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Morning Box Score: Cubs, Sox Lose As Maddux, Thomas Enter Cooperstown

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jul 28, 2014 2:30PM


St. Louis 1, Cubs 0
While Greg Maddux made fart jokes and said he left the Cubs so he could win a World Series with Atlanta, the Chicago National League Ballclub did what it does Best at Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon—lose. The silver lining is that rookie Kyle Hendricks continued to improve and was locked in a pitchers duel with Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. But it was one Hendricks mistake, a first inning solo home run by Matt Holliday, that provided the margin of victory and allowed the Cards to leave Chicago with a series win as the Cubs' bats went cold in the midday heat.

Hendricks' stat line was Madduxian: one run on seven hits in 6-2/3 innings. But the Cubs hitters stranded 12 runners and were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Here is Maddux's Hall of Fame induction speech, which is worth every second of sitting through.

Minnesota 4, White Sox 3
Frank Thomas had the most emotional Hall of Fame induction speech Sunday. Hundreds of miles away in Minneapolis the White Sox wasted an opportunity for a rare four-game sweep of the Twins at Target Field. Starter Scott Carroll left the game after six innings with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand and a 2-1 Sox lead. Reliever Ronald Bellisario came unglued in the seventh inning after Twins manager Ron Gardenhire asked umpires to check Bellisario's uniform for excess rosin. Umpires determined Bellisario had too much rosin on his sleeve and ordered the sleeve of his uniform cut off below the elbow. Bellisario went on to allow three runs and take the loss.

Jose Abreu was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the White Sox. Catcher Adrian Nieto hit his first career homer for Chicago.

In addition to Thomas, one-time White Sox manager Tony La Russa was also inducted into Cooperstown Sunday.