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Paul Sullivan: The futures of Tony La Russa and Willson Contreras could lie in past White Sox and Cubs seasons

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When you’ve watch enough baseball in Chicago, you soon realize what goes around comes around.

The angst accompanying the early-season travails of the White Sox is not unfamiliar. Neither is fan anxiety over the trade status of a popular Cubs player.

Here’s a look at how two Sox and Cubs seasons from the past relate to the present.

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Yankees drop pair of games in doubleheader with White Sox

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NEW YORK — On an uncomfortably hot and sticky day for the Yankees’ and White Sox’s Sunday doubleheader in the Bronx, the home team played two fittingly lethargic games. The Yankees dropped both of them, losing back-to-back games for the first time since April 10 and 11, their third and fourth games of the year.

The second game of the ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: By pumping brakes on Buxton and Lewis, Twins avoid downside risk

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The Twins didn't have Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa or Royce Lewis in their starting lineup on Sunday. They overcame a six-run deficit to win 7-6 at Kansas City, putting them on pace to win 99 games and enrage 1 million fans.

Roughly a quarter of the way through the 2022 season, the Twins will start a homestand on Monday against Detroit at Target...Read more

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Rays blow lead in 9th, wait out the rain, lose to Orioles in 11th

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BALTIMORE — The top of the first inning seemed eventful enough Sunday afternoon.

The Rays started with three straight hits — the last of which forced Orioles starter Spenser Watkins from the game with an injury — got a three-run home run from Isaac Paredes and scored four runs overall.

But there was an awful lot more to come, including a...Read more

Padres complete sweep of Giants with a rout

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Padres spent three weeks playing teams that had losing records.

The long run of Reds and Pirates and Guardians and the like ended with their arrival in the Bay Area late Thursday night. The series that awaited them against the Giants would be a test.

Two one-run victories ensued on Friday and Saturday, and then on Sunday ...Read more

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Patrick Sandoval delivers another commanding performance in Angels' victory

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LOS ANGELES — Patrick Sandoval wasn’t quite as dominant Sunday as he was last July 24 in Minnesota, when the Angels left-hander came within two outs of a no-hitter and struck out a career-high 13.

He was in command throughout a superb 7 1/3-inning start, giving up one run and four hits, striking out seven and walking one in a 4-1 victory ...Read more

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Taijuan Walker throws seven shutout innings against Rockies as Mets win 11th series of the year

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DENVER — Taijuan Walker aced the tough assignment of pitching at Coors Field in his fifth-career start at the National League’s third-oldest ballpark.

Walker lowered his season ERA to 2.70 and picked up his second win of the season in the Mets’ 2-0 victory over the Rockies on Sunday. He hurled seven shutout innings and limited Colorado ...Read more

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Blowing a late 6-0 lead, KC Royals suffer devastating home loss to Minnesota Twins

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After right-hander Brady Singer turned in another dazzling performance on the mound and his teammates put together a five-run inning to stake him to a six-run lead, the Kansas City Royals appeared set to cruise to victory as they closed out their homestand.

Instead, it turned out to be one of the rockier cruises you’ll ...Read more

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Phillies dodge sweep on Muncy's gaffe in the 10th inning in 4-3 win

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PHILADELPHIA — doPhillies starter Zach Eflin watched along on the clubhouse TV as Alec Bohm stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the tenth inning. His team was trailing the Dodgers 3-2, with two outs, a runner on second, and the game on the line. Since the eighth inning, Eflin had been using his ears to get a sense of what was about to ...Read more

Alex Faedo weathers shaky start, Tigers snap three-game skid with win vs. Guardians

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CLEVELAND — Before the game, manager AJ Hinch, still fighting off an illness, his voice still weakened, would not accept any offering of sympathy — for him or his scuffling, injury-wracked baseball team.

"We have to take all the bad mojo, the bad luck and bad vibes and get it out of the way and just try to beat the Guardians today," he said...Read more

Franchy Cordero makes the Red Sox's sweep of the Mariners a four-gone conclusion

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BOSTON — Everything about the bottom of 10th inning trended toward another defeat for the Mariners.

In a series when few things went right, they had a chance to prolong the defeat for another inning, or perhaps pull out a victory to end what’s been a miserable road trip.

Instead Franchy Cordero landed a haymaker when a jab was necessary to...Read more

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'Utter bull(bleep)': Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks rejects Josh Donaldson's explanation for his 'Jackie' comment

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NEW YORK — Chicago White Sox closer Liam Hendriks wasn’t buying Josh Donaldson’s explanation for the New York Yankees third baseman’s comments to Tim Anderson during Saturday’s game at Yankee Stadium.

“Basically tried to call me Jackie Robinson: ‘What’s up, Jackie?’” Anderson said after the Sox’s 7-5 loss, describing what ...Read more

Sandy Alcantara throws fourth career complete game as Marlins avoid sweep against Braves

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MIAMI — Sandy Alcantara was masterful on the mound once again. The offense, finally, came up with clutch hits.

With those two forces coming together, the Miami Marlins avoided being swept by the Atlanta Braves, taking the series finale on Sunday 4-3 at loanDepot park. Miami (18-22) dropped the first two games of the series 5-3 on Friday and 4...Read more

Pujols homers twice, Molina pitches in Cardinals' 18-4 rout of Pirates

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PITTSBURGH — Cardinals Nation must have been aghast when manager Oliver Marmol posted his lineup for Sunday’s finale of a series the Cardinals had a chance to sweep.

Paul Goldschmidt, second in the National League in hitting at .342 and riding a hitting streak of 14 games, wasn’t in it at all. Platinum Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: A teachable moment -- and the true meaning of Jackie Robinson's legacy to Black baseball players

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Jackie Robinson was in headlines this weekend when New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson referred to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson as “Jackie” during Saturday’s game, igniting a brouhaha between the two teams.

Whether Donaldson was joking around, as he insisted, or used Robinson’s name in a “racist” manner, as Sox...Read more

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Mets beat Rockies behind Carlos Carrasco to open DH, get clobbered in nightcap

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DENVER — The Mets returned to game action following a snowout to split a doubleheader in the Mile High City.

The Mets beat the Rockies, 5-1, in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Coors Field on Saturday behind 5 1/3 solid innings from Carlos Carrasco and an early outburst from the offense. The Mets matched their season-high three-game winning streak...Read more

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Mookie Betts puts on a show, survives a scare as streaking Dodgers beat Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA — There was a solo home run to left and two-run double to center. A rally-extending walk and game-saving outfield assist.

Even when Mookie Betts tumbled on Saturday night — literally crashing into the dirt while rounding second base in the fifth inning — the Dodgers rejoiced, breathing a sigh of relief after their star right ...Read more

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Mike Trout runs to a milestone as Angels defeat Athletics and end a four-game skid

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout burnished his Hall of Fame resume on Saturday night, the Angels star racing home with a milestone run in the sixth inning that put him in some elite company in franchise and Major League Baseball history.

With the 1,000th run of his career against the Oakland Athletics, Trout joined Garret Anderson (1,024) as the ...Read more

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Rays' Randy Arozarena leads way against Orioles again

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BALTIMORE — Randy Arozarena has a thing for the Orioles.

And he showed it again Saturday night, homering twice to lead the Rays to a 6-1 bounceback victory.

Jeffrey Springs lent a hand as well, as the lefty had the best of an impressive quintet of outings since moving into the rotation. He allowed one hit over a career-high 5 2/3 innings, ...Read more

Goldschmidt, VerHagen spark another Cardinals win at PNC Park

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PITTSBURGH — There were four key takeaways Saturday night in the Cardinals’ 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

First was that the Pirates almost never beat the Cardinals at PNC Park. In their past 31 meetings here, the Cardinals have won 26.

Second, the Cardinals obliterate left-handed pitching. They entered the game leading the ...Read more