>>Cardinals Hold On To Beat Nationals
(Washington, DC) — Matt Adams blasted two home runs and drove in four as the Cardinals held on to beat the Nationals 7-6 in D.C. Carlos Martinez recorded a six-out save to secure the victory. Yairo [[ JIE-roe ]] Muñoz added a solo shot for St. Louis, who took two out of three in the series. Miles Mikolas got the win despite allowing four runs on 12 hits.
>>Cubs Top Brewers In Series Finale
(Milwaukee, WI) — Daniel Murphy smacked a homer and two singles to help the Cubs beat the Brewers 6-4 in Milwaukee. José Quintana allowed two runs in six-and-two-thirds for the win. Ben Zobrist had three hits and two RBI, and Kyle Schwarber hit a solo homer as Chicago salvaged the finale of the three-game series. The Cubs hold a four-game lead over Milwaukee atop the NL Central.
>>Cubs Closer Brandon Morrow May Not Return This Season
(Milwaukee, WI) — Cubs closer Brandon Morrow may not return by the end of this season. Manager Joe Maddon says there may not be enough time for him to come back. The right-hander has been on the disabled list with a stress reaction since July 18th. The Cubs have used Pedro Strop [[ Strope ]] as their primary closer since.
>>Tigers Pound White Sox
(Chicago, IL) — The Tigers drilled four homers as they pounded the White Sox 10-2 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Rookie Michael Kopech took the loss after allowing seven runs, including all four homers. José Rondón had an RBI single in the seventh for the South Siders, who scored both their runs that inning. The Tigers took two-of-three in the series.
>>Eagles Host Falcons In NFL Opener
(Philadelphia, PA) — The quest to repeat begins tonight as the Eagles host the Falcons to kick off the 2018 NFL season. Nick Foles has been tabbed as the starting quarterback for Philadelphia as Carson Wentz recovers from knee surgery. The Eagles will raise their championship banner after beating the Patriots in February for their first Super Bowl title.
>>Bell Still Absent From Steelers
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is still absent from the team as he seeks a new contract. Bell’s teammates are upset that he still hasn’t signed his 14.5-million-dollar franchise tag. This is the second straight season Bell has held out of training camp, but he did report in time for Week One last season.
>>Colts Host Bengals Sunday
(Indianapolis, IN) — The Colts continue prepping for Sunday’s season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Starting running back Marlon Mack did not practice yesterday for the Colts as he deals with a hamstring injury. Rookie Jordan Wilkins will likely start in his place.
>>Colts’ Luck Excited To Play
(Indianapolis, IN) — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is excited to play after missing all of last season. Head coach Frank Reich characterized Sunday’s game as Luck’s final hurdle. Luck hasn’t played a full game since New Year’s Day of 2017. Luck did not miss a game during his first three seasons, but has since missed 26 of his past 48 games.
>>Seahawks’ Thomas Ends Holdout
(Seattle, WA) — Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas is done holding out. He reported to the Seahawks yesterday and took part in practice. His status for Sunday’s opener at Denver is unclear. ESPN reports the Seahawks declined a second-round pick from the Cowboys for Thomas, who has made it known his desire to play for Dallas.
>>Bears Set To Face Packers In Opener
(Lake Forest, IL) — The Bears face the Packers Sunday night in Green Bay to kick off the regular season. Newly-signed Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack expects to play. Fellow pass-rusher Leonard Floyd and rookie inside linebacker Roquan Smith were in full practice mode yesterday. Both have been dealing with injuries.
>>Bulls Starts Training Camp Sept. 25th
(Chicago, IL) — The Bulls start training camp later this month. Practice begins on September 25th, a day after the team holds media day. The Bulls begin their five-game preseason schedule September 30th at home against the New Orleans Pelicans. They open regular-season play October 18th at the 76ers.
>>Angels’ Ohtani Needs Tommy John Surgery, Homers Twice
(Anaheim, CA) — Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani [[ SHOW-hay oh-TAH-nee ]] needs Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The Angels say an MRI revealed new damage to a ligament in his elbow and reconstruction surgery is recommended. Ohtani went 4-for-4 with two homers as the DH in the Halos’ 9-3 win last night at Texas.
>>Story Homers Three Times, Rockies Edge Giants
(Denver, CO) — Trevor Story launched three solo homers, including one over 500 feet, as the Rockies edged the Giants 5-3 in Denver. Story’s third homer broke a 3-all tie in the sixth inning to put Colorado ahead for good. The Rockies are now a game-and-a-half ahead of the Dodgers and two ahead of the Diamondbacks for the NL West lead.