Rodon tosses gem, White Sox blank Cardinals 4-0

Carlos Rodon is healthy, and showing signs of rounding into the dominant starter the Chicago White Sox hoped he’d become.

Rodon pitched three-hit, shutout ball into the eighth inning to outduel Luke Weaver and lead the White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Tim Anderson tripled and had two RBI. Charlie Tilson singled in a run off reliever Mike Mayers in Chicago’s two-run seventh and Jose Abreu added an RBI groundout as White Sox http://www.cheapnfljerseybusiness.com/ ended a six-game losing streak and won for just the third time in their last 13.

Weaver (5-8) allowed one run on three hits and fanned seven his second straight impressive start. The right-hander pitched two-hit ball over a career-high eight innings last week in San Francisco.

Weaver and Rodon squared off before in college. Weaver was drafted 27th overall in 2014 out of Florida State. The White Sox picked Rodon third that year from North Carolina State.

He looked healthy to me, Weaver said. He had a heckuva game tonight.

You knew it was going to be a pitchers’ duel, Weaver added You knew he wasn’t going to give up many runs, and I tried to do the same. It was a lot of fun (in college) and it was a lot of fun tonight.

Jose Martinez grounded a sharp single off Rodon with two outs in the first. Then the White Sox lefty didn’t allow another hit — and retired 14 of 15 batters — before Matt Carpenter doubled with one out in the sixth.

The White Sox managed only three baserunners — with Yolmer Sanchez singling twice — before the fifth, when Chicago took a 1-0 lead.

Leury Garcia came home when cheap jerseys china Anderson grounded into a force at second.

With Sam, we have the right guy, he’s wired the right way, he loves the game, he asks the right questions and he’s willing to work … That’s the foundation, you have to have that, McCown said.

Darnold is set to start training camp as the No. 3 man on the depth chart behind McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, but neither head coach Todd Bowles nor offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates has been reluctant to say that could change if Darnold impresses this summer. With camp starting on July 29, it won’t be too much longer before we start to find out if McCown’s right about the rookie.

Julius Randle, New Orleans Pelicans — Randle began last season with the Lakers on the bubble, as they clearly didn’t see him as part of their future plans. As a result, he spent a good chunk of the season coming off the bench or battling for minutes before finally winning the job and excelling down the stretch. Now, in New Orleans, Randle should presumably have the chance to win a full-time starter role right out the gates. His game meshes well with Anthony Davis, and in many ways he plays like a poor man’s Cousins without requiring as many shot attempts. The Pelicans offense is set up for that role to eat, so Randle should be able to build on his strong finish to last season.

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