4 takeaways from the Chicago White Sox-Detroit Tigers series, including why Yasmani Grandal’s 0-for-4 day stood out and a spotlight on Tony La Russa’s strategy By LAMOND POPE

Four takeaways from the series at Guaranteed Rate Field in which the Chicago White Sox won three of four games against the Detroit Tigers.

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

Six-man rotation? Cardinals looking for five, or even four to share the load

Remember those days of the Cardinals’ six-man rotation? Well, those days are over. At this point, they’re trying to come up with five starters or even four.

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

MLB foreign substance crack down: Trevor Bauer, Gerrit Cole show reduced spin; ex-MVP calls out ‘coincidence’

Baseball’s foreign substance reckoning is here. Major League Baseball, after decades of looking the other way, is poised to begin cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances after a fact-finding mission earlier in the 2021 season determined the problem is widespread enough to warrant intervention.

Here’s a link to the story at CBS Sports.

Milestone Season: A look back at SIU’s 2020-21 football season

Take a look back at SIU’s historic 2020-21 football season in our online collection. The Salukis went 6-4 in an eight-month season, amidst a worldwide pandemic, that began last August and ended in the FCS quarterfinals.

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

Cardinals can’t ignore what postseason tells us about powering up

The percentage, in case you were wondering as balls fly out of parks in Texas and San Diego, is 53.5 percent.

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

Voit, Torres homer as Yankees beat Rays 5-1 to force Game 5

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The New York Yankees didn’t flinch under the pressure of an elimination game and got the AL Division Series against Tampa Bay into the hands of ace Gerrit Cole for the decisive Game 5.

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

Padres record parade to the mound doesn’t stop Padres sweep

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Padres paraded pitchers to the mound because they really didn’t have much choice.
Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

While Illinois sits … Kentucky, Missouri schools keep playing

While football fields and volleyball courts are dark until March in Southern Illinois, they continue to get regular usage in their standard fall season in states like Kentucky and Missouri.

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

Martinez knocked out early by brawny Twins on same day Cardinals lose Mikolas

MINNEAPOLIS — The start Carlos Martinez waited 729 days to make and spent months proving he should earn was over before he could get a dozen outs.

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

Cubs get a boost from the bottom of the lineup and 5th starter Alec Mills to win their 3rd straight game, 8-5 over the Reds

CINCINNATI — Chicago Cubs manager David Ross has expressed faith in the depth of his lineup as well as his rotation since the start of summer camp.

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

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