SALE WINS BATTLE OF TOP PITCHERS: Chris Sale outpitched Max Scherzer, denying him 20 wins, and Miguel Cabrera was ejected in the first inning as the White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Monday night.
Sale (11-12) gave up one run and four hits in eight innings to win for the fifth time in six decisions.
Scherzer (19-3) gave up five runs and six hits in four innings as he lost consecutive starts for the first time this season after Boston beat him Sept. 3. It was Detroit's fifth loss in six games, dropping the Tigers' lead in the AL Central to 4 1/2 games over Cleveland.
WOOD, CUBS STALL REDS' SURGE: Left-hander Travis Wood beat Cincinnati for the first time in his career, repeatedly pitching out of threats for seven innings, and the Cubs stalled the Reds' week-long surge with a 2-0 victory Monday night.
Wood (9-11) finally beat the team that traded him after the 2011 season. He was 0-4 in his career, including three losses this season. He allowed six hits and fanned seven.
Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena homered off Bronson Arroyo (13-11), who had won his last four starts against the Cubs.
BEARS WAIVE EX-PURDUE STAR: The Bears on Monday signed veteran swing tackle Jonathan Scott to a one-year contract, signed quarterback Jerrod Johnson to the practice squad, waived tight end Kyle Adams and terminated the practice squad contract of guard Derek Dennis.
Last season with the Bears, Scott appeared in 12 games with seven starts. During his six-year career with Detroit (2007-08), Buffalo (2009), Pittsburgh (2010-11) and Chicago (2012), Scott has started 35-of-70 games played.
Adams, a former Purdue standout, appeared in 24 games with two starts over three seasons (2011-13) with the Bears and had four receptions for 40 yards.
College cross country
IUN SEARCHING FOR COACH: IU Northwest Director of Athletics Kristofer Schnatz is conducting a search for the NAIA program’s first cross country coach. This opening is a part-time position on campus, reporting directly to the Director of Athletics.
The RedHawk Program is looking to add three teams by the 2015-16 academic year.
Interested applicants should apply online at https://jobs.iu.edu/ and search the Northwest Campus Openings. Please provide a cover letter and resume.
WEBB SHOOTS VU RECORD: Freshman Peter Webb shot the best round in relation to par and tied the all-time lowest round in Valparaiso history Sunday with a 5-under-par 67 at the Golfweek Program Challenge at True Blue G.C. in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Starting on No. 10, Webb played the back nine in even par, then blazed to a five-under 31 on the front, registering three birdies and an eagle on the ninth hole, the only one of the round in the field. Webb hit all 18 greens in regulation.
VICTOR'S A WINNER: Valparaiso's Kelsey Victor has been named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Crusaders to the Popcorn Classic title Saturday.
Victor stood out at the net, posting a tournament-best 18 blocks, and ranked second among all players in the five-team field, averaging 1.20 blocks/set. The redshirt junior tallied a season-best seven blocks in the championship victory over Iowa as Valpo earned just its second win in program history over a Big Ten team.
Victor also had a pair of stellar offensive matches, combining to hit .391 while averaging 3.5 kills/set in the wins over Rhode Island and Iowa. The weekly honor was the second in Victor's career. She earned Offensive Player of the Week accolades last season.
MANSKI'S NETMINDING LAUDED: Valparaiso senior goalkeeper Kristen Manski was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after recording two shutouts over the weekend.
Manski opened the weekend by making four saves in the Crusaders' 1-0 win over Northwestern, Valpo's first-ever victory over a Big Ten side. The senior then made four more stops to secure Valpo's 1-0 victory against IPFW on Sunday.
With the pair of clean sheets, Manski now has four shutouts through Valpo's first six matches. She has surrendered just two goals this season and tops the league's statistical tables in both goals against average (0.32) and save percentage (.929).
VALPO REMAINS IN 11TH: Valparaiso took 16 shots off its first-round score, but remained 11th among 12 teams in the Golfweek Program Challenge at the Caledonia Golf and Fish Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Crusaders' round of 307 gives them a two-day score of 640. Michelle Kleckner carded a three-over-par 74 and leads VU golfers at 151 (29th place).