Chicago White Sox 11 – Detroit Tigers 2
Highlights: Matt Davidson, the designated hitter, rounded two bags sharply and dug for his first career triple, sparking Chicago to an 11-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday for manager Rick Renteria’s first victory with the White Sox. Geovany Soto, the catcher who joined the White Sox as a free agent this offseason, added his first two home runs for Chicago. It helped lift starting pitcher James Shields (1-0) to a fresh season start, as he allowed two hits and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings. Shields allowed Tyler Collins‘ solo homer in the second inning to open the scoring, but the Tigers managed only four hits.
Chicago Bulls 102 – Philadelphia 76ers 90
Highlights: Jimmy Butler had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and helped give Chicago’s playoff hopes a needed boost in the Bulls’ 102-90 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Rajon Rondo sat out with a sprained right wrist and Dwayne Wade missed another game with a fractured right elbow. Jerian Grant scored 15 points starting for Rondo, Nikola Mirotic scored 22 and the Bulls took a 14-point lead in the first half. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot led the Sixers with 18 points. The Bulls, Miami and Indiana entered the night with 38-40 records and in a three-way tie for seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Chicago Blackhawks 0 – Anaheim Ducks 4
Highlights: Corey Perry scored a power-play goal, John Gibson made 37 saves in his 12th career shutout and the Ducks clinched home-ice advantage in the first round with a 4-0 victory Thursday night over the Chicago Blackhawks. Richard Rakell had a goal and an assist for the Ducks. Chris Wagner and Ryan Kesler also scored for Anaheim. The Blackhawks rested several star players.
Chicago Cubs 6 – St. Louis Cardinals 4
Highlights: In a most sticky situation, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina couldn’t find a ball that clung to his chest protector and the Chicago Cubs turned the bizarre play into a late rally, beating St. Louis 6-4 Thursday. Pinch hitter Matt Szczur led off the 7th inning by striking out on a pitch from Brett Cecil that skipped in the dirt. The ball bounced into Molina’s protector and appeared to get trapped by a sticky substance. Molina kept looking around for the ball, and only found it once Szczur was at first base. The Cubs capitalized when a walk set up Kyle Schwarber‘s go-ahead home run.