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Don't look now, but Marmol has had three good outings in a row

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Don't look now, but Marmol has had three good outings in a row

Carlos Marmol lost his grip on the closer's job in early May and wound up on the DL shortly after with a hamstring strain.

He's pitched three games since he has returned from the DL and has been something of a different pitcher.

Granted, three games is an incredibly small sample size, but Marmol has allowed just two walks and zero hits through the three innings, while striking out four. He has not allowed a run, lowering his ERA from 6.35 to 5.02.

His fastball has been consistently around 92, 93 mph, which isn't at the 95, 96 he was throwing in 2010 and before, but it's still a move in the right direction. He's been relying on the fastball a bit more, and has actually thrown it more than half the time this season, something he hasn't done since his rookie season of 2006.

Marmol hasn't been pitching in the high-leverage situations like a closer typically does, but either way, he looks to be at least on the road to rejuvenation, which would be a big boost to the Cubs bullpen.

With Bulls-Timberwolves looming, Jimmy Butler is diagnosed with meniscus injury

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With Bulls-Timberwolves looming, Jimmy Butler is diagnosed with meniscus injury

Jimmy Butler won't be facing the Bulls a second time this season.

Butler suffered a non-contact knee injury on Friday night in Houston. The initial X-ray only revealed he didn't have any broken bones, but the MRI had to wait until Saturday.

The Timberwolves announced that the MRI revealed a meniscus injury in Butler's right knee. There is not yet word on how long the All-Star guard will be out of action, but if it wasn't already assumed that he wouldn't play against the Bulls, it's now certain.

The Bulls take on the Timberwolves on Saturday night. Butler dropped 38 points at the United Center in his return to Chicago exactly two weeks ago, but the Bulls won 114-113.

Butler posted on Instagram a reaction to the injury.

Saturday's game will be the returns of Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to Minnesota after they went the other direction in the Butler trade on draft night last June.

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

High School Lites had a busy show as it was the final week of the regular season for IHSA boys basketball Class 3A and 4A. The Class 1A and 2A playoffs also tipped in boys basketball as the show has some thrilling regional titles that were decided in the final minute. And finally, the girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals were played on Friday as the state's top teams played in Bloomington.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for the latest news and scores for IHSA basketball.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Richards wrestler Mia Palumbo

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Simeon boys basketball

Highlights

Marshall shocks Leo in Class 2A regional final

Aurora Christian runs past Harvert Christian for 1A regional title

Buzzer-beater lifts Monticello over Gibson City for regional title

Jacobs goes unbeaten in Fox Valley with win over Dundee-Crown

West Aurora gets by rival East Aurora

Yorkville completes season sweep of DeKalb

Lemont escapes past T.F. North

Marshall needs OT to get past Teutopolis in girls 2A semifinals

Harlan takes down Eureka in 2A semifinals

Stockton runs by Okaw Valley in 1A

Schlarman races by Lebanon