The Fan Headlines 7/30/15

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Saluki men’s basketball unveiled their 2015 non-conference schedule yesterday. The Dawgs have home games with Air Force, Florida A&M, Kent State, Oakland, SEMO and SIU-Edwardsville, with non-con road trips to St. Louis, Murray State, and Sam Houston State, along with a home-and-home with North Texas. Southern will also play in the Corpus Christi Challenge Thanksgiving weekend.

The Cubs got an historic effort from Jon Lester in a 3-2 win over Colorado. Lester struck out 14, most by a Cub pitcher since 2004.  Cubs with a short road trip to Milwaukee tonight at 7:10, Jake Arrieta versus Jimmy Nelson.

The Cardinals wasted another fine pitching outing and were shut out again by the Reds, 1-0. John Lackey’s only mistake was giving up a solo home run to Jay Bruce for the game’s only tally. Even worse, Matt Holliday reinjured his right quadriceps. That injury kept him out five weeks before returning after the All-Star Break.  Cards host the Rockies tonight at 6:15, Carlos Martinez goes for his 12th win.

The White Sox stayed hot with a 9-2 win in Boston, their 7th straight. The Sox built a 6-0 lead and never looked back.  The Southsiders find themselves just a game under .500 at 49-50. They go for the 4-game sweep of the Red Sox tonight at 6:10 behind Chris Sale.

The Southern Illinois Miners lost to Frontier last night 5-4. Miners fell behind 4-0 before rallying to tie it, but gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th. Rubber game of the series is tonight at 7:05, Jason Guerette calls it at 6:45 on US 97.7.

The Fan Headlines 7/29/15

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For the fourth time this season, the Southern Illinois Miners won in walkoff fashion, topping Frontier 4-3 behind Toby DeMello’s walkoff home run in the bottom of the 9th. Game two of the series is tonight at 7:05, Jason Guerette has the call at 6:45 on US 97.7.

The St. Louis Cardinals welcomed Jaime Garcia off the disabled list, and he was cruising until Joey Votto launched a 3-run home run off him in the 6th, Reds win 4-0. Mike Leake wins his 9th in what may be his last start as a Red, as his name has surfaced in trade talks at the deadline. Rubber game tonight at Busch, John Lackey versus Anthony DeSclafani.

Cubs lose to the Rockies 7-2 at Wrigley. The Rox plated 4 in the first inning off Dallas Beeler and held on for the win. Jon Lester gets the start in this afternoon’s series clincher at 1:20.

The White Sox won what could be Jeff Samardjiza’s last start in Sox pinstripes, beating Boston 9-4. Sox scored five times in the first and banged out 14 hits.

The Fan Headlines 7/28/15

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The Missouri Valley Conference Football Preseason Poll was released yesterday. The SIU Salukis were picked 7th out of ten 10 teams. Linebacker Chase Allen and tackle Ethan Wirth were named to the preseason all-conference team. North Dakota State, Illinois State, and Northern Iowa were picked to finish in the top 3.

One hit was the difference in the Cardinals 4-1 win over Reds. Kolten Wong’s grand slam in the 5th was the game. Lance Lynn allowed 1 run over 7 innings picking up his 8th win of the season, Jaime Garcia returns from the DL tonight to face Mike Leake at 7:15.

The Cubs bullpen blew a 4 run lead in the 9th inning but walked off in the bottom half of the inning for a 9-8 win over Colorado. Kris Bryant was the hero hitting a walk off 2 run homer, his 14th of the season. The win snaps a 3 game losing streak. The two teams play at Wrigley tonight at 7:10. Rookie Dallas Beeler faces Yohan Flande.

The White Sox continued their second half surge with a 10-8 win over Boston. It’s the 5th straight win for Sox. Chicago has now moved into 3rd place in the AL Central. They continue their series at Fenway tonight at 6:10. Jeff Samardzija faces Wade Miley.

The Southern Illinois Miners return home to start a six game home stand tonight when they match up with the Frontier Greys. The Miners start the series two games back of Evansville in the East Division. The series kicks off at 7:05 at Rent One Ballpark. Jason Guerette has the call at 6:45 on US 97.7.

The Fan Headlines 7/27/15

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The Southern Illinois Miners continued to be road warriors over the weekend. The Miners beat Florence last night 2-1 to take 2 of three from the Freedom. Aaron Gates had the game-winning RBI single in the 8th. The Miners have won 11 consecutive road series. Dating back to last July, Southern Illinois has 17 of the last 18 series on the road. The Miners, who have won all 3 series since the break, take today off and are back home tomorrow night versus the Frontier Greys.

The St.Louis Cardinals couldn’t sweep the Atlanta Braves yesterday as the Braves salvaged the rubber game 3-2 in St.Louis. A Adonis Garcia home run in the 6th was the difference. The Cardinals are 7-2 since the break and have a 6 game lead over the Pirates in the central. They continue their 11 game home stand tonight against the Reds. Raisel Iglesias and Lance Lynn pitch at 7:15.

It was an awful weekend for the Cubs. They were swept by the worst team in the NL in the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phils took the finale yesterday 11-5. The Cubs are now 11 games out in the NL Central, and 3 games back in the wild card race. They continue their home stand when they welcome Colorado to town tonight. Jorge De La Rosa and Kyle Hendricks pitch.

It was a different story for the White Sox. They picked up their first 4 game sweep of the season with a 2-1 win over the Indians. The White Sox start a series with Boston tonight at 6:10. John Danks and Joe Kelly pitch in the opener.

The Fan Headlines 7/24/15

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The Missouri Valley Conference got a big upgrade yesterday. The conference announced a deal with ESPN 3 to broadcast all games on the digital website through the 2023 season. Next year, the conference will provide audio and video for all home MVC Men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and volleyball games. All MVC sports will be broadcast digitally by the 2019 season.

It was another comeback for the St. Louis Cardinals last night in a 4-2 win over the Royals. After Kolten Wong tied the game 2-2 with a 2-run homer in the second inning, Matt Carpenter’s 2-run homer in the third inning put the Birds in front to stay. The Cardinals start a 3-game series with the Atlanta Braves this weekend at Busch. Tim Cooney and Manny Banuelos pitch in the opener at 7:15.

After a day off, the Cubs start a series with the Phillies at Wrigley at 3:05. Jerome Williams and Jon Lester start in game 1 of the series. The Cubs enter this weekend holding the final wild card spot in the National League. After being linked to a possible trade with Detroit for pitching ace David Price, another report says the Cubs are also talking to the Phillies about a deal for pitcher Cole Hamels.

It was all Jeff Samardzija in the White Sox series opening 8-1 win over the Indians. The right-hander went 8 innings, allowing 4 hits and one run while picking up his 8th win of the season. Melky Cabrera homered twice and drove in 3. The Sox and Tribe continue their series tonight in Cleveland at 6:10, Jose Quintana and Cleveland ace Corey Kluber face off.

The Southern Illinois Miners blanked Gateway 6-0 last night behind another pitching gem from Rick Teasley. He allowed just 2 hits over 7 innings and struck out six. The Miners have won all three series since the All-Star break. They begin a 6-game road trip at Florence tonight at 7:05, Jason Guerette has the call at 6:45 on US 97.7.

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