ashby, who went on the injured list Monday.

 

Cardinals 1B Paul Goldschmidt wasn't in the lineup due to back tightness. 

 

Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.06 ERA) starts for the Cardinals and LHP Eric Lauer (6-2, 3.57) gets the call for the Brewers when the four-game series continues Wednesday night.

Toronto's Matthews Wins NHL MVP, Shesterkin Wins Vezina Trophy

Toronto’s Auston Matthews won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player on Tuesday night, becoming only the third Maple Leaf to win the award and the first since Ted Kennedy in 1954-55.

 

The 24-year-old forward received 119 first-place votes in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association and finished well ahead of Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers for the honor presented during the NHL Awards Show.

 

Shesterkin claimed the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender. Colorado’s Cale Maker took the Norris Trophy, presented to the league’s best defenseman, and Detroit’s Moritz Seider claimed the Calder Trophy as the top rookie.

 

Matthews became the first player to score 60 goals since Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos did it 10 years ago, helping the Maple Leafs (54-21-7, 115 points) set franchise records for wins and points. Toronto lost to the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning in the first round of the playoffs.

 

The Maple Leafs star, who posted career bests with 46 assists and 106 points, also took home the Ted Lindsay Award as most outstanding player in the regular season, an honor determined by voting by members of the NHL Players Association.

 

Shesterkin became the third Rangers goalie in the past 40 years to win the Vezina, joining Henrik Lundqvist (2011-12) and John Vanbiesbrouck (1985-86). He went 36-13-4 with an NHL-best 2.07 goal-against-average and .935 save percentage before leading a playoff run that ended against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference final.

 

Seider is the first Red Wings player to win the Calder Trophy since goalie Roger Crozier during the 1964-65 season. He led all first-year defensemen with 50 points and finished ahead of Toronto’s Michael Bunting and Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras in balloting for the award.

 

Maker is the fifth defenseman to win Norris within his first three regular seasons, joining Adam Fox, Erik Karlsson, Denis Potvin and Bobby Orr (twice). He led all defensemen with 28 goals while helping the Avalanche finish with a Western Conference-best 119 points (56-19-7).

 

The 2019-20 Calder Trophy winner beat out Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman and Nashville’s Roman Josi.

White Sox Hold Off Blue Jays

In a game heard on WHOW, Andrew Vaughn matched a career-high with four hits, including a solo homer, and the Chicago White Sox celebrated Tim Anderson's return with an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

 

Luis Robert and Josh Harrison also homered as Chicago opened a seven-game homestand with its fifth win in seven games.

 

Anderson had two hits in his first big league game since May 29. He was activated from the 10-day injured list after being sidelined by a strained right groin.

 

Toronto's rally fell just short after it erased an 8-3 deficit on its way to a 10-9 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday.

 

Harrison put Chicago ahead to stay with a two-run shot in the second for his first homer with the White Sox. Robert added another two-run shot on a 436-foot drive to left in the third, and Vaughn made it 6-2 with his seventh homer moments after Anderson was picked off first in the fourth.

 

Vaughn also doubled home Anderson in the first, singled and scored in the third and singled in the sixth. He is batting .415 (27 for 65) in his last 15 games.

 

Chicago right-hander Lance Lynn (1-0) was charged with five runs, three earned, and four hits in five-plus innings in his second start this year. He missed the season's start because of right knee surgery.

 

To make room for Anderson on the active roster, 3B Yoan Moncada was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained right hamstring. Moncada left Friday night's 13-3 loss at Houston in the third inning. 

 

OF Eloy Jimenez is slated to restart his rehab with Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. The slugger had surgery April 26 to repair a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee. His first rehab period in the minors was shut down because of leg soreness.

 

Right-handers Kevin Gausman (5-6, 3.21 ERA) and Dylan Cease (5-3, 2.91 ERA) pitch on Tuesday night. Gausman is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in three June starts for Toronto. Cease led Chicago to a 5-1 victory at Detroit last week, striking out eight while working five innings of one-run ball.

Brewers Blank Cardinals

Corbin Burnes pitched seven dominant innings and Tyrone Taylor hit a two-run homer in the Brewers' 2-0 victory over the Cardinals on Monday night. The Brewers and Cardinals were tied for the division lead as they began this four-game series.

 

The Brewers have followed an eight-game skid by winning six of eight.

 

Burnes (5-4) struck out 10 and allowed just two hits and two walks as he delivered an ace-caliber performance to help a staff that's at far less than full strength with Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta and Aaron Ashby on the injured list.

 

The NL Cy Young Award winner's performance was remarkably similar to his May 29 outing in an 8-0 victory at St. Louis.

 

In two starts against the Cardinals this season, Burnes has struck out 21 in 14 scoreless innings while allowing four hits and three walks. He posted a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings against the Cardinals last season.

 

The only two hits he allowed Monday came from Juan Yepez, who had a two-out double in the second inning and a two-out single in the seventh.

 

Devin Williams retired the side in order in the eighth and Josh Hader worked the ninth for his 20th save in 21 opportunities. Hader had been reinstated earlier in the day after being with his family last week while his wife gave birth to their son, Lucas Alexander.

 

The Cardinals finished with three hits.

 

Brendan Donovan beat out an infield single to start the ninth but was thrown out attempting to reach second on a pitch that got away. Donovan was tagged on the heel by Brewers second baseman Luis Urias before sliding into the base.

 

Hader then retired Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado.

 

Burnes needed to be on top of his game to outduel St. Louis' Miles Mikolas, who had come one strike away from a no-hitter last Tuesday before allowing a double to Cal Mitchell with two outs in the ninth inning of a 9-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

The game was scoreless with each team having only one hit before the Brewers broke through in the bottom of the fifth.

 

After Keston Hiura singled with one out, Taylor hit a 2-2 sinker from Mikolas over the center-field wall. Taylor's seventh homer of the season traveled an estimated 416 feet.

 

Mikolas (5-5) lasted 6 1/3 innings and allowed those two runs plus four hits while striking out three and walking two.

 

Cardinals OF Tyler O'Neill went on the injured list after straining his left hamstring while running the bases on a ninth-inning double Sunday in a 6-4 loss at Boston.

 

The series continues Tuesday as RHP Jack Flaherty (0-0, 6.00 ERA) starts for the Cardinals and RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-0, 7.71) makes his Brewers debut.

Pirates Pound Cubs

Newly promoted Oneil Cruz drove in four runs and Bligh Madris got three hits in his major league debut, sparking the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 12-1 romp over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.

 

Both rookies were called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day and they delivered right away.

 

Cruz, considered Pittsburgh's top prospect, hit a three-run double to deep center field that capped a four-run third inning to push the Pirates' lead to 7-0. He was playing in the third big league game of his career.

 

The 6-foot-7 Cruz also hit an RBI single in a five-run seventh as the Pirates set a season high for runs. He started the final two games of last season when he became the tallest shortstop in major league history.

 

Cruz's double had an exit velocity of 112.9 mph, his throw to first base on a groundout was clocked at 96.7 mph and his sprint speed registered as high as 31.5 feet/second while running the bases. All are among the highest marks by a Pirates player since the MLB Statcast era began in 2015.

 

Madris hit a two-run single in the second inning in his first at-bat in the majors. The outfielder keyed a three-run inning that included the first of Hoy Park's two sacrifice flies.

 

Madris became the first Pirates player to have a three-hit game in his debut since Jason Kendall in 1996.

 

JT Brubaker (1-7) pitched six scoreless innings for his first win since last Aug. 24, a span of 14 starts.

 

Brubaker scattered five hits while striking out five and walking three. He has a 2.65 ERA in his last six starts.

 

The Pirates took advantage of five walks by rookie Caleb Kilian (0-2), who was tagged for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Kilian was making his third career start.

 

Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run double in the Pirates' big seventh inning and Tyler Heineman's RBI double made it 12-1.

 

The Cubs scored their run in the seventh on Ian Happ's single. Happ, Rafael Ortega and Nico Hoerner had two hits apiece.

 

Both teams came into Monday having lost 11 of their last 13 games.

 

Cubs rookie RHP Matt Swarmer (1-2, 5.23 ERA) will make his fifth career start Tuesday night. Pirates rookie RHP Roansy Contreras (1-1, 3.06) has allowed four runs in each of his last two starts.

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