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Mt. Pulaski Finishes 4th in State Tournament

As heard on WHOW, the Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers fell to the Newark Norsemen by a score of 6-2 on Thursday afternoon at ISU Duffy Bass Field. Freshman Landon Smith takes the loss pitching 7 innings, giving up 9 hits on 6 runs, walking 1, striking out 3, one hit batter, and one balk. Jackson Fricke was 1 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Evan Cooper was 2 for 3, Drew Martin was 1 for 3, and Landon Smith was 2 for 3.

 

Jared Slivka takes the win for Newark pitching 7 innings, allowing 6 hits on 2 runs, walking 1, and striking out 3.

 

With the loss, Mt. Pulaski falls to 21-3 and finishes 4th place in the IHSA Class 1A State Tournament. Newark improves to 27-2 and finishes 3rd.

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Astros Blast White Sox

As heard on WHOW, Jose Altuve homered for the fourth time in three games, Michael Brantley and Abraham Toro also connected, and the Houston Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on Thursday night.

 

Jose Urquidy (5-3) pitched seven strong innings to stifle Chicago's powerful lineup, backed by a three-run shot from Brantley and a career-best four RBIs by Toro. Houston won its fourth straight.

There were two on in the first when Brantley knocked his homer off Dylan Cease (5-3) into the seats in right field.

 

Toro, who entered without an RBI in six games this season, drove in two runs with a single during Houston's four-run fourth and hit a two-run shot that pushed the lead to 10-2 in the seventh.

 

Altuve homered off Matt Foster, a solo shot with one out in the sixth. The star second baseman hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning against Texas on Tuesday night before slugging two homers in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

 

Cease yielded four hits and a season-high seven runs - six earned - in 3 1/3 innings to tie his shortest start of the season.

 

Cease settled down after Brantley's homer and retired his next nine batters before getting into trouble in the fourth. He walked Yuli Gurriel to start the inning before plunking Yordan Alvarez.

Carlos Correa's ground-rule double scored Gurriel to make it 4-0. Toro's single came next to put Houston up 6-0.

 

Toro stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Cease walked Jason Castro with one out to end his night. Zack Burdi took over, and Altuve scored Toro with a sacrifice fly.

 

Urquidy permitted four hits and two runs with five strikeouts. He retired 10 straight before Brian Goodwin opened the sixth with a double. Goodwin moved to third on a groundout by Tim Anderson for the second out and scored on a single by Adam Engel that made it 7-1.

 

Yoan Moncada walked, and a single by Jose Abreu scored another run to cut the lead to 7-2.

Carlos Rodon (6-2, 1.89 ERA) will oppose Luis Garcia (5-4, 2.98) when the series continues Friday night.

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Cubs Blank Mets

Without throwing a single pitch that reached 90 mph, Kyle Hendricks flummoxed the Mets for six innings Thursday night to win his career-best seventh straight start and lead the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 2-0.

 

Hendricks (9-4) combined on a two-hitter with Andrew Chafin (pitching on his 31st birthday), Ryan Tepera and Craig Kimbrel.

 

Kimbrel tied for the major league lead in saves with his 19th in 21 chances and matched Jeff Reardon for 10th place on the career list at 367.

 

Neither team got a hit after the fourth inning in the epitome of 2021 baseball, combining to go 0 for their final 34. The final 17 Mets made out in order, and the only one of the Cubs' last 17 to reach base got there on an error by shortstop Francisco Lindor.

 

Hendricks struck out seven and walked two, retiring his last eight batters after consecutive walks in the fourth.

 

He improved to 4-0 against the Mets, who had trouble adjusting to his relatively soft arsenal. The fastest of his 92 pitches was 89.3 mph; his 87.1 mph fastball average entering was 186th among 188 qualified pitchers, ahead of only Adam Cimber of Miami (86.9) and submarining Tyler Rogers of San Francisco (82.3), according to MLB Statcast.

 

Chicago pitched just its third shutout of the season but second in five games. The Cubs got a win despite hitting .138 (17 for 123) in the series with nine runs with eight walks and 49 strikeouts.

 

Stroman (6-5) gave up four hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and one walk. He threw 25 split-changeups, a new pitch for him this season.

 

Stroman allowed a single to Kris Bryant with one out in the first, and Baez hit a hanging slider into the motorized 18-by-16-foot apple in the center field batter's eye that is raised to celebrate Mets home runs. Baez's 16th home run this season was his second of the series.

 

Bryant was back at third base and went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts, two nights after he was hit on the right hand by a Taijaun Walker pitch. Bryant's throwing hand was wrapped.

 

New York lost for only the third time in its last 17 home games and is 20-7 at Citi Field. The Mets were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

 

Zach Davies (4-3, 4.01) starts Friday's homestand opener against Miami.

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Braves Blank Cardinals

Charlie Morton didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning and took a shutout into the eighth, lifting the Atlanta Braves over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0.

 

Morton gave up his first hit when Paul Goldschmidt lined a single to left-center with one out, but the right-hander followed by getting Nolan Arenado to pop up and struck out Tyler O'Neill. He allowed singles to Matt Carpenter and pinch-hitter Jose Rondon in the eighth and was pulled with two outs.

 

Atlanta led 1-0 in the fifth on Guillermo Heredia's third homer. Ozzie Albies had an RBI triple in the sixth, and Abraham Almonte followed with an RBI double to make it 3-0.

 

Ronald Acuna Jr.'s sacrifice fly in the seventh pushed it to 4-0.

 

Luke Jackson struck out Tommy Edman to strand the runners after replacing Morton (6-3), who allowed three hits and no walks with seven strikeouts.

 

Morton and Cardinals starter John Gant didn't allow a hit early on, but they weren't perfect. Gant gave up a walk to Almonte to begin the second. Morton allowed two baserunners when he hit Carpenter with a pitch in the third and did the same to Dylan Carlson in the fourth.

 

Acuna singled to open the fourth, and Freddie Freeman followed with a single, but the inning ended when Austin Riley lined out to third.

 

Morton, who entered 2-12 with a 5.68 ERA in 18 career starts against St. Louis, avoided his tendency this season to allow a big inning. With his fastball topping out at 96 mph, the right-hander mixed in his curveball and cutter to strong effect. He threw 75 of 112 pitches for strikes and faced 27 batters.

 

Morton benefited from a strong play when Freeman jumped at first base to stab Edman's liner to end the sixth.

 

Acuna walked to begin the sixth, stole second, advanced on Freeman's groundout and scored on Albies' triple to left-center to make it 2-0. That chased Gant, who was replaced by Daniel Ponce de Leon. Almonte followed with his RBI double.

 

Gant (4-5) allowed four hits, three runs and two walks with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

 

The three-time defending NL East champion Braves, who began the night 7 1/2 games back in the division, had dropped six of seven and were five games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2017 season.

 

The Cardinals entered three games back in the NL Central but had won three straight after losing nine of 10.

 

St. Louis RHP Carlos Martinez (3-7, 5.54) faces LHP Max Fried (3-4, 4.62) in the second game of a four-game series.

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Bears to Make Bid to Buy Horse Track

The Chicago Bears have submitted a bid to buy a spacious suburban horse racing track site, signaling a potential willingness to move out of downtown Soldier Field for a new stadium.

 

Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips announced Thursday the club wants to purchase the Arlington International Racecourse, an iconic horse track in the city of Arlington Heights. It's about 30 miles northwest of their current lakefront venue.

 

Soldier Field is the oldest NFL stadium in operation, having opened in 1924. The Bears have only played there regularly since 1971 when they moved out of Wrigley Field — the 1914-built home of the baseball Cubs on the city's north side — for more seating capacity. Arlington Heights was considered for a home by the Bears in the 1970s and again in the '80s, but they settled in the popular museum campus area directly south of downtown with its view of Lake Michigan.

 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reiterated Thursday her commitment to keeping the Bears in the country's third-largest city, noting the team's stadium lease that runs through 2033.

 

Soldier Field, which underwent a $690 million renovation in 2002 that forced the Bears to play home games at the University of Illinois in Champaign, is owned by the Chicago Park District. The spaceship-shaped, glass-dominated addition of luxury areas and modern amenities was designed to preserve the stadium's famous Greek and Romanesque colonnades, but the clash of styles prompted widespread criticism.

 

The ability of the grass playing field to hold up through the colder and wetter months has also been the subject of complaints from players and coaches over the years. Soldier Field now has a capacity of 61,500 seats for Bears games, the smallest in the NFL.

 

The horse track, which opened in 1927, is on a 326-acre site and is currently owned by Churchill Downs, the organization that runs the Kentucky Derby. Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes said in a statement to the Daily Herald that the city welcomes the Bears' interest in the site.

 

The next-oldest stadium in the league behind Soldier Field is Green Bay's Lambeau Field, which opened in 1957. The home of the Packers has been renovated multiple times, with major projects completed in 2003 and 2015.

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Hilltoppers Fall in Semifinals, Play for 3rd Place

In a special sports presentation on WHOW, the Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers fell to the South Central Cougars 11-5 on Thursday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field in Normal. Evan Cooper takes the loss pitching 5 1/3 innings, allowing 13 hits on 7 runs, 2 walks, and striking out 4. Drew Martin went 1 for 3 with an RBI. 

 

Chase Dobson takes the win pitching 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, walking 6, and striking out 11. He also went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs.

 

South Central improves to 24-3 and will face Father McGivney Catholic of Glen Carbon at 7 pm for state finals. Mt. Pulaski falls to 21-2 and will play Newark for 3rd place at 4:20 pm first pitch.

 

You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM /106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, on the WHOW mobile app, and on Amazon Alexa.

 

 

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Hear Mt. Pulaski Boy's Baseball State Action on WHOW

This afternoon, the Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers boy's baseball team will be looking to make its first appearance in the state finals when they take on South Central from Illinois State's Duffy-Bass Field.

 

The Hilltoppers rolled Kewanee-Wethersfield 11-1 in five innings Monday in the ISU Supersectional.

 

South Central is MaxPreps No. 2 ranked team in Class 1A. 

 

The 1A state finals feature four of the ranking's top 10 teams, with South Central the top-ranked. The first game of the day, a 10 am start, pits No. 7 Newark opposite No. 5 Father McGivney Catholic of Glen Carbon.

 

The winner's of the two contests meet up for the State championship at 7 pm with the losers playing for third place at 4 pm.

 

Hear all of today's Mt. Pulaski boy's baseball action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com, the WHOW mobile app and on Amazon Alexa.

 

Class 2A boy's state action for Friday:

 

At Illinois State University

 

Timothy Christian Elmhurst      10:00am
Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin

 

Normal U-High         1:00pm
Freeburg

 

Class 3A state semifinal action today:

 

At Wintrust Field Schaumburg

 

Prairie Ridge         10:00am
Washington

 

Burbank St. Laurence         1:00pm
Springfield

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Molina's RBI single in 9th lifts Cardinals past Marlins 1-0

Yadier Molina grounded an RBI single down the third base line in the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Miami Marlins 1-0 Wednesday to sweep the season series.

 

Molina's eighth career regular season walk-off hit came with one out and sent Miami to its fourth straight loss.

 

Paul Goldschmidt reached on an error by shortstop Jazz Chisholm Jr. to start the ninth. After Matt Carpenter walked with one out, Molina singled off Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (4-6).

 

The Cardinals went 6-0 against Miami this year for their first season sweep over the Marlins. St. Louis won all three games at Busch Stadium in its final at-bat - Goldschmidt's solo homer in the ninth produced a 2-1 win Tuesday night.

 

Ryan Helsley (4-4) and Andrew Miller combined for two scoreless innings of relief.

 

Cardinals starter Johan Oviedo is still seeking his first major league win despite pitching a career-high seven scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed six hits, struck out four, walked none and 63 of his 87 pitches were strikes.

 

Alcantara pitched a team season-high 8 1/3 innings. He gave up six hits, struck out seven with one walk, and the one run he allowed was unearned.

 

Oviedo retired the first 10 batters he faced before giving up back-to-back singles to Jon Berti and Jesus Sanchez in the fourth. Goldschmidt made a strong throw home to Molina on a grounder by Jorge Alfaro to get Berti at the plate.

 

A throwing error and a botched fielder's choice by the Marlins defense put Alcantara into a jam in the fourth, but he got out of it by getting Edmundo Sosa to hit into a double play.

 

Alcantara finished at 108 pitches, 76 for strikes.

 

Marlins manager Don Mattingly didn't hesitate to send Alcantara back out for the ninth inning.

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Grandal's single in 10th gives White Sox 8-7 win over Rays

Yasmani Grandal hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat Tampa Bay 8-7 on Wednesday, taking two of three from the Rays in a matchup of division leaders.

Jose Abreu hit his 12th homer of the season for the White Sox, who've won 10 of 13.

 

Yandy Diaz and Mike Zunino homered for the Rays, who won Monday night's opener but dropped the next two.

 

Abreu moved automatic runner Andrew Vaughn to third with a groundout and Grandal brought him home with a sharp liner to the right field wall off Pete Fairbanks (1-1).

 

Ryan Burr (1-0) worked a scoreless 10th for Chicago.

 

Lucas Giolito retired the first 10 Rays, mostly with easy flyouts and popups, before Randy Arozarena doubled in the fourth.

 

The White Sox gave Giolito a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the inning. Abreu sent Yarbrough's 1-2 delivery into the left field stands to score Vaughn, and Zack Collins added a two-run single.

 

Yarbrough gave up three more runs in the fifth. Tim Anderson scored from second when third baseman Diaz threw wide of first after fielding Brian Goodwin's sacrifice bunt. Yarbrough was charged with seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings.

 

Kevin Kiermaier doubled in two runs in the top of the fifth for the Rays, who got a solo shot from Diaz an inning later. Giolito left after six, giving up three earned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking two.

 

Zunino added a two-run knock off reliever Codi Heuer in the seventh and Tampa Bay tied it in the eighth when Mike Brosseau came home on a fielder's choice and Manuel Margot doubled to score pinch-runner Brett Phillips. Both unearned runs were charged to Aaron Bummer.

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DeGrom pulled with shoulder issue from Mets' 6-3 win vs Cubs

Jacob deGrom was pulled from a second straight start with an arm injury, but the Mets stepped up to finish a three-hitter in a 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

 

One start after being pulled from a gem against San Diego with flexor tendinitis in his right arm, deGrom went directly down the clubhouse tunnel after finishing the third against the Cubs.

 

DeGrom appeared to grimace after a third-inning pitch to Eric Sogard. He threw 51 pitches, the last a 99 mph fastball to strike out pitcher Robert Stock, his seventh straight strikeout victim and eighth punch-out out of nine hitters.

 

DeGrom also had an RBI single in the second on Wednesday, raising his average to .423. He has six RBIs compared to four earned runs allowed this year, and he could be among the frontrunners for NL MVP if he stays healthy.

 

Sean Reid-Foley (2-0) relieved deGrom and earned the win after allowing one run over two innings. Rizzo ended the bid for a combined perfect game or no-hitter by homering with one out in the fourth.

Kevin Pillar opened the scoring with an RBI double off Stock (0-1) in the second and homered in the fifth. Dominic Smith hit a one-out solo homer in the third and added a run-scoring grounder in the fourth immediately after Francisco Lindor drew a bases-loaded walk.

 

The Cubs stranded two runners each in the fourth and sixth against Reid-Foley and Aaron Loup before collecting two hits, including Rafael Ortega's two-run homer, off Drew Smith in the ninth.

 

Edwin Diaz entered and retired pinch-hitter Willson Contreras on a flyout to center for his 14th save.

Stock, who was recalled from Triple-A Iowa prior to the game, allowed five runs, four hits and six walks while striking out three in his first big league start.

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White Sox Blank Rays

As heard on WHOW, Dallas Keuchel pitched seven innings of crisp four-hit ball to win his fifth straight decision, leading the Chicago White Sox past the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Tuesday night.

 

Adam Engel hit a solo home run and Tim Anderson had three hits as the White Sox bounced back from a 5-2 loss on Monday in matchup of the teams with the two best records in the majors.

 

Danny Mendick drove in a run and set up another as Chicago won for the fifth time in six and ended Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak.

 

Keuchel (6-1) was sharp throughout this one, striking out five and walking one.

 

Aaron Bummer pitched a scoreless eighth and Liam Hendriks worked around two singles in the ninth for his 18th save.

 

The White Sox and Rays entered with the two lowest team ERAs in the AL, but Tampa Bay's rotation took a hit after an MRI showed ace Tyler Glasnow had a partial tear in an elbow ligament and a flexor strain. The right-hander said he won't have surgery for now, and instead will try to strengthen the area.

 

Mendick played second base in place of rookie Nick Madrigal, who underwent season-ending surgery earlier in the day to repair tears in his right hamstring.

 

Rays rookie Shane McClanahan (2-2) allowed two earned runs on seven hits in five innings. 

 

Mendick grounded a sharp single with two outs in the fourth to drive in Andrew Vaughn from second.

 

Leury Garcia scored from first when left fielder Randy Arozarena's throw skipped under catcher Francisco Mejia.

 

Engel led off the fifth with his third homer in seven games since coming off the injured list to make it 3-0.

 

Ryan Yarbrough (4-3. 3.63) against White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (5-5, 3.81) in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon.

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Cardinals Edge Marlins

Paul Goldschmidt hit a game-ending homer in the ninth inning and drove in both St. Louis runs as the Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Tuesday night.

 

St. Louis has won two in a row against the Marlins after dropping nine of 10 overall.

 

Miami lost its third straight.

 

Goldschmidt, who had a tying RBI single in the sixth, led off the ninth and fell behind 1-2 in the count before he drilled a 98 mph fastball from Yimi Garcia (3-5) to right-center field for his sixth career walk-off home run. The previous one also came against the Marlins in June 2019 to give St. Louis a 2-1 victory in 11 innings.

 

St. Louis won back-to-back games for the first time since May 28-29 against Arizona.

 

Alex Reyes (4-2) worked a scoreless ninth for the win.

 

Miami took a 1-0 lead on a run-scoring single by Adam Duvall in the third. He drove in Starling Marte, who walked to begin the inning

 

Goldschmidt tied the game with a two-out, two-strike hit in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Jose Rondon began the rally with a one-out single.

 

Miami starter Trevor Rogers allowed one run and three hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked one.

 

Rogers has held opponents to one run or none in eight of his 14 starts this season.

 

Kim was coming off a short stint on the 10-day injured list after he developed lower back stiffness while running the bases in his last start on June 4 against Cincinnati. It was his first quality start of the season.

 

St. Louis outfielder Tyler O'Neill stretched his career-best on-base streak to 21 games with a second-inning walk.

 

Johan Oviedo (0-2, 5.72 ERA) faces RHP Sandy Alcantara (4-5, 3.39) in the finale of the three-game set Wednesday afternoon. Oviedo will be making his first appearance against the Marlins. He allowed four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of an 8-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday. Alcantara has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five starts.

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Mets Down Cubs

Taijuan Walker struck out a career-high 12 and improved to 4-0 in six home starts, leading the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday night. Pete Alonso drove in three runs and center fielder Kevin Pillar and second baseman Luis Guillorme teamed on a thrilling relay to throw out Jake Marisnick at the plate in the ninth inning.

 

Walker has a 2.12 ERA, a big part of the NL East-leading Mets' success - especially at Citi Field, where New York is 6-0 in his outings and matched its best 25-game start at 19-6.

 

Walker (6-2) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, walked none for the third time and reached 96.5 mph. Walker had struck out 11 seven times previously, all before he had Tommy John surgery on April 25, 2018.

 

DeGrom had a 0.56 ERA heading into his start against the Cubs on Wednesday night but is just 3-2 in six home starts, plagued by a lack of run support.

 

Javier Baez put the Cubs ahead 2-0 in the third with his 15th home run, driving a sinker to the opposite field in right-center. Alonso hit a two-run single in the bottom half and a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

 

Seth Lugo got six outs for his first save since returning on June 2 from elbow surgery, and the Mets (34-25) won for the fifth time in six games to move nine games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2019 season.

 

Chicago, tied with Milwaukee for the NL Central lead, lost its second straight to the Mets after winning seven in a row at Citi Field going back to 2018.

 

Sixteen consecutive batters made out before Willson Contreras' single with one out in the ninth.

 

Jake Marisnick pinch ran and Eric Sogard singled to right-center. As Pillar ran down the ball and threw toward Guillorme, Cubs third base coach Willie Harris made the questionable decision to send Marisnick. Guillorme caught the ball in short right, made a quick turn and fired a one-hop throw to catcher James McCann. Marisnick made a head-first slide, and McCann tagged him on the left shoulder.

 

Lugo walked Jayson Heyward, then fanned rookie Sergio Alcantara for the Cubs' season-high 15th strikeout.

 

Alec Mills (2-1) allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. Cubs pitchers walked six, raising their total to 14 in the first two games of the series.

 

Cubs star Kris Bryant was hit by a pitch in the first inning and left in the middle of the second with what the team said was a bruised right hand. Bryant initially stayed in the game after he was hit by a first-pitch 93.4 mph sinker, then went to run at first base.

 

X-rays were negative.

 

Jacob DeGrom (6-2) takes a 22-inning scoreless streak and a 0.56 ERA, the lowest in major league history through 10 starts, into his outing Wednesday against the Cubs and RHP Robert Stock (0-3, 4.12 at Triple-A), who will be selected from Triple-A Iowa to make his first big league appearance since last September with Boston. DeGrom left his outing Friday against San Diego with right flexor tendinitis.

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Peterson, Smith lead Mets to 5-2 home win over Cubs

David Peterson pitched one-hit ball over six scoreless innings for his first win in two months, and the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs at home for the first time in exactly four years with a 5-2 victory Monday night.

 

Dominic Smith homered for the Mets, who stopped Chicago's five-game winning streak in the opener of a four-game series between NL division leaders. 

 

Peterson (2-5) was 0-4 with a 6.32 ERA in his last nine starts, including 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in his previous four appearances. But he allowed just a third-inning single to Eric Sogard - then picked him off second to end the inning - and a leadoff walk in the sixth to Sergio Alcantara.

 

The second-year lefty, who was 6-2 with a 3.44 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) as a rookie, struck out three in a tidy 73-pitch performance.

 

Smith, who was 2 for 3 with a walk, also ended a slump Monday. The left fielder, moved into the No. 3 spot in the lineup by manager Luis Rojas, walked in the first before breaking out of an 0-for-20 stretch in the fourth, when he singled for the Mets' first hit off Jake Arrieta.

 

Smith advanced to second when Billy McKinney drew a two-out walk and scored on James McCann's single. Kevin Pillar clipped McKinney, who was leading off third base, with a foul ball one pitch before hitting a two-run double to left-center.

 

Smith homered to center in the fifth to make it 4-0.

 

Pillar and Luis Guillorme drew back-to-back walks in the sixth before pinch-hitter Brandon Drury delivered an RBI single.

 

Anthony Rizzo and Patrick Wisdom hit back-to-back homers off reliever Trevor May in the seventh. 

Aaron Loup retired all four batters he faced before Edwin Diaz earned his 13th save by striking out the side in a perfect ninth.

 

Arrieta (5-7) allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out three.

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O'Neill hits tiebreaking double, Cards top Marlins 4-2

Tyler O'Neill doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning and the slumping St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 4-2 on Monday night to halt a three-game slide.

 

Adam Wainwright tossed six effective innings and Paul Goldschmidt had two hits and an RBI as the Cardinals won for only the third time in 14 games.

 

Dylan Floro (2-4), the fifth Miami pitcher, began the eighth with a walk to Dylan Carlson before Goldschmidt singled. With one out, O'Neill hit his second double of the game to score Carlson, who had two singles.

 

Paul DeJong drove in Goldschmidt with a groundout to make it 4-2.

 

Giovanny Gallegos (4-1) pitched a hitless inning and Alex Reyes retired the side in the ninth for his 17th save.

 

Miami had won four of five.

 

The Cardinals tied it 2-all on an RBI single by Goldschmidt in the fifth when St. Louis knocked out 23-year-old rookie starter Braxton Garrett, who went 4 1/3 innings.

 

Jazz Chisholm Jr. singled with two outs in the third, scoring Jon Berti and Starling Marte, to give Miami a 2-1 lead. Wainwright loaded the bases on a single and two walks after retiring the first two batters.

 

Chisholm has reached base in 20 of the 22 games he's played since returning from the injured list May 16.

 

St. Louis scored its first run in the second on a single by Edmundo Sosa.

 

The 39-year-old Wainwright faced an opposing pitcher with fewer then 10 career appearances for the fourth straight start. He allowed two runs and four hits with six strikeouts, fanning Jorge Alfaro in the fourth for his 1,900th career punchout.

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MLB-best Rays power past White Sox; Glasnow exits early

Austin Meadows, Brandon Lowe and Randy Arozarena homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.

 

Tampa Bay improved to 43-24, 1 1/2 games ahead of the White Sox for the best record in the majors. The Rays have won seven of eight.

 

Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow left after four innings with right elbow inflammation. The 6-foot-8 right-hander allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out six, throwing 40 of 53 pitches for strikes.

 

Tim Anderson had two hits and Brian Goodwin added an RBI single for the White Sox, whose four-game winning streak ended.

 

Four Tampa Bay relievers - Thompson, J.P. Feyereisen (3-2), Diego Castillo and Pete Fairbanks - followed with five scoreless innings of two-hit ball. Fairbanks pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

 

The Rays' bullpen, which tossed seven no-hit innings in a win over Baltimore on Sunday, entered with an AL-best 3.05 ERA.

 

Lance Lynn (7-2) allowed three runs on six hits in six innings as he lost for the first time since April 15.

 

Lynn allowed as many as three runs for only the second time in 12 starts. 

 

Meadows and Lowe both went deep on 1-0 pitches against Lynn.

 

Meadows, who entered in a 1-for-17 slump, lofted Lynn's sinker deep to right in the first inning for his team-leading 15th homer.

 

Lowe turned on a cutter in the third, driving the ball just inside the right-field foul pole for his 12th homer and a 3-0 lead.

 

The White Sox cut it to 3-2 in the bottom half. Leury Garcia scored from third on a wild pitch. Anderson, who had doubled, came home on Goodwin's single.

 

Arozarena made it 4-2 in the eighth off Garrett Crochet with his second homer in two games. Brett Phillips drove in a run with an infield single in the ninth.

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Hilltoppers Win Supersectional

As heard on WHOW, the Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers defeated the Kewanee-Wethersfield Titans by a score of 11-1 Monday afternoon to win the IHSA Class 1A Supersectional at ISU.

 

Drew Martin takes the win pitching 5 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits, allowing 2 walks, and striking out 10. Jackson Fricke led the Hilltoppers at the plate going 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. 

 

Coltin Quagliano takes the loss pitching 4 innings, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits, walking 3, striking out 5, and one hit batter.

 

With the win, Mt. Pulaski improves to 21-1 on the season and will Thursday in the State Tournament. Kewanee-Wethersfield ends the season 15-8.

 

Tune in Thursday, June 17, as Mt. Pulaski plays either Farina South Central or Goreville. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, on the WHOW mobile app, and on Amazon Alexa.

 

Class 2A Supersectional: 

Ottawa Marquette vs Normal University 2-9, F
St. Joseph-Ogden vs Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 1-4, F

 

Class 3A Supersectional:

 

Springfield vs Charleston 7-5, F
Geneseo vs Washington 2-7, F

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White Sox Roll Tigers

Carlos Rodon took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and the Chicago White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 4-1 win on Sunday.

 

Rodon (6-2) was going for his second no-hitter of the season. He took a perfect game into the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians on April 14, hitting a batter with one out before finishing the no-no.

 

The Tigers didn't come close to a hit until Eric Haase's deep fly fell just past left fielder Andrew Vaughn's glove for a double with one out in the seventh.

 

Rodon finished the inning, allowing one run on one hit and two walks while striking out nine. Evan Marshall and Liam Hendriks completed the one-hitter, with Hendriks getting his AL-leading 17th save.

 

The last visiting pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Detroit was the Angels' Nolan Ryan on July 15, 1973.

The Tigers used six pitchers on a bullpen day, one day after using catcher Jake Rogers and infielder Harold Castro to pitch the final two innings of a 15-2 loss.

 

The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on Jose Abreu's RBI single off Tyler Alexander (0-1), and Leury Garcia made it 2-0 in the fifth with a run-scoring double.

 

Buck Farmer, called up from Triple-A Toledo before the game, hit Danny Mendick with the bases loaded in the sixth, then walked Garcia to make it 4-0.

 

Haase took third on a wild pitch after his double and scored on Niko Goodrum's sacrifice fly.

 

The AL Central leaders return home on Monday to start a three-game series with the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays. Lance Lynn (7-1, 1.23 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener against Tampa Bay's Tyler Glasnow (5-2, 2.57).

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Mt. Pulaski Looking To Punch Ticket to State Today

The Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers boy's baseball team will look to punch its ticket to the State Finals this week when they take on Kewanee-Weathersfield this afternoon in Class 1A Supersectional action from Illinois State University.

 

The Hilltoppers held off Millford 6-4 Friday afternoon in Sectional Final action. Coach Joel Washko was very pleased with his team's performance Friday that allowed them to clinch the school's sectional championship.

 

 

As the Hilltoppers get set to travel to Duffy-Bass Field in Normal, Coach Washko believes his team's preparation needs to stay the same as they will travel for the first time during the postseason.

 

 

Game time this afternoon is 4 pm. Hear all the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

 

The winner advances to take on the winner of Farina South Central or Goreville also from ISU's Duffy-Bass Field Thursday afternoon for the State finals.

 

Class 2A Supersectional action today:

 

At Illinois Wesleyan

 

OttawaMarquette 6:00pm

Normal U-High

 

At Millikin

 

St. Joseph-Ogden 4:00pm

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin

 

Class 3A Supersectional action today:

 

At Millikin

 

Springfield 7:00pm

Charleston

 

At Geneseo

 

Geneseo 6:00pm

Washington

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Cubs Blank Cardinals for Weekend Sweep

Zach Davies tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning to outduel Carlos Martinez, and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 on Sunday night to complete a three-game sweep.

 

The Cubs have won five straight and 15 of 20 to remain in a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers atop the NL Central. Chicago kept up its success at Wrigley Field, where it has won six in a row and nine of 10.

 

The teams combined for only six hits, four by the Cubs. Anthony Rizzo went 1 for 4 and recorded the game's only RBI.

 

St. Louis has dropped three straight and 11 of 13 to fall one game below .500 for the first time since April 23 at 32-33.

 

Davies (4-3) struck out six and walked two in 6 2/3 innings to win his second straight start.

 

The right-hander retired the first 13 batters he faced before Tyler O'Neill singled off the glove of third baseman Patrick Wisdom. O'Neill tried for a double when the ball rolled into foul territory, but Wisdom recovered to throw him out.

 

The Cardinals' only threat against Davies came in the seventh. Dylan Carlson led off with a double, but Davies responded by getting sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado to ground out.

Davies was pulled after walking O'Neill to put runners on first and second.

 

Ryan Tepera came on to get Yadier Molina to ground into a force play for the final out of the inning.

Tepera also worked a scoreless eighth and Craig Kimbrel struck out three in the ninth, working around a one-out walk, for his 18th save in 20 chances.

 

Martinez (3-7) allowed two unearned runs on four hits in seven innings to drop his third straight start. It was a dramatic turnaround from his previous two starts when the right-hander gave up a combined 15 runs in 4 2/3 innings, including 10 runs while getting just two outs on June 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

The Cubs scored twice in the third. Eric Sogard led off with a double, advanced to third on a groundout and scored when shortstop Paul DeJong misplayed a grounder by Joc Pederson for an error with two out. Two batters later, Pederson scored on a single by Rizzo.

 

Javier Baez was scratched from the original lineup because of a sore right thumb. He missed three games last week in San Diego because of the same thumb and seemed to aggravate it Saturday night after diving into the stands trying to catch a foul ball. He received treatment Sunday.

 

Adam Wainwright (4-5, 4.03 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game home series against Miami on Monday night. LHP Braxton Garrett (0-1, 6.43) goes for the Marlins.

 

Jake Arrieta (5-6, 4.97 ERA) pitches the opener of a four-game road series against the Mets. LHP David Peterson (1-5, 6.32) starts for New York.

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Kyle Larson Wins Texas All-Star Race

Kyle Larson held off a hard-charging Brad Keselowski during the final 10-lap shootout at Texas on Sunday night, after a slippery three-wide pass for the lead, and pushed Hendrick Motorsports to its second consecutive win, and 10th overall, in the annual non-points race with a seven-figure prize.

 

Larson was back in the NASCAR All-Star race, and got another $1 million by winning it again.

 

Defending All-Star winner and reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott, who started the sixth and final segment of the 100-lap race out front, didn’t stay there long.

 

Larson pushed his teammate, then got in front on the outside through the fourth turn. They were three-wide before Keselowski pulled ahead briefly at the line, then Larson got ahead to stay for the last eight laps.

 

Larson has gone to Victory Lane three weekends in a row, and four times overall this season.

 

Keselowski said running second to Hendrick cars these days is somewhat of an accomplishment.

 

Larson was with Chip Ganassi Racing when he won the 2019 All-Star race. He missed last year’s big event at Bristol while serving a six-month suspension after using a racial slur during a live stream while in a virtual race during the pandemic. That nearly cost him his career, but Rick Hendrick gave him an opportunity this season to get back into the Cup Series.

 

Second in points with 10 races to go before the playoffs, Larson now only the eighth driver to be a two-time All-Star race winner.

 

Elliott finished third, ahead of Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman. William Byron, Aric Almirola, Kyle Bush and Kurt Busch rounded out the top 10 in the 21-car field.

 

Hendrick drivers Elliott, Byron and Larson started the final segment 1-2-3 — with Penske drivers Ryan Blaney, Keselowski and Joey Logano 4-6. Elliott had moved from third to first during the 30-lap fifth segment that included a required four-tire stop and $100,000 prize for his crew that had the fastest stop.

 

Byron won the fourth segment, and had the lowest cumulative finish through the first four 15-lap segments. Larson, Blaney and Bowman, another Hendrick driver, finished in front for the first three segments.

 

Texas is the third different track in three years for the All-Star race. Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted it 34 of the first 35 years before a move out of North Carolina last summer because of COVID-19 restrictions.

 

The All-Star race at Texas served as a sendoff and full-circle finish for old-school NASCAR promotor Eddie Gossage, the Texas Motor Speedway president working his last day for Speedway Motorsports.

 

Gossage, now 62, had considered stepping down for at least two years. He was chosen by Speedway Motorsports founder Bruton Smith to oversee the 1,500-acre complex since its groundbreaking in 1995, two years before the first Cup race at the track that included a big crash in the first turn of the first lap.

 

He was a young public relations director at Charlotte in 1992 when, during a news conference to promote NASCAR’s first nighttime All-Star race, one of his stunts literally set Smith’s hair on fire. When Smith threw the giant light switch rigged by Gossage to highlight the Charlotte speedway’s new lighting system, sparks flew.

 

Three decades after he thought he was headed for the unemployment line, Gossage is going out on his own terms. He planned to spend Monday at the pool with his three grandchildren.

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College World Series Field Coming Together

North Carolina State, Texas, Tennessee and Arizona locked up spots in the College World Series on Sunday, with the Wolfpack knocking out No. 1 national seed Arkansas.

 

Two days after losing its NCAA super regional opener by 19 runs, Jose Torres hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the ninth inning off SEC pitcher of the year Kevin Kopps and NC State beat the Razorbacks 3-2 in the deciding Game 3.

 

Tennessee defeated LSU 15-6 and Texas beat South Florida 12-4 to complete two-game sweeps, and Arizona won a three-game series with a 16-3 victory over Mississippi.

 

Virginia beat Dallas Baptist 4-0 and Notre Dame defeated Mississippi State 9-1 to force deciding third games Monday.

 

No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 9 Stanford were the first teams to claim spots in the CWS, which opens Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Two CWS openers are set: NC State-Stanford and Arizona-Vanderbilt. Texas will play Notre Dame or Mississippi State and Tennessee faces Dallas Baptist or Virginia.

 

This marks the 21st straight NCAA Tournament the No. 1 seed will not win the national title. It’s the eighth time since the tournament went to its current format in 1999 that the top seed hasn’t reached the CWS.

 

Arkansas (51-13) had been the consensus No. 1 team in the polls most of the season, hadn’t lost a best-of-three series since May 2019 and swept the SEC regular-season and tournament championships.

 

But NC State (35-18), which lost 21-2 on Friday, held down the Razorbacks’ potent offense while winning two straight one-run games in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Two pitchers held the Hogs to four hits in a 6-5 win Saturday, and three pitchers combined to limit them to four hits again Sunday.

 

Torres homered in all three games for the Wolfpack, who opened 1-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference play and 4-9 overall. They made it to the ACC Tournament final and were a No. 2 regional seed in Ruston, Louisiana, where they swept three games by a combined 30-11.

 

No. 2 national seed Texas erased an early two-run deficit with four runs in the second inning and two more in the third to go up 6-2 against South Florida, and fans in Austin stood and chanted “OM-A-HA, OM-A-HA” before the Longhorns got the last out.

 

Texas (47-15), which will be making a record 37th CWS appearance, got a home run from Cam Williams and two doubles from Trey Faltine. South Florida was playing in its first super regional, advancing as a No. 4 regional seed.

 

No. 3 national seed Tennessee (50-16) will head to the CWS for the first time since 2005. 

 

After hitting no home runs in its 4-2 win Saturday, Tennessee continued its late-season power surge. Jake Rucker went deep twice, and the Vols matched their season-high with six homers, increasing their NCAA Tournament total to 16 in five games.

 

No. 5 Arizona (45-22), which will be in the CWS for the 18th time, scored seven runs off three pitchers in the fourth inning to break open its game. Ole Miss started its closer, Taylor Broadway, and he left after giving up Ryan Holgate’s homer and two singles to open the fourth.

 

The Wildcats’ 16 runs were the second-most allowed by Ole Miss in 115 all-time NCAA Tournament games.

 

Virginia’s Griff McGarry struck out 10 in seven innings and combined with Brandon Neeck and Kyle Whitten on the four-hit shutout in Columbia, South Carolina. The Cavaliers (34-25) scored all their runs in the eighth inning against the Patriots (41-17), with Zack Gelof leading off with a homer and Alex Tappen hitting a three-run homer.

 

David LaManna’s three-run homer in the fourth inning broke open the game for Notre Dame (34-12). Aidan Tyrell held host Mississippi State (44-16) to one run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings.

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Mt. Pulaski Wins Sectional

In a special sports presentation on WHOW, the Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers defeated the Milford Bearcats 6-4 Friday evening for an IHSA Class 1A Sectional title. Landon Smith took the win pitching a complete game, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, walking one, and striking out 4. AJ Bailey went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Drew Martin was 1 for 2 with two walks and a run scored. Lucas Kuhlman was 1 for 3 with an RBI triple.

 

Aiden Portwood takes the loss pitching 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, striking out 7, walking 2, and one hit batter. Tre Totheroh went 2 for 3 with an RBI triple.

 

With the win, the Hilltoppers improve to 20-1 on the season and clinch the Sectional title. Milford ends the season 15-7. 

 

Tune in Monday, June 14, as the Hilltoppers travel to ISU for Supersectionals at Duffy Bass Field. They will take on either Wethersfield or Illini Bluffs at 4 pm. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, on the WHOW mobile app, and on Amazon Alexa.

 

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Mt. Pulaski Downs Champaign St. Thomas More

As heard on WHOW, the Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers defeated the St. Thomas More Sabers by a score 9-5 on Wednesday night in Class 1A high school boy's Sectional semifinal action. 

 

The Hilltoppers were led by Evan Cooper who took the win on the mound. Cooper pitched 7 innings let 9 hits, 5 runs, and 4 walks. He also was 1 for 2 batting. Jackson Fricke was 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and Gavin Smith was 1 for 3 and an RBI.

 

The Sabers were led by Daniel Suits with the loss on the mound. Suits let 3 hits, 5 runs, and 1 walk.

 

With the win, the Hilltoppers improve to 19-1 overall and 7-0 in the conference. The Sabers finish their season 10-13 overall and 5-11 in the conference.

 

Tune in Friday, June 11th as the Hilltoppers go for a sectional title. 

 

You can hear the game live on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW, online at dewittdailynews.com, at Amazon Alexa and on the WHOW mobile app.

 

Class 1A Boy's baseball sectional semifinal action Wednesday:

 

Kewanee Wethersfield 4

Delavan 3

 

Milford 5

Warrensburg-Latham 3

 

Louisville North Clay 3

Toledo Cumberland 0

 

Class 2A Boy's baseball sectional semifinal action Wednesday:

 

Maroa-Forsyth 2

Paris 3

 

Normal U-High 3

Macomb 2

 

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 10 F-5

Pana 0

 

St. Joseph-Ogden 7

Shelbyville 0

 

Class 3A boy's baseball sectional semifinal action Wednesday:

 

Champaign Central 5 F-8

Chatham-Glenwood 7

 

Springfield 7

Mahomet-Seymour 3

 

Washington 6

East Peoria 2

 

Class 1A girl's softball sectional championship action today:

 

Argenta-Oreana 4:30pm

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond

 

Class 2A girl's softball sectional championship action today:

 

Normal U-High 4:30pm

Bloomington Central Catholic

 

Buffalo Tri-City 4:30pm

Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin

 

Taylor Ridge Rockridge 4:30pm

Olympia

 

Class 3A girl's softball sectional championship action today:

 

Washington 4:30pm

Bloomington

 

Rochester 4:30pm

Chatham-Glenwood

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Blue Jays Down White Sox

As heard on WHOW, Randal Grichuk hit a long home run and Toronto took advantage of a season-high four errors by Chicago as well as a bases-loaded walk to beat the AL Central leaders 6-2 on Wednesday night.

 

Grichuk hit a 451-foot drive leading off the second. Toronto rookie Alek Manoah threw five solid innings in his third major league start and the Blue Jays won despite another strong outing by Lance Lynn.

 

The Sox were rolling along with Lance Lynn delivering another dominant start. Once he left the game, things turned around in a big way.

 

The bullpen stumbled. So did the defense, and the Blue Jays came away with the win.

 

Toronto scored three runs in the eighth and tacked on two more in the ninth.

 

Aaron Bummer (0-4) retired the first batter in the eighth before pinch-hitter Riley Adams reached on a wild pitch as he struck out. An infield single by Marcus Semien and a hit to right by Bo Bichette loaded the bases for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He walked to force in the tying run. Two more scored when shortstop Tim Anderson overthrew first trying to complete a double play on Teoscar Hernandez's grounder against Codi Heuer, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead.

 

Toronto added a pair in the ninth, aided by more shaky defense.

 

Rowdy Tellez hit an RBI single and went to second on right fielder Adam Eaton's throwing error. Tellez came around when first baseman Jose Abreu missed a throw from second baseman Danny Mendick trying to turn a double play on Semien, making it 6-2.

 

Tyler Chatwood (1-2) got the win.

 

Manoah gave up two runs - one earned - and four hits. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked two.

 

Owner of baseball's second-best ERA, Lynn allowed four hits and did not walk a batter. He is 6-0 in eight starts since his lone loss of the season to Cleveland on April 15.

 

Nick Madrigal was helped off the field with a sore right hamstring after he tried to beat out a grounder to end the seventh. The White Sox said he will undergo more evaluations on Thursday. 

 

AL MVP Jose Abreu went down holding his left leg prior to his at-bat in the first. Plate umpire Erich Bacchus tried to toss the bat out of the way following Yoan Moncada's RBI single and hit Abreu, who was hurrying over to signal for Jake Lamb to slide.

 

The White Sox send out LHP Dallas Keuchel (4-1, 4.25 ERA) for the series finale, with LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (5-3, 3.23) pitching for Toronto. Keuchel is 4-0 in six career starts against Toronto. Ryu looks to bounce back after giving up seven runs during a 13-1 loss to Houston in Buffalo on Friday. Hear tonight's action on WHOW.

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