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.

Benches clear in first Astros-Dodgers game since sign-stealing scandal

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros are trying to put their sign-stealing scandal behind them.

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

Column: For David Ross and Rick Renteria, Week 1 of a bizarre baseball season has been a whirlwind

It was a memorable Monday for David Ross and Rick Renteria as Chicago’s crosstown baseball managers attempt to navigate through this pandemic-altered season.
Here’s a link to the column at the Chicago Tribune.

MLB season startup: Here are the pros and cons of the three most likely scenarios

Major League Baseball must decide whether bringing its sport back and televising it to home-bound fans is a worthwhile risk.

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

Sound of silence: Baseball thinking ahead to silent stadiums

Tom Murphy has become somewhat of an online sensation during baseball’s shutdown for the array of workouts the Seattle Mariners’ catcher posts on Instagram from his home in upstate New York.

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

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