CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Before the game today the book Outliers came up with Joe Maddon in regards to birthdays, which led him to tell reporters what he likes to do during games; "I watch the scoreboard all the time for birthdays. I try to remember where I was on that date. I play that game with all the birthdays."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon had a thought regarding former Cub Chris Coghlan's acrobatic slide at home plate last night: "That's otherworldly right there. That's something you see Bo Jackson or Dick Fosbury (do). That also, I think, is a residual of the blocking home plate rule. He could have run him over but internally probably felt like he couldn't, instead putting himself at risk by landing on his head. I want to make a point of that also." Maddon is not a fan of the rule.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Rally towels the Celtics are giving out for Game 5 vs. the Bulls.

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Defense should be the focus for the Bears going into the draft. Chicago needs playmakers on the D-line and the secondary to help turn around a unit that struggled to stop both rushing and passing.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his first visits to Boston where the Cubs play this weekend.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The White Sox finished off a three-game sweep of the struggling Royals with a 5-2 win at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday afternoon. Jose Quintana struck out 10 over six innings, including a career-best seven during his first three frames. Red-hot Avisail Garica continued his torrid start with his fourth homer. Chicago now heads to Detroit for a weekend series. Depending on the Detroit-Seattle game later, the teams could enter the series deadlocked for first atop the AL Central. Meanwhile, the Royals have dropped seven straight and have scored two or fewer runs in nine of their last 10 games.

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Quintana shuts down Royals with 10 Ks (0:21)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The White Sox say that Jose Abreu has been initially diagnosed with a mild right hip flexor strain. Chicago heads for Detroit after today's series finale with the Royals, and Abreu will be re-evaluated there. His availability is listed as day to day.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs flip flopped Kyle Hendricks and Brett Anderson in the rotation so Hendricks will pitch Sunday night in Boston while Anderson will start the home stand against the Phillies on Monday. It gets another lefty into the Philadelphia series.

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Abreu exits early for White Sox after a bad slip (0:36)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Just when it appeared that the White Sox have their offense rolling, they may have lost their clean-up hitter. Jose Abreu slipped while he was trying to retrieve an errant grounder and immediately grabbed at his hamstring. He limped off the field, mostly off his own power. Hopefully it's not serious.

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Bulls vs. Celtics: A war of words (0:59)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Take a good pitcher trying to rediscover himself and an opponent struggling horrifically at the plate, and this is what you get: The White Sox's Jose Quintana has struck out seven Royals over his first three innings, the most he's ever punched out over the first three frames of an outing. Chicago leads 2-0.

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Add Chris Coghlan's slide to the list of acrobatic plays (2:03)
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Pippen gives Bulls better chance to win with Rondo (1:53)
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Rondo to miss Game 5 against Celtics (0:54)

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PG Rajon Rondo will not return from injury for Game 5 on Wednesday night, and that will have a huge effect on the Bulls.