Miners win 700th game in franchise history

The Southern Illinois Miners beat the Evansville Otters Saturday at Bosse Field to win their 700th game as a franchise, becoming the fastest team in Frontier League history to that milestone. The win also clinched the weekend series with their third victory in a row and seventh in their last nine games.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

New-look Salukis will be tested at Sunshine Slam

CARBONDALE — The Sunshine Slam in Kissimmee, Florida, will arrive a little earlier than SIU’s men’s basketball team would like, but should be a great test for the new-look Salukis.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Heyward, Darvish lead Cubs to sweep of Brewers

CHICAGO — Jason Heyward drove in three runs, Yu Darvish pitched five effective innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 on Sunday to sweep their weekend series.

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

Oakland walks all over Cardinals, completes sweep of two-game series

OAKLAND, Calif. — Regardless of what team appears on their schedule for tomorrow or who the box score shows they faced yesterday, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt repeatedly has said this season that his team’s opponent, day in and day out, does not change.

Here’s a link to the story at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Cards’ depth decreases, so does wiggle room

While musing about the exasperating state of his team heading into the All-Star break, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein noted that executives are performers, too.

Here’s a link to the column at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Comeback looks unlikely as Ankiel nears what agent Boras calls ‘decision time’

CLEVELAND — The comeback idea, hatched almost a year ago when he returned to the mound on a lark, has likely ended for Rick Ankiel before it could truly start this summer.

Here’s a link to the story at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Silver: NBA ‘can do a better job’ on free agency, rules

LAS VEGAS — The NBA knows its rules about when teams can negotiate with free agents are not being followed.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

AL holds off NL for 4-3 win in All-Star Game

CLEVELAND — Justin Verlander, Shane Bieber and the American League pitchers plugged power back into the mound.
Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Baez homers, Cubs win; Alonso sets Mets mark for rookie HRs

CHICAGO — Javier Baez hit a milestone homer to win a game after Pete Alonso went deep once again to set a team record.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

The party’s over: Cards fall short as Angels win finale of Pujols-fest

In the last inning of what could be his last game in St. Louis, Albert Pujols was due up fourth and the three Angels ahead of him of course reached base so that his last at-bat in a ballpark he called home came with the bases loaded.

Here’s a link to the story at St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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