Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Maddon, Cubs to make informal White House visit


Chicago got the scoring started early with a Willson Contreras home run to leadoff the game. "If I would have known the answer, I would be talking to the guys to figure it out and get it going".

The Indians are hoping for good news on manager Terry Francona, who left a game Monday night after experiencing similar symptoms as when he was hospitalized during a game June 14. Cincinnati won for only the third time in 17 games and for the second time in eight meetings this season against the Brewers.

"I didn't really have great fastball command tonight, but I was able to use my offspeed to kind of collect outs when I needed to and I didn't walk anybody", said Scherzer, who allowed an earned run in the first inning for the first time since April but was in command the rest of the night. Holliday didn't start for the second straight game because he's feeling tired, and doctors are checking him.

Butler (4-2) was lifted for pinch hitter Addison Russell in the top of the sixth.

Red Sox 4, Twins 1: Chris Sale pitched 6 1/3 overpowering innings with nine strikeouts and Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the third straight game. Pedro Strop threw a scoreless seventh.

Toronto right-hander Joe Biagini (2-7) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, losing for the fifth time in six starts.

The Cubs brought their World Series trophy to Capitol Hill on Tuesday and will lug it to the White House on Wednesday for a private meeting with President Donald Trump, more low-key than the televised love fest former President Barack Obama squeezed in before leaving office. "Javy had a wonderful game all the way around".

Michael Givens pitched 1 2/3 innings and Darren O'Day worked the eighth.

The last comment was intriguing since Strasburg has been pitching for Washington since 2010.

Anthony Rizzo and Ian Happ had RBI singles in the ninth against Matt Grace, and Baez (two hits) hit an RBI double for a 5-0 cushion. Baez, ruled safe on the video review, then stole third and scored on a squeeze bunt by Albert Almora Jr.to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead. Wilmer Difo scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-4.

Gausman (4-7) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four to earn his first win since May 31. He struck out five and walked one.

The Pirates were no-hit through six innings by Alex Cobb, but Andrew McCutchen forced extra innings with a two-run double in the ninth. It was the first time he batted leadoff at any level of pro ball.

After a night in which the Washington Nationals stole seven bases on the Chicago Cubs, catcher Miguel Montero put the blame squarely on his starting pitcher, Jake Arrieta.

Amid questions about whether the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors will visit Trump, Maddon said he isn't making a political statement by going.

For what it's worth, Baker said he isn't planning on reining Turner in any time soon. "We got a big pinch-hit from Drew; nobody wanted to make the last out, and they made some outstanding defensive plays against us and especially Javy made a couple outstanding plays".

"We played sloppy. Simple as that". For some infield depth, Chicago recalled INF Jeimer Candelario (who started at third) from Triple-A Iowa and optioned RHP Dylan Floro there.

Washington manager Dusty Baker said the team knew Arrieta was a pitcher to run on, and the result was a lot of small ball for a team accustomed to driving in runs with power.

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