KROUT PITCHES 1-RUN GEM, RAILCATS HOLD OFF SALTDOGS: Starter Will Krout kept Lincoln scoreless with one hit through seven innings of a 7-1 RailCats win Monday.
In the low-scoring battle, the RailCats plated a run in the fifth inning when Christian Vitters opened with a triple and scored on a Cristian Guerrero fielder's choice. The 'Cats added another two runs — on a Mike Massaro single — in the eighth to take a 3-0 lead.
The RailCats scored four times again in the ninth inning, lighting up reliever Danny Meszaros for all four runs, four hits and a walk in 1/3 inning.
The Saltdogs scored a run and had three hits in the eighth as Krout left with four hits, a run and six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
In a low-scoring
MLB OKS SEX ORIENTATION HARASS POLICY: Major League Baseball says it will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement provided to The Associated Press on Monday.
The league is scheduled to announce its new policy during All-Star Game festivities on Tuesday with the players' union and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who helped draft the agreement.
Under the new policy, the league will create a workplace code of conduct and distribute it to every major league and minor league player, provide new training sessions and create a centralized complaint system to report any harassment and discrimination.
The announcement follows Schneiderman's agreement this year with the National Football League to strengthen its policies. Some NFL prospects complained about questions they said where posed to them during the evaluation and hiring system called the NFL combine. The case prompted a look at harassment and discrimination policies in other sports.
COPELAND SETTLES IN WITH PACERS: It's on to the next chapter in Chris Copeland's basketball career. This time it's with the Pacers.
Copeland signed a two-year deal with the Pacers on Sunday and he is getting right to work. Copeland met with reporters on Monday and he didn't hide how he felt to be with an NBA team.
"Being in the NBA is just a blessing in the first place," he said. "Let alone the Knicks or here, two storied franchises, I think it's a great opportunity to come here."
It's been a long road for Copeland, who played in Spain, Germany and Belgium and the NBA Developmental League. He signed with the Pacers after spending his rookie season last year with the New York Knicks as a 28-year-old. But even that contract wasn't guaranteed.
With the Knicks, Copeland averaged 8.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting, including 42.1 percent from 3-point range, and 2.1 rebounds per game.
BLACKHAWKS 1961 STANLEY CUP BANNER HEADS TO AUCTION: A 52-year-old original Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship banner is heading to back to the auction block.
The Southtown Star reports the banner from 1961 once hung from the rafters at the old Chicago Stadium, before the owner of a suburban Chicago sports bar bought it an auction in 1994.
It's set to return to the auction block again on Tuesday. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers says bidding should go quickly.
The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 1961, beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-1. The team was led by Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. Today a replica of the banner hangs in the United Center.
The auction house says the 12-foot-long banner's in good shape, with only a few stains.
The opening bid starts at $15,000.
NASCAR TO AUTOMATE RULEBOOK: NASCAR plans to automate its rule book and revamp its appeals process in a wide-ranging effort to bring more clarity to race teams and fans.
The governing body outlined several initiatives Monday it expects to implement in its three major series before the start of the 2015 racing season. The effort started eight months ago and will be an ongoing process to keep up with technology and fan interests, said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations
"I think it's a change in how we do business moving forward," O'Donnell said.
That includes converting its rule book from a word document to computer automated-design drawings that can be easily accessed by race shops to see what's allowed and what isn't. Penalties will be specifically spelled out for each type of infraction. When a rule is broken and a team appeals, NASCAR wants more experts on the panel instead of some who might not have as strong a background regarding the infraction.