51 suntimes.com | The Hardest-Working Paper in America | Monday, August 24, 2020 | ◆◆ TUE 25 STARTING LINEUP FC Cincinnati at Fire (6:30 p.m., Ch. 9) After a bit of a coronavirus scare, the Fire make their home debut at Soldier Field. The stands will be closed to fans, but perhaps Matt Nagy can sneak into a seat and find himself a kicker? at DET 6:10 p.m. MSN, FS1 MON 24 Pirates at White Sox (7:10 p.m., NBCSCH) Lucas Giolito, eager to get his record back above .500, takes the mound against the worst team in baseball. See? It’s possible to write a sentence about the Sox without mentioning Abreu or home runs. vs. NY 6 p.m. Ch. 26.2, CBSSN at DET 6:10 p.m. MSN PIT 7:10 p.m. NBCSCH CIN 6:30 p.m. Ch. 9 TUE 25 at DET 6:10 p.m. MSN PIT 1:10 p.m. NBCSCH WED 26 Mavericks at Clippers, Game 5 (8 p.m., TNT) If Mavs stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis were both at 100% physically, the Clips might really be in some trouble. Either way, buckle in for 250-plus points and a heck of a good time. vs. IND 6 p.m. ESPN2 THU 27 at CIN 6:10 p.m. MSN KC 7:10 p.m. NBCSCH FRI 28 KC 1:10 p.m. NBCSCH, FS1 at CIN (DH) 3:10 p.m. MSN vs. SEA 1 p.m. Ch. 7 at NYCFC 6:30 p.m. Ch. 9 SAT 29 at CIN 12:10 p.m. MSN KC 1:10 p.m. NBCSCH SUN 30 COVERING THE BASES Sports editor: Email: Phone: Chris De Luca (@chrisdeluca) firstname.lastname@example.org (312) 321-2664 FRI 28 SPORTS NEWSLETTERS Royals at White Sox (7:10 p.m., NBCSCH) A friendly period on the schedule only gets friendlier for the Sox, who celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with the opener of a series against a division bottom-feeder. Wait, did we say friendly? Some of the Royals don’t seem to like Tim Anderson very much. SIGN UP AT SUNTIMES.COM/NEWSLETTERS WED 26 Magic at Bucks, Game 5 (3 p.m., NBA) SAT 29 Hopefully, the action in this one is more intense than the so-called altercation between Orlando’s and Milwaukee’s in Game 3 was. Who knew scowling was an ejectionable offense? Storm at Sky (1 p.m., Ch. 7) James Ennis Marvin Williams In their second and final time on ABC during the regular season, the better-all-the-time Sky get another crack at the WNBA’s best team. Just a suggestion: Try not to get buried in the first quarter this time. Avalanche at Stars, Game 3 (9:30 p.m., NBCSN) Is injured Avs goalie Philipp Grubauer still out? If so, lots of luck to backup Pavel Francouz against a Stars team that’s crushing bubble life offensively. Cubs at Reds (3:10 p.m., MSN) It’s the opener of another doubleheader for a Cubs team that can sleep sometime after the weather turns cold. Weren’t the Reds supposed to be, you know, kind of good? THU 27 SUN 30 Mariners at Padres (3:10 p.m., MLB) Cubs at Reds (12:10 p.m., MSN) Is that Fernando Tatis Jr. trying to have fun on the baseball field again? Well, we never! Sure, who wouldn’t want to be right back at the ballpark bright and early after spending roughly an eternity there the day before? Golden Knights at Canucks, Game 3 (8:45 p.m., NBCSN) Royals at White Sox (1:10 p.m., NBCSCH) We know what you’re thinking, and, no, it’s not possible for Reilly Smith, Shea Theodore or any other Vegas skater to score another goal on the Blackhawks. Want breaking news delivered to your email inbox? Visit to sign up for breaking-news alerts and a rundown of the top stories every morning. Mark Stone, Is this where the fun ends? Next up: a visit to the Twins. Might as well end this homestand with a few more bangs. suntimes.com/newsletters
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