SIU women unveil their non-conference schedule, nine in a row for the Miners, two in a row for the Sox, Cards and Mets split a pair: The Fan Headlines 7/27/16

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Saluki women’s basketball have announced their 11-game non-conference schedule. Head coach Cindy Stein says it’s the toughest schedule she’s had at SIU. Southern will play 5 postseason teams from last season, including trips to NCAA Tournament qualifiers Oklahoma and Purdue, and 3 WNIT teams, tourney champion South Dakota, Memphis and UT-Martin. They’ll tip off the new season with an exhibition against William Woods on October 27th. Their home opener is November 17th versus Murray State.

The Southern Illinois Miners keep chugging along. They won their 9th in a row last night in dominating fashion, 3-0 over Windy City. The pitching did most of the dominating, Dyllon Nuernberg and three relievers shut out the Thunderbolts on 3 hits, Nuernberg gave up just 1 hit over 5 innings, striking out 7. Nolan Early homered. Game 2 of the series is tonight at 6:45 on US 97.7.

The White Sox beat the Cubs again, 3-0 on the South Side. James Shields has struggled since joining the Sox, but last night he was who they thought they were getting from San Diego.
Shields scattered 4 hits over 7 and two-thirds scoreless innings. David Robertson notched his 24th save. Adam Eaton homered. It’s the first time the Cubs have been shut out since May 31st. The Crosstown Classic shifts to the North Side tonight, Jason Hammel versus David Arnaudo tonight at 7 at Wrigley Field.

The Cardinals and Mets split a day-night doubleheader in New York. The Redbirds won the opener 3-2 as Jedd Gyorko homered again and Carlos Martinez won his 10th. In the nightcap, the Mets won 3-1 as Bartolo Colon struck out 8 over 7 innings. The rubber game of the series is tonight at 7:10.

Cardinals’ top pitching prospect Alex Reyes appears to be on his way up to the Majors, at least for one start. Reyes was pulled from his start last night for triple-A Memphis after 3 innings. Speculation is he may start a game this weekend versus the Marlins in Miami.

Sox top the Cubs, Cubs land Chapman in blockbuster, Cards rained out: The Fan Headlines 7/26/16

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Round One of the Windy City crosstown series goes to the White Sox. Last night at US Cellular Field, the Sox held off the Cubs 5-4. Todd Frazier’s home run gave the Sox a 4-0 lead in the 6th, but the Sox bullpen blew it. A Javier Baez homer in the 7th cut the lead in half, then in the top of the 9th, Anthony Rizzo’s RBI single tied it a 4-apiece. That set the stage for Tyler Saladino, his walkoff single off newly-acquired Mike Montgomery scored J.B. Shuck with the game-winner. Game two of the series is tonight at 6.

Help is on the way for the beleaguered Cubs bullpen, the Cubs pulled off a blockbuster trade yesterday for Yankees and former Reds closer Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees get top prospect Gleyber Torres along with swingman Adam Warren, and minor league outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. The flame-throwing Chapman will be a free agent this winter, he’s currently making over 11-million dollars this season on a 1-year contract, and is seeking a long-term deal.

The Cardinals and Mets were rained out in New York last night. They play a day-night doubleheader today, first pitch is at 3:10.

The Southern Illinois Miners return home for a brief 3-game homestand versus the Washington Wild Things tonight. The Miners have won 8 in a row, they have yet to lose since the Frontier League All-Star Break and hold a comfortable 8-game lead atop the Western Division. Series opener is tonight at 7:05, Jason Guerette on the call beginning at 6:45 on US 97-7. In other Miners news, Shane Kennedy was named Frontier League player of the week. Kennedy was 9 for 15 at the plate last week with 5 doubles and 7 RBI.

Michael Jordan has broken his silence on the country’s racial and social unrest. The Bulls legend sent a letter to The Undefeated.com to announce he is donating one million dollars apiece to the newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, two groups working to build trust between police and the black community.
Wrote Jordan, “I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent.”
Jordan has long been criticized for not using his status to address racial and social issues.

Miners win with historic comeback, Mayers shelled in Cardinals debut, Cubs close to Chapman deal, Sox suspend Sale: The Fan Headlines 7/25/16

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It’s the biggest comeback in Southern Illinois Miners history. The Miners rallied to beat Washington 12-10 last night. The Miners trailed this game 7-0 after 2, and 10-1 after 4 as ace Rick Teasley lasted just 3 innings. But the Miners would turn the game around with 5 runs in the 5th and 5 more in the 6th to take the lead on Steve Marino’s grand slam. 11 unanswered runs in all. They’ve won 8 in a row, and have yet to lose since the All-Star Break.
A much deserved day off before Windy City come to town tomorrow night.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals lose to the Dodgers, 9-6. It was a nightmare Major League debut for starting pitcher Mike Mayers. He gave up a grand slam to Adrian Gonzalez in the first and a Howie Kendrick 2-run homer in the 2nd. Mayers left after an inning and a third trailing 9-0. The Cardinals fall 7 and a half games behind the Cubs, and play the Mets tonight in New York at 6:10.

The Cubs took the rubber game of their series in Milwaukee, edging the Brewers 6-5. The Cubs trailed 4-1 before a 5-run outburst in the 7th inning. Anthony Rizzo’s RBI double cleared the bases and gave the Cubs the lead. Former All-Star closer Joe Nathan gets the victory in his Cubs debut.
The Cubs and White Sox begin a Windy City interleague series tonight at 7:10, Jake Arrieta versus Miguel Gonzalez.

The Cubs are reportedly working on a trade for Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman. Sources say the Cubs are willing to part with their top minor league prospect, Venezuelan shortstop Gleyber Torres.

The White Sox suspended their ace pitcher Chris Sale for 5 games after he destroyed a bunch of throwback uniforms. On the field, the Sox pulled on their 1983 throwbacks and beat the Tigers twice: 4-3 in the completion of Saturday’s suspended game, and 5-4 on Melky Cabrera’s walkoff single in the regularly scheduled tilt.

Cards rally to sweep the Padres, Miners and Slammers suspended by rain: The Fan Headlines 7/22/16

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The Southern Illinois Miners had their 5-game winning streak stopped, but only temporarily, by Mother Nature. Last night in Joliet, the Miners and Slammers were tied at 7 in the 7th inning when severe weather rolled into Chicagoland. The game was suspended and will be resumed when the Slammers visit Marion August 5th. The Miners return home to begin a 3-game weekend series with the Washington Wild Things tonight at 6:45 on US 97.7.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals rallied to beat the Padres 6-5 to complete a 4-game sweep. The Birds trailed 5-1 going into the 8th, but scored 4 times, 3 on a Stephen Piscotty home run. Then in the 9th, Tommy Pham’s leadoff double set up Aledmys Diaz for his first-ever walkoff RBI hit. The Cardinals are a season-high tying 7 games over .500 for the first time since June 12th, and just 6 and a half games behind the Cubs in the NL Central. The banged-up Dodgers come to Busch for a weekend series beginning tonight at 7:15. No Clayton Kershaw, he’s considering season-ending back surgery.

The Cubs are at “Wrigley North” for the weekend, a.k.a. Miller Park in Milwaukee to face the Brewers, Jason Hammel goes for his 9th win tonight at 7:10. The Cubs bolstered their bullpen by acquiring reliever Mike Montgomery from the Mariners in exchange for minor league infielder and top 20 Cub prospect Daniel Vogelbach.

The White Sox, like the Miners, endured a severe weather delay on the South Side. Their game was called after 7 innings, with the Tigers winning 2-1. Game 2 of the 4 game set is tonight at 7:10.

Saluki athletics has announced there will be a memorial service Monday for longtime basketball team doctor Don “Doc” Knapp. The remembrance ceremony will take place Monday at 5pm in the Cook Club of SIU Arena. Knapp, a native of Benton, passed away in Minnesota back on June 12th at the age of 80.

Miners hold off Joliet, Gyorko haunts the Padres, Rizzo mashes the Mets: The Fan Headlines 7/21/16

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Make it five in a row for the Southern Illinois Miners. They held off Joliet 8-7 last night. Nolan Earley hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning. Dyllon Nuernberg gave up just 1 run over 8 innings, and the Miners entered the 9th with a comfortable 8-1 lead. But the bullpen nearly let it slip away as the Slammers scored 6 in the bottom of the 9th to make it interesting before Adam Lopez shut the door. The Miners go for the sweep tonight at 6:45 on US 97.7.

A day-night doubleheader at Busch as the St. Louis Cardinals swept the Padres, 4-2 and 3-2. The Cardinals slugged 3 home runs in game one, courtesy of Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina and Jedd Gyorko. Carlos Martinez won his 9th. And in the nightcap, Gyorko burned his former club for two more homers. Seung Hwan Oh picked up the save in both games of the twin bill.
They’ll wrap up the 4-game series tonight at 6:15.

At Wrigley, the Cubs beat the Mets 6-2. Kyle Hendricks was dominant, tossing 6 and a third scoreless innings to notch the win. Anthony Rizzo homered twice.  After heading into the All-Star Break winning just 6 out 21, the Cubs have now won 4 out of their last 6. They’ll make the short trip to Milwaukee for a weekend series beginning tomorrow night.

And in Seattle, the White Sox blew a 4-0 lead and lost to the Mariners 6-5 in 11 innings. For the second time in 3 games, the Sox lost in walkoff fashion as Leonys Martin smacked a solo homer to win it for the M’s. The Sox return home to play the Tigers tonight at 7:10.

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