VICIEDO SLAM POWERS SOX PAST ROYALS: Dayan Viciedo hit his second career grand slam to highlight a five-run inning for the White Sox, and Andre Rienzo picked up his first career win for Chicago by shutting down the punchless Kansas City Royals in a 5-2 victory Wednesday.
Rienzo (1-0) allowed only a sacrifice fly to Mike Moustakas while cruising through six innings to win for the first time in five starts. The Brazilian right-hander allowed just five hits and two walks in helping the White Sox win their season-best fifth straight game.
Addison Reed worked the ninth for his second save of the series and 33rd on the year.
Viciedo's grand slam off Jeremy Guthrie (12-10) in the fourth followed an RBI single by Adam Dunn that had given the White Sox the lead.
NATIONALS POWER PAST CUBS: Jayson Werth and Scott Hairston hit three-run homers to lead the Washington Nationals to an 11-6 win over the Cubs.
Werth's three-run homer in the third inning off Jake Arrieta gave the Nationals a 6-1 lead. Hairston, who was traded by the Cubs on July 8, was pinch-hitting for Tanner Roark and hit his off James Russell (1-4) with two outs in the seventh to give the Nationals a 9-6 lead after they had given up a 6-1 lead.
Anthony Rizzo, hitting second for the first time in his career as part of an altered Cubs lineup, hit his first two homers since Aug. 6 and had three RBIs, but couldn't stop the Cubs from losing their 15th in their past 18 at home.
BEARS ROOKIE LB BOSTIC FINED $21,00O FOR TACKLE: Bears linebacker Jonathan Bostic energized his team with a big hit last week. Turns out, it cost him.
A person familiar with the situation said Bostic was fined $21,000 for the hit during last week's preseason game against San Diego.
The person spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the fine has not been announced.
"I'm just finding out about all of this stuff," Bostic said. "I really haven't even thought about it to tell you the truth. I'm going to focus on this week and the game plan."
A second-round draft pick out of Florida last spring, Bostic drilled the Chargers' Mike Willie as he turned trying to catch a pass, jarring the ball from the receiver on a play that was ruled an incompletion. No penalty was called.
Bostic was punished for delivering a hit against a defenseless receiver while lowering his head and making forcible contact with the top or crown of his helmet.
"Obviously, it's a bang-bang play," he said. "But when we target the ballcarrier, it's getting your head across, making sure you're not on the back side so he can run through the tackle and keep your feet running."
RAVENS GETS RB CARTER FROM COLTS FOR WR REED: The Baltimore Ravens have acquired running back Delone Carter from the Colts in a trade for wide receiver David Reed.
The deal, announced Wednesday, involves two players who have seen limited playing time in the NFL.
Carter has started three games over two seasons with the Colts, running 133 times for 499 yards and five touchdowns.
The 26-year-old Reed has five career receptions for 66 yards over three years.
IU'S CHEANEY LEAVING FOR JOB AT SAINT LOUIS: Indiana is losing former star Calbert Cheaney to Saint Louis, where he will be a full-time assistant coach for fellow former Hoosier Jim Crews.
Cheaney has been the Hoosiers' director of basketball operations since June 2011. Cheaney was a sophomore in high school when Crews said he first met him, and he joins a school that's 54-16 the last two seasons.
Coach Tom Crean issued a statement late Tuesday night, crediting Cheaney with helping Indiana to reclaim a prominent spot on the national college basketball map over the past two seasons. Crean also said he believes Cheaney has a bright coaching future.
MIGRAINES END IRISH LB SPOND'S PLAYING CAREER: Notre Dame linebacker Danny Spond says he has decided to end his playing career after suffering a paralyzing migraine headache for a second straight year.
Spond issued a statement Tuesday saying that because the cause of the hemiplegic migraines is not known, he decided to stop playing. Coach Brian Kelly announced Saturday that Spond had told teammates a medical condition had ended his playing career.
Notre Dame's team physician, Dr. Jennifer Malcolm, said the migraines are a rare form of headache that cause temporary stroke-like symptoms, such as weakness and slurred speech.
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The Times is looking for correspondents to cover Illinois prep sports. Those interested should contact Mike Nieto at (219) 933-3232 or email@example.com. ... The Purdue Calumet women's volleyball team will open its season at 7 p.m. today at the Fitness and Recreation Center against Rochester College. ... Shavonte Zellous scored 20 points; Tamika Catchings had 19 points and seven rebounds, and the Fever snapped a three-game skid with an 80-63 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Wednesday. ... Maria Sharapova pulled out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday because of a right shoulder injury. ... The 11-and-under Breakers baseball team will hold tryouts at 11 a.m. Sunday in Valparaiso. For details or to register, call Steve at (219) 314 3873.