Leading: White Sox keen on Moncada, Reds get Castillo | sports news

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The ripped White Sox hope third baseman Yoon Moncada can make his season debut when Chicago open their three-game streak at home against Cleveland. The 26-year-old has come off since the last week of spring training with a nervous right-hand tilt, and he’s been one of the key players sidelined at the South Sides this season.

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The White Sox won six in a row to climb over 0.500 for the first time since April 20 despite the lack of kickers Eloy Jiménez and Andrew Vaughn and starters Lance Lynn. Right-hander Michael Kubisch (0-0, 1.17 ERA) will start the opener against Zach Plisak of the Guardians (1-3, 4.44).

Luis Castillo makes his season debut on the hill for Cincinnati against Premier League lead Milwaukee. Castillo, a potential trading chip for the struggling Reds, was sidelined due to a strain in the right shoulder. He was an All-Star and won 15 games in 2019, but slipped to 8-16 with 3.98 ERAs in 33 starts and 187 2/3 innings last year, when he tied for the top of the National League with 75 walks.

Cincinnati just earned two out of three Pittsburghs to win a series for the first time this season, improving the majors’ worst record to 5-23.

Brave star Ronald Acuna Jr. is back right where he left off after being hurt last season.

Acuña doubled, singled out and stole base on Sunday in a 9-2 win over Milwaukee, extended his streak on base to the NL-best 23 game dated June 25. Boston’s JD Martinez has the current longest streak at 27 games.

Acuña tore his knee last summer and missed the rest of the season when Atlanta won the World Championship. The dynamic player has played nine matches this year.

Trevor Story was booed at Fenway Park this weekend, and continued his tough start with the Red Sox.

A major hitter and two-time All-Star with Colorado, he signed a $140 million six-year contract to join Boston and switch from a short stint to second base.

Story went to 0 for 4 on Sunday in a loss to the White Sox, leaving him with a batting average of .194. He was never seen in 24 games for his new team.

Boston (10-19) lost their worst five seasons in a row and 14 of 18. The Red Sox opened their series Tuesday in Atlanta.

The Cubs sent first base stalker Frank Schwindle to Triple-A Iowa, a year after he became a bright spot for Chicago.

29-year-old Schwendel hit .342 with 13 lucky catches and 40 RBIs in 56 Cubs games after exemptions were claimed from Oakland. But he has struggled lately, hitting .186 (13 for 70) in his last 19 games.

“Someone we believe in, but we need to get some started,” said manager David Ross. “Get down there, work on a few things, relieve a little stress, and let him keep going back to what we expect him to be and what he expects is the same.”

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