Behind Quintana gem, White Sox sweep Rangers


Behind Quintana gem, White Sox sweep Rangers

Once again Kevin Youkilis came through with a clutch hit, but it was Jose Quintana who deserves much of the credit for the victory as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep of Texas.
Quintana turned in the best start of his brief career, holding the Rangers to only two hits over eight innings in a 2-1 victory Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field. Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 12th save in 13 opportunities.
Youkilis broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with his sixth home run of the season, giving him game-winning RBI in consecutive games.
Quintana (4-1), a rookie left-hander, faced two over the minimum in his 113-pitch performance. He walked one and struck out a career-high eight batters. Double plays in the first and seventh erased the Rangers only runners outside of the fourth.
Both teams had only one baserunner through three innings. Quintana faced the minimum nine batters thanks to a double play after giving up a game-opening single to Ian Kinsler.
Matt Harrison retired the first eight batters before Jordan Danks singled. But he was stranded on first when Gordon Beckham lined out to Josh Hamilton in left.
Both teams pushed across a run in the fourth.
Adrian Beltre lined the ball off Quintanas left hip to score Kinsler, who walked and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Kinsler was the Rangers only runner to reach scoring position.
Chicago tied in its half of the fourth but only scored once after loading the bases with one out. Beltre robbed Alexei Ramirez with a diving stop to his left that scored Kevin Youkilis.
After Dayan Viciedo walked to reload the bases, Tyler Flowers struck out to end the inning with the game still tied 1-1.
Youkilis led off the sixth by driving a 1-1 offering from Harrison 378 feet into the right field seats. It was his second home run of the series and as a member of the White Sox.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'


Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."