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White Sox Castillo Banned 80 Games for Failed Drug Test

Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo has been suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.

The commissioner's office said Thursday he tested positive for EPO. Erythropoietin is a hormone that stimulates the red blood cell production and often has turned up in the test results for cyclists.

He is the eighth player suspended this year under the major league drug-testing program.


Snarskis keys Illini's 7-1 B10 Tournament win over Indiana

 
Quinn Snarskis and two relievers combined on a two-hitter and Michael Massey's three-run homer broke open the game in Illinois' 7-1 victory over Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday night.
 
The Illini (32-18) play top-seeded Minnesota on Thursday night. The Hoosiers (37-16) face Michigan State in an elimination game.
 
The Illini broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning when they plated three runs on a pair of two-out errors. Massey's three-run homer made it 7-0 in the seventh.
 
Snarskis, who transferred to Illinois after Division II St. Joseph's College closed last year and became Illinois' No. 1 starter, pitched 4 1/3 perfect innings before Luke Miller singled. Ryan Thompson (8-3) allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
 
Indiana starter Jonathan Stiever (5-5) pitched six innings and took the loss.

Redbirds Fall to Bradley in MVC Tournament Opener

The Illinois State Redbirds got a home run from Collin Braithwaite, but struggled against the Bradley Braves, falling in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament first round by a 14-2 final score.
 
Jake McCaw went 2-for-3 for Illinois State, while Braithwaite and Joe Aeilts had the team's other two hits in the contest. Braithwaite and Aeilts drove in a run each, as Braithwaite and Jordan Libman each scored once.
 
After being retired in order in the top of the first inning, the Redbirds gave up four runs in the bottom half of the first. Bradley scored two runs in the third and another in the fourth to lead 7-0.
 
The Redbirds did not get their first hit in the game until the top of the fifth inning when Braithwaite took a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left field, ending the perfect game and shutout bid with one swing of the bat. After a pair of outs, McCaw singled up the middle, and Bryce Grimm walked to put a runner in scoring position, but could not squeeze a run across.
 
Following the Redbird run, the Braves scored six times in the bottom of the fifth inning, and another in the bottom of the sixth to lead 14-1.
 
Illinois State rallied in the top of the seventh, as the first three batters all reached base, as Libman walked, and scored a batter later on an Aeilts double into left field. McCaw singled to right field to put runners on the corners; however, a fly-out, foul-out, and ground-out ended the threat, and the game.
 
The Redbirds will return to action this afternoon at 12:30 p.m. as they'll take on Dallas Baptist.

Covey earns 1st win, White Sox hit 3 homers in rout of O's

Dylan Covey tossed seven strong innings for his first major league win, Yoan Moncada and Adam Engel each hit three-run homers and the Chicago White Sox pounded the Baltimore Orioles 11-1 on Wednesday night.
 
Jose Rondon added his first major league homer, a two-run shot in the seventh, as last-place Chicago rolled to its fifth win in seven games.
 
Covey (1-1) allowed one run on six hits and struck out eight in his 20th game and 14th start - and longest outing - in the majors. Baltimore, last in the AL East, has lost four of five overall and is 5-21 on the road.
 
Moncada's shot to center in a four-run third inning put the White Sox ahead for good after Jace Peterson singled in Baltimore's lone run in the second. Moncada's seventh homer was his first since April 26, a stretch that included time on the disabled list with left hamstring tightness.
 
Engel, who entered hitting .183, added three singles and matched a career high with four hits. His drive to left in the fifth was his first homer since last September.
 
Alex Cobb (1-6) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since April 19. The right-hander allowed six runs on eight hits.
 
Covey was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday to take Carson Fulmer's spot the in rotation after Fulmer was assigned to the farm club.
 
Covey made one start with Chicago earlier this season, losing on April 28 at Kansas City. The 26-year-old righty was 0-7 with a 7.71 ERA in 12 starts and six relief appearances in 2017.
 
Covey looked shaky only in the second, when Baltimore used two singles and a walk to take a 1-0 lead.
 
In the third, Tim Anderson walked and Engel singled with one out before Moncada connected on a 1-2 pitch from Cobb.
 
Chicago tacked on two more runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu.
 
Engel's shot with two outs in the in the fifth off Pedro Araujo made it 9-1. Rondon's drive complete the scoring.
 
Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy (2-6, 4.70) faces White Sox righty Lucas Giolito (3-4, 6.42) in the finale of the four-game series this afternoon.

Indians defeat Cubs 1-0

Adam Plutko carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Andrew Miller provided stellar relief work, helping the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 1-0 on Wednesday night.
 
Plutko (2-0) struck out four and walked four in his second major league start. The right-hander was promoted from Triple-A Columbus to replace the struggling Josh Tomlin in Cleveland's rotation.
 
Michael Brantley, Francisco Lindor and Rajai Davis had two hits apiece as the AL Central leaders won for the third time in four games. Brantley extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and Davis also contributed a leaping catch against the wall in center, robbing Addison Russell of a likely run-scoring hit in the second.
 
The Indians completed a sweep of their two-game set versus the Cubs in their first appearance at Wrigley Field since they lost the 2016 World Series.
 
Chicago wasted a terrific start by Jon Lester (4-2) in its second straight loss.  The lefty allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one while lowering his ERA to 2.37 in his 10th start this year.
 
Plutko was even better. He retired 13 in a row before Anthony Rizzo led off the seventh with a double for Chicago's first hit. Willson Contreras then reached on an infield single, chasing Plutko and putting runners on the corners.
 
But Miller came in and shut the door, preserving Cleveland's 1-0 lead. He jumped on Javier Baez's bunt right back to him and threw out Rizzo at home. Russell then struck out swinging and Jason Heyward bounced to first, ending the inning.
 
Miller also got the first two outs of the eighth. After Kyle Schwarber singled, Cody Allen retired Kris Bryant on a fly ball to center. Allen worked the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
 
Plutko also helped the Indians jump in front with a sacrifice in the third, advancing Davis to second after a leadoff single. It was Plutko's first professional plate appearance; he did not bat in the minors or during his college career at UCLA.
 
The Cubs will have the day off, RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-3, 3.40 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series against San Francisco.
 

Royals score 3 in 10th inning to down Cards 5-2

Kansas City Royals backup catcher Drew Butera had a two-run single in the 10th inning and the Royals earned a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
 
Butera's RBIs were his first since May 2. Jon Jay followed with an RBI single as the Royals won their first series since May 6th.  
 
Salvador Perez hammered a first-pitch fastball by Cardinals starter Michael Wacha for his eighth home run of the season to lead off the second.
 
Royals starter Jakob Junis gave up two runs in five innings, while striking out seven.
 
Blaine Boyer (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win. Kelvin Herrera earned his 10th save with a perfect 10th.
 
Abraham Almonte scored on a sacrifice fly in the sixth to tie it 2-2.
 
Wacha retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced. He gave up two runs, one earned, in 6 2/3 innings.
 
Bud Norris (1-1) pitched a perfect ninth, but couldn't record an out in the 10th, giving up back-to-back singles to Jorge Soler and Alex Gordon before compounding the issue by committing an error on Alcides Escobar's sacrifice attempt to load the bases ahead of Butera.
 
Francisco Pena capped a two-run second inning with an RBI double, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. Pena had a pair of hits after going 1-for-12 the previous three games.
 
Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna was scratched from the lineup and was replaced by Tyler O'Neill after oversleeping and reporting late. Ozuna was hitting .714 (5 for 7) with a walk in his previous two games.
 
The Cards will have the day off as RHP John Gant (1-1, 4.67 ERA) gets the start in the opener of a three-game series Friday at Pittsburgh.

Sanchez lifts White Sox over Orioles 3-2

 Yolmer Sanchez capped Chicago's three-run eighth with a tiebreaking RBI single, lifting the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
 
Welington Castillo also had an RBI single and Yoan Moncada added a sacrifice fly as last-place Chicago won for the fourth time in six games. Bruce Rondon (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Nate Jones got three outs for his fourth save.
 
Mark Trumbo went 4 for 4 with two doubles for Baltimore, which won 3-2 on Monday night in the series opener between two of the AL's worst teams.
 
The last-place Orioles wasted a gem by Kevin Gausman, who matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander allowed nine hits and walked one.

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