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Madrigal’s first 4 big league hits help White Sox top KC 9-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nick Madrigal was starting to lose sleep after two frustrating games without his first big league hit.

Once the top prospect finally got it, they kept right on coming.

Madrigal followed his first career hit with three more on Sunday, pacing the Chicago White Sox to a 9-2 romp over the Kansas City Royals. The 23-year-old infielder had a pair of hits in a seven-run seventh inning, when he scored the go-ahead run and had his first career RBI, and barely missed out on a 5-for-5 day on a ground ball in the ninth inning.

“It’s hard when everyone knows that you hadn’t

Coyotes hold off Predators 4-3 in series opener

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson fired a shot from near the blue line that caromed off one Nashville player’s skate, another’s body and into the net.

Arizona’s eight-year wait to play a postseason game couldn’t have gotten off to a better start, even if took a lucky couple of bounces.

Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals, Darcy Kuemper stopped 40 shots and the Coyotes held on to beat the Predators 4-3 Sunday to open their Stanley Cup qualifier series.

“It’s a big, big start when you get a goal like that. It gives us some momentum,” said Arizona’s

Madrigal’s first 4 big league hits help White Sox top KC 9-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — White Sox prospect Nick Madrigal had the first four hits of his promising big league career, including two during a seven-run seventh inning, and Chicago beat the Kansas City Royals 9-2 on Sunday to finish a three-game sweep.

Yasmani Grandal added three RBIs and Nicky Delmonico two in support of right-hander Dylan Cease (1-1), who gave up a homer to Alex Gordon in the third inning but otherwise steered clear of trouble. Cease wound up allowing two runs and five hits over six innings in a solid bounce-back performance from a miserable start in Detroit.

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The Latest: Jags’ Minshew, 4 teammates on COVID-19 list

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting quarterback Gardner Minshew and four teammates, including two of his roommates, on the COVID-19 list.

Running back Ryquell Armstead, tight end Charles Jones, receiver Michael Walker and safety Andrew Wingard also were placed on the list Sunday. Jones was activated from the COVID-19 list earlier in the day.

Minshew, Walker and Wingard have been roommates a little more than a year.

The COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been

Coyotes hold off Predators 4-3 in series opener

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals, a healthy Phil Kessel had two assists and the Coyotes held on to beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Sunday to open their Stanley Cup qualifier series.

The Coyotes made the most of their first postseason appearance since 2012, scoring three goals in the opening period on their way to building a 4-1 lead.

The Predators rallied behind two goals by Filip Forsberg, the second midway through the third period, to cut Arizona’s lead to 4-3.

Darcy Kuemper, who stopped 40 shots, held off Nashville’s

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Orioles beat Rays 5-1 for first series sweep since 2018

BALTIMORE (AP) — Hanser Alberto doubled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, Renato Núñez and Pat Valaika homered, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

After the final out, the Orioles celebrated their first series sweep since Aug. 27-29, 2018, against Toronto, and first against Tampa Bay since 2016.

Brandon Lowe homered for the Rays, who have dropped five straight to fall two games under .500 for the first time since June 28, 2018.

Evan Phillips pitched

The Latest: Falcons’ Oluokun goes on reserve/COVID-19 list

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Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Foye Oluokun has become the sixth player to go on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list since the start of training camp.

Olukum started two games last season, totaling a career-high 56 tackles. He is slated to become a full-time starter this season in a linebacking group that also includes Deion Jones and newcomer Dante Fowler Jr.

Defensive tackle Tyeler Davison, quarterback Danny Etling, fullback Keith Smith, safety Jamal Carter and rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins are also on

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AP Source: Marlins get 2nd straight day of no positive tests

UNDATED (AP) — For the second day in a row, the Miami Marlins had no positive tests among their players and staff still in Philadelphia, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because details of the testing have not been publicly released.

The Philadelphia Phillies have received results of Saturday’s COVID-19 testing, and there were no new positives. The team was set to work out at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday in preparation for the resumption of games Monday.

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Reds-Tigers debut MLB’s 7-inning doubleheaders

UNDATED (AP) — Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was placed on the injured list before the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. The team gave no reason for the move but specified that Votto, a six-time All-Star, is not on the 10-day injured list. The 36-year-old Votto is batting .259 with two home runs and five RBIs in seven games this season. The move made room to activate right-handed pitcher Anthony Desclafani from the 10-day injured list. He was scheduled to start the first game of the doubleheader.

The Latest: Jaguars sign Adam Gotsis after 2 linemen opt out

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fifth-year defensive end Adam Gotsis days after two linemen opted out of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Veterans Al Woods and Lerentee McCray decided not to play in 2020, creating a need for depth along Jacksonville’s defensive front.

Gotsis spent the last four years in Denver, where he notched 109 tackles, 13 passes defensed, five sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a second-round draft pick in 2016. He played in nine games in 2019, finishing with 16