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Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs top Brewers; Blackhawks' playoff schedule released; Bulls-Magic tonight on CSN

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs top Brewers; Blackhawks' playoff schedule released; Bulls-Magic tonight on CSN

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from a busy Sunday: 

Five Things to Watch: Bulls' playoff push continues against Magic tonight on CSN

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Full first-round schedule between Blackhawks-Predators

Jose Quintana bounces back, but White Sox fall to Twins

Predators have had ups and downs but they’ll push the Blackhawks

What the Wrigley banner-raising ceremony means to Cubs ace Jon Lester

Sergio Garcia wins the Masters, ends drought at the majors

Jake Arrieta fires back at questions about his velocity

Back from Arizona, Dylan Covey ready to go when White Sox need him

Bryan Bickell tallies first career shootout goal in last NHL game

While Cubs plan Wrigley celebration, Jason Heyward is on to new season and off to good start

 

Javier Báez leaves Sunday's game with right heel contusion, though he expects to play on Monday

Javier Báez leaves Sunday's game with right heel contusion, though he expects to play on Monday

Cubs shortstop Javier Báez exited Sunday's game against the Nationals in sixth inning with a right heel contusion.

Báez appeared to turn his right ankle charging a softly hit groundball by Nationals pitcher Jeremy Hellickson in the third inning. Cubs manager Joe Maddon went out to check on Báez, though the shortstop stayed in the game after a brief discussion.

Addison Russell, who was set to pinch hit for Báez in the sixth inning before Anthony Rizzo grounded into an inning-ending double play, took over at shortstop in the bottom half of the inning. Sunday was Russell's first appearance at shortstop since Sept. 19, 2018, as he recently returned from a 40-game suspension for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.

The move was likely precautionary, as the Cubs held a 6-1 lead when Báez exited the game and play again on Monday night. He expects to play on Monday against Jake Arrieta and the Phillies, according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers.

The Nationals scored three times in the sixth inning, cutting the Cubs' lead to 6-4. Russell made a throwing error on his first attempt, though it was a deflected ball off of Hendricks' glove. While the Cubs obviously want Báez healthy and on the field, they managed to pull out a 6-5 win in his absence.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Yu Darvish vs. Jake Arrieta face off at Wrigley Field

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Yu Darvish vs. Jake Arrieta face off at Wrigley Field

Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by NBC Sports Chicago Cubs producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen to break down Monday night's big matchup between former Cub Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish.

The trio discuss the history and dynamics behind the matchup (2:00), the statistical comparison between the two pitchers over the past two seasons and their potential going forward (4:00), the difference in mental makeup between Jake and Yu (11:00), and Jake's massively important place in Cubs history (17:30).

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Cubs Talk Podcast

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