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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)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss the Cubs 12-8 win over the Reds on Saturday. He got hit early but then settled down to throw six innings.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Willson Contreras discuss his first career grand slam in the Cubs 12-8 win over the Reds on Saturday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jason Heyward explain why it's not necessarily just the home runs that tell him his swing is doling well. He hit a 3 run shot on Saturday after hitting a home run on Friday, the first time he's gone deep in back to back games since June, 2015.

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The Cubs' offense has feasted at Great American Ballpark since the beginning of last season. Saturday was more of the same for Chicago, which connected for three home runs in a 12-8 victory over the Reds.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs won their 4th game in a row, 12-8, over the Cincinnati Reds behind 3 run home runs from Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward to go along with a grand slam from Willson Contreras. That's 32 home runs and 101 runs scored in their last 12 games in Cincinnati. The one down note is they failed to get a quality start for the fifth consecutive game as Jake Arrieta got the win after giving up some early runs.

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Suarez shows off with two home runs (1:02)
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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gerald Green on bringing energy: "I kind of like being geeked up. … I'm always animated, I'm always kind of crunk."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Gerald Green wasn't about to get Rajon Rondo in trouble for kicking out his leg when Jae Crowder was nearby: "He may have had to stretch his leg out. I don't know. I ain't no snitch, so I don't know. That's not something I grew up being a part of. Where I'm from they know snitches get stitches. So I don't know."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward's sixth inning HR traveled 403 ft, according to ESPN Stats and Information, marking the first time he's hit HR's in back to back games since he did it in three in a row in June, 2015.

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Confrontation makes Butler smile (0:43)
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Heyward mashes huge 3-run homer (0:24)
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Contreras grand slam puts Cubs up for good (0:27)
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NBA: El valor de los veteranos (1:43)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta now has a triple in four straight seasons to go along with at least one HR in 2015 and 2016. He drove in the Cubs 8th run of the day with a line drive to the wall in right.

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Butler shrugs off Bulls' Game 3 struggles

After a disappointing Game 3 loss on Friday night, in which Jimmy Butler scored just 14 points, going 7-for-21 from the field, Butler remains confident he can propel the Bulls past the Celtics.

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Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) and Joey Votto (Reds) each hit a 3-run HR in the 1st inning, batting out of the 3-hole. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the 2nd time in the Modern Era (since 1900) that opposing 3-hitters both hit 3-run HR in the 1st inning. The only other time was in 2004, when Alex Rodriguez (NYY) and Miguel Tejada (BAL) did it.