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Sports Minute: Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Lance Lynn goes for his 16th victory of the season as the St. Louis Cardinals open a three-game series at home against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Lynn is 5-2 with a 2.37 earned run average in nine career starts against the Brewers. The Cardinals lead the National League Central by three-and-a-half games. The Brewers are a game-and-a-half back in the battle for the second NL wild card.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chris Bassitt makes his third big league start Tuesday night as the Chicago White Sox play the Royals in game two of their series at Kansas City. The Royals victory Monday night gives them a two-game edge on Seattle for the second American League wild card.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs host the Cincinnati Reds again on Tuesday night. Cubs starter Jake Arrieta (ehr-ee-ET'-uh) leads the team with a 2.82 earned run average. The Cubs will face Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) of the Reds. The 18-game winner is trying to match Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers for the most victories in the majors.

CHICAGO (AP) - Charles Tillman says a season-ending triceps injury "isn't the end of the road" and he'll be coaching and supporting his teammates for the rest of the season. The Pro Bowl cornerback's future seems up in the air. The 33-year-old is in his 12th season and is operating on a one-year contract. Tillman ranks third on the Bears' career list with 36 interceptions and is their all-time leader in defensive touchdowns, with nine.

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