MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — José Abreu hit a towering three-run homer in Chicago’s four-run second inning, helping Iván Nova and the White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4. Nova allowed 10 hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Abreu connected for his 27th homer, driving a Kyle Gibson offering deep to the second deck above the bullpens in left-center field.
HOUSTON (AP) — Yuli Gurriel had two hits and drove in two runs as the Houston Astros built a lead with a big first inning and held on for a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers. The Astros jumped on Detroit starter Edwin Jackson (3-6) for four runs in the first inning to go ahead 4-1.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have optioned infielder David Bote to Triple-A Iowa. Bote hasn’t played very much in August, batting .400 (8 for 20) in 14 games. He also committed a costly error while playing shortstop in the ninth inning of Thursday night’s 7-5 loss at Philadelphia.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois freshman defensive back Marquez Beason is out for the season with a knee injury. Coach Lovie Smith announced Beason would have surgery after getting hurt in practice last week. Beason was a consensus four-star recruit from Duncanville, Texas, and the Illini’s top-rated high school recruit in 10 years. Smith said Beason had been one of the highlights of early practices.
MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — For the fifth time in the last six years, August on the PGA Tour means no more Tiger Woods for the rest of the season. Only now he’s healthy. He’s also the Masters champion, which takes away from disappointment of not making it to FedEx Cup finale to defend his title at the Tour Championship.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have released Elliott Fry and made Eddy Pineiro the winner for now of the kicking competition to replace Cody Parkey. Pineiro, who was with the Raiders last training camp but was put on injured reserve, came to Chicago in a trade for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. The Bears could still bring in another kicker at some point before the regular-season opener Sept. 5 against Green Bay.