CHICAGO Teams

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss Bronson Arroyo holding the Cubs in check with velocity that hovered in 70's most of the day.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch John Lackey discuss his loss to the Reds on Sunday where he gave up 5 earned runs and 7 total on a sloppy day for the Cubs.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs dropped the finale to the Reds 7-5 on Sunday after getting down early in the game but the story of the day has to be Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. He may have reached 85 mph on a pitch or two but he hovered in the 70's while retiring the first 10 batters he faced. Anthony Rizzo's third home run in as many days were the only runs scored off of Arroyo as he fanned 7 with his slow stuff. A ninth inning rally stalled when Miguel Montero hit into a double play while John Lackey wasn't great and neither was the Cubs defense. Their win streak ends at 4.

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Kivlehan clears bases with 3-run double (0:31)
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Rizzo goes yard in third straight game (0:22)

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ESPN's BPI gives the eighth-seeded Bulls a 56 percent chance to avenge their Game 3 loss and defeat the Celtics at the United Center on Sunday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo hit his third home run in as many days, one shy of his career high for consecutive games with a long ball. The hit also extends his hitting streak to 12 games, tied for a career high. He has 4 HR and 4 doubles during the streak.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey just gave up his 5th HR of the season, to Scott Schebler of the Reds, tying him for 3rd most given up in the NL behind 4 other pitchers. Lackey has also given up at least one first inning run in all 4 of his starts this season.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ViewFromVegas of today's Game 4s: Cavaliers -4 vs. Pacers, O/U 214: Thunder -1 vs. Rockets, O/U 224; Celtics -2 at Chicago, O/U 204; Jazz -3 vs. Clippers, O/U 198 (Rudy Gobert still doubtful for Utah, but Blake Griffin out for L.A.).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon is as convinced as ever he's making the right decision having Kyle Schwarber lead off. And it's for the most obvious of reasons: "The more I see it the more I like it. The extra number of at-bats throughout the season. It's becoming more obvious."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The NBA fined Rajon Rondo $25,000 for his attempted trip of Jae Crowder in Friday's Game 3. Rondo had suggested he was simply trying to stretch his leg.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Jason Heyward's progress at the plate even just since spring training.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist returns to the lineup after missing a few days with back tightness as the Cubs go for the sweep in Cincinnati on Sunday. Miguel Montero catches John Lackey with Jon Jay in CF.

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Improved shooting gives Celtics best chance (1:44)

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The Blackhawks and Wild had the two most points in the regular season in the Western Conference, and both lost in the 1st round. According to Elias, this is the first time that the two teams with the best record in a particular conference were both eliminated in the 1st round since 2009-10 when the top-2 teams in the East were eliminated (Capitals and Devils).

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Encarnacion mashes 2-run homer (0:16)

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Blue Jackets, Blackhawks and Wild combined to average 49.7 wins & 107.7 points in the regular season. They won 2 playoff games combined.

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Reds poke fun at Cubs fans (1:04)