Error paves way as White Sox beat Tigers
CHICAGO (AP) — Omar Infante's throwing error on a potential double play helped Chicago score two runs in the fifth inning yesterday and the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 in a pivotal makeup game.
Chicago increased its lead in the AL Central to three games.
Nate Jones (8-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings of one-hit relief and the White Sox won their fourth straight.
The game had been postponed by rain last Thursday and yesterday's makeup was the final meeting of the season between the two front runners in the division.
Addison Reed, the last of three relievers in the ninth, got the final out for his 27th save in 31 chances.
Trailing 4-3, the White Sox loaded the bases for a third straight inning in the fifth, driving out Detroit starter Doug Fister (9-9).
Rain men: Pirates beat Cubs 3-0 after 3½-hour wait
CHICAGO (AP) — Kevin Correia pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and Starling Marte hit a two-run triple to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Chicago Cubs 3-0 in a game that was delayed more than 3½ hours by rain.
With the Pirates still in playoff contention, the teams waited out two storms at Wrigley Field that pushed back the start for 3 hours, 37 minutes. The first pitch was thrown at 10:42 p.m. CDT yesterday, and Joel Hanrahan delivered the final one at 1:28 a.m. today.
Pittsburgh tied Milwaukee for third place in the NL Central at 74-72. Both teams are 2½ games behind division rival St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot, with the Los Angeles Dodgers also in their path.
Bears DB criticizes QB Cutler after shove
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Quarterback Jay Cutler's shove of teammate J'Marcus Webb during the Bears' 23-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers is already old news according to many teammates.
Not defensive back D.J. Moore. He called Cutler's behavior "wrong" yesterday as the team prepares for Sunday's game with the St. Louis Rams.
Running back Matt Forte did not practice. He has an ankle sprain that coach Lovie Smith says is not a "high" ankle sprain, generally considered more serious.
Rams OT Saffold out at least a month
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold will be out at least a month with a right knee injury.
Coach Jeff Fisher said Saffold has a third-degree MCL sprain and other damage to the knee, but said it was not season-ending.
Saffold was hurt advancing a fumble in the first quarter Sunday in the Rams' 31-28 victory over the Redskins. He was a surprise starter after being hospitalized with a neck strain in Detroit after the opener and listed as questionable prior to the game.
Fisher did his best to dispel rumors that running back Steven Jackson had been benched for spiking the ball in protest after he was ruled short of the goal line on a third-down carry from the 1, but was held out with a minor groin injury but could have returned in case rookie Daryl Richardson faltered.
Rams playing with attitude under new coach
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A large part of Jeff Fisher's rebuilding job with the St. Louis Rams is getting players accustomed to failure to believe they can win.
So far, it's working.
The Rams are 1-1, already halfway to last season's win total. They're playing with the same attitude their coach brings to the job, too.
Cornerback Cortland Finnegan played for Fisher in Tennessee and was the Rams' biggest free agent pickup in the offseason. He said Fisher's passion for the game rubs off on everyone.
Defensive end Chris Long was the second overall pick of the 2008 draft and has yet to play on a winning team.
He didn't mind a bit that everyone seemed to be playing with an edge against the Redskins on Sunday, but noted the Rams knew when to dial back the emotion.
ILLINOIS-PENN STATE TIME
Big Ten sets time for Illinois-Penn State football
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten has set an 11 a.m. Central kickoff for Illinois' home game against Penn State on Sept 29.
The conference yesterday said the Big Ten-opener for the Illini (2-1) and Nittany Lions (1-2) will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2. That decision will be made after this Saturday's games.
Times still need to be set for four games on Illinois' schedule. They are: the Nov. 3 game at Ohio State; home games on Nov. 10 versus Minnesota and Nov. 17 against Purdue; and the regular season finale Nov. 24 at Northwestern. The conference will set those start times later in the season.
Illinois will play a rare night game this Saturday when it hosts Louisiana Tech (2-0) at 7 p.m. Central.
Depth, health dogging Illini ahead of La. Tech
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A lack of depth of Illinois has gotten worse since the season began.
Illinois (2-1) was missing several key players on each side of the ball in a 44-0 win over Charleston Southern over the weekend. Coach Tim Beckman isn't ready to say whether any will be back Saturday against Louisiana Tech (2-0).
Those key players include starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase (SHEEL'-hows). He's missed more than two games now with a sprained ankle.
Defensive injuries could really hurt. The Bulldogs run a high-tempo offense that allows them to run more than 80 plays a game. And they score a bunch, too. Louisiana Tech is averaging 56 points a game.
Love says Medinah will be easier than a major
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — U.S. captain Davis Love III says Medinah will look like a major championship course for the Ryder Cup matches.
But it won't play like a major.
Love said yesterday that he has been asking the grounds crew at Medinah to keep cutting down the rough. The home captain can ask for the course to be set up however he wants. Love says no one wants to see players chipping out of thick rough and making putts for par. He says fans and players want to see birdies and excitement.
The club outside Chicago has hosted the PGA Championship twice and the U.S. Open three times. Love says Medinah is a big course that will look like any other major championship, but it will play easier than a major.