Cubs Send Schwarber to Triple-A – The Chicago Cubs are sending struggling outfielder Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa, according ESPN 1000 in Chicago, as the team embarks on an 11-game road trip. Schwarber, 24, is hitting .171 just seven months after helping the Cubs to a World Series victory. Chicago is currently mired in second place in the National League Central. As part of a series of moves, the Cubs will also put outfielder Jason Heyward on the disabled list with a cut on his hand, a source said. They are calling up outfielder Mark Zagunis from Iowa for his first taste of the majors. Pitcher Dylan Floro is also rejoining the team.
Spurs Shop Aldridge for Top-10 Pick – The San Antonio Spurs, in pursuit of a top-10 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, have spoken to at least three teams about a possible trade involving power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, sources confirmed to ESPN. Aldridge’s contract contains a player option after the 2017-18 season, and he declined to address the situation when asked specifically by ESPN about it during the playoffs. For the Spurs, working to consummate a trade now is more advantageous than potentially losing Aldridge after next season with no compensation in return.
Raiders’ Carr Gets $125M Deal – Quarterback Derek Carr tweeted Thursday that he has finalized an extension with the Oakland Raiders. Sources say the five-year deal is worth $125 million. Carr, 26, is now under contract through 2022. His extension’s average salary of $25 million will make him the NFL’s highest-paid player in terms of new money. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck currently tops the list at $24.6 million.
Chicago Cubs 2 – San Diego Padres 3
Highlights: Erick Aybar hit a tying home run in the sixth inning, Luis Torrens walked with the bases loaded against Koji Uehara in the eighth and the Padres stopped a three-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Wednesday. Chicago rookie Ian Happ hit a two-run homer in the fourth against reliever Craig Stammen, going deep for the second straight game and third time in four. Happ is hitting just .221, but has gone deep 10 times. Phil Maton (1-0), the third of five Padres relievers, pitched a scoreless seventh for his first major league win. Brandon Maurer got two outs for his 13th save in 15 chances.
Chicago White Sox 2 – Minnesota Twins 4
Highlights: Jose Berrios finished eight innings for a second straight start and Miguel Sano homered for the second consecutive game as the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Wednesday night behind two of their brightest young stars. Berrios struck out eight with just four hits and one walk against him. Brandon Kintzler pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the second straight night, notching his 19th save in 22 opportunities. AL batting leader Avisail Garcia put the White Sox in front with an RBI single in the first inning, and Adam Engel came home during a groundball double play in the third inning after a leadoff double.
- San Antonio Stars 78 – Dallas Wings 81
Highlights: Glory Johnson scored 25 points in the Dallas Wings’ 81-78 comeback victory over the winless San Antonio Stars on Wednesday. Karima Christmas-Kelly and Skylar Diggins-Smith each had 16 points for the Wings (6-8). Monique Currie scored 29 points for San Antonio (0-12). Moriah Jefferson added 16 points, and Kayla McBride had 11.
- Washington Nationals 1 – Miami Marlins 2
- Cincinnati Reds 3 – Tampa Bay Rays 8
- Boston Red Sox 4 – Kansas City Royals 6
- San Diego Padres 3 – Chicago Cubs 2 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Los Angeles Angels 4 – New York Yankees 8
- St. Louis Cardinals 7 – Philadelphia Phillies 6
- Cleveland Indians 5 – Baltimore Orioles 1
- San Francisco Giants 3 – Atlanta Braves 5
- Toronto Blue Jays 7 – Texas Rangers 5
- Pittsburgh Pirates 3 – Milwaukee Brewers 4
- Chicago White Sox 2 – Minnesota Twins 4 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Arizona Diamondbacks 16 – Colorado Rockies 5
- New York Mets 2 – Los Angeles Dodgers 8
- Houston Astros 5 – Oakland Athletics 1
- Detroit Tigers 5 – Seattle Mariners 7
Hawks Trade Former All-Star Howard to Hornets – The Atlanta Hawks have traded center Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte is sending Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to Atlanta for Howard and the 31st pick. The trade was made official Tuesday night. Hornets GM Rich Cho said the team is excited to add “a player of Dwight’s stature.”