Chicago White Sox 8 – Minnesota Twins 9
Highlights: The Minnesota Twins feted their fourth walk-off win in this remarkable season with a bath of water and bubble gum for Ronald Torreyes, whose bases-loaded hit by pitch in the three-run 12th inning brought them one step closer to their first American League Central title in nine years. They might need champagne for their next celebration. The unusual game-ending at-bat by Torreyes, just his sixth of the year for the Twins, followed the tying two-run single by Marwin Gonzalez and capped a 9-8 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night that kept their division lead at five games. The Twins, who improved to 13-5 against the White Sox this season, trimmed their magic number for clinching the division to seven. Any combination of wins by Minnesota and losses by Cleveland over the remaining 11 games will give the Twins the title. The Indians beat Detroit earlier in the evening. The Twins led 5-0 after three innings, but the White Sox, who finished with 20 hits and have 26 homers and 82 runs in their last 14 games, pounded the ball all over the ballpark on this summer-like night. They tied it by the sixth and took the lead in the 11th when AL batting leader Tim Anderson went deep. After a sacrifice fly by Mitch Garver tied it again in the bottom of the inning for the Twins, Ryan Cordell hit a two-run homer in the 12th off Ryne Harper (4-2) for the White Sox, one of four homers allowed by six Twins relievers. That set up the latest rally by the Twins, this time against Jose Ruiz (1-4) with spare September parts LaMonte Wade Jr. and Torreyes playing key late roles.
Chicago Cubs 2 – Cincinnati Reds 4
Highlights: The Chicago Cubs had been scoring in bunches lately. Then Sonny Gray took the mound for the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs were shut down by Gray and two relievers Tuesday night, falling 4-2 to the Reds in a loss that hurt their playoff positioning. Chicago had won five in a row, outscoring its opponents 59-18 during the stretch. But it managed just two runs against Gray (11-7) before Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias closed out the five-hitter for Cincinnati. The Cubs (82-69) dropped into a tie for the second NL wild card with Milwaukee, which held off San Diego for a 3-1 victory. They also missed out on an opportunity to gain ground on NL Central-leading St. Louis, which lost 6-2 to Washington. Rookie Aristides Aquino hit his 16th homer for Cincinnati (71-81), and Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez each drove in a run. Gray struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings. The All-Star right-hander improved to 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA in his last nine outings. Yu Darvish (6-7) struck out 13 in seven innings for Chicago, but was hurt by a slow start. Kyle Schwarber had three hits and two RBI. Darvish fanned 14 in his previous start, a 4-1 win at San Diego on Thursday. He has 217 Ks in 170 1/3 innings on the year. Gray departed with runners on the corners, and Lorenzen struck out Nicholas Castellanos to end the inning. Lorenzen then worked the eighth before Iglesias pitched a perfect ninth for his 32nd save. Darvish struck out the side in the first, but Cincinnati scored three times. Votto doubled home Josh VanMeter before Aquino hit a drive to left-center for his first homer since Sept. 2.
Chicago Blackhawks 3 – Detroit Red Wings 5
Highlights: In Detroit, Michael Rasmussen’s tiebreaking goal with 4:37 left pushed the Red Wings to a 5-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Matt Puempel, Matthew Ford, Chris Terry and Luke Glendening also scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard and Calvin Pickard each played half the game in goal for the Red Wings. Howard started and stopped seven of eight shots, while Pickard made 15 saves. Dominik Kubalik scored twice, and Philip Holm added a goal for the Blackhawks. Robin Lehner and Kevin Lankinen each played half the game in goal for Chicago. Lehner started and allowed two goals on 17 shots before being replaced by Lankinen, who stopped 19 of 21 shots.
Tuesday Games – Preseason:
- Ottawa Senators 3 – Toronto Maple Leafs 1
- Buffalo Sabres 1 – Columbus Blue Jackets 4
- Philadelphia Flyers 2 – New York Islanders 3
- Carolina Hurricanes 3 – Tampa Bay Lightning 0
- Chicago Blackhawks 3 – Detroit Red Wings 5 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Dallas Stars 2 – Minnesota Wild 1
- Vegas Golden Knights 5 – Colorado Avalanche 0
- Edmonton Oilers 2 – Vancouver Canucks 4
- Los Angeles Kings 4 – Arizona Coyotes 1
- Anaheim Ducks 4 – San Jose Sharks 3
- Arizona Coyotes 5 – Los Angeles Kings 0
Chicago White Sox 3 – Minnesota Twins 5
Highlights: As the Minnesota Twins move closer to a postseason berth, Jose Berrios’ confidence grows. Berrios pitched into the eighth inning to win his second straight start, Mitch Garver hit a go-ahead double and the Twins rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Monday night. Seeking their first AL Central title since 2010, the Twins opened a five-game lead over second-place Cleveland. At 92-58 with 12 games left, Minnesota is assured of its best record since finishing 94-68 in 2010. Given an extra day of rest between starts, Berrios (13-8) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. He was rewarded with a standing ovation when he was removed. Berrios’ 188 1/3 innings are four shy of his career high, set last year. The two-time All-Star has changed his postgame routine in order to stay fresher between starts. He pitched into the eighth inning for just the fifth time this season. Tyler Duffey finished the eighth, and Sergio Romo allowed Eloy Jimenez‘s homer leading off the ninth before getting an out. Taylor Rogers needed just eight pitches to finish a six-hitter for his 27th save in 33 chances. Following a weekend series against the Indians, Minnesota started a final stretch against teams with losing records: the White Sox, Kansas City and worst-in-the-majors Detroit. White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez gave up five runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. Jose Abreu‘s sacrifice fly in the first and James McCann‘s homer in the second gave Chicago a 2-0 lead, but the Twins tied the score in the bottom half on Jorge Polanco‘s sacrifice fly and Nelson Cruz‘s RBI single. After Garver put the Twins ahead for good, Luis Arraez hit a cue shot off the end of his bat that curved past third baseman Yoan Moncada for a two-run single in the sixth. Moncada appeared to be in position to make a play before the ball spun to his left and into the outfield.
Chicago Cubs 8 – Cincinnati Reds 2
Highlights: Playing without Anthony Rizzo, the Chicago Cubs turned to Kyle Schwarber. And Nicholas Castellanos. And Alec Mills. It seemed like everyone helped out. Schwarber hit a three-run homer and made a diving catch in left field, and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 on Monday night for their fifth straight victory. Castellanos added a two-run double in the eighth inning as Chicago moved a season-high 14 games above .500. The Cubs have outscored opponents 59-18 during their streak. Castellanos became the third right-handed hitter in MLB history to record at least 55 doubles and 25 homers in a season, joining Hall of Famers Hank Greenberg (1934) and Joe Medwick (1937). The Cubs (82-68) pulled within a half-game of Washington for the top spot in the wild-card standings and stayed two games back of National League Central-leading St. Louis, which held off the Nationals for a 4-2 win. Steve Cishek, Mills (1-0), Rowan Wick, Kyle Ryan and David Phelps combined for 5⅔ scoreless innings in relief of an ineffective Cole Hamels. It was Mills’ first major league win in his 17th big league appearance. Kevin Gausman (3-9) pitched two innings in his first start since the Reds claimed him off waivers from the Braves last month. The right-hander has been a starter for most of his career, and Bell wanted to give him another look in that spot while giving the rest of his rotation an extra day of rest. Gausman got into trouble in the first when Chicago put runners on first and second with one out. Schwarber then connected for the second straight day, driving a 2-2 pitch deep to center. “I kind of put my team in a hole right there,” Gausman said. It was No. 37 for Schwarber, the highest total for a lefty batter for the Cubs since Hall of Famer Billy Williams hit 37 in 1972. Schwarber also robbed pinch hitter Derek Dietrich with a stellar grab on his liner to left in the fourth. Phillip Ervin‘s sacrifice fly cut Chicago’s lead to 3-2, but Cishek struck out Eugenio Suarez looking to end the inning.
Chicago Blackhawks 3 – Washington Capitals 4
Highlights: The Chicago Blackhawks opened up their preseason on Monday against the Washington Capitals, but they couldn’t come home with the victory as Tom Wilson scored in overtime to give the home side a 4-3 win. Adam Boqvist scored a goal for the Blackhawks in the loss, and new acquisitions Aleksi Saarela and Alex Nylander both added goals of their own. Collin Delia made 25 saves in the losing effort. Thanks to some deft puck movement in the first period, the Blackhawks were able to get on the board first. David Kampf skated the puck into the zone on the rush, and circled around to wait for his teammates to arrive. Nylander fed a pass to the point to Erik Gustafsson, who launched a slapshot that Saarela deflected into the back of the net to put the Blackhawks in front 1-0. In the second period the scoring opened up, as the two teams combined for five total goals. After Damien Riat scored to tie the game at 1-1, Nylander gave the Blackhawks back the lead just two minutes later, potting a gorgeous goal to make it a 2-1 game. The Capitals then scored two goals in 90 seconds, with Travis Boyd adding a power play marker and Aliaksei Protas scoring with 11 minutes to go in the frame to put the Capitals in front 3-2. With about seven minutes to go in the period, Boqvist showed off his remarkable offensive skill on a drive through the zone. After reaching the goal line, Boqvist circled around the cage and rifled off a quick shot that found the back of the net, tying things up at 3-3. That remained the score until the overtime period when the Capitals were able to secure the winner. Wilson skated past the Blackhawks’ defense and tucked the puck underneath Delia’s leg pad, giving the Capitals the victory. The Blackhawks will be back in action on Tuesday night, taking on the Detroit Red Wings at the Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit.
Monday Games – Preseason:
- Florida Panthers 3 – Nashville Predators 6
- Boston Bruins 3 – New Jersey Devils 4
- Chicago Blackhawks 3 – Washington Capitals 4 (See Chicago Sports News)
- New York Islanders 3 – Philadelphia Flyers 1
- New Jersey Devils 2 – Montreal Canadians 4
- Pittsburgh Penguins 4 – Buffalo Sabres 5
- Florida Panthers 0 – Nashville Predators 1
- St. Louis Blues 2 – Dallas Stars 0
- Vancouver Canucks 3 – Calgary Flames 2
- Winnipeg Jets 0 – Edmonton Oilers 2
- Calgary Flames 4 – Vancouver Canucks 3
Sunday’s Game – Preseason:
- Arizona Coyotes 2 – Vegas Golden Knights 6
Golden Rings: Vonn Engaged To Devils’ Subban – Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn and P.K. Subban are tying the knot. Former ski champion Vonn announced her engagement to the NHL star on Instagram on Friday. The pair have been dating for at least a year. Vonn, 34, told Vogue that they don’t yet have a date for the wedding. “I just want to enjoy the moment and the engagement,” Vonn told Vogue. “We’re not in a big hurry to get married. It kind of depends on his playing schedule, and when we have time to sit down and go through it. I don’t want to stress him out because he has a big season coming.” Vonn retired from skiing in February, citing persistent pain in both of her knees. She won Olympic gold for the United States in the women’s downhill in 2010 at Vancouver. She also won a bronze in the super-G that year, and another bronze last year at the Pyeongchang Games. Subban, 30, earned a gold medal of his own when Canada won the men’s hockey competition at the Sochi Games in 2014, though he was scratched in all but one game. In June, the New Jersey Devils acquired Subban in a trade from the Nashville Predators. Vonn previously dated golfer Tiger Woods for nearly three years before the pair split up in 2015.
Cowboys To Sign Vet RB Morris In Zeke’s Absence – With Ezekiel Elliott‘s holdout at four days, the Dallas Cowboys will sign veteran Alfred Morris, the team announced Monday night. Sources confirmed a report by 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that Elliott was flying to Mexican resort city Cabo San Lucas as the Cowboys held their first padded practice of camp on Monday. While on suspension in 2017, Elliott spent time in Cabo. The Cowboys continue to speak with his agent regarding a contract extension, and they have swapped proposals, but sources indicate that nothing is close at the moment. Morris played for the Cowboys in 2016-17 and was with the San Francisco 49ers last season. In his two seasons with Dallas, Morris had 790 yards and three touchdowns on 184 carries. He took over as the starter in Elliott’s absence in 2017, including a 127-rushing yard effort. With Elliott missing, the Cowboys entered camp with just one tailback with a carry in a regular-season game. Darius Jackson, who has taken most of the snaps with the first team in the first three days of practice, had six carries for 16 yards in last year’s season finale. The Cowboys selected Tony Pollard in the fourth round and Mike Weber in the seventh round of the recent draft, and they have Jordan Chunn, who spent last season on the practice squad. With Elliott on the reserve/did not report list, the Cowboys do not have to make a roster move to add Morris. Elliott is subject to a $40,000 fine for each day he misses. Once Elliott misses six days of camp, the Cowboys can come after 15% of the prorated portion of the signing bonus he received in 2016, which would be roughly $613,000. For each day after that, they can add 1% up to a max of 25%. If he does not report by Aug. 6, he will not earn an accrued season toward free agency. Elliott is under contract through 2020, with the Cowboys picking up his $9.09 million fifth-year option. He is set to make $3.853 million this season.