UPDATE: Boston’s Sale Likely Avoids Tommy John – Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to avoid Tommy John surgery after a second opinion on his injured left elbow from Dr. James Andrews confirmed a previous diagnosis of inflammation, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN. Sale, who was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, flew to meet with Andrews on Monday, sources said. The 30-year-old is in the midst of the worst season of his 10-year career after this spring signing a contract extension that begins in 2020 and pays him $145 million over five years. Following his last start six days ago, Sale felt soreness in his elbow and underwent an MRI. Initial readings showed changes from the MRI he took in the spring but weren’t clear enough to definitively judge whether there was damage to his ulnar collateral ligament. Monday’s news delivered a collective sigh of relief to Boston. The course of treatment for Sale is unclear, as is his timetable to return, though both are expected to be determined in the coming days, according to sources.
Chicago White Sox 2 – Los Angeles Angels 9
Highlights: Griffin Canning had never been caught by fellow rookie Anthony Bemboom. Maybe Sunday was the start of a productive partnership. Canning had perhaps the best start of his career, going seven innings and allowing just one run, and Bemboom hit his first homer in the majors to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Shohei Ohtani, Kole Calhoun and Matt Thaiss also homered to back Canning (5-6), who went seven innings for only the second time. Ohtani hit his first home run since July 27 and just his second since the All-Star break. He has a nine-game hit streak, the longest of his young career. Calhoun added his career-high 27th home run, a solo shot in the fourth inning. He hit 26 home runs in 2015 but hadn’t hit more than 19 in a season since. He also had his 100th hit Sunday, and 50 of those have gone for extra bases. The Angels have won four of five, including three of the four games in the weekend series. Canning struck out eight and walked one while mixing his slider, curveball, changeup and fastball. Thaiss hit a three-run homer in the second inning off White Sox starter Dylan Cease (2-6). He was 3 for 4 with a career-high four RBI and one run scored. Eloy Jimenez homered and tripled for the White Sox. Canning hit James McCann with two outs in the fourth and then gave up his first hit and only run when Jimenez tripled to score McCann. It appeared Brian Goodwin, playing center field, lost the ball in the sunlight. Jimenez hit his 22nd home run off reliever Adalberto Mejia in the ninth. Cease allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out six, walked one and hit one.
Chicago Cubs 7 – Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Highlights: Jose Quintana, Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs put on quite a show. The grinning Little Leaguers soaked in every moment. Quintana pitched seven crisp innings, Rizzo hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Sunday night in the MLB Little League Classic. Surrounded by smiling Little Leaguers wearing their uniforms in the stands at BB&T Ballpark, Quintana (11-7) allowed five hits, struck out seven and walked none. The left-hander improved to 7-0 in nine starts since his last loss June 22. Nicholas Castellanos and Jason Heyward also connected as Chicago earned its second straight win since consecutive heartbreaking losses to the Phillies and Pirates. The Cubs took two of three in the unusual weekend set and remain in a virtual tie with St. Louis for the top spot in the NL Central. It was the first road series win for Chicago since May 17-19 against Washington. Starling Marte had three hits for Pittsburgh, including his 21st homer in the ninth against Craig Kimbrel. Castellanos went deep in the first inning against Mitch Keller (1-2), and Heyward added another solo shot in the third. It was Castellanos’ sixth homer since coming over in a July 31 trade with Detroit. The Cubs added two more in the fourth on Kyle Schwarber‘s two-run single, and then put it away with three in the fifth. Kris Bryant chased Keller with a run-scoring double, and Rizzo made it 7-0 when he greeted Chris Stratton with a drive off the scoreboard in left-center for his 23rd homer. Last-place Pittsburgh dropped to 7-27 since the All-Star break. Keller was charged with six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Kimbrel, who was activated from the 10-day injured list before the game, got the first two outs in the ninth in his first game since Aug. 3. He gave up Marte’s homer and hit Cole Tucker before striking out two.
Chicago Sky 85 – Las Vegas Aces 100
Highlights: A’ja Wilson returned from a nine-game absence to score 25 points off the bench, Liz Cambage had 23 points and 10 rebounds and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Chicago Sky 100-85 on Sunday night. Wilson had not played since spraining her left ankle July 19. Kelsey Plum scored 12 points, and Kayla McBride added 10 to help the Aces (18-9) run their winning streak to three games. McBride hit a 3-pointer to make it 41-38 late in the first half and Las Vegas led the rest of the way. Diamond DeShields made a layup to cut Chicago’s deficit to with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter but Cambage answered with a 3-point play and the Sky got no closer. DeShields tied her career highs with 28 points and five 3-pointers, Cheyenne Parker added 16 points and Courtney Vandersloot had 11 points and nine assists for Chicago (15-11).
- Baltimore Orioles 7 – Boston Red Sox 13
- Cleveland Indians 8 – New York Yankees 4
- San Diego Padres 3 – Philadelphia Phillies 2
- Seattle Mariners 7– Toronto Blue Jays 0
- Detroit Tigers 4 – Tampa Bay Rays 5
- St. Louis Cardinals 5 – Cincinnati Reds 4
- Los Angeles Dodgers 3 – Atlanta Braves 5
- Milwaukee Brewers 8 – Washington Nationals 16
- New York Mets 11 – Kansas City Royals 5
- Minnesota Twins 6 – Texas Rangers 3
- Miami Marlins 6 – Colorado Rockies 7
- Chicago White Sox 2 – Los Angeles Angels 9 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Houston Astros 4 – Oakland Athletics 1
- San Francisco Giants 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks 6
- Chicago Cubs 7 – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (See Chicago Sports News)
Mets’ Alonso Sets NL Rookie Mark With 40th HR – New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit his 40th home run of the season on Sunday to set the National League rookie record for home runs in a season. Alonso homered to left field in the ninth inning. The 418-foot blast off the Kansas City Royals‘ Jacob Barnes broke a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Cody Bellinger for most home runs by a NL rookie in a season. Bellinger hit 39 home runs in 2017. “It’s crazy,” Alonso said after the Mets’ 11-5 victory when asked about setting the record. “I just gotta go back to the days of spring training when I didn’t know if I was gonna make the team out of camp or not. I’m just extremely thankful for this opportunity, and this has been such an incredible year. I just wanna keep building and help this team win.” Alonso is the first Mets player to hit 40 home runs since Carlos Beltran in 2006. With the home run, Alonso improved to 3-for-4 in the Mets’ victory over the Royals, with three runs and two RBIs. The victory pulled the Mets (64-60) into a three-way tie in the NL wild-card chase, 1½ games behind the Chicago Cubs, who hold the second wild-card spot. The New York Yankees‘ Aaron Judge holds the major league record for home runs in a season by a rookie, with 52 in 2017. Check out video: https://www.mlb.com/video/pete-alonso-homers-40-on-a-fly-ball-to-left-field?t=most-popular
Chicago Cubs 2 – Pittsburgh Pirates 0
Highlights: Kris Bryant homered in the seventh inning, and the Chicago Cubs got out of three bases-loaded jams to snap a four-game skid with a 2-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. After committing an error at third base each of the previous two innings, Bryant drove the first pitch of the seventh from Steven Brault (3-2) into the left-field bleachers to put Chicago ahead 1-0. It was Bryant’s 25th homer this season and third in five games. The Cubs moved within one-half game of first-place St. Louis in the NL Central. The Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies, who are chasing the Cubs in the wild-card standings, were playing later Saturday. Jon Lester (10-8) gave up four hits and five walks in six innings after allowing Pittsburgh to load the bases with one out in the first and nobody out in the fifth. He got Kevin Newman to fly out to right in the fifth before striking out Bryan Reynolds and getting out of it when Starling Marte flied to center. Pittsburgh stranded 11 runners and fell to 7-26 since the All-Star break. It loaded the bases a third time with two outs in the seventh. After Ian Happ fully extended in left field to catch a sharp line drive from Reynolds for the second out with runners on first and second, Cubs reliever Tyler Chatwood hit Marte with a pitch. Josh Bell bounced to second to end the inning. Happ scored from third on a throwing error by catcher Elias Diaz in the eighth. Rowan Wick came in after Chatwood walked Adam Frazier to lead off the ninth. He retired each of the three batters he faced for his first major league save. Brault didn’t allow a hit until Addison Russell singled to third with one out in the fifth. He reached career highs in innings pitched with seven and strikeouts with eight, and allowed one run on two hits with one walk.
Chicago White Sox 5 – Los Angeles Angels 6
Highlights: Brian Goodwin‘s playing time has decreased since Justin Upton returned to the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup. Still, the outfielder is making the most of his opportunities when he does get to start. Goodwin homered and walked with the bases loaded to bring in the go-ahead run as the Angels rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night. Goodwin played in all but eight of the Angels’ first 72 games (including 54 starts) while Upton was on the injured list with turf toe. Since the slugger came back, Goodwin has seen action in only 36 games and Saturday marked just his 19th start. Goodwin tied the game at 1 in the second inning when he drove Hector Santiago‘s fastball over the wall in center field for his 11th home run of the season. Upton also homered early, but the Angels trailed 5-2 going into the seventh. Los Angeles sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning and scored off four Chicago pitchers. Mike Trout lined a bases-loaded single to knock in two runs, and Upton tied it with a sharp grounder that went under the glove of third baseman Ryan Goins for an error. Trout scored the go-ahead run when Goodwin drew a bases-loaded walk from Evan Marshall (3-2) with two outs. It was the fourth walk of the inning issued by a White Sox pitcher. It was the fifth time in 63 games the Angels won when trailing after six innings. Taylor Cole (3-4) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, and Hansel Robles retired the side in order in the ninth for his 18th save. Eloy Jimenez homered during a four-run third inning for the White Sox, who lost for just the second time in 44 games when leading after six. Jimenez hit a two-run shot to center off Jose Suarez for his 21st of the season, which leads AL rookies. His drive came after James McCann gave the White Sox a 3-1 lead with a double to left.
- Cleveland Indians 5 – New York Yankees 6
- Chicago Cubs 2 – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Seattle Mariners 4 – Toronto Blue Jays 3
- Houston Astros 4 – Oakland Athletics 8
- Detroit Tigers 0 – Tampa Bay Rays 1
- St. Louis Cardinals 1 – Cincinnati Reds 6
- Milwaukee Brewers 15 – Washington Nationals 14
- San Diego Padres 5 – Philadelphia Phillies 3
- Baltimore Orioles 0 – Boston Red Sox 4
- New York Mets 4 – Kansas City Royals 1
- Los Angeles Dodgers 3 – Atlanta Braves 4
- Minnesota Twins 12 – Texas Rangers 7
- San Francisco Giants 11 – Arizona Diamondback 6
- Miami Marlins 4 – Colorado Rockies 11
- Chicago White Sox 5 – Los Angeles Angels 6 (See Chicago Sports News)
Red Sox Seek Second Opinion As Sale Lands On IL – Red Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day injured list on Saturday with left elbow inflammation, raising questions about whether he will pitch again this season. Team president Dave Dombrowski said Sale had an MRI, and the team’s doctors said the results showed inflammation. “There’s going to be further evaluations,” Dombrowski said before Boston faced the Baltimore Orioles. “We’re in a situation where I don’t know where it’s really going to take us at this point.” Asked if Sale would return to the mound this year, Dombrowski said, “I don’t know one way or another at this point.” Dombrowski said Sale felt stiffness after his start Tuesday in Cleveland and didn’t tell the team until Friday, when he was sent for the test. In addition to the team’s doctors, Dombrowski said, Sale will have the results looked at by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, but probably not until Monday. Dombrowski wasn’t certain if Sale would visit Andrews. “You always want to have second opinions. We’re all on the same page,” Dombrowski said. “I don’t know if he’s going to see him or he’s going to look at the information.” Before the season started, Sale signed a $160 million, six-year contract that includes $50 million in deferred money not due to be paid until 15 years after it is earned. The Red Sox said Sale was not available for comment. “I think he’s upset that he’s going on the injured list,” Dombrowski said. Struggling through a mediocre season, Sale is 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA, but he was coming off two solid starts in which he combined for 25 strikeouts — including the 2,000th of his career — and allowed three runs in 14 2/3 innings. Sale is the fastest pitcher to reach 2,000 Ks in major league history.