The area boys high school baseball schedule for this afternoon includes Hoopeston Area hosting Bismarck Henning and Cissna Park traveling to Gilman to take on Iroquois West. The girl’s softball schedule features Hoopeston Area hosting Bismarck Henning and Milford hosting Westville. All baseball and softball games begin at 4:30 this afternoon.


The Chicago Cubs continued their celebration of the 2016 World Series Championship with a  ring ceremony for members of last year’s team. Unfortunately, the pre-game ceremony was the highlight of the night as the northsiders dropped a 2-0 decision to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Starter John Lackey was spectacular on the night, despite taking his first loss of the season. His only blemish was a leadoff home run to Andrew Tholes in the top of the first inning before tossing 6 innings and striking out 10 Dodgers on the night. Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 4 at the plate to lead the slumbering Cubs offense. They will play the rubber game of that series this afternoon at 1:20 when Brett Anderson takes the mound for the Cubs against Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.


The Cardinals finally got back in the win column last night with a 6-1 victory over the Nationals to salvage 1 game in their 3 game series. Outfielder Stephen Piscotty led the offense with 3 hits and 5 RBI on the day, including a 3 run home run in the top of the 9th inning to cement the win. Starter Mike Leake continued his strong start to the season with 7 innings of shutout baseball while striking out 7 Nationals. The Redbirds will have the day off today before traveling to New York to take on former Cardinal Matt Holliday and the New York Yankees for a weekend series.


The White Sox won another pitching duel in Cleveland with a 2-1 victory over the Indians. Matt Davidson smacked a 2 run single in the 2nd inning to provide the only offense that starter Derek Holland would need. He tossed 6 innings of shutout baseball while giving up just 1 hit and striking out 4 Indians to continue his hot start to the season. They will play the rubber game in that series this afternoon at 5:10 when Miquel Gonzalez faces off against Josh Tomlin of the Indians.


The Chicago Bulls punched their ticket to the NBA playoffs with a 112-73 victory over the Brooklyn Nets last night. Jimmy Butler led the way for the Bulls with 25 points while Paul Zipser pitched in with 21 points off the bench. The Bulls will be the 8th seed in the east and will begin their first round series against the top seeded Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon at 5:30 in Boston.


Lastly, the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoff run begins tonight at 7 when they host the Predators for game 1 of their series at the United Center. Scores from last night included the St Louis Blues taking a 1 game to none lead over the Minnesota Wild after a 2-1 overtime victory in Minneapolis. They will play game 2 in that series tomorrow night at 7 pm.


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