Wednesday's Cubs lineup vs. Richard, Padres


Wednesday's Cubs lineup vs. Richard, Padres

The Cubs take the field Wednesday afternoon (evening in Illinois) having lost seven straight games since the trading deadline.

They look to buck that current trend against former White Sox prospect Clayton Richard at Petco Park.

Here's the way the Cubs will lineup against the Padres lefty:

1. David DeJesus - CF
2. Darwin Barney - 2B
3. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano - LF
5. Starlin Castro - SS
6. Welington Castillo - C
7. Josh Vitters - 3B
8. Joe Mather - RF
9. Jeff Samardzija - P


--Soriano returns to the lineup after sitting out Tuesday with a hand injury suffered when he got spiked sliding into second base in Game 1.

--Brett Jackson gets a day off. He's been scuffling of late, striking out in eight of his last nine plate appearances.

--Vitters is making his second career start. He picked up his first MLB hit Tuesday night, a two-run double.

--Samardzija is now the lone holdover in the Cubs rotation from Opening Day. Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm have been traded while Matt Garza is on the DL with an elbow injury. Chris Volstad, currently slotted in the rotation, began the season as one of the five starters, but was sent down to Triple-A Iowa after a rough start before being recalled.

--Rizzo turns 23 today.

--Also on this day in 1988, Wrigley Field turned their lights on for the first time in a game.

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


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


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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