Dan Haren pitched into the eighth as the Cubs cut down the Reds, 4-1, in Cincinnati. Haren scattered three hits, while striking out six and walking none, over seven-and-a-third scoreless innings to improve to 10-and-9. Miguel Montero laced a two-run double during a four-run first for Chicago, which is three games behind the Pirates for home-field advantage in the NL Wild Card game. The game was delayed over two hours by rain.
Adam Eaton hit a two-run homer and Jeff Samardzija [[ suh-MAR-juh ]] pitched seven innings to lead the White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Royals. Samardzija earned his 11th win, while David Robertson nailed down his 33rd save. Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez plated a run apiece for Chicago in the opener of the three-game set.
The Cardinals and Pirates were rained out last night in Pittsburgh. The teams will make that up as part of a day-night doubleheader today. The first game starts at 12:35 p.m., with the nightcap set for 6 p.m. The Cardinals’ magic number to clinch the NL Central is just two.
Adam Wainwright is on the verge of returning to active duty for the Cardinals. After rupturing his Achilles tendon in April, the 34-year-old is expected to work out of the bullpen this week possibly as soon as tonight. Wainwright went through drills and a simulated game on Monday.
Clayton Kershaw pitched the Dodgers into the postseason as LA hammered the Giants, 8-0, in San Francisco. Kershaw fired a one-hitter, striking out 13 and walking just one as the Dodgers clinched their third straight NL West title.
A new NBA season is nearly upon us and Bulls guard Derrick Rose is dealing with another injury. Rose sustained a left orbital fracture after taking an elbow to the face in the first practice of training camp. He is likely to undergo surgery today and then the team will set a timetable for his return.
The 0-and-3 Bears continued reshaping their roster on Tuesday. Chicago officially traded linebacker Jonathan Bostic to the Patriots, waived safety Brock Vereen, and signed safety Chris Prosinski and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds. The Bears host the Raiders on Sunday.
Coming up this Friday Night, It’s the Talk 101 High School Game of the Week presented by World of Powersports as the Eisenhower Panthers play host to Springfield Lanphier for their Homecoming game. The Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy Pregame Show gets underway at 6:30p.m. and the kickoff follows at 7:00p.m. Join Scott Busboom and Glen Purvis this Friday Night from Eisenhower High School with all the action. You can also listen to the game online at www.decaturradio.com.
Coming up this Saturday night, it’s Millikin University football on Talk 101 as The Big Blue are back at home hosting North Central in the 100th Homecoming Game. The Pepsi Pregame Show gets underway at 5:30p.m. and the kickoff follows at 6:00p.m. Join Scott Busboom and Kevin Hale this Saturday night from Frank M Lindsey Field with all the action. You can also listen to the game online at www.decaturradio.com.