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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.


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