Monday, August 31
Arrieta pitches no-hitter for Cubs in 2-0 win over Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night.
Arrieta (17-6) became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues by throwing baseball's third no-hitter in less than three weeks.
Astros right-hander Mike Fiers blanked the NL West-leading Dodgers 3-0 on Aug. 21. Los Angeles had never been no-hit twice in a season.
Arrieta struck out a season-high 12 — one off his career high — and walked one to help the Cubs snap a four-game skid on the last night of their six-game West Coast trip. He finished August with a 6-0 record, tying Boston's Joe Kelly as the only pitchers with that many wins in the month.
Saladino lifts White Sox to 6-5 win over Mariners
CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Tyler Saladino drove in the winning run with a single in the 11th inning and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-5 on Sunday.
Alexei Ramirez singled and Tyler Flower walked to start the rally before Ramirez advanced to third on Carlos Sanchez's flyout and scored on Saladino's hit off David Rollins (0-1).
David Robertson (6-3) struck out three in two innings for the victory as the teams split the four-game series.
The White Sox tied the game in the ninth on shortstop Brad Miller's throwing error to first on pinch hitter Sanchez's grounder. Trayce Thompson scored after he singled off Carson Smith and stole second.
Kyle Seager homered for the third straight game and drove in the go-ahead run on a single in the eighth for the Mariners. Austin Jackson also had three hits, including a two-run home run and a triple.
Carpenter, Moss, Reynolds homer as Cardinals beat Giants 7-5
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Carpenter, Brandon Moss and Mark Reynolds all hit home runs, Yadier Molina drove in two and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Sunday.
Jason Heyward added three hits and drove in a run for the Cardinals, who won for the seventh time in eight games. Greg Garcia also drove in a run.
Jaime Garcia (7-4) allowed season highs in hits (10) and runs (four) but was effective enough to improve to 4-0 over his past six starts. He did not walk a batter and struck out one, a season low.
Marlon Byrd celebrated his 38th birthday with a pair of doubles, a triple and four RBIs. Kelby Tomlinson also drove in a run for the Giants, who ended a 3-3 homestand.
Chris Heston (11-8) gave up five runs in 3 2-3 innings.
Sun stave off elimination with 72-68 win over Chicago Sky
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Kelsey Bone scored 25 points and Connecticut kept its slim playoff hopes alive by erasing a nine-point, fourth-quarter deficit to earn a 72-68 win over the short-handed Chicago Sky on Sunday night.
Bone scored seven points in the final six minutes and Chelsea Gray added another six, including a big 3-point field goal for a 64-62 lead.
Connecticut (13-17) would have been eliminated from the playoffs with a loss.
Chicago (18-12) was without league-leading scorer Elena Delle Donne and Cappie Pondexter, who had 22 points in Saturday's 98-96 win over Atlanta to clinch a berth in the playoffs. Delle Donne, who sat out her second straight game with an injured foot, received the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for July before the game.
Courtney Vandersloot picked up some of the offensive slack, scoring 18 points, but without Delle Donne the Sky were just 1-for-8 from long range.
Cubs to don 1-piece pajamas at end of West Coast trip
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Cubs are wrapping up a six-game West Coast trip, so it must be time for manager Joe Maddon to break out the pajamas.
PJs for the Cubbies? Yep.
Known for coming up with inventive themed apparel for his team at the end of a trip, Maddon's latest stab at sartorial splendor involved one-piece pajamas. Some have feet in them, just like the ones little kids wear.
Maddon says he and the Cubs coaching staff will be wearing them when the team boards an overnight flight to Chicago after Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He says it's optional for the players, but he likes it when everyone joins in as a way to have fun together.
Bears terminate cornerback Tim Jennings' contract
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears terminated two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Tim Jennings' contract Sunday and placed safety Ryan Mundy on season-ending injured reserve because of a hip problem.
The 31-year-old Jennings had a guaranteed base salary of $4.4 million this year.
Jennings led the NFL with nine interceptions in 2012 and had four in 2013, earning Pro Bowl honors in both seasons. He started all 16 games last season and had arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason.
The Bears also moved Kevin White, the wide receiver from West Virginia drafted in the first round, to the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list because of a stress fracture in his left shin; waived tight ends Kevin Greene and Chris Pantale, wide receivers Jeremy Kelley, Levi Norwood and John Chiles, safety Malcolm Bronson, cornerback Al Louis-Jean, offensive tackle Cameron Jefferson, defensive end Olsen Pierre, and long snapper Rick Lovato; and terminated running back Daniel Thomas' contract.
The moves cut the roster to 76.
Mason uncertain for season opener
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rams running back Tre Mason, the likely starter while Todd Gurley rehabs from knee surgery, has been ruled out of the preseason finale with a right hamstring injury.
Coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday that Mason, the primary starter last season, probably would be questionable for the opener Sept. 13 against the Seahawks.
If Mason can't go, that probably would leave all-purpose Benny Cunningham as the starter. Mason pulled up at the end of a first-down reception in the first half of Saturday night's 24-14 loss to the Colts.
Gurley was cleared for practice last week but is unlikely to play the first few weeks of the season.
Fisher said rookie guard Jamon Brown, who injured his right ankle against Indianapolis, probably would be held out of the preseason finale against the Chiefs as a precaution.
F Andrew Wooten gets 1st US call-up for exhibition vs Peru
CHICAGO (AP) — Forward Andrew Wooten is getting his first call-up to the U.S. national team for the exhibition against Peru, with Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley staying with their Major League Soccer teams.
Injured defenders Fabian Johnson and DaMarcus Beasley were not on the 23-man roster released Sunday for Friday's game in Washington.
Midfielder Jermaine Jones and defenders Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler, part of last year's World Cup team, are on the roster after not playing in this summer's Gold Cup.
Also back is 22-year-old forward Bobby Wood, who scored the late winning goals in exhibitions against the Netherlands and Germany in June.
The U.S. Soccer Federation had previously announced that goalkeeper Tim Howard had returned to the roster after taking a year off following the World Cup.
AVP CHICAGO OPEN
Branagh, Kropp win AVP Kingston Chicago Open
CHICAGO (AP) — Nicole Branagh and Jenny Kropp won the AVP Kingston Chicago Open on Sunday, beating Kim DiCello and Kendra Van Zwieten 21-16, 21-19.
After falling to the second-seeded DiCello and Van Zwieten in the third round of the double-elimination tournament Saturday, Branagh and Kropp rebounded to set up the rematch. The title was Kropp's first, and Branagh's 17th.
Brad Keenan and Ty Tramblie won the men's title in their first event together, beating top-seeded Ryan Doherty and John Mayer 21-19, 22-20.