Thursday, August 25
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals powered past the New York Mets 8-1 last night. Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty homered off Mets starter Jacob deGrom. Carpenter set the tone, hitting a leadoff home run in the first inning. The Cardinals went on to win for the seventh time in nine games. Roughed up for the second straight start, deGrom allowed five runs on 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs finished off a three-game sweep, beating the San Diego Padres 6-3 yesterday. Major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six effective innings. He gave up two runs and four hits, striking out eight and leaving with a 2.19 ERA. Hendricks has allowed no more than three earned runs in 17 straight starts.
CHICAGO (AP) — The struggling Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 last night. Tommy Joseph and Cesar Hernandez homered to back Jerod Eickhoff. Philadelphia showed some spark at the plate and on the mound after getting outscored a combined 18-1 over the previous two games against St. Louis and Chicago.
CHICAGO (AP) — Maybe the Chicago White Sox will change their luck by changing the name of their stadium. No guarantees, though. The ballpark currently called U.S. Cellular Field will become known as Guaranteed Rate Field starting in November. The team and the mortgage company announced a 13-year naming rights deal yesterday. The White Sox are below .500 this season and haven't made the playoffs since 2008.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler never expected at the outset of training camp that his offensive line would include Garry Williams at right tackle, Ted Larsen at right guard and Cornelius Edison at center. That's who's blocking for Cutler heading into Saturday's third preseason game at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — The Los Angeles Galaxy tied the Chicago Fire 2-2 last night. Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes scored for the Galaxy. Arturo Alvarez and David Accam scored for the Fire. The Fire — tied with Columbus with an MLS-low 23 points — are unbeaten in their last three matches. Los Angeles has one loss in its last 11.
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended for six months for what U.S. Soccer termed conduct "counter to the organization's principles." The suspension is effective immediately. Solo called Sweden a "bunch of cowards" after the Swedes beat the U.S. 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Former Illinois coach Tim Beckman is working as a volunteer assistant with Number 22 North Carolina's defense. UNC team spokesman Kevin Best says that Beckman can scout and evaluate film. He can interact with players, but cannot instruct them as a coach.