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.

Taillon, Mercer shine in Pirates’ 6-3 win over Brewers

Jameson Taillon let a lead get away in his last start.

This time, he had the answer when he got in trouble.

Taillon struck out a career-high 10 to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers http://www.wholesalejerseysunion.com/ on Thursday night.

You don’t want to live and die by the strikeout, but whenever you need it, you definitely want to be able to get it, Taillon said. I felt like I got some pretty big ones in big spots. Those are the ones where it was cool.

The Pirates have won four of their past five games to pull to 10 1/2 games back of cheap jerseys china the first-place Brewers, who have lost four of six, in the NL Central.

Felipe Vazquez earned his 21st save by getting the final two outs. Michael Feliz allowed Eric Thames to cut the Pirates’ lead to 6-2 with a single up the middle before Christian Yelich made it 6-3 with a single off Vazquez and Jesus Aguilar grounded into a double play to end it.

I think the small solace is that you get Vazquez in the game and make him throw, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. Hopefully, if that can impact the rest of the series, maybe that’s a good thing.

Wade Miley (1-1) gave up two runs on four hits in five innings with five strikeouts and five walks for Milwaukee.

His first half assessment?

Pretty good, he said. I’ve been pretty consistent, giving the team a chance to win.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner exited with a 2.41 ERA, and perfectly lined up to pitch on regular rest next Tuesday night in the All-Star Game at Nationals Park.

Scherzer deflected a question on whether he should get the start, saying it was an All-Star question that he’d talk about at the right time. Before the game, Nationals manager Dave Martinez was more definitive.

I don’t want to be biased, he said, but Max Scherzer, yeah, of course.

Fans at Citi Field would rather see Mets ace Jacob deGrom make the start — he tops the majors with a 1.68 ERA, but is just 5-4 in 19 starts because of poor run support.

I know how good he is, Scherzer said. He’s having a great year.