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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.

Astros Get Past White Sox

In a game heard on WHOW, rookie J.J. Matijevic homered for his first major league hit and Mauricio Dubon added a two-run shot to power the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night.

 

The Astros bounced back from a 7-0 shutout Saturday to get a 2-1 series win. The victory breaks a tie between Houston manager Dusty Baker and Chicago manager Tony La Russa, giving the 73-year-old Baker a 106-105 edge against the 77-year-old La Russa in regular-season matchups dating to 1996.

 

Houston led by three runs when Luis Robert opened the eighth with a broken-bat single. There was one out in the inning when Robert scored on a triple by AJ Pollock. He scored on a groundout by Jake Burger to cut the lead to 4-3, but Hector Neris struck out Reese McGuire to limit the damage.

 

Ryan Pressly walked the leadoff batter in the ninth before retiring the next three to get his 13th save.

 

Matijevic made it 2-0 when he sent a fastball from Michael Kopech (2-3) into the seats in left field for an opposite-field homer with two outs in the fourth inning.

 

Danny Mendick walked with one out in the fifth and scored on a two-out double by Robert that cut the lead to 2-1.

 

Jason Castro singled with no outs in the bottom of the inning. Dubon then connected on his third homer this season to make it 4-1.

 

Kopech yielded a season-high seven hits with four runs and four strikeouts in five innings in his return after leaving his last start last Sunday in the first inning with discomfort in his right knee. It was the second time this season he'd allowed two homers in a game.

 

Houston starter Cristian Javier (4-3) allowed five hits and one run while tying a season-high with four walks in five innings to get his first win since May 25.

 

White Sox 3B Yoan Moncada was out of the lineup for a second straight game after leaving in the third inning Friday night with tightness in his left hamstring. La Russa said Moncada would be re-evaluated Monday and that they hope he can avoid a trip to the injured list. La Russa also noted SS Tim Anderson (groin), who was injured May 29, will be activated Monday. RHP Matt Foster was placed on the bereavement list before Sunday's game and Haseley was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take his spot on the roster.

 

Lance Lynn (0-0, 6.23 ERA) will oppose Toronto's Jose Berrios in the opener of a three-game series Monday night.

Red Sox Hold Off Cardinals

Nick Pivetta pitched seven dominant innings with 10 strikeouts, Christian Vazquez hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Sunday to win their fifth straight series.

 

Trevor Story added a solo shot and Jackie Bradley Jr. had a go-ahead single for the Red Sox, who rebounded after getting blown out 11-2 on Saturday night for their 13th victory in 17 games.

 

St. Louis wrapped up just its second visit to Fenway Park in 14 years. The Cardinals have lost three of four.

 

Juan Yepez had a pinch hit three-run homer in the ninth and Tyler O'Neill had three hits for the Cardinals but had to leave the game due to left hamstring tightness after legging out a double.

 

Pivetta (7-5) continued his hot stretch, giving up just one run and four hits, with four walks. He's 7-1 with a 1.77 ERA in his last nine starts.

 

Cardinals' slugger Albert Pujols, who announced he's retiring at the end of the season, started at DH despite a right-hander pitching and went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts.

 

Making just his third career start, rookie right-hander Andre Pallante (2-2) pitched sharply into the sixth, allowing two runs, four hits, striking out four and walking one.

 

Bradley broke a tie with a two-out single up-the-middle in the fifth, a grounder that slipped past the dive of shortstop Tommy Edman, scoring Alex Verdugo from second.

 

Story hit Pallante's fastball to the opposite field, a drive that sailed over Boston's bullpen in the second for his 10th homer.

 

The Cardinals tied it in the fourth when O'Neill singled leading off, stole second and scored on Harrison Bader's two-out single.

 

 Jack Flaherty will make his second start after returning from a right-shoulder injury on Tuesday in Milwaukee with the plan to throw about 75 pitches before there's expected to be no limit after that. Miles Mikolas (5-4, 2.62 ERA) is set to start on Monday in the opener of a four-game series at Milwaukee. Mikolas took a no-hitter into the ninth in his last start at Pittsburgh before Cal Mitchell's ground-rule double. RHP Corbin Burnes (4-4, 2.52) is scheduled for the Brewers.

Braves Blank Cubs

Anderson pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, Matt Olson hit a career-high three doubles and Atlanta beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Sunday, salvaging the finale of their weekend series.

 

Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Harris II homered for the World Series champion Braves, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. Next up is a seven-game homestand against San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

The Braves, who arrived in Chicago with a 14-game win streak, went 21-8 in a stretch of 29 straight games against teams that were under .500 at the time of the matchup.

 

Anderson (6-3) struck out six and walked two in a season-high 6 2/3 innings, closing out a 4-2 road trip for Atlanta. The right-hander improved to 3-0 with a 4.37 ERA in four June starts.

 

Ian Happ had two of Chicago's six hits. The Cubs dropped to 3-12 in their last 15 games.

 

While Anderson breezed through Chicago's lineup for much of the day, Kyle Hendricks (2-6) struggled for the Cubs. The right-hander dropped to 1-4 with a 6.81 ERA in eight career games against Atlanta.

 

With two out and Dansby Swanson aboard in the first, Hendricks walked Olson before d'Arnaud reached Waveland Avenue with a 433-foot drive to left for a three-run homer.

 

Harris led off the fifth with his third homer, and consecutive doubles by Swanson, Austin Riley and Olson made it 6-0 with one out. Olson's hit also chased Hendricks, who is winless in his last six starts.

 

Olson leads the majors with 27 doubles in 67 games in his first season

with the Braves.
Chicago loaded the bases in the eighth against Jesse Chavez, but A.J. Minter escaped the jam when he retired Patrick Wisdom on a flyball to right.

 

Adrian Sampson pitched 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief of Hendricks. He struck out five and walked none.

 

Seiya Suzuki (left ring finger sprain) is slated to travel to Arizona on Monday to continue his rehab at the team's spring training facility. RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder inflammation) threw off the mound in the Cubs' bullpen before the game. INF David Bote (left shoulder surgery) had two hits and three RBIs in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Iowa.

 

Caleb Kilian (0-1, 8.00 ERA) makes his third major league start Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Pittsburgh. RHP JT Brubaker (0-7, 4.50 ERA) pitches for the Pirates.

Young Lady Maroons Track Squad Takes Big Step Forward This Spring

Coaches of the Clinton High School girl's track program are singing the praises of the progress made by its young athletes this spring.

 

Co-head coach Rachel Anderson-Lyons indicates this year's freshman class equaled nearly the total number of athletes from last year's team. She says it was a young team that worked hard and showed great improvement all season.

 

 

How much her athletes improved throughout the year stood out the most to Coach Anderson-Lyons. She says so many athletes showed a lot of improvement and there was a lot of competition to be the most improved athlete on the season.

 

 

Senior Claire Holland was this year's MVP and Anderson-Lyons says she too could have been the most improved athlete. Senior Autumn Brinkoetter was the most valuable sprinter showing a lot of improvement earning the seventh all-time time in the 200 meter dash in school history.

 

Coach Anderson-Lyons was proud of the players that battle through injuries and other circumstances and stayed plugged into the program. She says in years past, that would not have been the case.

Padres Get By Reeling Cubs

Joe Musgrove pitched seven effective innings in his third straight win, and the San Diego Padres handed the Chicago Cubs their 10th consecutive loss with a 6-4 victory on Thursday.

 

Musgrove (8-0) permitted two runs and five hits, struck out a season-high nine and walked one. The 6-foot-5 right-hander has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his 12 starts this year.

 

The Cubs have been outscored 90-28 during their longest slide since they lost 12 consecutive games from Aug. 5-16. They have held leads in seven of the 10 straight losses.

 

Cubs rookie Christopher Morel led off the first with his second homer in as many games, but Matt Swarmer (1-2) was knocked out in the fourth.

 

San Diego went ahead to stay with three runs in the second. Nomar Mazara hit a two-run drive for his first homer with the Padres, and Jake Cronenworth added an RBI double.

 

Ian Happ had an RBI double for Chicago (23-40), and Andrelton Simmons also drove in a run. Swarmer walked five in 3 2/3 innings.

 

The Padres improved their major league-best road record to 24-11.

 

Keegan Thompson (6-2, 3.67 ERA) pitches Friday against the Braves at Wrigley. Thompson was tagged for five runs and recorded two outs in an 18-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.

NASCAR Cup Series Off This Week, Trucks in Knoxville, Iowa

The NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series' are off this week for the Father's Day weekend but the Camping World Truck Series hits the dirt in Knoxville, Iowa.'

Kyle Busch held off Zane Smith in a two-lap sprint in California to earn his first victory in the series this year, extending his record career to 62 wins and a streak of 10 consecutive years with at least one.

 

Austin Hill won after starting 13th last year in Knoxville. 

 

Busch became the fifth non-regular in the series to win through 12 races.

 

Defending series champion Ben Rhodes leads Chandler Smith by five points, Zane Smith by 12 and John Hunter Nemechek by 14 in the standings. Zane Smith leads with three victories, 10 top-10 runs and 269 laps led.

 

Practices are tonight at 6 pm and 8 pm. Qualifying is tomorrow night at 6 pm and the green flag drops at 8 pm.

 

The circuit heads to Nashville, Tennessee.

White Sox Crush Tigers

Yoan Moncada had five hits and five RBIs, including a run-scoring single against Kody Clemens, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 13-0 on Wednesday for a three-game series sweep.

 

Moncada, Danny Mendick and Seby Zavala homered for Chicago, which had dropped four of five before arriving in Detroit. Jose Abreu had four hits and drove in two runs, and Andrew Vaughn had three hits.

 

The White Sox finished with 22 hits, compared to four for the Tigers. Davis Martin (1-2) pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball for his first career win.

 

The Tigers, who have been outscored 33-6 during a four-game losing streak, held a players-only meeting after the game that lasted about 30 minutes.

 

It was the pitching debut for the 26-year-old Clemens, whose father, Roger, won seven Cy Young Awards. Kody Clemens was charged with a run and three hits - one more than he has managed in his 23 career at-bats.

 

Tigers starter Alex Faedo (1-3) allowed seven runs and nine hits in three-plus innings.

 

The White Sox grabbed a 3-0 lead on Moncada's third homer with two out in the first. He also singled in Abreu in the eighth and ninth.

 

Abreu and Harrison added RBI singles in the third, and Mendick made it 6-0 with a homer on Faedo's first pitch of the fourth.

 

White Sox right-hander Vince Velasquez pitched 2 2/3 innings before Martin came in. Velasquez was activated off the injured list after being sidelined by a strained left groin.

 

Zavala's two-run homer made it 9-0 in the fifth, and Adam Engel's triple got the White Sox to double digits in the sixth. Engel was the last Chicago starter to get a hit.

 

The White Sox are off Thursday before starting a weekend series in Houston. Lucas Giolito (4-2, 3.88 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener against Houston's Framber Valdez (6-3, 2.64 ERA).

Pirates Salvage Series Finale With Cardinals

Bryan Reynolds hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended a season-high nine-game skid, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night.

 

Pittsburgh bounced back from nearly being no-hit by St. Louis' Miles Mikolas in the second game of a doubleheader a night earlier.

 

Reynolds, who also tripled and scored, hit his 11th homer of the season after Tucupita Marcano singled with two outs off reliever Andre Pallante (2-1).

 

Reynolds had six multi-hit games during the Pirates' eight-game trip, batting .536 (15 for 28) in that span.

 

Wil Crowe (3-3) threw two scoreless innings in relief, and David Bednar picked up his 11th save by pitching the final 2 2/3 innings.

 

Jack Flaherty made his first appearance of the season for the Cardinals, who lost for the second time in their past nine home games. The 26-year-old right-hander started and threw 60 pitches, his limit, over three innings, allowing four runs, two earned, and three hits.

 

Flaherty had been sidelined with a shoulder injury. His last start was on Sept. 24 against the Cubs in Chicago. His last appearance came in relief on Oct. 3, and he was excited to be back on the mound.

 

Pittsburgh scored twice against Flaherty in the first inning. Reynolds tripled and scored on a groundout, and Cal Mitchell's RBI single made it 2-0.

 

The Pirates added two unearned runs in the second. Flaherty threw wildly to first on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Heineman that scored Canaan Smith-Njgba. Hoy Park bunted for a hit but catcher Yadier Molina's errant throw to first allowed Heineman to score.

 

Dylan Carlson put St. Louis on the board with a second-inning homer.

 

The Cardinals tied it 4-4 in the fifth on Brendan Donovan's two-run double and Tyler O'Neill's fielder's-choice grounder. Donovan finished with three hits and was hit by a pitch.

 

Rookie Pirates starter Roansy Contreras allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

 

The Cardinals are at Boston on Friday, with veteran RHP Adam Wainwright (5-4, 2.84) making his second career regular season start against the Red Sox and first at Fenway Park. He started twice against Boston during the 2013 World Series.

Colts Safety Abruptly Retires

Colts' starting strong safety Khari Willis announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. Willis, a 2019 fourth-round pick who started in 34 games over the past three seasons, made the announcement via his Instagram account. 

 

In a statement, Willis says he is retiring to devote the remainder of his life to advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

A Michigan native, Willis played collegiately at Michigan State, where he was named a team captain in 2018. He was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection who graduated with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science, with an emphasis on community governance and advocacy. 

 

Willis made nine starts in 14 games during the 2019 season. He remained in the starting lineup in 2020 and received 10 starts in 2021. He tallied four interceptions with the Colts along with 11 passes defended, 3.5 sacks and 219 tackles. His two interceptions last season game against Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. 

Padres Throttle Cubs

Manny Machado lined a single for his 1,500th hit and hit a two-run homer in a four-RBI night to help the San Diego Padres beat the reeling Chicago Cubs 19-5 on Wednesday night.

 

Machado was one of five Padres with three hits as San Diego routed the Cubs for the second straight hot night at Wrigley Field. Jorge Alfaro added a two-run homer and three RBIs as San Diego improved to 40-24 in winning its third straight and seventh in nine.

 

Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar each doubled twice and had three hits for the Padres, who remained percentage points behind the Dodgers. Luke Voit hit a solo homer off Frank Schwindel, mopping up in the ninth, for his third hit.

 

Rookie Christopher Morel had a solo shot and three RBIs for the Cubs, losers of nine straight. San Diego has outscored Chicago 35-11 in the first three of a four-game series.

 

Both starters, Chicago's Caleb Kilian and San Diego' Ryan Weathers, were recalled from the minors to fill gaps in their team's rotations - and struggled with control.

 

The Cubs pounced on Weathers' wildness in the second. He walked two with the bases loaded to force in runs, and Morel followed with a single that put Chicago ahead 4-2.

 

Morel homered in the sixth for the Cubs, and the Padres blew it open with five in the seventh.

 

To make room for Kilian on the roster, the Chicago placed INF Nick Madrigal on the 10-day IL with a left groin strain, retroactive to June 12. Madrigal last played on Friday at New York against the Yankees. 

 

Manager David Ross said OF Seiya Suzuki (left ring finger sprain) is throwing and has resumed some baseball activities, but isn't hitting yet.

 

Joe Musgrove (7-0, 1.50) faces Cubs RHP Matt Swarmer (1-1, 4.24) in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. Musgrove will pitch on five days' rest, and the Padres' 6-foot-5 ace hasn't allowed a run in two previous starts with five days' rest this season.

Sox Top Tigers

In a game heard on WHOW, Dylan Cease allowed one unearned run in five innings to remain unbeaten in 10 decisions against Detroit, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tigers 5-1 on Tuesday night.

 

Cease (5-3) gave up seven hits and a walk. He struck out eight while improving to 10-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 11 career starts against the Tigers. He's the first pitcher to win his first 10 decisions against an opponent since Jamie Moyer started 10-0 against the Marlins in 2006-08.

 

Andrew Vaughn had four hits and Luis Robert drove in a pair of runs for the White Sox. Vaughn, who also drew a walk, is hitting .563 with seven RBIs in five games against the Tigers this season. Chicago is 4-1 against the Tigers, with all five games coming in Detroit.

 

Drew Hutchison (0-4) gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in four innings. Detroit is 1-4 to start a 10-game homestand.

 

Both teams loaded the bases in the first inning, but Hutchison struck out Leury Garcia to escape unscathed. Cease was at fault for Detroit's run, throwing away a pick-off attempt to allow Victor Reyes to score.

 

Hutchison wasn't as fortunate in the second. He retired the first two batters, but the next four White Sox hitters singled, with Vaughn and Robert driving in Danny Mendick and A.J. Pollock.

 

That made it 2-1, and the White Sox added two more runs off Wily Peralta in the fifth. Vaughn led off the inning with his third single, and Peralta hit Robert. After Jose Abreu struck out, Yoan Moncada doubled to make it 3-1 and Garcia followed with a sacrifice fly.

 

Robert's two-out bloop single drove in Pollock to give the White Sox a 5-1 lead in the sixth.

 

The teams finish their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon. Alex Faedo (1-2, 2.92) will pitch for Detroit against Vince Velasquez (2-3, 5.30) on a day with high temperatures expected to approach 100 degrees.

Cardinals Sweep Pirates Tuesday

Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over Pittsburgh 3-1 on Tuesday in a doubleheader opener that extended the Pirates' losing streak to eight.

 

Goldschmidt hit his 14th home run, a go-ahead, two-run drive in the third inning off JT Brubaker (0-7), and boosted the lead to 3-0 with an RBI grounder in the fourth. Goldschmidt is hitting .383 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs since May 12, raising his average to an NL-leading .338 with 51 RBIs, second in the NL to the New York Mets' Pete Alonso.

 

Yadier Molina had 11 putouts on 10 strikeouts and a foul popup, and with 14,870 passed Ivan Rodriguez (14,864) for most among catchers in major league history. The 39-year-old, a 10-time All-Star, was given a standing ovation with the record-setter when he caught Ke'Bryan Hayes' sixth-inning popup.

 

Pittsburgh had four errors, three by shortstop Diego Castillo - including bad throws on groundouts on consecutive pitches. He had just two errors coming in.

 

Matthew Liberatore (2-1) allowed three hits in five scoreless innings, striking out five and walking two in his fourth big league starts. The 22-year-old left-hander, pulled after 79 pitches, has pitched shutout ball in both his wins, the first against Milwaukee on May 28.

 

St. Louis won for the fourth time in five games. The Pirates are on their longest skid since eight straight from last Aug. 4-12.

 

Giovanny Gallegos pitched a one-hit ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances, finishing a seven-hitter.

 

St. Louis backed its pitchers with a pair of double plays and with 58 have the fourth-highest total in the major leagues.

 

Brubaker (0-7) remained winless in 13 starts this year. He gave up three runs - two earned - and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

 

Yu Chang homered off Genesis Cabrera in the seventh.

 

 

 

Miles Mikolas didn't give up a hit until Cal Mitchell doubled with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday night, and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 to sweep a doubleheader.

 

Mitchell drove a 2-2 curveball over the head of Gold Glove center fielder Harrison Bader and just beyond his outstretched mitt as the speedy Bader tried to make a running catch with his back to home plate.

 

The ball bounced on the warning track 383 feet from the plate and over the wall in straightaway center for a ground-rule double.

 

The hit came on the 129th pitch from Mikolas - most in the majors this season and 14 more than his previous career high set May 29 against Milwaukee. He was lifted for Packy Naughton, who got the final out to hand the Pirates their ninth straight loss.

 

The 33-year-old Mikolas (5-4) bent over at the waist for a moment when Mitchell's drive dropped. He struck out six, walked one and left to a standing ovation.

 

Mitchell entered in the seventh to play right field and got Pittsburgh's lone hit in his only at-bat of the game.

 

The most recent no-hitter for the Cardinals was thrown by rookie Bud Smith in a 4-0 win at San Diego on Sept. 3, 2001. The last one at home came from Bob Forsch in 1983.

 

Pittsburgh got an unearned run in the fourth to make it 7-1 when Bryan Reynolds scored on Daniel Vogelbach's groundout.

 

Reynolds led off the inning and reached second base when left fielder Juan Yepez misplayed a fly ball for an error. Reynolds advanced to third on a groundout.

 

Cardinals second baseman Nolan Gorman made a diving stop in the fourth and an off-balance throw from the middle of the diamond in the sixth to prevent would-be hits.

 

Mikolas worked a 1-2-3 seventh with the help of a nice catch by Bader at the center-field fence on Jack Suwinski's drive. Pittsburgh also went down in order in the eighth.

 

Mikolas, who reinvented himself in Japan before becoming a big league All-Star in 2018, has struggled through injuries the past few seasons. He had never gone longer than four innings in a major league start without allowing a hit.

 

Paul Goldschmidt was 4 for 4 with two homers and five RBIs for the Cardinals, who have won five of six. Tommy Edman also went deep and Brendan Donovan had his first career four-hit game.

 

Bryse Wilson (0-4) gave up seven runs in five innings for the Pirates.

 

Jack Flaherty (right shoulder) will make his season debut in Wednesday night's series finale rather than make a third minor league rehabilitation start. He is expected to have a limit of about 60 pitches. RHP Roansy Contreras (1-1-, 2.57) pitches for Pittsburgh.

Padres Topple Cubs

Luke Voit hit a two-run homer and a three-run double as the San Diego Padres rallied from a five-run deficit to hand the Chicago Cubs their eighth straight loss, 12-5 on Tuesday night.

 

The Padres trailed 5-0 when Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks was pulled after allowing a double to Jake Cronenworth to start the sixth inning. Voit homered off reliever Chris Martin to spark a four-run sixth, and his double off Mychal Givens gave the Padres the lead for good at 7-5 and highlighted a six-run seventh.

 

The Padres, who entered Tuesday's game tied with the Dodgers for first place in the NL West, have won six of eight. The Cubs' skid is their longest since since losing 12 in a row from Aug. 5-16, 2021.

 

Willson Contreras homered twice, drove in three runs and scored three times on a 3-for-4 night for the Cubs. He leads major league catchers with 12 homers.

 

The Padres' rally took left-hander Sean Manaea off the hook. He was tagged for five runs on eight hits in four-plus innings. Kyle Tyler (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

 

Nomar Mazara drove in three runs with singles in the sixth and seventh. Jorge Alfaro hit his fourth homer in the eighth off left-hander Eric Stout.

 

Hendricks, pitching for the first time since June 1 because of shoulder fatigue, allowed one hit over the first four innings but needed a strikeout of Trent Grisham with runners at first and second to end the fifth.

 

LHP Ryan Weathers will face the Cubs Wednesday. Weathers is 4-7 with a 5.32 ERA at Triple-A El Paso.

 

Cubs RHP Caleb Kilian will promote from Triple-A Iowa to face the Padres. Kilian allowed three runs in five innings of a 7-4 loss to St. Louis in his major league debut on June 4.

White Sox Roll Tigers

In a game heard on WHOW, Jose Abreu hit a pair of two-run homers and Luis Robert singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 9-5 on Monday night.

 

Abreu sent a soaring shot over the left-center fence in the first to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead. He hit a line drive in the ninth over a row of hedges beyond the wall in center to give Chicago a four-run cushion.

 

White Sox right-hander Lance Lynn made his season debut, coming back from surgery on his right knee, and gave up three runs on 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings.

 

Bennett Sousa (3-0) was credited with the win after throwing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

 

Rony Garcia (0-2) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks over four-plus innings.

 

Willi Castro hit a leadoff homer for the Tigers and scored twice. Miguel Cabrera had two hits, including an RBI single. Harold Castro added three hits and two RBIs.

 

After Will Vest threw an inning of scoreless relief, Andrew Chafin entered for the Tigers and made a costly throwing error in the sixth. Chafin fielded Reese McGuire's sacrifice bunt and threw wide of third base, allowing two runs to score that gave Chicago a 6-3 lead.

 

The defending AL Central champion White Sox had lost four of five.

 

Detroit has dropped six of nine.

 

Jake Burger left midway through the game with a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch on a swing. X-rays were negative and he's day to day. 

 

C Yasmani Grandal went on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to June 12, with lower back spasms. 

 

RHP Michael Kopech had fluid drained out of his right knee, according to La Russa, and will throw a bullpen before it is determined when he will pitch again. 

 

Two-time All-Star RHP Liam Hendriks was not available due to a sore arm, but the closer did play catch before the game and La Russa said Hendriks is a day closer to returning. 

 

RHP Vince Velasquez, on the IL with a strained groin, may return to pitch Wednesday.

 

Chicago expects to start RHP Dylan Cease (4-3, 3.14 ERA), while Detroit is planning a bullpen game Tuesday night.

Cardinals Topple Pirates

Paul Goldschmidt hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and Dylan Carlson added a three-run blast to help the St. Louis Cardinals rally past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-5 on Monday night.

 

Brendan Donovan added a two-run double for St. Louis, which rallied from a 5-0 deficit.

 

Michael Chavis and Diego Castillo homered for the Pirates, who have lost a season-high seven straight games.

 

St. Louis has won six of seven against its NL Central rival this season.

 

Goldschmidt broke a 5-all tie with his 13th homer off reliever Chris Stratton (3-3).

 

Carlson punctuated a five-run outburst in the sixth with a three-run homer that tied the game. He has reached safely in 19 successive games against Pirates.

 

Giovanny Gallegos (2-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Ryan Helsley recorded his fifth save in seven chances.

 

Chavis unloaded off St. Louis rookie left-hander Zack Thompson, who was making his first major league start and allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings. Chavis' home run capped off a four-run fifth that put the Pirates up 5-0. He has three home runs and eight RBI in his last five games against St. Louis.

 

Ke'Bryan Hayes added a run-scoring single for Pittsburgh. Pirates starter Mitch Keller gave up two runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

 

Pittsburgh has 17 home runs in its last 13 games.

 

Jack Flaherty will likely make his third and final rehab start on Wednesday at Triple-A Memphis. Flaherty has been sidelined since the start of the season with a right shoulder ailment.

 

Matthew Liberatore (1-1) will face RHP JT Brubaker (0-6, 4.60) in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. Liberatore allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut at Pittsburgh on May 21. Brubaker will be looking for his first win since beating Arizona on Aug. 24, 2021.

 

RHP Miles Mikolas (4-4, 2.93) takes on Pittsburgh RHP Bryse Wilson (0-3, 7.53) in the night contest. Mikolas allowed two runs on three hits in a 2-1 loss at Tampa on Thursday. Wilson, who is the 27th man for the twin bill, went 0-0 with 3.32 ERA in three starts with Triple-A Indianapolis after being sent down on May 23.

Packers WR Lazard Signs Restricted Free Agent Tender

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard signed his restricted free agent tender on Monday.

 

Lazard hadn’t signed the tender as of last week, when he was the only Packer not to report for the team’s mandatory minicamp. Lazard will make $3.986 million this year and will be eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the upcoming season.

 

The 26-year-old Lazard caught 40 passes for 513 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He had the most yards receiving and touchdown catches last season of any player still on the Packers roster following the trade of two-time All-Pro wideout Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders.

 

The Packers had given Lazard a second-round tender back in March, meaning any team signing the restricted free agent to an offer sheet would have owed Green Bay a second-round pick if the Packers hadn’t matched the offer.

 

The deadline to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets was April 22.

Darvish Leads Padres Over Cubs

Yu Darvish pitched a season-high eight innings of five-hit ball, Manny Machado hit a tiebreaking single and Eric Hosmer had a two-run double to cap a three-run eighth inning as the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Monday night.

 

Darvish (6-3), pitching at Wrigley Field for the first time since the Cubs traded him to the Padres as the centerpiece of a seven-player trade on Dec. 29, 2020, didn't allow a runner past second base after Yan Gomes hit a home run in the second.

 

Taylor Rogers pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 19th save.

 

The Padres (38-24) won for the fifth time in their last seven games. The Cubs (23-37) have lost seven consecutive games, matching their longest skid since Sept. 21-28, 2021.

 

The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 25 minutes because of rain that included tornado sirens throughout the Chicagoland area.

 

Cubs left-hander Justin Steele received medical attention one batter after unsuccessfully trying to field a hard grounder by Jake Cronenworth with his bare hand in the first. Steele remained in the game, but the Cubs had two left-handed relievers warming in the bottom of the inning.

 

Steele pitched seven innings of one-run ball while throwing 60 of 77 pitches for strikes.

 

However, the Padres pounced on reliever Rowan Wick (1-2), with Machado collecting his 1,499th career hit and scoring an insurance run on Hosmer's double.

 

After Gomes homered, Darvish retired 11 consecutive batters until shortstop Ha-Seong Kim bobbled a grounder.

 

Steele found a similar groove, retiring nine of the next 10 batters after allowing consecutive singles to Kim and Trent Grisham to open the fifth.

 

Since allowing seven runs in two innings of a 20-5 loss at Cincinnati on May 26, Steele has posted a 2.84 ERA in his last three starts.

 

Darvish allowed a pair of two-out hits to Christopher Morel and Willson Contreras in the eighth but struck out Ian Happ to end the eighth and complete a 107-pitch performance, one shy of his season high. Darvish has allowed one run while walking none in his last two starts covering 14 innings.

 

Darvish, who pitched for the Cubs from 2018-20, lost to the Cubs 3-1 at Petco Park on June 9, 2021, in his only other start against them since the trade.

 

With the victory, Darvish has beaten every team but the Orioles (0-1) and Rangers (no decision in one start).

 

Kyle Hendricks (2-5, 5.22) will oppose the Padres on Tuesday. Hendricks allowed three runs in five innings in the Cubs' 4-3 win over the Brewers on June 1. Hendricks has been dealing with an achy shoulder.

Rangers Outlast White Sox

In a game heard on WHOW, Jonah Heim hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and the Texas Rangers turned a double play on a ball hit to the warning track to end an 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

 

Embattled manager Tony La Russa and the White Sox have lost four of five. This one began with right-hander Michael Kopech leaving with right knee discomfort after 13 pitches and ended with an unusual double play in the 12th.

 

Jose Abreu struck out looking against Kolby Allard leading off, then Jake Burger hit a fly to the warning track in left. Charlie Culberson caught the ball, then threw out automatic runner Luis Robert trying to tag up and take third. Robert overslid the base and was tagged easily by Ezequiel Duran, setting off a loud round of boos.

 

In the top of the inning, Adolis Garcia singled off Matt Foster (1-2) and scored on Heim's single. A review confirmed Garcia was safe on the slide.

 

Duran hit a three-run homer off Jose Ruiz in the 11th, but the Rangers surrendered their 6-3 lead.

 

Seby Zavala had a sac fly off Joe Barlow (2-1) in the bottom of the inning. Danny Mendick tripled when Culberson and center fielder Eli White collided, cutting the deficit to one. AJ Pollock then singled to tie it.

 

Culberson said he lost the ball in the sun. White injured his right wrist and was sent for X-rays.

 

White homered and had a sac fly for the Rangers, who won for just the fifth time in 12 games. Garcia added three hits.

 

Andrew Vaughn's two-run single against Dennis Santana tied it for Chicago in the seventh after Duran's error.

 

Kopech (2-2, 1.92 ERA) was checked on by the training staff with a full count and two outs against Garcia. Kopech threw a warmup pitch before spiking the baseball in frustration and walking to the dugout to applause. La Russa said Kopech might be able to pitch Sunday.

 

Reynaldo Lopez replaced Kopech and struck out Garcia. Lopez threw two scoreless innings as an opener Friday when the White Sox beat the Rangers 8-3. Chicago has seven players on the injured list.

 

Left fielder Pollock robbed Marcus Semien of an extra-base hit with a leaping grab for the first out. Kopech then got Corey Seager to ground out.

 

The Kopech injury delivers another blow to the White Sox during an eventful homestand. Fans chanted ''Fire Tony!'' after Chicago blew a five-run lead in an 11-9 loss to the Rangers in 10 innings Saturday and again Sunday.

 

La Russa also received scrutiny after ordering an unconventional intentional walk Thursday in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The reigning AL champion White Sox are 27-31.

 

Lopez struck out three and allowed a hit in 1 1/3 innings. Johnny Cueto, who was scheduled to start Monday at Detroit, replaced him. Cueto allowed a leadoff single to Zach Reks before White hit his third homer for a 2-1 Rangers lead. It was Reks' first career multi-hit game.

 

Cueto allowed three runs in five innings.

 

Right-hander Jon Gray gave up a run and struck out 10 in six innings. Burger's single put the White Sox ahead in the first.

 

The White Sox designated DH/OF Yermin Mercedes for assignment to make room for Zavala, optioned RHP Davis Martin to Triple-A Charlotte and recalled Banks from Charlotte.

 

Lance Lynn (right knee surgery) will return from the IL and start Monday against Detroit and RHP Rony Garcia (0-1, 4.50).

Reds Hold Off Cardinals

TJ Friedl hit a tiebreaking triple in the seventh inning and Tommy Pham added a solo homer as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.

 

Nolan Arenado and Juan Yepez homered for the Cardinals, who have lost four of six.

 

Friedl broke a 4-4 tie with a long drive to right field and Albert Almora Jr. followed with a sacrifice fly. Pham homered against his former team in the eighth.

 

The Reds have fashioned an 18-16 record after a dismal 3-23 start to the season. They failed to win any of their first eight series.

 

Friedl has played in four games since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville on June 6 when Mike Moustakas went on the injured list. This is Friedl's fourth stint with the big league team already this season.

 

The Reds trailed 3-0 after Arenado hit his 11th homer of the season, a two-run drive in the third.

 

Jeff Hoffman (1-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Alexis Diaz posted his second save.

 

Dakota Hudson (4-3) allowed six runs on nine hits over seven innings. He entered the game with a 6-0 lifetime record against Cincinnati.

 

Pham pushed the lead to 7-4 with a homer off Johan Oviedo.

 

Albert Pujols hit an RBI double in the St. Louis that made it 4-all.

 

Yepez hit a two-run, two-out homer in the ninth. Diaz then struck out Pujols to end the game.

 

Yepez matched a career high with three hits. He credits help from his father Omar in Venezuela with the turnaround.

 

Paul Goldschmidt was given the day off. Goldschmidt had a 46-game on-base streak snapped on Saturday.

 

Zack Thompson (0-0, 2.25) will make the first start of her career on Monday. He will face Pittsburgh RHP Mitch Keller (2-5, 5.26) in the first of a four-game series against the Pirates in St. Louis.

Yankees Clobber Cubs

Matt Carpenter homered twice and tied his career-high with seven RBIs, powering an 18-4 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Sunday that completed a weekend sweep and gave the major league-leading Yankees their 11th win in 12 games.

 

Carpenter drew a tying bases-loaded walk as New York chased Keegan Thompson (6-2) in a five-run first and hit a three-run homer off Daniel Norris for an 8-1 lead in the second.

 

Carpenter added a two-run drive against Alec Mills in the sixth for his first multihomer game in four years and an RBI double in the seventh against Sean Newcomb as the Yankees sent Chicago to its sixth straight loss.

 

All the more impressive given Carpenter had gotten just two plate appearances since June 3.

 

Kyle Higashioka added his first two home runs this season, after hitting seven in spring training. Giancarlo Stanton and Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three RBIs each as the Yankees sprayed a season-high 17 hits and scored their most runs since beating Toronto 20-6 on Sept. 15, 2020.

 

Higashioka and Carpenter were late additions to the lineup because second baseman Gleyber Torres felt nausea and catcher Jose Trevino had back pain.

 

Carpenter raised his average to .333 with 13 RBIs. Signed on May 26 because of injuries to Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Donaldson, Carpenter became the first Yankees player to hit six home runs in his first 10 games and just the second major leaguer to have six homers among his first seven hits after Colorado's Trevor Story in 2016.

 

Jameson Taillon (7-1) remained unbeaten in 11 starts, giving up three runs and seven hits in five innings.

 

Chicago's six-game skid is its longest this year, dropping the Cubs a season-worst 13 games under .500 at 23-36. The Yankees outscored Chicago 28-5 in the three-game series and improved to 15-4 against the Cubs, 23-4 including World Series sweeps in 1932 and '38. The Cubs are 0-12 in the Bronx. 

 

Cubs OF Seiya Suzuki, sidelined since May 26 with a sprained left ring finger, still has swelling and won't participate in baseball activities for at least five days. He called it a middle ground after speaking with Ross and president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer.

 

Justin Steele (1-5, 4.79) is to be on the mound for Monday's homestand opener against San Diego and Yu Darvish (5-3, 3.61).

Suaraz Nabs Historic Victory

Daniel Suárez got past Chris Buescher and took charge early in the final stage on this hilly road course in Northern California wine country, and he persevered through a pit stop and a caution to emerge in front with 23 laps to go. Buescher pushed him aggressively, but Suárez made no significant mistakes while rolling to victory.

 

Buescher’s second-place finish was also a season best in his RFK Racing Ford. He fell just short of his second career victory.

 

Suárez had tears in his eyes for so many reasons Sunday after he realized a lifelong dream by crossing the finish line first at Sonoma Raceway.

 

While Suárez was overjoyed to become the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race, he quickly felt overwhelmed with gratitude and memories of his motorsports journey. He also thought about the multitude of fans backing him across the continent and beyond, including several hundred red-shirted supporters screaming their hearts out in the Sonoma grandstands as part of his Daniel’s Amigos outreach program.

 

Despite those poignant thoughts, this occasion was not solemn for the 30-year-old native of Monterrey who finally won in the 195th career start of a Cup Series career that began in 2017.

 

After his tears dried in the car, he quickly called for the pinata shaped like a taco that he’s been keeping on hand for his first win — and he celebrated by punching a hole through it with his fist.

 

Suárez drove his Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet to the third Cup Series victory of the season for this rising 2-year-old team co-owned by former driver Justin Marks and music star Pitbull.

 

Suárez is the fifth foreign-born driver to win a Cup Series race, and he’s the first to win on all three of NASCAR’s national series. He won the Xfinity Series championship in 2016, and he also won a Truck Series race that year.

 

Michael McDowell finished a season-best third in front of Kevin Harvick in cloudy conditions in Sonoma Raceway’s first Cup Series race at full capacity since before the coronavirus pandemic. Austin Cindric was fifth in the final race before the Cup Series’ one-week midseason break.

 

Sonoma Raceway restored the 1.99-mile Chute track layout for this race after using the longer Carousel configuration in the previous two editions in 2019 and 2021. The shorter track didn’t appear to lead to more contact in the racing, and not much happened in the first two stages, which were won by Larson and Joey Logano.

 

Defending champion and pole-sitter Kyle Larson led the first stage, but the defending series champ fell back from there and eventually lost his right front tire with 27 laps to go. Larson started on the pole for the fifth consecutive time at the race closest to his childhood home in the Sacramento suburbs, but his decision not to pit in the first stage left him buried in the field from there. He finished 15th.

 

After the break, the season resumes with a trip to Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday, June 26.

NASCAR to Return to LA Coliseum for Preseason Clash

NASCAR’s preseason Clash race is rolling back to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2023.

 

NASCAR said Sunday it will return the exhibition race to the Southern California sports landmark next season. The Clash’s highly successful debut there four months ago was part of the launch of NASCAR’s Next Gen car and NASCAR received some of its most positive reviews in years for the race.

 

The Clash took place on a temporary 0.25-mile track inside the venerable Coliseum. Joey Logano won the exhibition, which included a halftime show by Ice Cube as part of a six-hour entertainment extravaganza that pleased both the teams, sponsors and fans in this frequently staid sport.

 

The upcoming race likely will take place shortly after the 100th birthday of the Coliseum, which opened in January 1923. The asphalt on the short temporary oval on the Coliseum field held together well in the first edition, and crews were able to quickly fix any damage to the walls from the tight racing in close quarters.

 

The first 43 editions of the Clash had been held at Daytona International Speedway from its inception in 1979, but NASCAR relocated it to the West Coast in a bid for excitement and attention in an eye-catching venue. NASCAR hadn’t raced in a traditional sports stadium since 1956 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, but it put on a show with Ice Cube rapping on the Peristyle, Pitbull also performing and Jeff Gordon lighting the famed cauldron.

 

The Coliseum, which has hosted two Olympics and the first Super Bowl, is still the home of the USC Trojans football team. The arena also hosted the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams until they moved into SoFi Stadium in 2020.

After 2-strike intentional walk, Muncy powers Dodgers

Max Muncy broke open the game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning after White Sox manager Tony La Russa ordered an intentional walk to Trea Turner with a 1-2 count, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago 11-9 Thursday.

 

Muncy had five RBIs in his return after missing 11 games with left elbow inflammation. 

 

Los Angeles trailed 4-0 before a six-run fifth and took a 7-5 lead when Freddie Freeman hit an RBI single in the sixth off Bennett Sousa. a 27-year-old rookie left-hander.

 

Sousa bounced an 0-2 slider for a wild pitch that allowed Freeman to take second. Wanting to set up a left-on-left matchup, La Russa ordered the intentional walk to the right-handed-hitting Turner, who had singled in a run in the fifth.

 

Muncy, whose two-run double off Dylan Cease put the Dodgers ahead 5-4 in the fifth, worked the count to 2-2 and sliced a slider to the opposite field and into the left-field seats, his fourth home run this season.

 

Gavin Lux had four hits, including an RBI double, and scored twice. Freddie Freeman had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run double in the fifth. All the runs off Cease were unearned due to third baseman Jake Burger's fielding error on Austin Barnes' sharp grounder.

 

Chicago closed with two runs against Daniel Hudson, who needed 35 pitches to get though the ninth. With two on and one out, Yasmani Grandal popped out, and pinch- hitter Gavin Sheets followed with a strikeout.

 

Tyler Anderson allowed four runs, four hits and three walks in three-plus innings in his shortest start this season. The White Sox stopped Anderson's string of scoreless innings at 28.

 

Brusdar Graterol (2-2) relieved with the bases loaded, hit Adam Engel with a pitch and allowed Josh Harrison's sacrfice fly.

 

Cease (4-3) threw 110 pitches while giving up six hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.

McClanahan wins 5th straight start, Rays sweep 3 from Cards

Shane McClanahan pitched eight superb innings to win his fifth consecutive start and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 2-1 victory on Thursday.

 

Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer as the Rays moved a season-high 11 games over .500.

 

McClanahan (7-2) allowed one unearned run, two hits, walked one and struck out nine, The lefty, who leads the majors with 98 strikeouts, has given up just five runs over 40 innings in his last six starts.

 

Jason Adam worked the ninth to get to his second save

 

Miles Mikolas (4-4) had an eight-inning complete game, allowing three hits and striking out nine.

 

Mikolas retired his first nine batters on just 27 pitches before running into trouble during the fourth.

 

Kevin Kiermaier had a leadoff single and scored on Choi's one-out homer that made it 2-0. 

 

he Cardinals got within 2-1 in the sixth after an error by McClanahan.

 

Paul Goldschmidt extended his career-best on-base streak to 45 games with a two-out walk and went to second when Nolan Arenado singled for the Cardinals' second hit.

 

Albert Pujols hit a soft comebacker that McClanahan failed to catch barehanded. McClanahan recovered, but made an errant throw to first that allowed Goldschmidt to score.

Argenta-Oreana Bass Team Brings Home 2nd At ICASST State

 

A local High School Bass Fishing team recently brought home some state tournament hardware, and are now gearing up for nationals.

 

Last weekend the Illinois Bass Fishing Coaches Association held its Clash State Championship on Lake Springfield.  Brian Drendel, IBFCA President, explains it's the first year for their state series to wrap up on Springfield, and the two day event went great...

 

 

Argenta-Oreana High School's Garrett White and Chase Logue brought home second place, and had the tournament's biggest fish - a six pounder that Chase reeled in on Saturday....

 

 

The Top 7 Clash finishers qualify for the Bassmasters High School National Championship on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina this August.  Garrett is excited for the experience...

 

 

Again, a team from Downer's Grove North took home the championship, edging out Argenta-Oreana by a matter of ounces.  This was the first in a three year agreement with the City of Springfield to host the Clash Championship.  You can learn more about the ICASST ((I-cast)) state high school bass fishing series at ibfca.org.  

Numerous Maroa-Forsyth Trojans Highlight All-Sangamo Selections

The 2022 baseball season saw the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans reach the IHSA State Tournament, and the accolades for the Trojans are continuing to roll in.

 

The 2022 Sangamo Conference Baseball All-Conference Selections were announced this week.  Maroa-Forsyth's Jaxson Grubbs was named Sangamo Pitcher of the Year.   Another Trojan, Ethan Willoughby was named Sangamo Player of the Year.

 

Grubbs and Willoughby were also First Team selections, along with fellow Trojans: Evan Foster and Kaiden Maurer.

 

Maroa-Forsyth's Jacob Blunck was a Second Team selection, and Rheys Sams-Moore was an All-Sangamo Honorable Mention.

Gonsolin, Smith, Bellinger lead Dodgers over White Sox 4-1

Tony Gonsolin improved to 7-0, tossing three-hit ball over six innings, and Will Smith and Cody Bellinger homered early to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

 

Smith hit a two-run drive in the first inning, and Bellinger made it 3-0 when he connected leading off the second against Johnny Cueto. 

 

Gonsolin struck out five and walked one. he 28-year-old right-hander breezed through the first three innings and got out of a minor spot in the fourth before Jake Burger homered leading off the fifth. The next two batters reached base, but Gonsolin got out of it without allowing another run. He finished strong by retiring all three batters in the sixth, before Roberts went to the bullpen.

 

Yency Almonte and Brusdar Graterol each worked an inning. Daniel Hudson came on in the ninth for his fifth save in five chances, filling in with closer Craig Kimbrel on paternity leave.

 

Trea Turner homered leading off the ninth against Jose Ruiz, and the NL West-leading Dodgers stopped a three-game slide.

Arozarena shines against old team, Rays beat Cardinals 11-3

Randy Arozarena had three hits and tied a career best with four RBIs, helping the Rays post season highs for runs and hits in an 11-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

 

The native of Cuba had an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run single in the seventh to pace an 18-hit outburst. 

 

Veteran catcher Yadier Molina pitched a scoreless eighth for St. Louis. He gave up a pair of singles and threw strikes on 13 of 20 pitches.

 

Vidal Brujan had three RBIs, and Ji-Man Choi and Harold Ramirez drove in two runs apiece for Tampa Bay. 

 

Corey Kluber (3-2) shut down the Cardinals for five innings before fading quickly in the sixth. St. Louis loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and two singles, including Paul Goldschmidt's hit through the middle that extended the slugger's career-best on-base streak to 44 games.

 

Tyler O'Neill, who had a solo homer off Kluber in the fourth, chased the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner with a two-run single that trimmed the Cardinals' deficit to 5-3.

 

The Rays escaped further damage, with reliever Jason Adam getting Brendan Donovan to ground into a double play and Juan Yepez to fly out at the wall in left field.

 

Choi, Arozarena and Brujan had RBI doubles in the first off left-hander Packy Naughton (0-2). Ramirez doubled off reliever Johan Oviedo in the second, driving in the final run charged to the Cardinals starter.

 

Naughton pitched one time through Tampa Bay's lineup, allowing four runs and five hits in 1 1/3 innings.

 

Kluber, meanwhile, yielded three runs and six hits in five-plus innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Walls hits 3-run homer in 10th, Rays beat Cardinals 4-2

Taylor Walls hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Tuesday night.

 

Walls sent a 2-2 pitch from Drew VerHagen (3-1) into the right field seats. 

 

St. Louis loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against Colin Poche (2-0) but scored just once for a 2-1 lead on Lars Nootbaar's sacrifice fly. Paul Goldschmidt was thrown out by center fielder Kevin Kiermaier attempting to score on Harrison Bader's two-out single.

 

St. Louis' Dakota Hudson gave up one run, two hits and one walk while striking out six over seven innings. Tampa Bay's Jeffrey Springs allowed six hits in six scoreless innings.

 

Hudson permitted Ji-Man Choi's one-out double in the first and then held Tampa Bay hitless until Manuel Margot opened the seventh with a two-base hit. Margot went to third on Kiermaier's grounder and scored the game's first run on Isaac Paredes' sacrifice fly.

 

St. Louis tied it in the eighth. Nootbaar, pinch-hitting for Albert Pujols, drew a two-out walk from Andrew Kittredge and advanced to second on Tyler O'Neill's single before scoring on Bader's base hit.

 

Pujols singled in the fourth for his 3,320th hit, passing Paul Molitor for ninth place on the career list. Pujols also moved past Cal Ripken Jr. into sole possession of eighth place in games played with 3,002.

 

O'Neill returned after missing 18 games with a right shoulder injury and went 2 for 5. Goldschmidt walked in the first to extend his career-best on-base streak to 43 games.

Kopech, Pollock lead White Sox to 4-0 win over Dodgers

Michael Kopech pitched six innings of one-hit ball, pinch-hitter AJ Pollock delivered a two-run double against his former team and the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Tuesday night.

 

Pollock's clutch swing off the bench sparked a four-run sixth that sent the White Sox to their third consecutive victory.

 

Kopech (2-2) struck out eight and walked one, lowering his ERA to 1.94 and earning his second win in his last three starts. The right-hander retired 11 of his first 12 batters - six on strikeouts - before Will Smith hit a soft single to left-center.

 

Pollock, traded from the Dodgers to the White Sox on April 1 for closer Craig Kimbrel, was summoned to bat for Gavin Sheets after the Dodgers lifted reliever Phil Bickford (0-1) in favor of left-hander David Price with two outs in the sixth. Pollock was 4 for 31 (.129) in his last nine games before snapping the scoreless tie.

 

ake Burger followed with an RBI double. After the Dodgers elected to walk switch-hitter Yoan Moncada, who had six hits in his last 55 at-bats (.109), Reese McGuire foiled the strategy by hitting an RBI single to cap the rally.

 

Dodgers starter Mitch White, making his eighth career start and 32nd major league appearance, retired his first 12 batters. He loaded the bases in the fifth before striking out McGuire and Josh Harrison.

 

Reynaldo Lopez, Aaron Bummer, Kendall Graveman and Liam Hendriks combined to pitch the final three innings to secure Chicago's fifth shutout of the season.

 

Justin Turner singled in the seventh for his 1,000th hit with the Dodgers.

Orioles hit 5 home runs, cruise past Cubs 9-3

Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini hit successive homers, sparking a power surge that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Chicago Cubs 9-3 on a rainy Tuesday night.

 

Jorge Mateo, Austin Hays and Ramon Urias also connected for the Orioles, who beat the Cubs for the first time in seven tries since 2008.

 

Reliever Bryan Baker (2-3) earned the win after allowing one run and one hit over 1 1/3 innings.

 

Christopher Morel homered on the game's first pitch off rookie Kyle Bradish and has reached base safely in 21 consecutive games to begin his career, extending his Cubs' record. Morel also had an RBI triple in the sixth.

 

The Orioles answered in the bottom half when Mullins led off with a homer and Mancini connected on the next pitch by Keegan Thompson (6-1)

 

Mateo's three-run shot off Thompson in the second gave Baltimore a 5-1 lead.

 

Thompson entered the game having allowed just three home runs over 12 games (45.1 innings) this season.

 

Baltimore extended the lead to 7-1 in the third on a run-scoring double by Hays and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Mountcastle.

 

After Willson Contreras cut the margin to 7-2 with another leadoff home run in the fifth, Hays answered in the bottom half with the seventh homer off Alec Mills that traveled 464 feet into the second deck of left field.

Despite Only Four Wins, Clinton High School Softball Program Excited About the Future

The Clinton Lady Maroons softball program only won four games (4-20) in 2022, but they are excited for the future.

 

Coach Andrea Rhoades was so pleased with the way the team continued to play hard, work together, and kept a positive attitude despite the struggles. She says the deck was stacked against them from day one as they battled a whole slew of injuries.

 

 

Coach Rhoades felt the team got better as the season went along and points out the competitiveness they played with offensively that by the end of the season they played Maroa-Forsyth within a run in a Regional semifinal.


 

Because of all the injuries, the Lady Maroons had several young players step up on and take on larger roles. Coach Rhoades says there are several young players that stepped up and rolled with the punches.

 

 

Coach Rhoades says there is a silverlining with every season like the one the Lady Maroons just endured and believes it was all the learning and growing they experienced that will make them better next year and beyond. 

Joey Logano beats Kyle Busch in overtime at Gateway

Joey Logano watched helplessly as Kyle Busch drove away from him on a late restart Sunday, seemingly ending his hopes of delivering a much-needed win for Team Penske in the NASCAR Cup Series debut at World Wide Technology Raceway.

 

Kevin Harvick’s wreck with five laps left gave Logano another chance.

 

He took advantage of overtime, too, winning a drag race with Busch into the first corner in overtime, then jockeying briefly for the lead, before pulling away to take the white flag and eventually Logano’s second win of the season.

 

Kurt Busch finished second Sunday with Logano’s teammate, Ryan Blaney, in fourth and Aric Almirola in fifth.

Cards rally past Cubs 5-3 in 11 innings, take rubber game

Juan Yepez singled home automatic runner Nolan Gorman to lead off the 11th inning, Brendan Donovan doubled in an insurance run and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Sunday night.

Yepez lined his tiebreaking hit and Donovan delivered off Daniel Norris (0-4), who had pitched a perfect 10th inning.

 

Genesis Cabrera (3-1) tossed four innings in relief of Adam Wainwright, including a perfect 11th, and allowed a run on two hits while striking out five for the win.

 

Harrison Bader's second hit of the game was a triple to the wall in center field off Rowan Wick leading off the ninth. Bader scored on a single by pinch-hitter Lars Nootbaar, tying the game and dealing Wick his first blown save in five chances.

 

Cubs pinch-hitter P.J. Higgins looped an RBI double down the right field line off Cabrera to break a 2-all tie in the eighth. It scored Patrick Wisdom, who had lined his second double of the game.

 

Jason Heyward and Frank Schwindel had RBIs to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Nolan Arenado singled in two runs in the fifth to tie it.

 

Paul Goldschmidt chopped a pair of infield hits, stretching his on-base streak to a career-high 42 games. 

 

Wainwright allowed two runs while scattering nine hits and two walks. He struck out none.

 

And, the Cardinals' defense was crisp. Donovan made a pinpoint throw from right to nail Wisdom at the plate in the sixth after Rafael Ortega had singled to keep the game tied at 2.

 

Justin Steele limited St. Louis to two runs, one earned, on seven hits. 

 

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first on Schwindel's sac fly.

 

Hoerner legged out a double down the line in left in the fourth and scored on Heyward's single to make it 2-0

 

The Cardinals tied in the fifth on three straight singles, with Arenado's smash up the middle driving in the runs.

Blue Jays Sweep White Sox

Alek Manoah pitched into the eighth inning, Teoscar Hernandez homered and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to eight games by beating the Chicago White Sox 8-3 Thursday.

 

Santiago Espinal had three hits and a season-high three RBIs as the surging Blue Jays won for the 12th time in 15 games. Chicago was swept in the three-game series and has lost six of eight.

 

Manoah (6-1) left to a standing ovation after allowing three runs and six hits, walking one and striking out five in 7 2/3 innings. He's 9-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 13 career home starts.

 

After struggling early in the year, Blue Jays batters have now recorded 10 or more hits in six consecutive games.

 

Leury Garcia and Luis Robert each singled to begin the first against Manoah, and a two-out walk to Gavin Sheets loaded the bases. Manoah escaped unscathed by catching Yasmani Grandal looking at a slider for strike three.

 

The strikeout of Grandal was the first in a streak of 16 consecutive outs for Manoah, who didn't allow another baserunner until Jose Abreu singled to begin the seventh. Sheets followed by grounding into a double play.

 

Chicago's Johnny Cueto (0-2) allowed three earned runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out five.

 

Raimel Tapia scored twice and Hernandez connected for a two-run homer, his third on the season, as the Blue Jays built a 4-0 lead after six innings. Hernandez's homer was his first since May 14 at Tampa Bay.

 

Manoah left after Robert hit a two-out, two-run double in the eighth. Adam Cimber came on to face Yoan Moncada, who cut it to 4-3 with an RBI single. Abreu flied out to end the threat.

 

Espinal had a two-run single and Bo Bichette added an RBI hit as Toronto pulled away with a four-run eighth against a trio of White Sox relievers.

 

Vince Velasquez (2-3, 5.30) starts Friday as the White Sox open a three-game series in Florida against the Rays. LHP Shane McClanahan (5-2, 2.01) goes for the Rays.

Cubs Outlast Cardinals

Frank Schwindel launched a long solo homer and doubled among his three hits, and the Chicago Cubs topped the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Thursday night for their third straight victory.

 

Willson Contreras went deep for the third time in four games and Ian Happ also homered to help Chicago end the Cardinals' three-game winning streak. St. Louis had also won five in a row at Wrigley Field dating to last July.

 

At 22-29, the Cubs don't rank as an NL powerhouse, but Chicago has been productive at the plate recently with 19 runs in its last three games and 35 in the last seven.

 

Paul Goldschmidt doubled to extend his hitting streak to 24 games and reached safely for a career-best 38th consecutive game. He went 1 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. His career-high hitting streak is 26, from Sept. 10, 2013, to April 4, 2014, with Arizona.

 

Keegan Thompson (6-0) was effective again in a spot start, allowing three runs and five hits in a career-high 5 1/3 innings for a win in his fourth straight outing. The 27-year-old right-hander made his second straight start and fourth of the season.

 

Thompson exited after back-to-back walks in the sixth and reaching 89 pitches.

 

St. Louis' Harrison Bader hit a two-run homer off Mychal Givens in the ninth to make it close.

 

Cubs rookie Christopher Morel doubled, walked and scored two runs to extend his career-opening on-base streak to 16 games.

 

Matthew Liberatore (1-1), the Cardinals' top pitching prospect, was tagged with Chicago's three homers and four runs in his third start and first loss. The 6-foot-5, 22-year-old lefty allowed six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

 

Morel lined Liberatore's second pitch to the left-field wall for a double. Contreras followed with his ninth homer, to the basket in left, putting Chicago ahead 2-0.

 

Goldschmidt ripped a double to the left-center gap in the third to extend his streak and drive in the Cardinals' first run. He scored on Nolan Arenado's single to tie it at 2.

 

Schwindel's drive in the bottom half reached the base of the left-field scoreboard - a blast measured at 436 feet - and put Chicago back ahead 3-2. Schwindel finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs, including a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

 

Happ launched Libertore's first pitch in the fourth to the left-center bleachers to make it 4-2.

 

Chicago led 5-3 entering the eighth, then added two insurance runs on Patrick Wisdom's bases-loaded walk and Schwindel's sacrifice.

 

Cardinals rookie 2B Nolan Gorman (lower back tightness) missed his third consecutive game, but Marmol said before the game Gorman could be available to pinch hit. OF Tyler O'Neill, out since May 17 with a right shoulder impingement, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on Friday as DH, then play the field later in the weekend. RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder) and LHP Steven Matz (shoulder impingement) threw bullpen sessions in St. Louis on Thursday. Flaherty could begin a rehab assignment next week at Double-A Springfield.

 

Cubs: Contreras left in the eighth after being hit on the left ankle by a pitch from T.J. McFarland. Manager David Ross said X-rays were negative. LHP Wade Miley, on the 15-day IL since May 26 with a left shoulder strain, threw a bullpen session Thursday. RHP Alec Mills, who hasn't pitched in the majors this season because of a back strain and right quadriceps strain, was in the clubhouse before the game. He'll make a rehab start at Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday and hopes to pitch five innings. Mills is eligible to come off the 60-day IL on Monday.

 

Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (3-3, 2.67) faces Cubs RHP Marcus Stroman (2-4, 3.02) on Friday. Stroman tossed seven scoreless innings against the White Sox on Sunday in a no-decision.

NASCAR's Top Series Coming to St. Louis

NASCARs top circuit comes to St. Louis for the first time for the Enjoy Illinois 300 Sunday afternoon at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

 

Denny Hamlin outraced Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch in overtime to win the Coca-Cola 600 for his second victory of the season and 48th of his career last week in Charlotte. 

 

Hamlin’s victory came in the longest race in NASCAR history: 619.5 miles over five hours, 13 minutes with Hamlin beating Busch by 0.014 seconds. He joined Kevin Harvick as the only active drivers to win the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Southern 500. Chase Elliott leads the point standings by 34 over Ross Chastain and 37 over Busch through 14 races.

 

Practice is this evening at 4 pm. Qualifying is at 10 am tomorrow and the green flag drops Sunday at 2:30 pm.

 

The XFinity Series is in Portland for the first time this week for the Pacific Office Automation 147 at Portland International Raceway.

 

Josh Berry pulled away and beat Ty Gibbs by more than 18 seconds in Concord, North Carolina.

 

Berry’s second victory allowed him to join Gibbs (3) and Noah Gragson (2) as the only mutiple winners this season through 13 races. JR Motorsports has now won 10 consecutive stages, extending its series record. Points leader A.J. Allmendinger’s streak of top-10 finishes ended at 12 when he finished 19th. He leads Gragson by 33 points and Gibbs by 40.

 

Practice is this afternoon at noon with qualifying tonight at 7 pm and race time is 3:30 pm Saturday.

 

The Camping World Truck Series returns to St. Louis this weekend for the Totoya 200. 

 

Ross Chastain won in overtime at Concord, North Carolina, edging Grant Enfinger by 0.102 seconds.

 

Chastain became the third non-regular to win in 10 races this season, joining part-time driver Corey Heim and Cup regular William Byron. Carson Hocevar led a race-best 57 laps and had a lead of as many as six seconds, but crashed in the first overtime and finished 16th. John Hunter Nemechek leads defending series champ Ben Rhodes by seven points and Zane Smith by 25.

 

Sheldon Creed won last year.

 

Practice and qualifying is tonight at 5 pm. Race time is at 12:30 pm on Saturday.

HS Baseball Postseason Scores

Class 3A Sectional semifinal action:

 

Chatham-Glenwood 2

Champaign Central 0

 

Rock Island 1 F-5

Morton 15

 

Washington 3

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Blue Jays Roll White Sox

In a gameh eard on WHOW, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a two-run homer, Danny Jansen added a three-run blast, and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to seven games by beating the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Wednesday night.

 

It's Toronto's longest winning streak since an eight-game run last Sept. 1-9.

 

Santiago Espinal added a solo shot as the Blue Jays won for the 11th time in 14 games.

 

Blue Jays left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu left after four innings because of tightness in his forearm. Ryu missed 24 games in April and May because of soreness in his forearm. He'll undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the latest issue.

 

Ryu left his previous start, May 26 against the Angels, after five innings because of a sore elbow.

 

Ryu allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits. He walked none and struck out four.

 

Ross Stripling (1-1) replaced Ryu and worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings. David Phelps pitched 1 1/3 innings and Yimi Garcia finished.

 

Jose Abreu hit a two-run home run and AJ Pollock added a solo blast, but the White Sox lost for the fifth time in seven games.

 

Back in the lineup after sitting out Tuesday because of a non-COVID illness, Pollock homered on Ryu's third pitch of the game. It was Pollock's third homer of the season and the fifth leadoff blast of his career.

 

Espinal replied with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first, snapping White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech's 42-inning homerless streak to start the season.

 

Espinal has a career-high three home runs this season. The leadoff homer was the first of his career.

 

Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette drew a bases-loaded walk in the second but Kopech struck out Guerrero on a 98 mph fastball to leave the bases full.

 

Jansen's homer, his seventh, was a two-out drive that came on an 0-2 fastball in the third.

 

Abreu answered with a two run drive in the fourth, his sixth, but Guerrero gave the Blue Jays some breathing room with a two-out blast off Bennett Sousa in the eighth, his 10th.

 

Pitching on nine days rest after starting the second game of a doubleheader against the Yankees on May 22, Kopech (1-2) allowed five runs and six hits in a season-low three innings.

 

Kopech walked four, struck out four and threw 85 pitches, 46 strikes. His ERA rose from 1.29 to 2.20.

 

Yoan Moncada (quadriceps) did not start for the fifth straight game but came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth and struck out looking. 

 

OF Eloy Jimenez (right hamstring) went 1 for 4 in his return to the lineup with Triple-A Charlotte. Jimenez left Saturday's game, the first of his rehab stint with Charlotte, because of soreness in his leg.

 

Johnny Cueto (0-1, 2.41) starts Thursday against Blue Jays RHP Alek Manoah (5-1, 1.77). Cueto hasn't faced Toronto since 2015. Manoah is 8-0 with a 1.99 ERA in 13 career home starts.

Cardinals Roll Padres

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and drove in three, Dakota Hudson threw seven strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

 

Nick Wittgren earned his first save as a Cardinal by getting the last out of the game when he retired pinch-hitter Robinson Cano on a fly ball with the bases loaded. The Cardinals have won five of six games. The Padres have lost four of five.

 

Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 23 games and reached safely for a career-best 37th consecutive game. Goldschmidt went 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored. He is hitting .353 this season.

 

Hudson (4-2) gave up a run in the first inning but shut out the Padres over the next six innings. He allowed one run on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts. At one point, Hudson retired 18 consecutive hitters.

 

Yu Darvish (4-3) pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up five runs and seven hits.

 

Arenado's 10th home run came after Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak with a one-out single in the sixth. Arenado sent an 0-1 fastball over the left-field fence, giving St. Louis a 3-1 advantage.

 

Goldschmidt's career high-hit streak is 26, from Sept. 10, 2013 to April 4, 2014 with Arizona.

 

In the eighth, Arendado chased Darvish with a run-scoring single with two outs. He scored on a double by Juan Yepez, who drove in two runs.

 

Yepez' first RBI made it a 1-1 tie in the fourth. His sacrifice fly scored Goldschmidt, who drew his second walk to begin the inning. He went to third with aggressive baserunning on a single by Arenado.

 

Nolan Gorman (lower back tightness) missed his second consecutive game. The 22-year-old rookie is hitting .387 since he joined the club May 20. He can swing a bat but bending over to field causes some pain. 

 

LHP Steven Matz (shoulder impingement) has played catch twice. His likely next move will be to throw two side sessions. If there are no setbacks, Matz may have a short rehab outing or return to the Cardinals on a limited-pitch basis. 

 

RHP Alex Reyes (shoulder) was slated to undergo surgery Wednesday that's likely to end his season.

 

Matthew Liberatore (1-0, 3.72) will face the Chicago Cubs and RHP Keegan Thompson (5-0, 1.58) for the first time.

Cubs Outlast Brewers

Christopher Morel drove in Jason Heyward with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Wednesday night.

 

Heyward started on second base and moved up on a groundout by Nick Madrigal. Morel then fouled off two pitches and took a ball before ending it with a fly to left against Hoby Milner (2-1) that was deep enough to bring in the winning run.

 

Teammates mobbed the 22-year-old Dominican in the infield after Heyward scored.

 

Morel extended his club record by reaching base in his first 15 major league games, when he walked and scored in a two-run first.

 

Willson Contreras singled twice, drove in a run and scored one after hitting home runs in his previous two games.

 

Hendricks went five innings, allowing three runs and six hits, after losing his previous two starts.

 

Five relievers combined to shut out Milwaukee the rest of the way, with Mark Leiter Jr. (1-1) getting out of a tough spot in the 10th.

 

The Brewers had a runner on third with one out in the 10th after Jace Peterson advanced on a wild pitch. He was thrown out trying to score on Kolten Wong's fielder's choice grounder to second baseman Madrigal. Tyrone Taylor flied to right, and the Cubs salvaged a four-game split with the NL Central leaders after getting swept in a doubleheader on Monday.

 

The Cubs placed LHP Drew Smyly on the 15-day injured list Wednesday because of a strained right oblique. The Cubs had no timeline on when Smyly will resume baseball activities, though manager David Ross said he is feeling better than the images taken would indicate. He has been one of Chicago's most reliable starters, with a 3.80 ERA in nine outings. 

 

The Cubs activated Heyward from the injured list and right-hander Michael Rucker (left turf toe) from the 15-day IL. OF Nelson Velazquez was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, and RHP Manuel Rodriguez was recalled from Iowa and placed on the 60-day injured list because of a strained right elbow.

 

Chicago opens a five-game, four-day series against St. Louis, with RHP Keegan Thompson (5-0, 1.58) making another spot start for the Cubs and LHP Matthew Liberatore (1-0, 3.72) pitching for the Cardinals. Thompson, who outpitched Johnny Cueto in a win over the crosstown White Sox on Saturday, has made three starts and 11 appearances.

Former Cowboys, Bears RB Marion Barber III Found Dead

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III has died at the age of 38, the team announced Wednesday.

 

Frisco, Texas, police found Barber dead in his apartment Wednesday, per the Fort-Worth Star Telegram. The cause of death is not yet known.

 

Barber, who would have turned 39 on June 10, was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Barber spent seven seasons in the NFL, six with the Cowboys from 2005-2010 and one with the Chicago Bears in 2011. He made the Pro Bowl in 2007 while with the Cowboys.

 

He finished his career with 4,780 rushing yards and 53 rushing touchdowns to go along with 1,330 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. 

 

In his post-football life, Barber dealt with legal troubles. Police detained Barber in 2014, an incident that resulted in him going to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. In 2019, he was arrested on two misdemeanor criminal mischief charges.

Blues Jays Get By Sox

In a game heard on WHOW, Alejandro Kirk hit a pair of two-run home runs in Toronto's 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, which extended the Blue Jays' winning streak to six games.

 

Kevin Gausman (5-3) pitched five innings to win his second straight start, getting five strikeouts while allowing three runs, six hits and one walk. The right-hander has won four of his past six outings.

 

Toronto is 15-7 in one-run games, the best such record in the majors, and have won four consecutive one-run decisions. Chicago lost for the third time in four games and fell below .500 (23-24).

 

Kirk connected in the second for his second of the season, then went deep again with a two-out drive in the fifth, the third multi-homer game of his career.

 

Both of Kirk's homers came off of White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (3-2), who allowed season-highs of six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings and raised his ERA from 2.63 to 3.61. Giolito hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his seven prior starts this season, but it was the third time he's given up at least two home runs.

 

Andrew Vaughn homered and had four hits and two RBI for the White Sox, who began a stretch without All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson. He is expected to miss at least three weeks after straining his right groin in Sunday's win over the Cubs.

 

Trevor Richards allowed two runs without retiring any of the four batters he faced in the sixth but Adam Cimber, Yimi Garcia and Julian Merryweather each worked one scoreless inning and Jordan Romano finished for his AL-leading 16th save in 18 chances.

 

Four straight Chicago batters reached against Richards to begin the sixth as Reese McGuire's second double of the game drove in a run to make it 6-5.

 

Cimber came on and got Danny Mendick to ground into an RBI fielder's choice, with McGuire advancing to third. Grandal followed with a fly ball to left but Lourdes Gurriel Jr. threw Mendick out at second base to end the inning - with the out coming before McGuire could score the tying run.

 

Mendick and Vaughn had RBI hits off Gausman in the fifth as Chicago took a 3-2 lead but Toronto scored four in the bottom half on Kirk's second homer and a two-run double by Teoscar Hernandez that fell beyond the reach of diving center fielder Adam Engel. All four runs came with two outs.

 

White Sox OF Luis Robert was activated off the COVID-19 IL. Anderson's IL stint is retroactive to May 30. OF AJ Pollock sat because of a non-COVID illness. INF Yoan Moncada (quadriceps) did not start for the fourth straight game. OF Eloy Jimenez (right hamstring) missed his second straight game at Triple-A Charlotte. Jimenez left Saturday's game because of soreness in his leg.

 

Giolito had gone 16 consecutive starts without allowing more than three earned runs. It last happened Aug. 4, 2021, against Kansas City.

 

Michael Kopech (1-1, 1.29) will face Blue Jays LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (2-0, 5.48) on Wednesday night. Ryu went 0-2 with a 9.31 ERA in two 2021 starts against Chicago.

Cardinals Walk Off Padres

Albert Pujols hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals, boosted by a strong start from Adam Wainwright, beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 Tuesday night.

It was his 15th overall walk-off with St. Louis but his first since rejoining the Cardinals this season.

 

Tommy Edman began the 10th as the Cardinals' automatic runner at second. After Paul Goldschmidt was intentionally walked by Taylor Rogers (0-2) and Nolan Arenado fouled out, Edman stole third.

 

Pujols followed with his second sacrifice fly of the game, lifting a ball to left that easily scored Edman.

 

Drew VerHagen (3-0), the fourth St. Louis pitcher, started the 10th and benefitted from a perfect throw from left fielder Lars Nootbaar, who had entered the game in the seventh.

 

Jurickson Profar singled to left with two outs and Nootbaar cut down pinch-runner Jose Azocar at home plate to end the inning.

 

San Diego dropped to 5-3 in extra innings this season. St. Louis improved to 2-1.

 

San Diego manager Bob Melvin and Manny Machado were ejected by home plate umpire Chris Segal in the sixth for arguing balls and strikes.

 

Wainwright struck out 10 with one walk in throwing 115 pitches over seven shutout innings.

 

Former Cy Young winner Blake Snell made his third start of the season for the Padres. He gave up two runs on two hits in six innings with three walks a wild pitch.

 

Trent Grisham hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Cardinals reliever Giovanny Gallegos to make it 2-all.

 

St. Louis took a 2-0 lead in the third.

 

Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 22 games with an RBI double. He later took third on a wild pitch before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Pujols.

 

Of Goldschmidt's last 30 hits, 18 have been for extra bases (nine home runs and nine doubles). He has reached base safely in a career-high 36 consecutive games, the longest streak in the major leagues this season.

 

Goldschmidt's 23 extra-base hits this month are the most in any May in franchise history. He broke a tie with Stan Musial (1954) and Pujols (2009).

 

Padres SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (wrist) is with the team on its road and is participating in fielding and conditioning work, but still isn't cleared for hitting activities. 

 

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder inflammation) threw 40 pitches over two simulated innings to C Andrew Knizner and Nootbaar. Tyler O'Neill (right shoulder impingement) will not be ready for a rehab assignment until at least Friday or Saturday.

 

Yu Darvish (4-2, 3.76) held Milwaukee to one hit through six innings in his last start but the Brewers broke through in the seventh with two hits, a walk and the sacrifice fly to take a 2-1 victory.

 

Dakota Hudson (3-2, 3.22) will be making just his second career start and appearance against the Padres and his first since his rookie season in 2019 when he dropped a 12-1 decision to the Padres. Hudson stretched his scoreless streak to 17 2/3 innings at Busch Stadium last Friday but he didn't get through the fifth inning for the third time in his last four starts.

Cubs Outslug Brewers

Patrick Wisdom hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the eighth inning, Willson Contreras and P.J. Higgins also went deep, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7 on Tuesday night.

 

He unloaded on a 3-2 changeup from Brad Boxberger (1-1), a long drive to left for his 11th home run.

 

Contreras connected in his second straight game, smacking a solo drive in the first against Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer. Contreras moved ahead of his brother William of the Atlanta Braves for the major league lead among catchers with his eighth home run.

Contreras also hit an RBI double and scored in a four-run sixth.

 

Christopher Morel continued a hot start to his career with a walk and a triple, breaking Contreras' club record by reaching base in his first 14 major-league games.

 

Mychal Givens (4-0) got four outs, and David Robertson worked the ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.

 

Former Cub Victor Caratini gave Milwaukee a short-lived 6-3 lead in the sixth with a three-run drive against against reliever Rowan Wick.

 

The Brewers' Tyrone Taylor drove in three runs after hitting home runs in both games on Monday. Christian Yelich had two hits and scored twice.

 

Seiya Suzuki said through an interpreter he has not noticed any real improvement in his sprained left ring finger and is not sure he'll be ready when he's eligible to return from 10-day injured list on June 6. Suzuki was injured Thursday. 

 

The Cubs were awaiting test results on LHP Drew Smyly, who exited Monday's second game with right oblique soreness. Smyly has been one of the team's most reliable starters with a 3.80 ERA in nine starts. . Chicago reinstated Nick Madrigal (back) from the 10-day injured list.

 

The four-game series wraps up, with RHP Jason Alexander making his major league debut for Milwaukee and RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-5, 5.20 ERA) starting for Chicago. The 29-year-old Alexander is 6-2 with a 2.64 ERA in seven starts and nine games for Triple-A Nashville. Hendricks has a 7.36 ERA in his past three outings.

Former Bears D-Lineman Signs With Tampa Bay

One of the NFL's best available players is going off the market. Former Bears Pro Bowl defensive lineman Akiem Hicks has agreed to a one-year deal with the Buccaneers that is worth up to $10 million, as confirmed by CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones. 

 

Hicks, a 2018 Pro Bowler who is entering his 11th season, is joining a talented Buccaneers defensive line that also includes veterans Vita Vea and William Gholston along with rookie second-round pick Logan Hall. Last year, the Buccaneers' defensive front played an integral role in the unit finishing third in the NFL in yards allowed. 

 

The 89th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Hicks broke into the NFL with the Saints, where he made 33 starts in 48 games. Following a brief stay in New England, Hicks singed with the Bears in 2016. Over the next season, Hicks blossomed into one of the league's best defensive linemen. He logged 79 starts in Chicago that included 31 sacks, 397 tackles, 74 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. In nine games last season, Hicks tallied 3.5 sacks (matching his 15-game total in 2020) that included two sacks of Kirk Cousins in Week 15. 

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