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Cubs Win; Cardinals, White Sox Lose

Mike Montgomery hit his first career home run and allowed two hits and one run in six innings to lead streaking Chicago to an 8-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
 
Javier Baez hit a three-run homer in the eighth for Chicago, which hasn't lost since the All-Star break. The Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Braves.
 
The mood might have been spoiled if not for an encouraging report on Kris Bryant, the Cubs' 2016 NL MVP who left the game with a sprained left little finger in the first inning.
 
Tommy La Stella, who replaced Bryant, also homered and Addison Russell drove in two runs with four hits, including two doubles.
 
The Cubs came to Atlanta only one-half game ahead of the Braves in the NL wild-card standings. Now they're bearing down on NL Central-leading Milwaukee.
 
The Braves loaded the bases with three singles off Koji Uehara in the eighth. After Pedro Strop replaced Uehara, Matt Kemp grounded into a double play to end the inning.
 
Montgomery (2-6) earned his first win since June 20. The only run he allowed came on a sixth-inning leadoff homer by Ender Inciarte . It was Montgomery's best start since throwing six scoreless innings in a 4-0 win over San Diego on June 20.
 
Tyler Flowers led off the seventh with a homer off Justin Grimm.
 
Montgomery reached the second level of the right-field seats with his homer off R.A. Dickey (6-6) in the fifth inning.
 
Following an off day on Thursday, Jake Arrieta (9-7, 4.17) will face St. Louis on Friday in only his seventh home start of 20 overall this season.
 
>>Mets Down Cardinals
 
Staked to an early lead on Wednesday, deGrom (11-3) pitched into the seventh inning and won his career-best seventh straight start as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3.
 
A night after being shut out by St. Louis' Michael Wacha, New York jumped on Mike Leake (6-8) for seven runs in the first two innings and cruised from there behind deGrom to snap a three-game losing streak.
 
DeGrom settled down after a 25-pitch first inning, allowing seven hits and striking out three. He was pulled with two outs in the seventh after Luke Voit's double scored Greg Garcia for the Cardinals' first run.
 
The Mets sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning and strung together three straight run-scoring hits with two outs, capped by Wilmer Flores' RBI single.
 
The Mets added four more runs off of Leake in the second, only one of them earned. Third baseman Jedd Gyorko's throw sailed into right field when second baseman Kolten Wong and shortstop Paul DeJong convened at the bag on what could have been a double-play grounder by Asdrubal Cabrera. Jay Bruce followed with an RBI single and Yoenis Cespedes doubled to right to make it 5-0.
Jose Reyes drove in two more runs with a single to center, and Leake, who came in with the sixth-best ERA in the National League, was pulled after two innings.
In the eighth, St. Louis loaded the bases with two outs and Magneuris Sierra drove in two runs with a single off Jerry Blevins. 
 
Addison Reed struck out Voit to end the threat and retired the Cardinals in the ninth for his 15th save in 17 chances.
 
Lance Lynn (8-6, 3.40) starts Thursday afternoon in the season series finale against Mets RHP Seth Lugo (4-2, 4.50). Lynn, who has won his last two starts, is 3-3 with a 2.45 ERA in six career starts (eight appearances) against New York, but holds a 0-3 record with a 3.55 ERA in two starts (three appearances) at Citi Field.
 
>>Dodgers Roll White Sox
 
The MLB-best Dodgers slugged their way to a 9-1 victory Wednesday night in a rain-shortened game, winning their 11th straight and spoiling the White Sox debut of Yoan Moncada.
 
Kike Hernandez homered in his first two at-bats, breaking out of a 1-for-23 slump and helping the Dodgers to their 31st victory in 35 games. The game was called in the top of the eighth inning after a 37-minute delay.
 
Chicago starter Carlos Rodon (1-3) allowed home runs to his first batter, as Chris Taylor led the game off with one, and his last, as Corey Seager's two-run homer in the fourth chased him.
 
After Taylor's home run, Melky Cabrera answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the first to tie the score.
 
Moncada, a second baseman acquired in December as the main piece in a trade with Boston for ace Chris Sale, batted sixth and was hitless in two at-bats. He drew a walk in his first plate appearance for the White Sox, then grounded out in the fourth inning and flied out in the sixth.
 
Rodon allowed three walks and struck out four.
 
Kenta Maeda (8-4) allowed one run and five hits in five innings, striking out three. Reliever Ross Stribling threw two scoreless innings, retiring the final six batters he faced.
 
Chicago will head to Kansas City for three games starting Friday as RHP James Shields (2-2, 5.10 ERA) faces his former team against RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 4.32 ERA).

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Bears, Packers Notes

>>Packers WR Alison Suspended
 
The NFL has suspended Green Bay Packers receiver Geronimo Allison without pay for the season opener on Sept. 10 against Seattle for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
 
The league said in a statement on Wednesday that Allison would be eligible for all preseason practices and games. He would be eligible to return from his Week 1 suspension on Sept. 11.
 
The Packers declined comment, citing confidentiality.
 
Allison was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession last September stemming from a traffic stop in Manitowoc County. He reached a plea deal with prosecutors in April, paying $330 to settle the charge after it was amended to a local violation.
 
Allison had 12 catches for 202 yards and two scores last season, with eight catches over the final two regular-season games.
 
>>Bears Ink QB Trubisky
 
The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, their first-round draft pick and the No. 2 overall selection in April.
 
Trubisky started all 13 games for North Carolina last season, setting single-season school records for passing yards (3,748), passing touchdowns (30) and total offense (4,056) while completing 68 percent of his passes.
 
He is not expected to start this season. Veteran Mike Glennon was signed in the offseason to take over for the departed Jay Cutler, and he gives the Bears time to develop Trubisky.

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Maui Invitational Includes Wichita State, Notre Dame

On Tuesday, the Maui Invitational announced the top half of the bracket will feature matchups between Marquette and VCU, and Wichita State facing California. 
 
The bottom half of the bracket will showcase Notre Dame against local Chaminade, and Michigan squaring off against LSU and its new-look program under head coach Will Wade, who left VCU this offseason and could wind up playing his former team if the chips fall right.
 
The tournament will take place Nov. 20-22 at the Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui.

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The Open Tee Times Set

The third major championship of 2017 is here, and the pairings for Thursday and Friday's rounds have been released. There are some gems, and if history is any indication, the eventual winner will come from one of these great groups. Birkdale has almost exclusively produced winners who eventually ended up in the Golf Hall of Fame.
 
Tee No. 1, Thursday:
 
2:52 a.m. -- Jason Dufner, Branden Grace, Bryson DeChambeau
4:47 a.m. -- Henrik Stenson, Si Woo Kim, Jordan Spieth
4:58 a.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas
5:09 a.m. -- Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood
8:04 a.m. -- Zach Johnson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia
8:26 a.m. -- Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Paul Casey
9:48 a.m. -- Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel
10:10 a.m. -- Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari, Marc Leishman

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Cardinals Blank Mets

Michael Wacha threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-0 on Tuesday night.
 
Despite a slow start that has them one game under .500, the Cardinals were able to move within 3 1/2 games behind the National League Central Division-leading Milwaukee Brewers thanks to Wacha, who won his fourth consecutive start, and Matt Carpenter, who had four hits.
 
Wacha struck out eight and walked one in his 99th start, allowing only three runners to reach second base.
 
Wacha and the Cardinals capitalized on a shoddy Mets defense that let down starter Rafael Montero (1-6) with three errors. Montero allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings. New York has lost three straight and eight of 11.
 
Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom (10-3, 3.48) starts Wednesday night against Cardinals RHP Mike Leake (7-6, 3.14 ERA). DeGrom has won a career-best six straight starts with a 1.53 ERA dating to June 12. He's struck out 47 and walked nine during that stretch.

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Cubs Beat Braves For Fifth Straight Win

Willson Contreras hit a three-run homer, John Lackey earned his first win in a month and the Cubs won their fifth straight game with a 5-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
 
Rain delayed the start of the game for 2 hours, 30 minutes.
 
The defending World Series champion Cubs moved three games over .500 for the first time since winning at Miami on June 6. Chicago is 2 1/2 games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee.
 
The Cubs went up 4-1 in the third on Javier Baez's 11th homer and Contreras' 13th homer, a three-run shot . Chicago led 5-1 in the sixth on Ben Zobrist's groundout.
 
Lackey (6-9) came off the disabled list to allow one run, five hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out one. 
 
Sean Newcomb (1-5) lost his third straight start, allowing five runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander struck out five.
 
Contreras has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games and has a .380 average with four homers over that stretch. 
 
Jason Heyward went 2 for 4 and is hitting .409 over his last seven games. 
 
Mike Montgomery (1-6) will make his eighth start and face Atlanta for the first time in his career. He is 1-3 with a 5.77 ERA as a starter.
 
R.A. Dickey (6-5) will make his 19th start and face the Cubs for the third time. He is 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in two career starts against Chicago.

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Kershaw, Dodgers Blank White Sox

Clayton Kershaw pitched seven innings for his major league-leading 15th victory and the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 on Tuesday night for their 10th straight victory.
 
Kershaw (15-2) made his first start since the All-Star break, allowing seven hits and a walk to post his 11th win in a row.
 
Relievers Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen closed it out. Jansen survived a deep fly by Matt Davidson to record his 24th save in 24 chances.
 
Chris Taylor had four hits and scored on rookie Cody Bellinger's single in the first inning off Miguel Gonzalez (4-9), who lasted six innings and induced three of the Dodgers' four double plays.
 
Both teams struggled with runners in scoring position, with the Dodgers going 1 for 10 and the White Sox 1 for 8.
 
With runners on first and third and one out, Tyler Saladino bunted a safety squeeze attempt into the air for an easy play by catcher Yasmani Grandal, then Kershaw ended the rally by getting Yolmer Sanchez to ground out.
 
Kenta Maeda (7-4, 4.38 ERA) and White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.32 ERA) are set to start the series finale on Wednesday. 

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White Sox Make Another Blockbuster; To Call Up Top Prospect, Moncada

The New York Yankees have acquired infielder Todd Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle from the Chicago White Sox for reliever Tyler Clippard and three prospects.
 
Those prospects: Blake Rutherford, Tito Polo and Ian Clarkin. More on these three below. 
 
The deal was announced Tuesday night, less than two weeks before the nonwaiver trade deadline.
 
Frazier, 31, is a free agent after this season who has mostly been a third baseman in his career. He can also, however, play first. He's hitting .207/.328/.432 with 15 doubles, 16 homers and 44 RBI this season. 
 
Robertson spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Yankees, so this would mark a reunion. This season, he's closed down 13 of 14 saves with a 2.70 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings. 
 
Rutherford was the Yankees' first-round pick in 2016. The center fielder is hitting .281/.342/.391 with 20 doubles, two triples, two homers, 30 RBI, 41 runs and nine steals in 71 games for Class A Charleston this season.
 
Those who watched the World Baseball Classic might recognize Polo's name from Colombia. In 72 games this season between High-A and Double-A, he's hitting .298/.358/.446 with 13 doubles, seven triples, five homers, 36 RBI, 55 runs and 25 steals.
 
The Yankees are aiming for a playoff run, while the White Sox made their second big trade in a week - last Thursday, they sent ace Jose Quintana to the crosstown Cubs for four minor leaguers.
 
>>White Sox To Call Up Moncada
 
White Sox fans will catch a glimpse of the future immediately after a blockbuster trade sent slugger Todd Frazier to the Yankees. 
 
In the aftermath of the trade, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn announced that top prospect Yoan Moncada would join the big-league club on Wednesday.
 
Not only Moncada he the top prospect the White Sox have -- and he was the main piece in the Chris Sale trade over the winter -- but he's considered by most outlets to be the top prospect in all of baseball. 
 
To great fanfare, the Red Sox signed Moncada after he defected from Cuba in 2015 to a $31.5 million signing bonus, shattering their bonus pool allotment.
 
Moncada, 21, hit .285/.381/.452 with nine doubles, three triples, 12 homers, 36 RBI, 57 runs and 17 stolen bases in 79 Triple-A games before Tuesday night.
 
Moncada has mostly played second base in the minors but does have some limited experience at third if the team wants to try him at the hot corner as the heir to Frazier. Yolmer Sanchez also has some experience at third base and could be a candidate to move if the team wants to keep their prized prospect at his more comfortable position.  

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Cardinals Double Up Mets

Paul DeJong homered against the New York Mets for the fourth straight contest and Adam Wainwright hit an RBI double while winning his fourth consecutive start, sending St. Louis to a 6-3 victory Monday night.
 
Tommy Pham capped a six-run sixth with a three-run homer on Hansel Robles' second pitch since returning from the minors. Four relievers combined to throw 3 1/3 spotless innings for St. Louis, which took the opener of a four-game series between losing teams that expected much better this season.
 
New York (41-49) has dropped seven of 10.
 
Michael Conforto and Lucas Duda homered off Wainwright (11-5), who beat scuffling starter Zack Wheeler (3-7) for the second time in 10 days.
 
Wainwright allowed two earned runs and was removed in the sixth. Moments earlier, Jose Reyes dashed all the way around to score on his own double when rookie right fielder Magneuris Sierra made two errors on the play - booting the ball in the alley before overthrowing third base.
 
But the Mets managed only two more hits, and Cecil got three outs for his first save since June 19, 2015, with Toronto. The left-hander squandered a one-run lead in the ninth inning of Sunday's 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh.
 
Conforto snapped a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the fifth, but Wheeler quickly faltered in losing his fifth straight decision. The right-hander escaped the fifth unscathed after issuing three two-out walks in a row, but couldn't do the same in the sixth.
 
Michael Wacha (6-3, 4.10 ERA) pitches Tuesday night against RHP Rafael Montero (1-5, 5.77). Wacha is 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in his past three outings and hasn't lost since May 30 against the Dodgers. It will be his first start since July 6.

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Cubs Down Braves

Jon Lester bounced back from the shortest start of his career by allowing only one run in seven innings and Chicago stopped Atlanta's ninth-inning comeback to give the Cubs a 4-3 win over the Braves on Monday night.
 
Wade Davis allowed one-out singles to Brandon Phillips and Freddie Freeman before Phillips scored from third on a wild pitch. Matt Kemp followed with a run-scoring single before pinch-runner Lane Adams stole second and moved to third on Tyler Flowers' fly ball to the warning track in center field.
 
Following an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Matt Adams, pinch-runner Dansby Swanson stole second, leaving runners on second and third. Davis walked Sean Rodriguez, playing in his first game of the season, to load the bases.
 
Johan Camargo's fly ball to shallow left ended the game.
 
Ben Zobrist gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with a two-run single in the fifth. Anthony Rizzo hit his 23rd homer to center in the seventh, and Addison Russell drove in Javier Baez with a pinch-hit double in the eighth.
 
Lester (6-6) allowed one run in his first win since June 24. He added some offensive highlights to his big night. He hit a third-inning double and stole second - the first of his career - following a sixth-inning walk.
 
The Cubs, coming off a sweep of Baltimore, have won four straight and trail first-place Milwaukee by 3 1/2 games in the NL Central. Chicago began the night only one-half game ahead of the Braves in the NL wild-card race.
 
Julio Teheran (7-7) allowed two runs and five hits and four walks in six innings, leaving him 1-7 in 10 home starts. He is 6-0 on the road.
 
John Lackey (5-9, 5.20) is expected to come off the disabled list to make Tuesday night's start. He went on the DL with right foot plantar fasciitis following his previous start on July 5.
 
Braves rookie Sean Newcomb (1-4, 426) will make his seventh start, and his first against Chicago. Newcomb has allowed a combined 11 runs in 7 1/3 innings in losing his past two starts.
 
>>Hendricks Throws Five Perfect Innings at AA Tennessee
 
Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks threw five perfect innings Monday while making his second rehab appearance for Double-A Tennessee.
 
Hendricks, who led the majors last year with a 2.13 ERA for the World Series champions, was optimistic he could be ready to rejoin the Cubs. Hendricks hasn't pitched for Chicago since June 4 because of tendinitis in his right hand.
 
The right-hander struck out three and threw 43 of his 63 pitches for strikes against the Mobile BayBears, a Los Angeles Angels affiliate.
 
Hendricks says "there was no soreness after the last start. Hopefully if there's no soreness tomorrow, I should be good to go."
 
The 27-year-old Hendricks is 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 starts for the Cubs. He went 16-8 last year and finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting.

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Blackhawks Campbell Announces Retirement

Defenseman Brian Campbell is retiring at age 38 after playing 17 NHL seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.
 
Campbell announced his retirement Monday. The Blackhawks say he'll join their front office, assisting with community and youth hockey initiatives and marketing.
 
Campbell had 87 goals and 417 assists for 504 points in 1,082 regular-season games with the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. Buffalo drafted him in the sixth round in 1997.
 
The Blackhawks signed Campbell to a $57.14 million, eight-year contract in 2008, and he played almost 20 minutes a game during their Cup run before a salary-cap crunch led to a trade to the Florida Panthers in 2011. He finished his career in Chicago.
 

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Cowboys Receiver's Dog Being Held For Ransom

Lucky Whitehead really loves his dog, Blitz, which makes the situation he's going through significantly sadder. 
Whitehead posted a picture of Blitz on Instagram on Sunday night, alleging that someone had abducted the poor pup. Whitehead also said that he had gotten numerous messages to his phone "demanding ransom money."  
 
Whitehead then asked for any information regarding who may have taken the dog.
 
The Cowboys wide receiver and kick returner's Instagram is populated with pictures of Blitz, with a post from last week calling him his "new mascot." He seems to have an affinity for dressing his dog up in superhero costumes.

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Dustin Johnson Favorite At The Open

Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 golfer in the world leads a crew of top players scuffling into this event. Rory McIlroy has missed three of four cuts. Jason Day has missed the cut at his past two events. Defending champion Henrik Stenson has missed the cut at four of his past nine events, also.
 
The favorites:
 
Dustin Johnson: 12-1
Jordan Spieth: 14-1
Rickie Fowler: 14-1
 
Sergio Garcia: 16-1 (Masters Champ)
 
Rory McIlroy: 18-1
Hideki Matsuyama: 20-1
 
Henrik Stenson: 25-1
Adam Scott: 28-1
Brooks Koepka: 33-1
Jason Day: 33-1
Paul Casey: 33-1

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Quintana Sharp in Cubs Debut In Rout of Orioles

Jose Quintana struck out a season-high 12 in seven sharp innings and the Cubs beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
 
The lefty ace allowed three hits, walked none.
 
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered to help the Cubs move over .500 for the first time since June 29. The Cubs hit 10 home runs during the sweep at Camden Yards.
 
Chicago took advantage of another wild start by Ubaldo Jimenez (4-5) and opened a 4-0 lead in the second. Willson Contreras added a career-high four hits.
 
Ian Happ had a two-run double and scored on Jason Heyward's single in the second. Heyward stole second and scored the fourth run on a two-out single by Ben Zobrist.
 
A two-run homer by Bryant, his 19th, boosted the margin to 6-0 in the fourth.
Jimenez allowed six runs and 11 hits, one shy of tying a career-high, over 3 2/3 innings. He has not pitched past the fifth inning in four of his past five starts.
 
Rizzo hit his 22nd home run in the ninth off Darren O'Day.
 
Jon Lester (5-6, 4.25 ERA) is slated to start Monday against Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (7-6, 4.79). Lester is looking to bounce back from his last outing when he allowed 10 runs (four earned) in 2/3 of an inning - the shortest start of his 12-year career.

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Pirates Rally Past Cardinals

Adam Frazier's game-ending single capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted Pittsburgh to a 4-3 victory Sunday.
 
Francisco Cervelli reached on an infield single leading off the ninth against Brett Cecil (1-3), and Jordy Mercer's one-out double scored pinch-runner Josh Harrison with the tying run. Jose Osuna grounded out, David Freese was intentionally walked and Frazier lined a single to center.
 
Frazier's hit was the first walkoff hit of his career and it came just two days after Josh Bell got his first with a three-run homer in the ninth off Seung Hwan Oh.
 
Wade LeBlanc (4-2) pitched a hitless ninth. Pirates starter Trevor Williams gave up two runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
 
Yadier Molina had put St. Louis ahead 3-2 with an eighth inning home run, the first allowed by Juan Nicasio this year.
 
Pirates starter Trevor Williams gave up two runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He singled in the third for his first major league hit after an 0-for-21 start at the plate.
 
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez (7-8) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, and had an RBI single in the sixth.
 
Andrew McCutchen's run-scoring single put Pittsburgh ahead in the fifth, and Matt Carpenter's RBI double tied the score in the fifth.
 
Max Moroff hit his first big league home run for the Pirates, a line drive off the right-field foul pole in the fifth. Moroff had 18 homer runs this season with Triple-A Indianapolis but was 4 for 48 in the majors.
 
Cardinals rookie Magneuris Sierra, brought back from Triple-A on Saturday, had four hits, stole a base and scored a run.
 
Adam Wainwright (10-5, 5.20 ERA) is to start Monday at the New York Mets. He is 8-2 in his last 11 starts, winning his last three.

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Mariners Hold Off White Sox

Nelson Cruz hit a go-ahead home run for the second straight day, a leadoff drive off Chris Beck in the 10th inning Sunday that led the Seattle Mariners over the Chicago White Sox 7-6 Sunday.
 
Seattle has won four in a row while the White Sox lost their fourth straight, despite two Avisail Garcia home runs helping Chicago to an early 5-0 lead. Edwin Diaz closed all three games of the sweep as the Mariners improved to 46-47 as they try to stay in the AL wild-card race.
 
Diaz struck out Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier and Avisail Garcia - all swinging - for his 16th save in 19 chances. Nick Vincent (3-1) earned the win.
 
Danny Valencia and Kyle Seager also homered for the Mariners.
 
Chicago gave starter Derek Holland a lead on the homers by Garcia and a two-run shot by Omar Narvaez.
 
But Holland allowed a solo home run to Seager in the fourth and then got in trouble in the fifth.
 
Holland wasn't helped by his defense, as shortstop Tim Anderson threw away a potential double-play ball for his 21st error of the season, tops in the majors by seven. Two batters later, Valencia hit a three-run drive to make it 5-all.
 
Holland threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing six runs - five earned - and striking out three.
 
Seattle rookie Andrew Moore lasted three innings, allowing three home runs, five runs and six hits. It was the fourth start of his career and the first time he did not get through the sixth inning.
 
After a day off Monday, the White Sox will play host to LHP Clayton Kershaw (14-2) and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday for the first of two games. RHP Miguel Gonzalez (4-8) is scheduled to make his first start since June 14 after spending time on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

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Cubs Acquire Quintana From White Sox

The Chicago Cubs have acquired ace Jose Quintana from the White Sox in a major trade between crosstown rivals. 
 
Trailing Milwaukee by five and a half games at 43-45, the defending champions shook things up in a big way on Thursday by acquiring Quintana, a 2016 All-Star. 
 
In exchange, the Cubs sent four prospects to the White Sox - outfielder Eloy Jimenez, right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.
 

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Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox Back In Action After All Star Break

The world champion Chicago Cubs and the Baltimore Orioles both struggled throughout the first half of the 2017 season. Both teams will be hoping to start the second part on a better note when they kick off a three-game interleague series at Camden Yards Friday night.
 
Chicago has posted a surprising 43-45 record in the first half and is tied for second with St. Louis in the National League Central, 5 1/2 games behind Milwaukee.
 
Mike Montgomery (1-6, 3.75 ERA) will start the series opener against Baltimore's Kevin Gausman (5-7, 5.85 ERA).
 
 
The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates begin the unofficial second half of the season in the same boat.
 
Going into their weekend series, starting Friday at PNC Park, the Cardinals (43-45) and Pirates (42-47) are not dead in the water despite being below .500.
 
St. Louis is tied for second in the National League Central, 5 1/2 games behind Milwaukee. Pittsburgh is fourth, seven games out. A strong run by either might allow them to catch the Brewers.
 
St. Louis dominated the New York Mets 6-0 Sunday. In its past four series, it has won three and tied one.
 
Pittsburgh clobbered the Cubs 14-3 Sunday and won five of six games going into the break.
 
Gerrit Cole (7-7, 4.43 ERA) gets the ball in the series opener for the Bucs. He gave up one run and five hits over six innings in a 7-3 win against the Cardinals June 24, one of his four wins in his past five starts. 
 
St. Louis, which opens a 10-game road trip, counters with Mike Leake (6-7, 3.12 ERA), who likewise has had a couple of good games against Pittsburgh -- 1-0 in two quality starts.
 
Left-hander James Paxton (7-3, 3.21 ERA) will take the mound for the Seattle Mariners in the series opener against the Chicago White Sox Friday. The 28-year-old has won back-to-back decisions with strong performances against the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics. He has 91 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings on the season.
 
James Shields (2-1, 4.95 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season. The 35-year-old has allowed 17 earned runs in his last 19 1/3 innings since coming off the disabled list in June.
 
The White Sox enter Friday's series opener in last place in the AL Central. Only the Oakland Athletics (50 losses) have a worse record than Chicago in the AL.
 
>>White Sox Reliever Nate Jones Has Season Ending Surgery
 
Chicago White Sox reliever Nate Jones has undergone season-ending arm surgery.
 
Sidelined since April 28 because of inflammation in his right elbow, he experienced discomfort during a throwing session last week.
 
General manager Rick Hahn says the issue stems from Tommy John elbow surgery Jones had in 2014. He says scar tissue formed around the nerve and caused the irritation. Hahn says Jones is expected to make a full recovery by the start of spring training.
 
Jones had a 2.31 ERA with 15 strikeouts and six walks in 11 appearances this year. He is 20 -10 with a 3.12 over six seasons with the White Sox.
 
>>Rays OF, Former Cardinal, Colby Rasmus Leaving Baseball
 
Rays outfielder Colby Rasmus was on the disabled list with a hip injury heading into the All-Star break, but now he might miss the rest of the season with what sounds like an unrelated matter. 
 
Rays Tampa Bay Times beat writer Marc Topkin further reports that Rasmus isn't expected to return to the team this season.
 
On the field, he was having a productive offensive season. In just 37 games, Rasmus was hitting .281/.318/.579 with seven doubles, a triple and nine homers. 

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Howell, Schniederjans Share Lead At John Deere

Charles Howell III and Ollie Schniederjans each shot 8-under 63 in perfect morning conditions Thursday to share the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic.
 
Howell birdied seven his first nine holes and added a birdie on No. 7 at rain-softened TPC Deere Run. The two-time PGA Tour winner lost a playoff to Kyle Stanley two weeks ago in the Quicken Loans National.
 
Schniederjans birdied five of his last eight holes in his lowest round of the PGA Tour. He earned a PGA Tour card last year through the Web.com Tour.
 
Local favorite Zach Johnson was two strokes back at 65 along with Rory Sabbatini, Patrick Rodgers and Chad Campbell. Johnson, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won the 2012 tournament.
 
Bubba Wastson, the two-time Masters winner making his first Quad Cities start in seven years, opened with a 69. Fifty-year-old Steve Stricker, the winner from 2009-11 at Deere Run, had a 73.
 
Defending champion Ryan Moore had a 74 in his return from strained tendon in his left shoulder that sidelined him for five weeks.
 
The British Open is holding one spot for the leading player among the top five who is not already exempt next week at Royal Birkdale.

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First Half Recap: St. Louis Cardinals

Yadier Molina stole the show Tuesday night in Miami from snapping a picture for Mariners OF Nelson Cruz with veteran umpire Joe West, who was behind the plate for Tuesday's mid-summer classic to his game tying home run not to be topped by his gold-plated catching gear.
 
For Cardinals Nation, it was probably the highlight of what was a frustrating first half.
 
Young hitters Randal Grichuk and Aledmys Diaz both have been sent to the minor leagues at different points to work on their swings. The club traded Matt Adams to the Atlanta Braves, who has played so well, he displaced superstar Freddie Freeman to third base upon his return from the disabled list from a broken hand.
 
Promising outfielder Stephen Piscotty at times has looked lost at the plate and the team even cut Jhonny Peralta after a disappointing finish to a four-year contract the veteran signed in 2013. 
 
The Cardinals have been plagued by poor base running decisions at numerous times and the defense has been even more of a liability just as often.
 
Despite all the woes, the Redbirds hit the All Star break two games under .500 and finished off the first half with series victories of playoff hopefuls Arizona and Washington, splitting a series with the Marlins and took two of three from the disappointing New York Mets.
 
The Redbirds had plenty to smile about in the first half.
 
Jedd Gyorko has been a revelation since his acquisitions last year from San Diego, as he slugged 13 HR, 16 doubles and drove in a team hight 45 runs in the first half en-route to a .300 average and an .882 OPS.
 
While some haven't been pleased with the play of veteran infielder Matt Carpenter at times, his .827 OPS is in line with his career average. 
 
The big offseason signing for St. Louis, Dexter Fowler, has been very solid despite some criticism from the fanbase. 
 
His 14 HR in the first half put him well on pace for a career year and surpasses his 2016 total.
 
Tommy Pham has played himself into an everyday role for the Birds on the Bat. With eight doubles and 11 home runs, his Pham's .895 OPS has made him a very valuable piece to the lineup.
 
And Kolten Wong seems past the early struggles of his young career. The second baseman has battled injuries so far this year but has been very good at the plate when he's healthy. 15 doubles and .393 on base have resulted in an .838 OPS.
 
Raise your hand if you saw Mike Leake spending much of the first half atop the National League as the ERA leader?
 
Leake was brought in to eat innings in the middle of the rotation but has battled with ace Carlos Martinez as the Cardinals top starter in 2017.
 
Leake's 74 strikeouts in the first half have him on pace to match his season high 164 strikeouts in 2014.
 
Carlos Martinez has established himself as the ace of the staff, if he wasn't already.
 
His 128 strikeouts easily lead the team and is average a career high 9.9 K/9 and a career low, 7 hits per nine innings. 
 
Lance Lynn has been very good as well. His 3.61 ERA has been a nice surprise for the Redbird rotation which has been hit hard with injuries. 
 
At two games under-.500, St. Louis is tied with Chicago for second in the NL Central and sits five-and-a-half back of division leading Milwaukee. 
 
At this point, the division is very much wide open and if John Mozeliak can land a big bat like Josh Donaldson or Marcel Ozuna, the Cardinals would put themselves in prime position to make a run at the Central, a division most thought the Cubs would run away with.

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AL Defeats NL in MLB All Star Game

On Tuesday night, Major League Baseball played its 88th All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. 
 
The American League defeated the National League by a 2-1 final, celebrating an extra-innings win thanks to a 10th-inning homer by Robinson Cano of the Mariners.
 
Cano's home run was the first extra-inning blast in exactly 50 years -- Tony Perez was the last to do it.
 
The AL took the lead in the fifth when a Miguel Sano blooper landed in right field and plated Jonathan Schoop. The NL later tied it up on a sixth-inning home run from Yadier Molina.
 
The American League has won the last five meetings. Since 1997, the National League has only three wins in the Midsummer Classic.

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Cubs Notes

>>Cubs' Hendricks Starts Rehab
 
Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks gave up one run in 3 1/3 innings Monday while making a rehabilitation appearance in the Double-A Southern League for the Tennessee Smokies.
 
Hendricks said his finger felt fine after the game.
 
Hendricks, who led the majors with a 2.13 ERA for the World Series champions, has been on the disabled list since June 5 with tendinitis in his right hand.
Hendricks threw 45 pitches, including 27 strikes. He struck out two and allowed two hits and one walk against the Montgomery Biscuits, a Tampa Bay affiliate.
 
Hendricks, 27, is 4-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 11 starts for the Cubs. He went 16-8 last year and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.
 
>>Report Suggests Cubs Shopping Schwarber
 
Former Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden said on MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that the Chicago Cubs had called the Detroit Tigers about young starting pitchers Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris. Bowden added that the Cubs had offered outfielder Kyle Schwarber in return.
 
Disappointing first half aside, the expectation with the Cubs has always been that eventually they'll trade a talented young position player for a similarly talented young pitcher.
 
Another maintained expectation is that outfielder Kyle Schwarber will be that position player when such a deal happens. Schwarber is beloved within the Cubs clubhouse and front office, yet his positional limitations make him an awkward fit in the National League -- and especially on a team that has a long-term first baseman.
 
Schwarber, of course, has to hit to have value. That's never been a problem before 2017 -- not even last fall, when he returned to play in the World Series after missing most of the season with a knee injury. 
 
Schwarber's struggles this season -- he exited the first half hitting .178/.300/.394 -- haven't changed any of the above, but they might've loosened the emotional ties that kept Schwarber in Chicago over the winter when his stock might've hit peak value.

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Michael Jordan Reported To Be In On Marlins Ownership Bid

The Miami Marlins, who are currently hosting MLB's All-Star Game festivities, are up for sale. We know that much. 
 
We also know that the league hopes to have a resolution on the sale sooner than later. 
 
Forbes reported Monday that Miami businessman Jorge Mas was closing in on a deal to purchase the Marlins for $1.17 billion. The Marlins and Mas have since denied such an arrangement is in place, per the Miami Herald:
 
"There's no agreement reached with anyone," Marlins president David Samson said.
 
Jon Heyman of Fanrag Sports reports that Mas is indeed the favorite, and that he's spent the past two nights talking details at the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game with Jeffrey Loria and David Samson. Nonetheless, the two sides are "still talking" and no deal is done.  
 
Another report (this one from the New York Post) also surfaced on Tuesday, indicating that Derek Jeter's team was nearing a deal to purchase the Marlins for around $1.2 billion. 
 
Jeter's group now apparently includes NBA legend Michael Jordan (albeit in a small role). Jordan is reported to be one of 15 investors and, according to the Post, he is said to be "kicking in very little cash."
 
uesday, the Miami Herald reported that rapper Pitbull had joined Jeb Bush's bid group:
 
A spokesman for Armando Christian Peréz, best known as the Miami-based rapper Pitbull, confirmed Tuesday that the celebrity is joining the investment group that includes the former Florida governor, a CNBC star, and the son of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
 
Coincidentally, Pitbull performed before Monday's Home Run Derby at Marlins Park.

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First Half Recap: Chicago White Sox

The rebuilding Chicago White Sox had to be pleased with how the All-Star break started out for the franchise.
 
While prized prospect, Yoah Moncada finished 0-for-2 for the World team, it had to be encouraging watching the Cuban product finish his second Futures Game appearance with a strike out to fellow prospect, Michael Kopech, who hit 101 MPH on a hot Marlins Park radar gun in a scoreless inning of relief for the American squad. 
 
Both Kopech and Moncada were key pieces in the offseason trade that sent American League All Star game starter, Chris Sale to Boston.
 
And so goes the theme to the White Sox 2017 season. Reloading the farm system was the theme of the 2016 offseason and now in 2017, the rebuild is on.
 
The parent club is struggling, last place in the AL Central (38-49) and will send Avisail Garcia to Miami for this week's All Star festivities.
 
Garcia is having a break out campaign after injuries had shortened his 2014 and '16 seasons, sandwhiched by an underwhelming 2015 campaign. Hitting .310 with an .850 OPS, Garcia is already within two home runs of his career high 13, set in 2015. 
 
His team high 2.6 WAR (wins above replacement) are followed by Cuban slugger Jose Abreu, who's .871 OPS would be the best of his career since he was rookie of the year in 2014. 
 
3B/DH Matt Davidson leads the Pale Hoes with 18 home runs with slugger Todd Frazier having been underwhelming to this point, with a .213 average and .779 OPS while hitting 16 home runs. 
 
On the farm, the White Sox will be watching more than their two future stars that participated in Sunday's Futures game in Miami. Moncada and Kopech highlight a terrific system, recently signed Cuban star Luis Robert is maybe the farthest from the big leagues of any of their top prospects. 
 
Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez rank as the organization's 4th and 5th best prospects according to mlb.com. Both came over in an offseason trade with Washington centered around Adam Eaton. 
 
Carson Fulmer has a cup of coffee in the big leagues. Fulmer, at worst, profiles for a hard throwing bullpen arm, however, Chicago remains committed to making all three as starters, as none have relief appearances in Triple-A Charlotte this year, each making 17 starts. 
 
Last year's tenth overall selection from Miami, Zack Collins, is the top ranked catching prospect in the system and is tabbed as the team's future catcher. 
 
Collins, now at High-A, has 12 doubles, 12 home runs and 38 RBI to go with a .781 OPS and an estimated debut expected next season. 
 
All seven prospects show up in MLB.com's top 100 prospects list. 

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Maddon Only Members of 2015 Cubs At All Star Game

Cubs Manager Joe Maddon is the only member of the Cubs' first championship team since 1908 attending the All-Star Game. 
 
With the Cubs languishing at 43-45, tied for second in the NL Central and 5 1/2 games back of Milwaukee, their only All-Star is Wade Davis. The reliever was acquired in December in a trade with Kansas City.
 
The previous World Series champion with just one All-Star was the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007 with Albert Pujols.

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Judge Wins HR Derby

New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge stole the show and won the 2017 Home Run Derby with shocking ease Monday night at Marlins Park. Judge dispatched Marlins slugger Justin Bour in the first round (23-22), Dodgers rookie sensation Cody Bellinger in the second round (13-12), and Twins manchild Miguel Sano in the finals (11-10).
 
The highlight of the night was, pretty clearly, Judge's first round matchup with Bour. The Miami first baseman put on an incredible show, swatting 22 home runs and bringing the decidedly pro-Marlins crowd to its feet. It was an amazing atmosphere.
 
And yet, Judge came out and clubbed 23 home runs to beat Bour, and he did it with time to spare as well.
 
In the second round against Bellinger, Judge hit home runs that measured 503, 507, and 513 feet.
 
He hit four of the five longest home runs on the night.
 
Hometown favorite, Giancarlo Stanton was upset in the first round of the competition by Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.

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Chris Sale Tabbed As AL Starting Pitcher for Tonight's All Star Game

Major League Baseball will hold the 2017 All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami on Tuesday. We know who the participants are. And remember, for the first time in 14 years, the Midsummer Classic will not decide home-field advantage in the World Series. 
 
American League lineup
 
Jose Altuve, 2B
Jose Ramirez, 3B
Aaron Judge, LF
George Springer, CF
Carlos Correa, SS
Justin Smoak, 1B
Corey Dickerson, DH
Salvador Perez, C
Mookie Betts, RF
 
Chris Sale will start for the AL for the second consecutive season, the first to do so since Dave Steib in 1983-84. This will be his first start as a member of the Boston Red Sox, having previously taken his turn as part of the Chicago White Sox.
 
Opposing Sale will be Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer. He's about to become the fifth pitcher to start the All-Star Game for both leagues.
 
National League lineup
 
Charlie Blackmon, CF
Giancarlo Stanton, DH
Bryce Harper, RF
Buster Posey, C
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Nolan Arenado, 3B
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
Marcell Ozuna, LF
Zack Cozart, SS

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Cardinals Crush Mets

Lance Lynn pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong and Luke Voit homered as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Mets 6-0.
 
It was Lynn's longest outing since May 23, when he threw 123 pitches in eight scoreless innings in a 2-1 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.
 
Lynn (7-6) had a season-low two strikeouts, but he needed just 93 pitches while facing two batters over the minimum. He did not allow a runner past first and lowered his ERA to 3.61.
 
Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the eighth and John Brebbia pitched a scoreless ninth as the Cardinals finished a 6-4 homestand and moved into a tie with the Chicago Cubs for second place in the National League Central.
 
Steven Matz (2-2) gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since June 3. He struck out a season-low one.
 
DeJong finished 2 for 4 and is 10 for his last 13 and is the first rookie and first Cardinals player in the modern era to have seven extra base hits in a three-game series.
 
Pham drove a 3-1 pitch from Matz the other way over the right-field wall to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead in the third. It was Pham's 11th homer of the season and first in six games.
 
DeJong's homer, his third in three games, made it 4-0 in the fourth. Voit greeted Seth Lugo with an opposite field homer, his third in his last seven games, to right to make it 5-0.
 
Carpenter led off the first with a double and scored to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. It was the first time in six games that the Cardinals scored in the opening inning and it broke Matz's 17-inning scoreless streak, the second-longest of his career.
 
Pham left the game with right hip tightness after the sixth inning. He was 3 for 3 with two runs scored.
 
Mike Leake (6-7, 3.12) will start at Pittsburgh as the team begins a 10-game road trip after the All-Star break. He is 10-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 30 career starts against the Pirates.

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Pirates Score 10 Runs In First Inning, Rout Cubs

Jon Lester surrendered 10 runs in the first inning of the shortest start of his 12-year career, and the Cubs stumbled to a 14-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
 
Chicago (43-45) heads into the break with a losing record for the first time since it was 40-54 in 2014. The reigning World Series champions also trail NL Central-leading Milwaukee by 5 1/2 games after the Brewers held on for a 5-3 victory against the New York Yankees.
 
The Cubs were 53-35 at the break a year ago.
 
Francisco Cervelli matched a career high with five RBIs and Jordy Mercer drove in three runs as the Pirates closed out a 5-2 road trip with their fifth win in six games. All-Star Josh Harrison homered in the ninth and Chad Kuhl pitched three innings of one-run ball in an emergency start after Jameson Taillon was scratched due to flu-like symptoms.
 
Pittsburgh sent 15 batters to the plate in its highest-scoring inning since it got 10 in the seventh against Colorado on May 17, 2009. It was the first time it scored at least 10 in the first inning since June 8, 1989, against Philadelphia.
 
Cervelli hit his third career grand slam into the basket in left with two out. McCutchen followed with a drive to left-center for his 17th homer.
 
Lester (5-6) was charged with four earned runs and six hits. He also struggled in his previous outing, allowing six runs in five innings in a loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
 
Kuhl allowed two hits and walked three on just two days' rest after he pitched a career-high seven innings in a 6-3 win at Philadelphia on Thursday night. A.J. Schugel (1-0), the second of three Pittsburgh relievers, pitched three innings for the win.
 
The Pirates (42-47) improved to 5-1 at Wrigley this year and stayed seven back of Milwaukee. They were 46-43 at the All-Star break last season.
 
Cubs rookie Victor Caratini entered before the Pirates batted in the fifth and went 3 for 3 with two doubles. He snapped a 0-for-9 skid to begin his career.
 
Mike Montgomery (1-6, 3.75 ERA) will start Friday night's game at Baltimore. Montgomery replaced Lester and allowed two runs and three hits in three innings.

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Rockies' Rookie Freeland Loses No-Hit Bid in 9th, Pound White Sox

Rockies rookie left-hander, Kyle Freeland, came within two outs of the first no-hitter by a Rockies pitcher at the hitter-friendly park before surrendering a crisp single to Melky Cabrera as Colorado beat the Chicago White Sox 10-0 on Sunday.
 
Freeland, who was born and raised in Denver, struck out the first batter of the ninth inning and then allowed Cabrera's hit to left field on a 2-2 count.
 
The 24-year-old Freeland (9-7) threw 126 pitches. Reliever Jordan Lyles got the last two outs to complete the one-hitter.
 
Kyle Freeland was trying to throw the second no-hitter in Coors Field history. Hideo Nomo accomplished the feat in 1996 when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The only no-hitter in Rockies history was thrown by Ubaldo Jimenez in 2010 at Atlanta.
 
Freeland even had an RBI single in the seventh for the Rockies' last run.
 
Pat Valaika drove in five runs, including a three-run homer as part of a five-run sixth that turned a 2-0 lead into a rout. Charlie Blackmon also hit a solo homer.
 
Rockies left fielder Gerardo Parra had the play of the day in the eighth as he sprinted for Yolmer Sanchez's blooper in short left and then went into a head-first dive to snare the ball. Parra pointed at Freeland, who pumped his fist and tipped his cap in appreciation.
 
Carlos Rodon (1-2) allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings in his third start of the season. He began the season on the disabled list with left biceps bursitis.
 
After the All-Star break, Chicago opens a five-game homestand - three against Seattle and two versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Bulls, Pacers Notes

>>Former Bulls F Gibson Arrested in New York City
 
New Minnesota Timberwolves player Taj Gibson was arrested for a traffic violation in New York City.
 
The New York Police Department says a 2016 Mercedes Benz sedan made an illegal U-turn in Queens early Thursday. Police stopped the car and Gibson, who was driving, produced a suspended Illinois driver's license.
 
The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/2uWDsUS ) reports Gibson was arrested for driving with a suspended license and a moving violation. He's due in court on Sept. 1.
 
Gibson recently agreed to a two-year, $28 million contract to play in Minnesota. The deal reunites the 32-year-old power forward with Tom Thibodeau, who coached him for five seasons in Chicago.
 
The Timberwolves said in a statement Saturday they're aware of the incident involving Gibson and are "confident that the matter has been resolved."
 
>>Hoiberg Doesn't Expect Bulls To Buy Out Wade
 
NBA fans might dream of Dwyane Wade teaming up with LeBron James to make another run at an NBA title, but that scenario doesn't appear likely to happen anytime soon. 
 
Wade, 35, opted in to his $24 million player option with the Chicago Bulls just days before the team traded franchise cornerstone Jimmy Butler to Minnesota on draft night, potentially upsetting the veteran guard enough to request a buyout. But if there is a buyout coming, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg says he doesn't anticipate it happening before the season begins.
 
Hoiberg told ESPN quote - "As of right now, no. I don't see that. Dwyane, he's going to have an important role on this team as a mentor. He's going to obviously play for us and hopefully play well. And take the role of leadership. It's going to be very important with him."
 
With Butler shipped to Minnesota, the Bulls have taken a drastic new direction this offseason. The team waived starting point guard Rajon Rondo and drafted 7-footer Lauri Markkanen, signaling a potential rebuild for the foreseeable future.
 
Although Wade's NBA experience and championship pedigree would benefit a team like the Bulls as they develop their young talent, it might not be an ideal situation for the aging superstar, whose odds of winning a title in Chicago dropped significantly this offseason. 
 
>>Raptors, Pacers Make Swap
 
The Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that would send free agent C.J. Miles to Toronto and Raptors point guard Cory Joseph to Indiana, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 
 
The move comes a day after the Raptors shed the salary of forward DeMarre Carroll through a trade with the Nets.
 
Miles is one of the few remaining established 3-point shooters on the free-agent market, having shot 41 percent last season for the Pacers. He'll create spacing for a Raptors offense that was toward the bottom of the league in 3-pointers made and attempted.
 
Joseph is a 6-foot-3 point guard who spent the last two seasons backing up Kyle Lowry, who the team re-signed. The Raptors have two promising young guards in Norman Powell and Delon Wright, which made Joseph -- and the roughly $15.5 million left on his contract over the next two seasons -- relatively expendable.

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Eureka Downs Revolution

As heard on WHOW and dewittdailynews.com Thursday evening, the Eureka Legion baseball team rallied late to stop the Central Illinois Revolution 10-0 in eight innings.
 
Garrett Peterson fired 7 1/3 scoreless innings for Eureka, striking out eight and walking three in an efficient outing.
 
The Revolution got a lead off double from Michael Oswald in the third inning, but a failed sac bunt attempt and a baserunning blunder ended the threat.
 
With a 4-0 lead, Eureka's bats came alive for a six-run eighth inning, ending the nine-inning game after eight innings on a mercy rule. 
 
Oswald started the game and took the loss on the mound for the Revolution. 
 
The Revolution drop to 9-16 on the season. Tune in Tuesday night at 5:30 pm as the Revolution take on the Twin City Rage. Hear the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

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Cardinals Edge Marlins

Luke Voit hit his second home run and drove in three runs to help the Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Thursday.
 
Voit doubled and started for the fourth consecutive day at first base. He has seven RBIs during the month of July, tied for the team lead with outfielder Tommy Pham, and is hitting .333 through his first 11 games in the majors.
 
The Cardinals, who had lost two straight, earned a four-game series split after winning the previous two series against the Diamondbacks and Nationals.
 
The Cardinals' eight hits backed another good outing from Michael Wacha (6-3), who allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked two.
 
Marcell Ozuna had three hits and three RBIs for the Marlins. Dee Gordon had two hits, scored three runs and stole two bases.
 
Miami starter Tom Koehler (1-4) allowed three runs and four hits over five innings. He struck out seven and walked three. The two hits by Voit were costly.
 
The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Ozuna's two-out RBI single.
 
Voit tied it with a solo homer in the second inning.
 
Randal Grichuk hit a solo home run, his eighth, in the sixth to make it 4-2.
 
Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh capped off a strong performance by the St. Louis bullpen. He allowed a leadoff single in the ninth, but locked down his 17th save in 20 chances.
 
Carlos Martinez (6-7, 3.15 ERA) opens a three-game series against the visiting Mets on Friday night. He is 3-1 with a 1.26 ERA in seven career appearances, including four starts, against the Mets.

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Brewers Crush Cubs In Schwarber's Return To Lineup

Ryan Braun homered to ignite a seven-run third inning and the Brewers beat the Cubs 11-2 for their fourth straight victory.
 
Braun went 1 for 2 with two walks and two RBIs before being lifted following the sixth because of the lopsided score. Domingo Santana had four hits and two RBIs and Jesus Aguilar added three hits and an RBI.
 
Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (10-4) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings for the win.
 
Willson Contreras homered for the Cubs, who have not won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak June 18-20.
 
Kyle Schwarber went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his return following a two-week stint in the minor leagues.
 
Cubs starter Mike Montgomery (1-6) gave up seven runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings.
 
A sacrifice fly by Jonathan Villar made it 8-0 and Santana capped the rally with an RBI double to make it 9-0.
 
After Kris Bryant drove in a run on a groundout in the bottom of the third, Contreras' solo shot in the fourth made it 9-2.
 
The Brewers got both runs back in the fifth to thwart any thoughts of a comeback.
 
Eddie Butler (4-3, 4.18 ERA) goes against RHP Trevor Williams (3-3, 4.67) as the homestand continues Friday with the opener of a three-game series with the Pirates.

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NBA Free Agency Notes

>>Olynyk Headed To Heat
 
The Miami Heat reached a deal with a free agent Thursday, but it wasn't the player many expected it to be. Big man Kelly Olynyk agreed to a four-year deal with Miami worth $50 million-plus, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The fourth year includes a player option.
 
Olynyk spent the last four seasons in Boston where he averaged 9.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, but the Celtics had to renounce their rights to him this week after landing All-Star forward Gordon Hayward in order to make room for him on their books.
 
The Heat came up short in the Hayward free agency sweepstakes after losing out to the Boston Celtics, who have agreed to pay Hayward $128 million on a four-year deal.
 
Olynyk is a 26-year-old, 7-footer who could fill a role for the Heat as a stretch big man. He's a career 36.8 percent three-point shooter that will fit nicely in the Miami offense, but his ceiling is decidedly lower than most given his sample size in Boston and below average athleticism.
 
>>Rudy Gay Signs With San Antonio
 
Free agent forward Rudy Gay has agreed to join the San Antonio Spurs on a two-year, $17 million-plus deal with a player option, Adrian Wojnarowski reports. 
 
Gay appeared in just 30 games with the Kings in the 2016-17 season but suffered a torn achilles that sidelined him for a majority of the season.
 
Gay, 31, reportedly chose San Antonio to become a part of a contender. He met with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week as a potential suitor but there was a gap between what the Thunder were willing to pay and what Gay was asking for on the market. OKC ultimately signed Patrick Patterson and chose to re-up with defensive stopper Andre Roberson.
 
Gay averaged 19.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in his four seasons with the Sacramento Kings, and will now join the Spurs as a potential second option to All-Star Kawhi Leonard.

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Cubs Down Rays

Jon Jay connected for his third career pinch-hit homer and Ian Happ hit a tiebreaking two-run single an inning later, helping the Cubs rally for a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
 
Chicago (42-42) returned to .500 for the 19th time with its third win in its last eight games. The reigning World Series champions have not been more than two games over or two games under .500 at any point since May 27.
 
The Cubs trailed 3-0 before Jay drove a 1-2 pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (4-3) over the wall in left-center for a tying homer with two out in the sixth inning. Jay then popped out of the dugout for a curtain call, obliging the crowd of 39,855 on a picturesque day at Wrigley Field.
 
Happ got his big hit in the seventh, driving in Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo with a bouncer up the middle against Tampa Bay's drawn-in infield. Happ had two hits and is batting .357 (10 for 28) in his last seven games.
 
Tampa Bay (44-42) wasted a chance for a two-game sweep in its reunion with Maddon, who skippered the Rays for nine years before leaving after the 2014 season and taking over the Cubs.
 
Mallex Smith went 4 for 4 and scored three times for the Rays, who had won three of four. Blake Snell pitched five scoreless innings in his best outing of the year, working around four hits and four walks.
 
Smith doubled and scored on Evan Longoria's sacrifice fly in the sixth, giving Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead against John Lackey. But that was it for the Rays.
 
Pedro Strop (3-2) replaced Lackey and pitched a scoreless seventh for the win.
 
Tampa Bay was only down by two when it put two runners on against Carl Edwards Jr. with two out in the eighth. But Koji Uehara came in and struck out Longoria to end the inning.
 
Mike Montgomery (1-5, 2.80 ERA) faces Brewers RHP Zach Davies (9-4, 5.03 ERA) on Thursday afternoon in the makeup of a May 20 postponement. The Cubs then host Pittsburgh for a weekend series beginning Friday.

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A's Get By White Sox

Another three-hit game from Jed Lowrie and four stolen bases by Rajai Davis and Sonny Gray pitched six mostly sharp innings to beat Chicago for the second time in two weeks and Oakland defeated the White Sox 7-4 on Wednesday.
 
Lowrie added three hits and two RBIs, Bruce Maxwell doubled in two runs and Jaycob Brugman homered to help the A's to their second straight home win following eight consecutive losses at the Coliseum.
 
Gray (4-4) surrendered a two-run home run to Matt Davidson in the fifth, the only blemish during an otherwise strong outing. Gray gave up two runs on three hits with five strikeouts, and has allowed four runs over his last 21 innings - a 1.71 ERA.
 
Todd Frazier also homered for the White Sox, a two-run blast off reliever Sean Doolittle in the ninth.
 
Davidson's homer was his 18th.
 
White Sox starter Mike Pelfrey (3-7) retired 10 batters and allowed four runs to fall to 0-6 in six career starts in Oakland. It's the 10th time in 14 starts that the right-hander has pitched five innings or fewer.
 
Following an off day Thursday, Derek Holland (5-8, 4.52) pitches the opener of a three-game series in Colorado on Friday. It will be the left-hander's first regular-season appearance against the Rockies.

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Bulls Sign No. 7 Pick Markkanen

The Chicago Bulls have signed No. 7 overall draft pick Lauri Markkanen.
The team did not disclose the terms of the deal Wednesday.
 
The Bulls acquired the rights to the 7-foot Finn from Minnesota along with Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn for All-Star Jimmy Butler and No. 16 pick Justin Patton on draft night.
 
Markkanen averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds and shot 49.2 percent from the field and 42.3 from 3-point range in his lone season at Arizona.

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Marlins Power Past Cardinals

Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, recording his 22nd career multihomer game, and Marcell Ozuna and Justin Bour also hit home runs as the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 on Wednesday night.
 
Stanton went 3 for 4 and also walked while driving in four runs as the Marlins won their second straight. He has five hits in his last two games after starting Miami's road trip in a 1-for-17 funk.
 
Dustin McGowan (5-0) gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings of relief, while David Phelps and Kyle Barraclough each pitched a scoreless inning. AJ Ramos earned his 15th save in 16 attempts.
 
Miami starter Edinson Volquez allowed four runs in four innings, the third time in his last five starts that he failed to complete five innings.
 
Stanton lined a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
 
Stanton's second homer, a three-run shot, capped a five-run second. The Marlins, aided by a pair of Cardinals fielding errors by second baseman Matt Carpenter and first baseman Luke Voit, had just two hits during the frame. Four of the five runs given up by St. Louis starter Mike Leake (6-7) in the inning were unearned.
 
Ozuna drove in runs with a homer in the third and a double in the fourth. It was his third homer in his last four games.
 
Bour reached four times, with a pair of hits. Derek Dietrich had two hits for the Marlins and Dee Gordon scored twice.
 
Tommy Pham had an RBI double and scored on Stephen Piscotty's single as the Cardinals scored three in the third. Pham's two-run double in the sixth cut Miami's lead to 8-6.
 
Leake went 3 2/3 innings in his shortest outing of the season. Just three of the eight runs he allowed were earned.
 
Michael Wacha (5-3, 4.16 ERA) has allowed one run in his last 12 innings, including six shutout innings against Washington on Saturday. He is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in three career starts against Miami.

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Marlins Down Cardinals

Christian Yelich hit a three-run drive for his first homer in 32 days, helping Jose Urena and the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Tuesday.
 
JT Riddle added a two-run single for Miami, which had dropped five of six. Dee Gordon had three hits, and Giancarlo Stanton reached three times.
 
Yelich erased a 2-0 deficit with the big blow in Miami's five-run sixth. Gordon doubled with one out and Stanton reached on a throwing error on second baseman Matt Carpenter before Yelich hit a drive to center off Lance Lynn (6-6).
 
Marcell Ozuna followed with a single and Martin Prado doubled with two out to set up Riddle's big single.
 
Greg Garcia hit a two-run homer for St. Louis, which lost for just the second time in seven games. Carpenter had two hits.
 
Urena (7-3) struck out seven in five innings. He was charged with two runs and three hits.
 
Drew Steckenrider, Kyle Barraclough and David Phelps each pitched a scoreless inning before AJ Ramos finished for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.
 
Jedd Gyorko was held out of the game after leaving Monday's contest in the fifth inning with a cramping issue. 
 
INF Kolten Wong will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Wednesday. Wong was placed on the 10-day disabled list on June 15 with a triceps injury.
 
Mike Leake (6-6, 2.97 ERA) will take on Miami right-hander Edinson Volquez (4-8, 3.97 ERA) in the third game of the four-game series on Wednesday. Leake is 6-1 with a 2.36 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins. Volquez tossed a no-hitter against Arizona on June 3.

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Rays Down Cubs

Tim Beckham homered, and the Rays hung on to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Tuesday.
 
Beckham's two-run drive highlighted a five-run fourth against Jon Lester (5-5). 
Alex Colome gave up two runs in the ninth, but the Rays won their first meeting against their former manager since he left for Chicago following the 2014 season.
 
He gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. and walked Jon Jay to put runners on first and second. After Kris Bryant popped out, Anthony Rizzo lined an RBI single to make it 6-4.
 
Ben Zobrist then bounced into a force to bring home another run. Ian Happ walked on a 3-2 pitch to put men on first and second, before Jason Heyward hit a fly to left.
 
Chris Archer (7-5) picked up his third win in four starts, giving up three runs and eight hits in six innings. The former Cubs prospect also had an RBI single after a fake bunt for his first career hit.
 
Chicago lost for the fifth time in seven games on another frustrating afternoon. The defending World Series champions have hovered around .500 all season after winning it all for the first time since 1908 last fall.
 
Lester lasted five innings. He tied a season-high by allowing six runs and gave up nine hits - all but one on ground balls.
 
The Rays sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth to break a 1-1 tie.
 
The two-game series wraps up, with RHP John Lackey (5-9, 5.24 ERA) starting for Chicago and LHP Blake Snell (0-5, 5.36 ERA).

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A's Walk Off White Sox

Franklin Barreto delivered a game-ending homer and an RBI triple to help the Athletics snap a season-high six-game losing streak by beating the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Tuesday.
 
Yonder Alonso broke out of his own slump with a pair of homers and Matt Joyce connected for a two-run shot for the A's, whose bats finally woke up.
 
After Santiago Casilla (2-3) allowed a game-tying single by Melky Cabrera in the ninth for his fourth blown save in 18 chances, things looked bleak for the A's until Barreto stepped to the plate with one out in the bottom half.
 
Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Oakland starter Daniel Gossett and Jose Abreu added a three-run shot for the White Sox.
 
After Abreu put the White Sox back ahead 5-4 with his 16th homer in the fifth, Alonso answered with his 19th in the bottom half to make it 6-5, giving him three multihomer games this season and in his career.
All-Star RF Avisail Garcia returned to the lineup after missing five games with a sore left knee and singled in his first at-bat for his only hit of the day. 
 
The White Sox look for their third straight series win at the Coliseum in the rubber game of the series. Chicago hasn't won three straight series in Oakland since 1996-97. Mike Pelfrey (3-6) gets the start. He has lost all five career starts vs. Oakland with a 7.56 ERA. Sonny Gray (3-3) pitches for the A's.

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Rodon earns first win since 2016 as White Sox beat A's 7-2

Todd Frazier doubled twice and drove in two runs to back Carlos Rodon's first win of the season, and the Chicago White Sox beat the slumping Oakland Athletics 7-2 on Monday night.
 
Melky Cabrera added three hits and an RBI, Willy Garcia doubled twice while Matt Davidson had an RBI double to break out of a personal slump and help Chicago to its fifth win in seven games.
 
One week after getting swept by the A's at home, the White Sox jumped on Oakland starter Jharel Cotton early and got strong pitching from Rodon and two relievers to make it hold up before a crowd of 40,019 - the largest to watch a baseball game at the Coliseum in nearly 12 years.
 
Rodon (1-1) allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings and came within one shy of his career high with 10 strikeouts in his second start after missing nearly the first three months of the season on the disabled list with bursitis in his left bicep. Rodon gave up a two-run double to Adam Rosales in the second the retired 14 of 16 on his way to winning for the first time since Sep. 30.

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Voit drives in 4 runs to lead Cardinals past Marlins, 14-6

Luke Voit ripped a two-run shot into the batter's eye in center field on Monday to help the Cardinals to a 14-6 victory over Miami.
 
Voit had two hits and drove in four runs in his third start.
 
St. Louis scored four times in the first inning and seven in the third on the way to an 11-0 lead. Voit homered in the eighth as the Cardinals won for the fifth time in six games.
 
Tommy Pham reached base five times and drove in a pair of runs.
 
Adam Wainwright (9-5) added a two-run double and picked up his second successive win.
 
The Marlins have lost five of six.
 
Miami starter Jeff Locke (0-5) gave up 11 hits and 11 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
Pham had three hits and two walks.
 
Wainwright sailed through the first four innings but gave up six runs in the fifth. He struck out Giancarlo Stanton three times. Stanton is 0 for 12 lifetime against Wainwright, who has six hits in 13 at-bats with seven RBIs against Locke.  Yadier Molina, who went 3 for 3, highlighted the seven-run third with a bases-clearing double that came within a few feet of leaving the park.
 
Marcell Ozuna keyed the Miami comeback with a three-run double. J.T. Realmuto had three hits for the Marlins. Locke struggled from the outset and never got into any rhythm.

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Blue Jays acquire Miguel Montero from Cubs

Catcher Miguel Montero has been acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Cubs, six days after he blamed Chicago pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to Washington.
 
Toronto said Monday it acquired the two-time All-Star and cash for a player to be named or cash.
 
Montero hit .286 with four homers and eight RBIs in 44 games this season and was designated for assignment Wednesday. He has thrown out one of 31 base stealers this season.
 
The 33-year-old Venezuelan has a .260 career average with 124 homers and 542 RBIs in 12 seasons with Arizona and the Cubs. His 10th-inning RBI single gave Chicago a two-run lead in Game 7 of last year's World Series, a game the Cubs hung on to win 8-7 for their first title since 1908.
 
Toronto cleared a roster spot by transferring outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to the 60-day disabled list.

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Spieth to sit out John Deere Classic again

Jordan Spieth has decided to skip the John Deere Classic to prepare for the British Open.
 
Spieth is a two-time winner of the tournament. He won the John Deere Classic in 2013 on a sponsor's exemption, which sent him to the FedEx Cup playoffs and a spot on the Presidents Cup team at age 19. He won again in 2015, even though it meant not getting to the British Open until Monday when he was going after the third leg of the Grand Slam.
 
He did not defend his title at the TPC Deere Run last year.
 
The John Deere Classic is July 13-16. The British Open at Royal Birkdale is the following week.

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Cubs, White Sox Win; Cardinals Lose on Sunday Night Baseball

Jake Arrieta pitched one-hit ball for seven innings without allowing a stolen base on Sunday, and Ian Happ homered twice in the ballpark where he played as a college star, leading Chicago to a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
 
Back in the ballpark where he threw a no-hitter last season, Arrieta was back in form, allowing only Joey Votto's first-inning single and a pair of walks - the Reds were never in position to try to steal. Votto singled home a pair of runs in the eighth off Koji Uehara.
 
Arrieta matched his season high by going seven innings for the third time.
 
Happ grew up in the Pittsburgh area and played at the University of Cincinnati, including one game at Great American Ball Park. 
 
The first-round pick from 2015 hit a two-run homer and a solo shot off Tim Adleman (5-5). The rookie added an RBI single, the third time he's driven in four runs in a game.
 
Anthony Rizzo also had a solo homer, and Javier Baez doubled home a run as the Cubs prevented a three-game sweep.
 
After a day off, they open a six-game homestand heading into the All-Star break. John Lackey (5-9) starts against Tampa Bay's Chris Archer (6-5). In his last start, Lackey gave up a season-high eight runs in 5 1/3 innings of an 8-4 loss to Washington.
 
>>White Sox Rally Past Rangers
 
Reliever Jose Leclerc (1-2) gave up a two-run home run with two outs in the eighth to Chicago's Yolmer Sanchez and the White Sox beat the Rangers 6-5 on Sunday.
 
It was a sloppy, error- and walk-filled game in which both teams gave the other numerous chances. The White Sox committed a season-high four errors, including two on the same play that allowed a run to score.
The Sox also nearly let the Rangers off the hook after taking the lead, loading the bases in the ninth before David Robertson (4-2) struck out Carlos Gomez to end the game.
 
Even that final strikeout was sloppy, as the ball got away from catcher Kevan Smith. He could have just thrown to first to finalize the game, because Gomez didn't run, but Smith instead grabbed the ball and dove to touch home plate before Joey Gallo could score from home.
 
The Rangers are tied for most blown saves in the American League with 17.
 
The White Sox were also frustrated by mistakes. Among the team's four errors, two came in the fourth inning when the Rangers' Robinson Chirinos stole second. Smith's throw to second sailed out into center field, allowing Chirinos to head for third. Center fielder Adam Engel retrieved it and tried to throw out Chirinos at third, but the throw was off target and Chirinos went home.
 
Sanchez, however, erased the problems with the dramatic, late, home run, just his fourth of the season.
 
Melky Cabrera also homered for Chicago - hitting his ninth in the first - and Mike Napoli hit his 16th for Texas.
 
White Sox starter Jose Quintana had his shortest outing since May 30, giving up five runs in 4 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five. Quintana had thrown 19 scoreless innings before giving up a run in the third inning.
 
Texas starter Tyson Ross gave up four runs in five innings, walked five, and hit one batter.
 
Jonathan Lucroy had given the Rangers a 5-4 lead with a two-run single in the fifth. He noted the frustrations with the team's inability to hold on to late leads, but said it doesn't matter how the team loses.
 
Carlos Rodon (0-1, 0.00 ERA) makes his second start of the season at Oakland on Monday after returning from the disabled list.
 
>>Scherzer, Harper Lead Nats Past Cardinals
 
Bryce Harper homered twice against Carlos Martinez, Max Scherzer struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings and the Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2.
 
Harper also doubled and had four RBIs to pace Washington, which snapped a three-game skid and had lost five of seven.
 
The Cardinals had won four straight and six of seven overall, including series victories against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Nationals.
 
Scherzer (10-5) allowed two hits and two walks while lowering his major league-leading ERA to 1.94. Scherzer's double-digit strikeout performance was his 10th this season and 59th of his career.
 
Martinez (6-7) entered the game ranked fourth in the NL in ERA but allowed five runs in five innings. The right-hander had allowed five earned runs over his previous four starts combined.
 
Wilmer Difo and Brian Goodwin added sacrifice flies.
 
Tommy Pham's two-run homer in the eighth, his 10th of the season, off reliever Enny Romero got the Cardinals on the scoreboard.
 
Yadier Molina's 16-game hit streak, which tied his career long, came to an end with an 0-for-4 performance.
 
Adam Wainwright (8-5, 5.17 ERA) begins a four-game series against the visiting Marlins on Monday night. He is 5-1 with a 2.64 ERA in eight home starts this season.

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Cubs Davis, Cardinals Molina Selected To MLB All Star Game

The Cubs and Cardinals will not be represented in the MLB All Star Game's starting lineups, for next Tuesday night in Miami, FL but the two squads will be represented, per MLB policy each team must have representation.
 
On Sunday, MLB unveiled the starters and reserves for the National League and American League All-Star teams. Fan vote, of course, determined the starting position players in each league (eight in the NL and nine -- including DH -- in the AL, and pitchers and reserves were chosen by a combination of player ballot and selections made by the commissioner's office. The respective managers, Joe Maddon of the Cubs for the NL and Terry Francona of the Indians for the AL, will chose the starting pitchers. Maddon will also select his DH from the NL's reserves. Each roster comprises 32 players -- 20 position players and 12 pitchers. As in years past, each of MLB's 30 teams must be represented by at least one All-Star.
 
Cubs closer Wade Davis was selected and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was selected as a National League reserve.
 
The American League starters feature six first time all stars in their starting lineup highlighted by rookie sensation Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. Resident all-star veterans Sal Perez of the Kansas City Royals andMike Trout of the Angels  make their fifth and sixth appearances respectively.
 
Blue Jays 1B Justin Smoak was slected to his first all star game as a starter while Indians 3B Jose Ramirez makes his first appearance as a starter. 
 
The Houston Astros have the most representation in the AL starting lineup with Jose Altuve, making his fifth appearance in the All-Star game and Carlos Correa and George Springer will attend their fist mid-summer classic.
 
Rays DH Corey Dickerson will make his first all star game appearance.
 
White Sox OF Avisail Garcia makes his first all-star game. Former Cubs SS, Starlin Castro has been selected to his fourth all star game at 2B from the Yankees. 
 
Yankees C Gary Sanchez, Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop, and Twins 3B Miguel Sano will make their first All-Star game appearances.
 
Leading vote getter Bryce Harper highlights three Washington Nationals starting in the NL starting lineup. Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy were each selected as starters from Washington. 
 
Charlie Blackmon from the Rockies and Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins each were selected starters in their second all-star game selections. 
 
Reds SS Zack Cozart edged out the Dodgers' Corey Seager to start while Nolan Arenado of the Rockies will make his second all star game appearance. 
 
Dodgers rookie sensation Cody Bellinger was selected to the roster and will particate in Monday's home run derby, highlighted by fellow-reserve and reigning derby champ, Giancarlo Stanton, who will seek to put on a show in front of his home crowd at Marlins Park. 

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Bulls Notes

The Chicago Bulls have waived veteran point guard Rajon Rondo.
 
The Bulls bought out Rondo for $3 million Friday rather than exercise a $13.4 million option for next season. He signed a two-year deal to come to Chicago last summer.
 
The 31-year-old Rondo was in and out of the rotation, chided Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade for criticizing the team's effort and finished the season on a strong note before missing the final four playoff games against Boston because of a broken right thumb.
 
The four-time All-Star averaged 7.8 points and 6.7 assists. The Bulls had said Rondo would probably be back, but he became expendable when they acquired Kris Dunn from Minnesota in the Butler trade on draft night.
 
Chicago also waived guard Isaiah Canaan.
 
>>Bulls, Justin Holiday Agree To Terms
 
A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract with guard Justin Holiday.
 
Yahoo! Sports first reported the agreement.
 
Holiday averaged 6.5 points in 27 games for the Bulls two years ago. He played in all 82 games for the New York Knicks last season, averaging 7.7 points, Holiday has averaged 5.7 points over four seasons with Philadelphia, Golden State, Atlanta, Chicago and New York.
 
The Bulls made the playoffs on a tiebreaker and lost to Boston in the first round.
 
>>Ex-Bulls F Gibson Signs With Minnesota
 
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says Taj Gibson is reuniting with coach Tom Thibodeau, agreeing on a two-year, $28 million deal to join the Minnesota Timberwolves.
 
Gibson has spent the bulk of his career in Chicago, including five seasons under Thibodeau. The Bulls traded him to Oklahoma City late last season.
 
For his career, Gibson has averaged 9.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. In Minnesota, he'll be a new addition along with another former Bulls teammate - Jimmy Butler, who was traded to the Timberwolves last month.

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Blackhawks Trade C Kruger To Vegas

The Vegas Golden Knights have landed Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, after all.
 
Two weeks after not selecting Kruger in the NHL expansion draft, Vegas gave up undisclosed future considerations to acquire the two-time Stanley Cup-winner in a trade with the Blackhawks on Sunday.
 
Used primarily as a checking-line forward, Kruger had five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 70 games last season. Overall, he has 33 goals and 72 assists for 105 points in 398 games over seven seasons.
 
Kruger's departure frees up much-needed salary cap space for the Blackhawks a season after signing him to a three-year $9.25 million contract.
 
The Golden Knights opened up cap space to add Kruger a day earlier, when they traded defenseman Alexei Emelin to Nashville.
 
>>Former Blues D Shattenkirk Headed To Rangers
 
The biggest name of NHL free agency is headed to the Big Apple.
 
Kevin Shattenkirk has signed with the New York Rangers, according to the team.
The news was first reported earlier by NHL Network's Kevin Weekes, then later confirmed by TSN and NHL.com's Dan Rosen.
 
The Rangers had long been considered a logical landing spot for the former St. Louis Blues D-man, especially after New York bought out Dan Girardi's contract and then cleared the way for a potential big-money addition with the recent trade of Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes.
 
Shattenkirk's value as a top-four D-man with scoring prowess stood tall as an impending free agent, and New York nabbing him without breaking the bank is a Grade-A offseason move for a team looking to make another run in 2017-18.

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Kyle Stanley Wins Quicken Loans National

Kyle Stanley has lived a full career in his seven years on the PGA Tour. He's won dramatically. He's lost even more dramatically. His game has gone wayward. His game has soared again (of late). It all came full circle on Sunday when, for the first time since he took the Phoenix Open in 2012, Stanley won on the PGA Tour.
 
His victory this week came at the Quicken Loans National in a playoff over Charles Howell III. Howell, who has gone nearly 300 tournament starts without a win but remains just one of three golfers to finish in the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list since 2000, or the former Clemson superstar in Stanley who has struggled so badly with his putting and short game in past years that he actually played on the Web.com Tour part time in 2014.
 
Stanley eventually won with a par on the first playoff hole.
 
Stanley and Howell shot dueling 66s while playing together in one of the final few pairings on Sunday. Their identical 67-66 weekends were tied with Rickie Fowler for the best in the field. Both finished at 7 under overall Sunday, two clear of Fowler and Martin Laird.
 
Stanley took advantage in the playoff even after blowing his tee shot out to the right. He found a good lie, and Howell made bogey from the fairway.
 
For both golfers, it was a successful week. Both probably haven't won as much as they should have given their ridiculous ball-striking. Stanley has been knocking on the door with at T6 at the Memorial Tournament and a T4 at The Players Championship. Howell has been out for a few months with a rib injury. 
 
Both grabbed spots into The Open Championship with this week's performance, but only Stanley got to kiss the trophy. It was a terrific shootout from a couple of elite swingers. A combined 65 on the back nine with no bogeys culminating in a playoff wrapped up an immense day of golf all over the globe. 
 
Rickie Fowler (T3) shot a 65 with a double bogey on the easiest hole on the course.  

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Lingmerth Opens First Round Lead At Quicken Loans Open

The already-weak field at the Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms got stripped of most of the rest of its star power on Thursday. Rickie Fowler shot a so-so even-par 70 that left him five off the lead, and Justin Thomas ejected with a 4-over 74 that will leave him hunting for the cut line on Friday.
 
What that means is that a whole host of golfers will likely have a shot at winning their first tournament or that a seasoned vet will add to his collection. Of course Fowler could shoot three 67s and walk away with the trophy on Sunday, but with 30 golfers ahead of him after 18 holes, that seems a lot more unlikely than it did before the tournament started.
 
And yet there are some intriguing names sniffing around the top of the leaderboard after Round 1.
 
David Lingmerth (-5) hasn't won since the 2015 Memorial and went out in 31 and nearly carded a 64 to take a two-stroke lead if not for a bogey at the last. He might not be a big name, but he's got a little staying power.
 
Patrick Reed (-3) has been playing his best golf in a long time of late, and is the favorite to win after the first round (Vegas says he's 7-1 and Lingmerth is 5-1).
 
Bryson DeChambeau (-3) will have to putt better than he has been so far this season. He's No. 202 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained putting but was No. 34 on the day on Thursday.

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Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox Win Thursday

Randal Grichuk hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning and drove in five runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 Thursday.
 
Arizona led 3-2 with two outs in the seventh when pinch-hitter Luke Voit doubled off Ruby De La Rosa (0-1) and Matt Carpenter was intentionally walked.
 
Grichuk sent a 1-2 slider into the left-field seats.
 
Tommy Pham hit a two-run single off Randall Delgado in the eighth. Grichuk followed with a two-run double, raising his average to .233 with seven homers and 28 RBIs. He scored on Stephen Piscotty's single.
 
Lance Lynn (6-5) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked one.
 
Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin gave up two runs and five hits in six innings.
 
Gregor Blanco hit an RBI double in the third, but Jose Martinez had a two-run single in the fourth. Goldschmidt's 19th homer tied the score in the bottom half, and Jake Lamb hit an RBI grounder in the sixth after Blanco's triple.
 
Lamb homered in the ninth against Mike Mayers.
 
Mike Leake (5-6) is to start Friday's homestand opener against Washington. Leake is 0-4 in his last six starts, but his 3.12 ERA is ninth in the NL among qualified pitchers.
 
>>Cubs 9th Inning Rally Lifts Them Over Nationals
 
Jon Jay hit a go-ahead two-run double during a three-run ninth-inning rally against Blake Treinen, lifting the Cubs over the Nationals 5-4 on Thursday.
 
Washington got more bad news after the game: Turner has a broken his right wrist after being hit by a pitch. The team did not have a timetable for his return.
 
Turner was hit by Pedro Strop's fastball in the seventh, but remained in the game until Stephen Drew entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth.
 
With Turner gone, Treinen (0-2) slogged through the bullpen's 13th blown save this season, tying the NL East leaders with the Phillies and Mets for the National League lead.
 
Tommy La Stella drove in a run with a two-out single against the right-hander, and Jay followed with a hit to right-center that brought home Javier Baez and La Stella.
 
Wade Davis struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 16th save after Felix Pena (1-0) worked the eighth.
 
Rookie Jeimer Candelario, who started for the injured Kris Bryant at third base, broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh by launching his first career homer off starter Joe Ross.
 
Washington took a 4-2 lead in the seventh on Anthony Rendon's two-run homer and Brian Goodwin's RBI single.
 
Turner stole two bases, bumping up his total to seven in the series and 35 on the season.
 
Candelario was hit by Treinen's fastball in the left knee to start the ninth-inning rally. Candelario appeared to be in significant pain and was visited by a team trainer, but stayed in the game. He went for X-rays after the win.
 
Bryant is expected to miss at least a couple of games after spraining his right ankle in an 8-4 loss Wednesday.
 
Cubs catcher Willson Contreras threw out two attempted base stealers, including Turner at third base in the first.
 
Both teams scored a run in the first inning before the starting pitchers dominated.
 
Joe Ross allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. After allowing Contreras's RBI single in the first, Ross didn't allow a hit until the sixth or a run until Candelario's shot.
 
Cubs starter Jon Lester gave up Ryan Zimmerman's RBI single in the first, but then blanked Washington over the next five innings. He struck out seven and allowed three hits. Over his last four starts, Lester is 2-0 with 2.42 ERA.
 
The win split the four-game series and kept the defending World Series champions from falling under .500.
 
Mike Montgomery (1-4, 2.50 ERA) makes his fifth start of the season as Chicago faces Cincinnati on Friday. The Cubs are 5-1 against the Reds in 2017.
 
>>White Sox Hold Off Yankees
 
Following a frightening moment for Yankees outfielder Dustin Fowler in his major league debut, Melky Cabrera and David Robertson combined to foil Judge, and Chicago beat New York 4-3 on Thursday night.
 
Fowler left to have season-ending surgery on his right knee after a crash into a wall. The 22-year-old started the game in right field and slammed into the short sidewall near the corner trying to catch Jose Abreu's foul ball with one out in the first inning. Fowler calmly tried to stand and walk after hitting the wall, but his right leg buckled twice before he sat down on the warning track and waited for help.
 
Fowler had an open rupture of the patellar tendon in his right knee, the Yankees said, and had surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Manager Joe Girardi estimated it would be at least six months before Fowler was recovered.
 
The rookie was due up for his first major league plate appearance in the second inning.
 
The injury-riddled Yankees are down yet another man after losing for the 12th time in 16 games and falling a game behind first-place Boston in the AL East.
 
Cabrera robbed Judge of what would have been his major league-leading 28th homer in the fifth inning. Cabrera leapt at the wall, reeled in the high drive and then momentarily pretended he hadn't caught it before pulling the ball from his glove.
 
Robertson halted Judge in the ninth, striking out the slugger with Gardner at first base to cap his 12th save.
 
Judge finished 0 for 2 with three walks, one intentional.
 
White Sox right-hander James Shields (2-1) pitched into the seventh inning for his longest outing this season. He allowed three runs - two earned - and five hits in 6 1/3 innings in his third start since spending two months on the disabled list with a strained right lat.
 
Willy Garcia had two hits and two RBIs, Abreu had two doubles and Omar Narvaez drove in a run to help the AL-worst White Sox win for the third time in 11 games. The game was delayed by rain for nearly three hours, with the first pitch thrown at 10 p.m.
 
Austin Romine and Ronald Torreyes drove in runs for New York.
 
Yankees starter Luis Cessa (0-3) allowed four runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings in his third start in place of injured CC Sabathia, who may be close to returning.
 
Mike Pelfry (3-6, 3.73) will face Texas' Austin Bibens-Dirkx (3-0, 3.68) to open a three-game set. Pelfry is 3-2 with a 2.52 ERA in his last seven starts.
 
>>White Sox 2B Moncada To Play in Futures Game
 
Chicago White Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and New York Mets infielder Ahmed Rosario are among 50 prospects on the rosters for the All-Star Futures Game at Miami on July 9.
 
Moncada agreed to a $31.5 million signing bonus - the most for an international amateur - when he signed with Boston two years ago, and was traded in December as part of the deal that brought pitcher Chris Sale to the Red Sox. A 22-year-old switch-hitter, Moncada entered Thursday hitting .280 with 10 homers, 29 RBIs and 15 steals for Triple-A Charlotte.
 
Rosario, 21, was batting .315 with seven homers, 49 RBIs and 13 steals for Triple-A Las Vegas. He joins Moncada on the World team roster. The U.S. roster includes 15 first-round draft picks.
 
Other top prospects on the rosters announced Thursday include Chicago Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Washington outfielder Victor Robles, White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech, Tampa Bay right-hander Brent Honeywell, Red Sox infielder Rafael Devers, Toronto third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Milwaukee outfielders Lewis Brinson and Corey Ray, Houston outfielder Kyle Tucker and Cleveland catcher Francisco Mejia.
 
The White Sox, Houston, Milwaukee and Tampa Bay each had three players picked.

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White Sox manager Rick Renteria gets ejected again

White Sox manager Rick Renteria has been ejected for the third time in six games after getting tossed against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.
 
Renteria got thrown out in the sixth inning when he went to the mound to talk to reliever Jake Petricka after the pitcher gave up back-to-back RBI doubles to Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes. Renteria had words with plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt and quickly got tossed.
 
The ejection was his fifth this season and 11th of his career.
 
Petricka was also tossed by Wendelstedt when he walked off the mound at the end of the five-run inning.

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Andujar has 3 hits in debut, Yankees pound White Sox 12-3

Miguel Andujar had three hits and four RBIs in his major league debut, Aaron Judge added his major league-leading 27th homer and the struggling New York Yankees pounded the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Wednesday night.
 
Andujar made a good impression after being called up from Triple-A with Matt Holliday going on the disabled list because of an illness. He gave New York a 3-0 lead with a two-run single against Carlos Rodon in the first. He also singled in the third, walked in the eighth and drove in two more with a double in the ninth.
 
Judge's two-run drive capped a five-run sixth against reliever Jake Petricka, breaking open a 3-2 game. And New York came away with a lopsided win after dropping 11 of 14.
 
The White Sox lost for the eighth time in 10 games, with Rodon (0-1) struggling in his season debut and manager Rick Renteria getting ejected yet again.
 
Masahiro Tanaka (6-7) went six innings for his first win since May 8. The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits after going 0-6 in his previous eight starts.
 

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Montero says goodbye to Cubs hours after blasting Arrieta

 Catcher Miguel Montero is saying his goodbyes to the Cubs and city of Chicago.
 
Montero posted a series of tweets Wednesday, one day after blaming pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases by the Washington Nationals. The team had no immediate comment amid reports that the 33-year-old Montero was being designated for assignment.
 
Montero has thrown out one of 31 potential base stealers this season, hitting .286 with four home runs and eight RBIs in 44 games.
 
Montero unloaded on Arrieta following the Cubs' 6-1 loss at Washington on Tuesday night, saying the Nationals were running all over the right-hander because they knew he was slow to the plate and that he was giving him no time to throw anyone out.
 
The Nationals' seven steals were a franchise record, and Montero had a throwing error that led to a run scoring.

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Strasburg, Nats bats power past Cubs 8-4

Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in seven innings, Bryce Harper had two doubles and two RBIs, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Wednesday night.
 
Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters hit back-to-back homers against John Lackey (5-9) during Washington's four-run second inning. After the Cubs pulled within three at 6-3, Daniel Murphy went deep in the fifth.
 
It was a rough day for the Cubs, who cut veteran catcher Miguel Montero after he criticized pitcher Jake Arrieta for his role in the Nationals' seven steals in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the World Series champions. Then reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant departed with an apparent right ankle injury.
 
Bryant awkwardly clipped third base while catching a foul pop off the bat of Wieters in the sixth. He walked around gingerly before being helped off the field.

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Northwestern to host Notre Dame in '18

Northwestern will host Notre Dame next season for the first time in over 40 years.
 
The Wildcats announced Wednesday that the Fighting Irish will play at Ryan Field on Nov. 3, 2018.
 
Northwestern has won each of the last two meetings between the two programs, including a 43-40 overtime victory at Notre Dame in 2014.
 
The Wildcats will also host Duke, Akron, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois in 2018.

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Wainwright, Molina, Gyorko help Cardinals beat D-backs, 4-3

Trevor Rosenthal held on for the win, though it was adventurous. The veteran right-hander survived a rocky ninth inning that included two wild pitches, and got the save in the Cardinals' 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday night.
 
Rosenthal closed out a win for starter Adam Wainwright, who pitched into the seventh inning. Yadier Molina and Jedd Gyorko each drove in two runs.
 
Wainwright (8-5) limited the Diamondbacks to two runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings He struck out eight.
 
Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt went 0 for 4, the first time all season he has gone hitless in four at-bats in back-to-back games. His franchise-record 42-game on-base streak at Chase Field came to an end.
 
Gyorko's RBI double in the eighth pushed St. Louis' lead to 4-2.
 
The Diamondbacks nearly tied it against Rosenthal in the ninth. Brandon Drury led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. One out later, Chris Herrmann walked and both runners advanced on pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco's grounder. Drury then scored on another Rosenthal wild pitch, with Herrmann moving up to third.
 
Zack Godley (3-2) took the loss, allowing three runs and two hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings. The Diamondbacks snapped a four-game winning streak.
 
The Diamondbacks got a run in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back doubles from Jake Lamb and Chris Owings. Wainwright then struck out the next three batters, and right after a called third strike to Jeff Mathis to end the inning, Mathis was ejected by home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn for arguing.
 
That brought Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo out of the dugout, and he, too, was thrown out. The ejections were the first two for Arizona this season and the first for Lovullo as a manager.
 
The Diamondbacks pulled within a run in the seventh after Descalso beat out a potential double-play grounder that would have ended the inning. Rey Fuentes scored, but reliever Tyler Lyons got Peralta to pop out.

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Thayer Leads Revolution Past Roanoke-Benson

Keaton Thayer went the distance and lead the Central Illinois Revolution (Clinton 17U travel baseball) past Roanoke-Benson 3-1 Tuesday night.
 
Thayer struck out twelve and walked none across seven innings, allowing a run and three hits. 
 
Lane Mayfield drove in a run on a double in the first inning and Logan Peterson and Peyton Mayfield added run scoring hits as well to lead a flawless Revolution effort, that highlighted a night with no errors committed.

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White Sox Win; Cubs, Cardinals Lose

Jose Abreu hit a game-ending, two-run single off Dellin Betances, and the White Sox stopped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
 
Abreu also had an RBI double in the third. The big first baseman batted with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and struck out.
 
Kevan Smith sparked the winning rally with a one-out walk. Betances (3-2) then walked Alen Hanson and hit Yolmer Sanchez, loading the bases.
 
After Melky Cabrera fouled out, Abreu hit a grounder into left field. Brett Gardner's throw to the plate was high, and Hanson scored easily.
 
Dan Jennings (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.
 
New York wasted an outstanding start by Luis Severino, who struck out a career-high 12 while pitching seven innings of one-run ball. It has dropped three of four and 11 of 14 overall.
 
The Yankees trailed 1-0 before Aaron Judge hit an RBI single in the eighth. Gary Sanchez then hit a two-run double, making it 3-1 New York.
 
But the Yankees' bullpen faltered again after nearly losing a five-run lead in the ninth inning of Monday night's 6-5 win. Domingo German walked the only two batters he faced in the eighth, and Tyler Clippard walked Todd Frazier with two out and the bases loaded to force home a run.
 
Clippard then struck out Matt Davidson to end the inning, sending New York to the ninth with a 3-2 lead.
 
Jose Quintana pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings for the White Sox, allowing two hits. He struck out six and walked four.
 
In five June starts, Quintana is 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA.
 
Carlos Rodon (left biceps bursitis) will make his 2017 debut in the third of the four-game series Wednesday night against RHP Masahiro Tanaka (5-7, 5.74 ERA). Tanaka has had a down year but pitched eight shutout innings last Friday in no-decision vs. Texas.
 
>>Nats Beat Cubs in Cy Young Winners Showdown
 
Max Scherzer allowed one run and two hits as the Washington Nationals knocked Jake Arrieta out in the fifth inning on the way to a 6-1 victory Tuesday night. While Arrieta was slow to the plate and allowed seven stolen bases, Scherzer (9-5) threw a strong six innings, striking out six with no walks and retiring 16 of the final 17 batters he faced.
 
Arrieta (7-6) struggled with his control as he issued a season-high six walks and allowed five earned runs, getting the hook two batters into the fifth inning. The 2015 Cy Young winner hadn't walked more than three batters in a game this season.
 
Four of the Montreal Expos/Nationals franchise record seven steals came from speedy shortstop Trea Turner.
 
Washington center fielder Michael Taylor went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Scherzer washed out the RBI triple he allowed to Kris Bryant in the first by driving in a run with an infield single off Arrieta's glove in the fourth.
 
When Scherzer was lifted after 93 pitches through six with a comfortable 6-1 lead, the Nationals' beleaguered bullpen got three clean innings of relief from Enny Romero, Blake Treinen, Oliver Perez and Matt Albers.
 
Stephen Strasburg (8-2, 3.57 ERA) faces Cubs RHP John Lackey (5-8, 4.74) in the third game of the four-game series.
 
>>Dbacks Outlast Cardinals
 
Chris Herrmann hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Diamondbacks rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Tuesday night.
 
The surging Diamondbacks scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings. They have won four in a row and 13 of 15.
 
Rey Fuentes opened the Arizona 10th with a single and advanced on a sacrifice by pinch-hitting pitcher Zack Godley. Herrmann singled off Matt Bowman (1-3).
 
Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney (2-2) pitched a 1-2-3 10th inning for the win.
 
St. Louis' bullpen struggled again. Closer Seung Hwan Oh suffered his third blown save of the season and Trevor Rosenthal gave up two runs in the eighth inning.
 
Carlos Martinez struck out 10 while pitching six sharp innings, and the Cardinals used throwing errors by catcher Chris Iannetta, pitcher Taijuan Walker and shortstop Nick Ahmed to open a 5-2 lead in the seventh.
 
With no outs and the bases loaded, Stephen Piscotty singled sharply off the leg of Walker to break a 2-2 tie. Jedd Gyorko added a sacrifice fly, and Ahmed bobbled the relay on Yadier Molina's long single to allow Tommy Pham to score the inning's third run.
 
Arizona responded with two in the eighth. Daniel Descalso singled in Jake Lamb and came around to score on Herrman's sacrifice fly.
 
David Peralta then led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run off Oh, tying it at 5.
 
Martinez allowed two runs on Iannetta's two-run double with two out in the sixth. He surrendered four hits and walked three.
 
Walker was charged with five runs, three earned, and six hits in 6 1 /3 innings. He had no strikeouts and walked five.
 
Adam Wainwright (7-5) is scheduled to start Wednesday. He is 7-4 in 13 career appearances against Arizona, with a 2.71 ERA.
 
Godley faces the Cardinals for the first time in his career. He has not allowed more than three runs in any of his nine starts this season and is 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA overall.

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Bulls Undecided on Rondo

The Chicago Bulls have clearly changed direction, revamping the roster at last week's NBA Draft by trading Jimmy Butler for three young prospects.
 
On Tuesday, the Bulls introduced their newest players -- Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Lauri Markkanen -- but it's one of their veterans who has everyone in suspense. The Bulls have until Friday to decide if they want to buy out point guard Rajon Rondo for $3 million or keep him and pay his full $13.4 million salary next season.
Chicago vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said it is "still to be determined" whether the Bulls will retain Rondo or buy him out. According to the Associated Press, the team was planning to meet with Rondo's agent, Bill Duffy, on Tuesday.
 
Rondo, 31, had a tumultuous year with the Bulls last season after coming over from Sacramento. At times he was their starter -- at times he was their third-string point guard -- but he was productive when he was on the court, averaging 7.8 points, 6.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds in nearly 27 minutes per game.
 
It was during the playoffs, however, when Rondo reminded the Bulls of his old self. He averaged 11.5 points, 10.0 assists and 8.5 rebounds as Chicago took a 2-0 lead on the No. 1-seeded Celtics before an injury sidelined him for the rest of the series.
 
Rondo doesn't appear to fit with the youth movement in Chicago, but the Bulls could be looking for a mentor for their young guards. Paxson and the Bulls also have to make a decision about Dwyane Wade, who is owed $23.8 million next season. When asked about Wade, Paxson said the idea of a Wade buyout "has not been broached" and that for now he expects Wade to play for Chicago.
 
If Rondo and/or Wade end up on the free agent market through a buyout, however, expect a serious bidding war to take place among contenders looking for veteran backcourt leadership.
 
>>Knicks, Phil Jackson Expected To Part Ways
 
It looks like New York Knicks president Phil Jackson's job isn't as secure as previously thought. Despite many public proclamations that Jackson will remain in charge until the end of his contract, Knicks owner James Dolan is reportedly expected to part ways with Jackson "early Wednesday morning," according to ESPN's Ramona Shelbune.
 
The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported that Dolan was weighing Jackson's future, amended his report to note that the Dolan-Jackson "partnership could end as soon as Wednesday."
 
In a series of tweets, Shelburne noted that the Knicks have decided not to buy out star forward Carmelo Anthony, which "accelerated" conversations between Dolan and Jackson as Jackson has made it clear he wanted to move on from Melo. 
 
Back in April, it was reported that New York picked up the option on the rest of Jackson's contract, which runs through the end of the 2018-19 season.
 
Jackson's tenure with the Knicks has been marked by the sort of dysfunction that his arrival was supposed to end. The Charles Oakley incident wasn't his fault, but the Carmelo Anthony saga has harmed his reputation, and his decision to go after veterans like Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah has set the franchise back.
 
Jackson spoke openly about moving Anthony and building something new, but the would-be franchise player, Kristaps Porzingis, is unhappy with the organization and was recently made available in trade talks, which Jackson discussed in a television interview. With free agency around the corner, Anthony reportedly seeking a buyout and Porzingis a fan of Anthony, it is entirely unclear what the team might look like next season.
 
There are two years and $24 million left on the contract of the 71-year-old Jackson. He has spent the last three years running the Knicks.

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Blackhawks Agree With D Pokka

The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year contract with defenseman Ville Pokka.
 
Pokka spent last season with Rockford of the American Hockey League, finishing with six goals and 24 assists, but he could get a longer look from the NHL club this year. The Blackhawks traded defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona last week, and Brian Campbell and Johnny Oduya are free agents.
 
The Blackhawks announced the deal on Tuesday.
 
Chicago acquired the 23-year-old Pokka when it traded Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders in October 2014.
 
Chicago announced Monday it had agreed to a two-year contract with goaltender Anton Forsberg and a one-year extension with forward Tomas Jurco that runs through the 2017-18 season.

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Florida Wins College World Series

The University of Florida has won the College World Series, securing the first national title in baseball in the history of the school. It's rather surprising that this was the first title, given that Florida has won 13 SEC championships and appeared in 11 College World Series, but 2017 was the first time the Gators achieved the ultimate goal. 
 
The final score was 6-1, as coach Kevin O'Sullivan saw his group accomplish what his 2011 Gators failed to do: come through in the CWS championship series. 
 
Tuesday's clincher certainly had its fair share of tense moments. The Gators took an early 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of unearned runs. 
 
In the bottom of the first, second baseman Deacon Liput led off and reached on an error. A pair of singles by shortstop Dalton Guthrie and first baseman JJ Schwarz would plate him for a 1-0 lead. 
 
For the Gators, Tyler Dyson started the game and was very good. He worked six-plus innings, giving up one run on three hits. Jonathan India collected a pair of hits, including Florida's only extra-base hit (a double). Liput was 2 for 5 with a run and three RBI. Schwarz drove home two. Guthrie had a pair of hits. Horvath scored twice and drove home a big run by getting hit with a pitch to make it 3-1. In all, though, it was Florida's run prevention and some good fortune along the way that helped secure this title. 
 
Florida joins Michigan, Ohio State and UCLA as the only schools to have won a national championship in baseball, football and basketball. 

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Cardinals, Cubs Win; White Sox Lose

Randall Grichuk homered for the second straight game and the Cardinals broke out the bats again for an 8-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday.
 
Grichuk, who was hitting .222 when he was demoted last month, is 4 for 10 with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored since his recall on Sunday. His two-run homer in the fourth inning was his sixth of the season.
 
The Cardinals avoided a three-game sweep with an 8-4 win over the Pirates on Sunday night. On Monday, a makeup from the April 29 contest that was postponed because of severe weather, they scored eight more runs on 13 hits.
 
Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko each had two hits, including a homer, and three RBIs. 
 
Gyorko's shot extended the Cardinals' streak to 15 consecutive games with a home run.
 
Tommy Pham had two hits, walked twice, stole a base and scored three runs. Paul DeJong added three hits.
 
Michael Wacha, who began the day with an 8.17 ERA over his last seven starts, limited the Reds to one run on five hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.
 
Brandon Finnegan (1-1) was activated off the disabled list after missing more than two months because of a shoulder problem. The lefty exited in the fourth with a strained left triceps, an injury he said was different than his previous issue.
 
Finnegan gave up three runs in the first inning. He allowed three hits and four walks overall.
 
Adam Duvall had a pair of sacrifice flies for the Reds.
 
Carlos Martinez (6-6, 2.87) will open a three-game series at Arizona on Tuesday night. He is 2-5 with a 4.29 ERA in seven road starts this season.
 
>>Cubs Hold On As Nats Rally Late
 
The Washington Nationals scored four runs in the ninth before Wade Davis struck out big league batting leader Ryan Zimmerman with runners on second and third to blunt a comeback bid, and the Chicago Cubs preserved a 5-4 victory in the opener of a four game series Monday night in Washington. 
 
In jeopardy of being shut out for the first time this season, the Nationals' comeback began against Hector Rondon and continued when Davis became the Cubs' eighth pitcher of the game.
 
With Washington down 5-3, Bryce Harper's single and third hit of the game loaded the bases with two outs. Davis threw a wild pitch that scored a run before striking out a swinging Zimmerman, who's hitting .344. The final pitch bounced, and catcher Willson Contreras zipped a low throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to close out the victory.
 
Contreras hit a leadoff home run in his first career game-opening at-bat and Eddie Butler (4-2) worked five scoreless innings to keep the Cubs ahead.
 
Gio Gonzalez (7-2) allowed a run and two hits, striking out eight over six innings in his sixth start.
 
Chicago made it 2-0 on Albert Amora Jr.'s squeeze bunt single in the eighth. The Cubs scored three more in the ninth, capped by Javier Baez's two-run double. The shortstop struck out three times before singling and scoring on Amora's squeeze.
 
Baez made two exceptional plays at short, diving to snatch Harper's liner in the third, then racing a long way into foul ground to make a sliding catch on Adam Lind's popup in the eighth.
 
The series continues Tuesday when the league's last two Cy Young winners square off as Washington's defending NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (7-1, 2.96) and Cubs 2015 Cy Young winner and 2016 All-Star Jake Arrieta (7-5, 4.36) both go in search of their third win in June.
 
>>Yankees Edge White Sox
 
Jordan Montgomery matched his season high with seven solid innings and closer Aroldis Chapman shut down a ninth-inning rally just in time, lifting the Yankees over the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Monday night.
 
New York led 6-1 entering the ninth, but Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve gave up a three-run homer to Tim Anderson and Chapman allowed an RBI double to Jose Abreu. Chapman retired Avisail Garcia and Todd Frazier to finish his eighth save and first since returning from the disabled list a week ago.
 
Recently recalled outfielder Tyler Austin lined a solo homer and had a sacrifice fly for New York, which won for the third time in 13 games to keep pace with Boston atop the AL East.
 
Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro returned to the starting lineup after getting a shot in his wrist Saturday, but strained his right hamstring running out a grounder in the third. He was replaced by Rob Refsnyder in bottom of the inning.
 
Austin Romine and Ronald Torreyes each drove in runs with sac flies.
Montgomery improved to 4-0 over his last five starts. The 6-foot-6 left-hander allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked one.
 
Todd Frazier hit a solo homer for the only run off Montgomery (6-4). New York took advantage of three Chicago errors to score four unearned runs off starter David Holmberg (1-2).
 
The Yankees activated outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list and put him in center field. Out since May 24 with a concussion, he had a single in five at-bats and scored twice.
 
Luis Severino (5-3, 3.30 ERA) will try to get back on track against Chicago LHP Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.69), who has won his past two starts. The 23-year-old Severino gave up a season-high six runs to the Angels in his last start and lost for the first time since May 1.

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Rockies, Cubs Make Swap

The Colorado Rockies have traded for another left-hander, getting Zac Rosscup from the Chicago Cubs for righy Matt Carasiti.
The Rockies made the deal Monday. They also put lefty starter Tyler Anderson on the disabled list.
 
Colorado said Rosscup would be optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. He was designated for assignment Thursday after making one appearance for the reigning World Series champions, getting two outs in a game May 22 against the Giants.
 
Carasiti had been at Triple-A. He made 19 appearances last year in the only major league time of his career, going 1-0 with a 9.19 ERA with 11 walks and 17 strikeouts. At Albuquerque this season, he was 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in 27 outings.

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Florida Takes 1-0 College World Series Lead

Game 1 of the 2017 College World Series finals belonged to the Florida Gators, who bested the LSU Tigers by a 4-3 final. 
 
The key for the Gators was starting pitcher Brady Singer, who struck out 12 batters across seven innings -- the most ever in a CWS game. Singer held the Tigers to two runs, allowing seven hits and two walks. His line required 105 pitches. Not bad for a sophomore.
 
the Gators were paced by their Nos. 5-7 hitters, a threesome that collectively recorded three hits and drove in four runs. That included third baseman Jonathan India, who notched two RBI on a fourth-inning double. Left fielder Austin Langworthy and catcher Mike Rivera were responsible for the other runs batted in.
 
LSU, meanwhile, saw Russell Reynolds and Nick Bush each pitch 3 1/3 innings. Left fielder Antoine Duplantis and right fielder Greg Deichmann supplied LSU's multi-hit games, while Duplantis, third baseman Josh Smith, and DH Beau Jordan drove in a run apiece. 
 
The Gators and Tigers will play a potentially decisive Game 2 on Tuesday night. If the Gators win, they're national champs for the first time in NCAA history; if the Tigers win, there will be a winner-takes-all game on Wednesday. 

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Westbrook Wins NBA MVP

At the NBA Awards show in New York, Russell Westbrook was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player after what might have been one of the most competitive MVP races ever.
 
Westbrook wins the award over James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James, who was not nominated. All three were very deserving but only one is able to win it. At the end of the day voters couldn't help but be swayed by Westbrook's triple double numbers. 
 
His raw production might have not been as efficient as Harden's, but what he did on a basketball court was truly impressive. The OKC superstar averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 10.4 assists while leading the league in scoring. 
 
Furthering Westbrook's case was that he clearly carried the Thunder on a nightly basis. Oklahoma City just wasn't the same team when he left the floor and that may have been what sealed the deal for many voters. This is the Most "Valuable" Player award and carrying that roster to the playoffs is obvious value. 
 
Most Valuable Player: Russell Westbrook (OKC)
Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green (GSW)
Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)
Sixth Man of the Year: Eric Gordon (HOU)
Coach of the Year: Mike D'Antoni (HOU)
Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon (MIL)
Executive of the Year: Bob Myers (GSW)

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Illinois Considering Adding Hockey

The University of Illinois is getting an assist from the NHL and NHL Players' Association to evaluate the possibility of establishing men's and women's hockey teams.
 
Athletic director Josh Whitman says initial research revealed several factors suggesting that hockey could be popular on campus. He noted there remain unanswered questions including funding programs, facility needs and Title IX considerations.
 
Illinois sponsored hockey as a varsity sport from 1938-43.
 
Illinois became the first of what could be as many as five schools to receive assistance with the money the NHL and NHLPA have committed to support growing the U.S. college game.
 
Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula took part in the announcement after he donated $102 million to build an arena and establish hockey programs at his alma mater, Penn State.

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Blues, Blackhawks Make Trades

The Chicago Blackhawks have re-acquired forward Brandon Saad in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, parting with top young forward Artemi Panarin to complete the blockbuster deal.
 
The 24-year-old Saad spent his first four seasons with Chicago, helping the Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups. Concerned about their ability to re-sign Saad when he became a restricted free agent in 2015, the Blackhawks traded the rugged winger to the Blue Jackets.
 
He had 24 goals and 29 assists in 82 games for Columbus last season.
 
The Blackhawks also received goaltender Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-round draft pick in Friday's trade in exchange for forwards Panarin and Tyler Motte and Chicago's sixth-round selection on Saturday.
 
The loss of Panarin is a big blow for Chicago. He teamed with Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov to form one of the NHL's most potent lines the past couple seasons.
 
The Arizona Coyotes have acquired defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.
 
The 30-year-old Hjalmarsson had spent his entire 10-year career with Chicago, helping the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup titles. He had five goals, 13 assists and a team-high 181 blocked shots in 73 games last season.
 
The Blackhawks received defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin in Friday's trade. The 24-year-old Murphy had two goals and a career-high 15 assists in 77 games with Arizona last season. Dauphin, 22, has appeared in 32 NHL games over the last two seasons.
 
The trade comes with Arizona in a bit of turmoil. The team announced Thursday on the eve of the NHL draft that coach Dave Tippett was out after eight seasons.
 
>>Blues Acquire C Schenn
 
The St. Louis Blues acquired center Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers in completing two trades during the first round of the NHL draft Friday night.
 
In exchange for the three-time 20-goal-scorer, the Flyers got the Blues' first-round pick this year, a conditional first-round pick in next year's draft and third-year forward Jori Lehtera.
 
The Blues weren't done dealing. They traded back into the first round by acquiring the No. 31 pick from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. St. Louis also acquired rookie forward Oskar Sundqvist.
 
The Penguins added toughness by acquiring seven-year veteran forward Ryan Reaves and the Blues' second-round pick, 51st overall.
 
In Schenn, the Blues add a playmaker who had 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points in 79 games last season. Overall, he has 109 goals and 246 points in 424 games over eight NHL seasons.
 
Schenn does carry a hefty contract, which represents a $5.125 million cap hit in each of the next three seasons.
 
The Flyers used the Blues' pick, 27th overall, to select center Morgan Frost. Lehtera was selected in the third round of the 2008 draft. He had seven goals and 22 points in 64 games last year.
 
>>Oshie Re-Ups With Caps
 
So much for T.J. Oshie heading to the Chicago Blackhawks as a replacement for the jettisoned Artemi Panarin.
 
The Washington Capitals have re-signed their 30-year-old right wing to an eight-year contract that will pay him $46 million, preventing No. 77 from testing the open market.
 
Left unprotected in the NHL's recent Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft as a pending free agent, Oshie tallied a career-best 33 goals in 2016-17, totaling at least 51 points for the fifth time in six seasons. Now, with an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million under his new deal, the former St. Louis Blues forward is set to remain in Washington until he's 38.
 
Oshie had more than a solid year at age 30 and he's a proven contributor up front for a team that might or might not be looking to shift from dependence on Alex Ovechkin as it looks to snap an all-too-familiar streak of early playoff exits.

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Spieth Wins Travelers Championship

Golf wunderkind Jordan Spieth gave his sport its highlight of the year and one of its best celebrations ever thanks to his unthinkably smooth, birdie-making greenside bunker chip-in to take the 18th-hole playoff over Daniel Berger in the Travelers Championship on Sunday afternoon.
 
One that we may never see the likes of again. Spieth's shot popped up from behind the grassy wall and happily bounced a few times before strolling into the cup. 
 
Spieth finished 12-under in regulation with the birdie from beyond giving him a 10th PGA Tour victory at age 23. It came in a more memorable sequence than he could have envisioned. With this trophy, Spieth is the second golfer since World War II to win at least PGA Tour events before his 24th birthday. Tiger Woods, of course, is the other (15). 
 
The title vaults Spieth back to the front of the line for validation as the best golfer in the world. And this win, at this venue, in his first appearance at TPC River Highlands, gives birth a long-awaited mainstream moment for one of the PGA Tour's most underrated events. 
 
Travelers hit big in 2017 by bringing in Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. The Ulsterman said Sunday that he'll definitely be back. The fact Spieth won in his first appearance here, the way he did, is beyond movie-making creativity.  
 
Spieth's the third wire-to-wire winner in this event's history. This is his second wire-to-wire to win on American soil -- the other being the 2015 Masters. And it's the first time Spieth's taken a tournament title in his first appearance at a course.  
 
Patrick Reed finished nine-under in a tie for fifth. McIlroy tied for sixteenth at six-under for the tournament after playing even par the first 54 holes. Defending Travelers Champ Jim Furyk finished five-under. Rookie Bryson DeChambeau finished five-under as well. 

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Bulls Trade Butler on NBA Draft Night

The Minnesota Timberwolves have acquired Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls in a draft-night trade. Butler was the subject of trade rumors since the season ended and will be reunited with former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota. The Bulls received the rights to No. 7 pick, forward Lauri Markkanen, and along with guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn. The Wolves received the rights to No. 16 pick, center Justin Patton, along with Butler.
Butler had said he didn't want to be traded, but the Bulls have been wanting to move him for quite some time. Due to this trade, Butler will no longer qualify for the super max contract, but he does get to play on one of the brightest young teams in the NBA. He'll immediately be the best player in Minnesota while having a chance to grow with their young core.
 
Going to Chicago will be rising shooting guard LaVine. LaVine was playing incredible basketball last season before going down with a knee injury. He's a dead-eye 3-point shooter and can jump out of the gym. If he's healthy, the Bulls have acquired one of the stronger guards in the NBA.
 
The champion Warriors didn't have a pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but that didn't stop them from swooping in to take a player that they apparently really liked.
 
According to Marcus Thompson of The Mercury News, the Warriors paid $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls for the rights to second-rounder Jordan Bell, the No. 38 overall pick in the draft.
 
A 6-7 forward, Bell averaged 10.9 points and 8.8 rebounds in leading Oregon to the Final Four last season as a junior. He'll likely play power forward or even small-ball center for the Warriors, who clearly liked him enough to fork over a hefty sum to get him.
 
With the status of David West, Zaza Pachulia and JaVale McGee uncertain as they enter free agency, Bell might get a chance to compete with James McAdoo and Kevon Looney for Golden State's reserve frontcourt minutes.
 
>>Fultz Goes No. 1 To Philadelphia, Ball To Lakers
 
The top three picks in Thursday night's NBA Draft went as expected with the 76ers trading up to take the No. 1 pick and the Celtics trading down to No. 3. 
 
Philadelphia selected Markelle Fultz out of Washington at No. 1. 
 
The Celtics wound up grabbing Jayson Tatum (Duke) at No. 3 which some might have considered a reach. 
 
Then there's the Lakers, which made Lonzo Ball's wish come true.  
 
Josh Jackson (Kansas) went to the Suns at No. 4 and Kentucky guard DeAaron Fox went to Sacramento at No. 5.
 
The Lakers had three first round picks, selecting Kyle Kuzma from Utah at No. 27 and Josh Hart from Villanova at No. 30.
 
Sacramento also took Frank Mason (Kansas) at No. 34.

 

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White Sox, Cubs Win; Cardinals Lose; Cubs Send Schwarber to AAA Iowa

Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier each hit two-run homers in the first inning , Jose Quintana cruised behind the extra support, and the White Sox beat Minnesota 9-0 on Thursday after a rain-delayed start of 4 hours and 50 minutes that was the longest in Twins history.
Quintana (4-8) departed with two outs in the seventh inning after throwing 113 pitches. He scattered just five singles while striking out nine without a walk for his second consecutive victory.
 
The White Sox have scored 20 runs in the last two turns for Quintana, whose run-support average of 3.91 per game since 2012 entering the afternoon was the third-lowest in the major leagues among active pitchers. That included no runs in four of his first seven starts this year.
 
Matt Davidson had three hits with a home run , and Adam Engel had four hits and the first two RBIs of his career.
 
Mike Pelfrey (3-5, 3.56 ERA) will pitch Friday in Chicago to start a three-game series against Oakland.
 
>>Cubs Blast Marlins
 
Addison Russell tied a career high with four hits, including a home run, to pace the Chicago Cubs to an 11-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
 
Russell drove in two and also had two doubles, giving him three extra-base hits in a game for the first time in his career. He is hitting .382 (13 for 34) with four home runs and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games.
Kris Bryant had a three-run homer, Willson Contreras added a two-run shot and Ian Happ also had four hits and drove in a pair for the Cubs, who have won four of five.
 
Jake Arrieta (7-5) pitched seven innings, allowing one run and six hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter over 82 pitches.
 
Arrieta also picked up two of the Cubs' 16 hits.
 
It was the first of an 11-game, 11-day trip for the Cubs, who entered having won six of their previous 22 road games.
 
Jeff Locke (0-3) allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings for the Marlins.
 
Marcell Ozuna hit his 20th home run for the Marlins to cut the deficit to 2-1.
 
Ozuna went 2 for 4, giving him his 30th multihit game of the season. His career high for multihit games in a season is 39 set last year.
 
John Lackey (5-7, 4.98 ERA) will start the second game of the series Friday. Lackey is 1-2 with a 5.01 ERA in five starts against the Marlins.
 
Jose Urena (5-2, 3.64) will take the mound Friday. Urena has won his last four decisions over six starts.
 
>>Phillies Down Cardinals
 
Aaron Nola pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph homered, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.
Nola (4-5) allowed one run, four hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings and struck out eight.
 
Joseph drove in three runs as Philadelphia, a major league-worst 23-48, won for just the second time in 15 games.
 
Paul DeJong homered on a hanging curveball leading off the eighth, pulling the Cardinals to 3-1, and Matt Carpenter walked with one out. Pat Neshek relieved and got Tommy Pham to ground into an inning-ending double play, and Luis Garcia followed with a perfect ninth.
 
Carlos Martinez (6-6) gave up three runs - two earned - and six hits with four strikeouts in six innings. The Cardinals, who made three errors, had won their previous five games against the Phillies.
 
Galvis homered in the first and Joseph leading off the fifth. With two on and two outs, Andres Blanco scored from second on an errant flip to second by shortstop Aledmys Diaz after his fine grab of Galvis' liner up the middle.
 
Left fielder Jose Martinez dropped Odubel Herrera's fly ball in the eighth for a two-base error, and Joseph followed with a two-run, two-out single.
 
Cardinals' Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a seventh-inning single. He is batting .293 over the stretch.
 
Adam Wainwright (7-5, 5.75) is to start for St. Louis as the Cardinals open a three-game home series against the Pirates.
 
>>Cubs Send Schwarber to AAA
 
The Chicago Cubs have demoted struggling slugger Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa.
 
Schwarber, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft, is batting just .171 with 12 homers and 28 RBIs in 64 games. There was no immediate announcement of a corresponding move.
 
Schwarber made his major league debut in 2015 and hit .246 with 16 homers and 43 RBIs in 69 games. He missed most of last season with a leg injury after a frightening outfield collision, then returned in October to help the Cubs win the World Series for the first time since 1908.
 
Chicago is 36-35 heading into Thursday night's game at Miami.
 
The Cubs also placed RF Jason Heyward (left hand abrasion) on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to June 19.

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Big Round To Start Travelers Championship For Spieth

Jordan Spieth picked up where he left off at the U.S. Open last week at Erin Hills, with a birdie. In fact, Spieth birdied three of his first four holes and five of his first eight en route to a 7-under 63 in Round 1 of the Travelers Championship. 
 
He made eight birds in all and shot the lowest first round of his PGA Tour career.
 
Spieth finished in the top five in the field on Thursday in strokes gained on approach shots.
 
Spieth still has a long way to go, and he has monumental chasers in Rory McIlroy (3 under) and Patrick Reed (3 under).
 
Defending Travelers Champion Jim Furyk is three-under.

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NHL Considering Penalty For Failed Offside Challenge

The NHL is considering issuing a minor penalty for a failed coach's challenge for offside.
 
The penalty would be instead of losing a timeout for a failed challenge under the current rules. The league's general managers discussed the possible change at a meeting Thursday ahead of this weekend's NHL draft in Chicago.
 
Replay reviews for possible offside have attracted attention in the playoffs the past two years. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan got a Nashville goal wiped out in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in May. St. Louis star Vladimir Tarasenko had a playoff goal wiped out by a razor-thin offside ruling during a series against Chicago in 2016.
 
NHL executive Colin Campbell says the next stop for the possible rule change is the league's competition committee.

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