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Tim Mitchell's MLB Power Poll: Sept. 9, 2018

Staff writer Tim Mitchell loves the National Pastime. Here's this week's MLB power poll:

RK. TEAM (PREV.)

1. Red Sox (1)

They want to get Chris Sale and David Price healthy for the post-season.

2. Astros (3)

Hector Rondon took a line drive off his pitching hand.

3. Yankees (2)

Ex-Illini, ex-area players in pro baseball: July 31, 2018

MAJOR LEAGUES

OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

Goebel has sights set on full-time job at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Jon Goebel plans to apply for the permanent Parkland baseball coaching job.

It's in his competitive nature, after all.

The former Parkland pitching coach and recruiting coordinator was tabbed the Cobras' interim coach on Sunday, replacing Dave Garcia. At least temporarily.

Parkland names Goebel as new baseball coach

CHAMPAIGN — The Parkland Cobras have a new interim head baseball coach.

The college announced Sunday that pitching coach Jon Goebel will take over interim duties after former coach Dave Garcia accepted a position at Western Carolina University.

Summer lessons prime Dans' Dugas for LSU

DANVILLE — Gavin Dugas has spent the 2018 Prospect League season showing LSU baseball exactly what it's getting when Dugas reports to campus as a freshman later this year.

Tigers coach Paul Mainieri must like what he sees.

Salt Fork grad Taylor back in familiar confines

DANVILLE — There was an ironic element to Tuesday night's Prospect League showdown between the Danville Dans and Terre Haute Rex that may have gone overlooked by most in attendance at Danville Stadium.

Danville Dans vs. Terre Haute

Danville Dans during their game against the Terre Haute Rex at Danville stadium on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. 

Catching up with ex-area standouts in pro baseball

Contributor Troy Gentle catches up with former area standouts playing in pro baseball:

MAJOR LEAGUES

OF Kevin Kiermaier, ex-Parkland, Rays

Area softball standings: July 8, 2018

Champaign Park District

SENIOR A DIVISION

Final

Rafters 8-0; Pia’s Hitmen 5-3; Body N’ Sole 4-4; Old Time Meat & Deli 3-5; Owens 65ers 0-8

SENIOR B DIVISION

Final

Fat City 10-0; Six Hound Saloon 7-3; Loman Ray 6-4; CASA 4-6; Lazers Edge 2-8; Esquire 1-9

SUNDAY BLUE WEST CO-REC

Four local notes on the national pastime ahead of Independence Day

Independence Day and baseball go well together. It's the national pastime, after all. Before you fire up the grills and watch the sky light up on Wednesday night, sports editor Matt Daniels takes you around the horn with four items:

Go, Cubs, go