Chicago White Sox 9 – Minnesota Twins 0
Highlights: Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier each hit two-run homers in the first inning, Jose Quintana cruised behind the extra support, and the Chicago White Sox beat Minnesota 9-0 on Thursday after a rain-delayed start of 4 hours and 50 minutes that was the longest in Twins history. Quintana (4-8) departed with two outs in the seventh inning after throwing 113 pitches. He scattered just five singles while striking out nine without a walk for his second consecutive victory. Rookie Nik Turley (0-2) recorded only two outs, allowing six hits and five runs before the first of five Twins relievers, including backup catcher Chris Gimenez was summoned. Matt Davidson had three hits and a home run, and Adam Engel had four hits and the first two RBI of his career.
Chicago Cubs 11 – Miami Marlins 1
Highlights: Addison Russell tied a career high with four hits, including a home run, to pace the Chicago Cubs to an 11-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night. Russell drove in two and also had two doubles, giving him three extra-base hits in a game for the first time in his career. Kris Bryant had a three-run homer, Willson Contreras added a two-run shot and Ian Happ also had four hits and drove in a pair for the Cubs, who have won four of five. Jake Arrieta (7-5) pitched seven innings, allowing one run and six hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter over 82 pitches.
Top 10 First Round Picks:
- Markelle Fultz, 6’4” Point Guard, Washington – Philadelphia 76ers
- Lonzo Ball, 6’6” Point Guard, UCLA – LA Lakers
- Jayson Tatum, 6’8” Small Forward, Duke – Boston Celtics
- Josh Jackson, 6’8” Small Forward, Kansas – Phoenix Suns
- De’Aaron Fox, 6’4” Point Guard, Kentucky – Sacramento Kings
- Jonathan Isaac, 6’11” Forward, Florida State – Orlando Magic
- Lauri Markkanen, 7’ Power Forward, Arizona – Chicago Bulls
- Frank Ntilikina, 6’5” Point Guard, Strasbourg (International) – Knicks
- Dennis Smith Jr., 6’2” Point Guard, North Carolina State – Dallas Mavericks
- Zach Collins, 7’ Power Forward/Center, Gonzaga – Portland Trail Blazers
Trade Alert: Timberwolves Land Jimmy Butler
The Minnesota Timberwolves made one of the biggest moves of the offseason so far, sending Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick to the Chicago Bulls for all-star Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick.
Bulls’ Butler Traded to Timberwolves -The Minnesota Timberwolves have an agreement in principle to acquire three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls, sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein. Butler has been told of the deal, ESPN reported. The Wolves are also getting the No. 16 overall pick in Thursday night’s draft. The Bulls, meanwhile, will acquire guards Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine as well as the No. 7 overall pick Thursday night, which was used to select 7-footer Lauri Markkanen. The trade means a reunion for Butler and Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls for five seasons before being fired in 2015. Butler, 27, gives Thibodeau the tough-minded scorer and hard-nosed defender that he has been searching for to complement a promising young core.
Cavs, Spurs Discuss Deal for Green – The Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs have engaged in trade talks involving Danny Green, multiple sources said Thursday. The Cavs are looking for two-way wing players like Green as they look to retool their roster to better compete with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Spurs have been investigating the market for Green as they look to open salary-cap space ahead of the start of free agency. But the asking price has been a little too high in early talks with the Cavs, sources said.
Nuggets Eye Deals for Butler, Bledsoe – The Denver Nuggets held separate discussions leading up to Thursday night’s NBA draft about deals to acquire Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler or Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, sources told ESPN. The deal with the Bulls would include draft picks and multiple young players but not Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, a source said. In the trade with the Suns, the Nuggets would send point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and the No. 13 overall pick to Phoenix in return for Bledsoe, league sources said. Sources described the dialogue for those negotations as “fluid.”
Chiefs Extend Reid’s Deal but Fire GM Dorsey – The Chiefs extended the contract of coach Andy Reid on Thursday but will be looking for a new general manager after parting ways with John Dorsey. Reid’s extension is for five years, a source tells ESPN. The signing was expected. The move with Dorsey, who arrived in Kansas City as general manager in 2013, a few weeks after Reid, was surprising. Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said he made the decision not to extend Dorsey’s contract beyond the 2017 season, which led to Thursday’s development.
Hossa to Miss 2017-18 Due to Skin Disorder – A severe reaction to medication for a skin disorder has put Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa’s career in doubt. Hossa stunned the NHL on Wednesday by announcing he won’t play next season because of a severe side effect from medication to treat a progressive disorder he has been dealing with for years. At 38, the veteran might have played his last NHL game in a career that many believe will land him in the Hockey Hall of Fame.