Johnson's 3 HRs lead White Sox past Indians 9-0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Dan Johnson hit his first three homers of the season and Chicago added two more in the game as the White Sox routed the Cleveland Indians 9-0 on Wednesday night.
Gavin Floyd (12-11) gave up three hits over seven innings. He struck out six, one short of getting 145 strikeouts for the fifth straight season despite being on the disabled list twice this year.
Johnson hit two two-run homers off David Huff (3-1). His 424-foot shot in the second inning was his first in more than a year. His second made it 7-0 in the fifth, two batters after Paul Konerko hit his 26th of the season.
It was Johnson's fifth career multihomer game and first time he hit three in a game. He's the first player to hit three in a game against Cleveland since Konerko in July 2009.
Dayan Viciedo hit his 25th homer, third in three nights and sixth against Cleveland in the ninth, followed by Johnson's third.
White Sox's Youkilis unsure of future
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Youkilis says he enjoyed his time with the Chicago White Sox, and that his family will come first in a deciding where he plays next season.
Set to become a free agent, the 33-year-old third baseman hit .236 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs in 80 games for the White Sox after being acquired from Boston on June 25th.
Youkilis said Wednesday before the season finale against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night that being traded taught him baseball is a business.
Miller strong in debut, leads Cards over Reds 1-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie right-hander Shelby Miller took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in his first career start, Matt Carpenter had a run-scoring single and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 Wednesday night.
The Cardinals, who won 12 of their final 16 regular-season games, clinched the second NL wild card spot Tuesday and will face the Braves in Atlanta on Friday.
Cincinnati, which has won four of seven, takes on NL West champion San Francisco in an NL division series beginning Saturday.
Carpenter drove in Shane Robinson with a one-out single that eluded second baseman Henry Rodriguez. Robinson singled off Jonathan Broxton (3-3) to start the rally.
St. Louis reliever Victor Marte (3-2) picked up the win with one inning of relief.
Cubs beat Astros 5-4 in Houston's NL finale
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs' misery now stretches to 104 years and the Houston Astros will depart the National League with a whimper.
Obviously there's no winner in a season finale between a pair of 100-loss teams.
Bryan LaHair homered and hit the winning single in the ninth inning, and the Cubs beat the Astros 5-4 Wednesday in Houston's final game before switching to the AL next season.
In the first series between 100-game losers in the major leagues since 1962, LaHair homered in the second and broke a 4-all tie in the ninth against Hector Ambriz (1-1).
The Cubs, who last won a World Series in 1908, went 61-101 for their most losses since dropping 103 games in 1966.
CUBS-3B COACH FIRED
Cubs fire 3B coach Pat Listach
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have fired third base coach Pat Listach.
Listach was dismissed after the Cubs beat Houston 5-4 in the season finale Wednesday. The Cubs finished at 61-101.
Listach served as the Cubs' bench coach in 2010 and 2011, and moved to the third base job this year.
Arizona's Skelton, Dockett questionable for Rams
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game at St. Louis even though he fully participated in the team's last two practices.
Skelton sprained his right ankle in the season opener against Seattle. Kevin Kolb relieved him and has led the Cardinals to their first 4-0 start in 38 years.
In all, nine Arizona players were listed as questionable, including defensive tackle Darnell Dockett (hamstring), running back LaRod Stephens-Howling and tight end Todd Heap (knee). All three missed Sunday's 24-21 overtime victory over Miami.
Also questionable for Thursday are two other starters — inside linebacker Paris Lenon (knee) and defensive tackle Dan Williams (foot).
All of those listed as questionable, except Skelton, were limited in Wednesday's practice.
McInerney has goal, assist as Union beats Fire 3-1
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Jack McInerney had a goal and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Union to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday night.
Gabriel Gomez and Antoine Hoppenot also scored to help Philadelphia (9-15-6) win for the second time in three games after an eight-game winless streak. With head coach Frank Klopas serving a one-game suspension, the Fire were coached by assistants Mike Matkovich and Leo Percovich in Bridgeview.
Dominic Oduro scored for Chicago (16-10-5), which lost its second straight and remained tied with New York for second place in the Eastern Conference, five points behind Kansas City with three matches remaining.