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ICYMI: Wacky weather for Cubs; White Sox win series in Yankee Stadium

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ICYMI: Wacky weather for Cubs; White Sox win series in Yankee Stadium

The Cubs endured a rare snow-out on Sunday, but it could simplify things on the schedule going forward, the White Sox won a series in Yankee Stadium and Bears players return to Halas Hall. Here are some of the top stories you may have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports.

Cubs

The Cubs lost to the Angels on Saturday and were snowed out on Sunday, which meant a series split after the Cubs won on Friday.

Before Saturday's game, Javy Baez added to his growing legend by hitting back-to-back home runs in batting practice... left-handed. Baez isn't a switch-hitter and doesn't plan to become one. This was just Baez having fun, and showing off at the same time.

Kris Bryant got a day off on Saturday and is slumping in April, but Joe Maddon said he's still "in a good place."

As for the game itself, the Cubs lost 6-5 with a ninth-inning rally falling short after Kyle Schwarber couldn't check his swing on a third strike to end the game. It's safe to say Schwarber didn't agree with the call. He went off on the third base umpire who made the call and had to be contained by Baez, who was a baserunner on third base at the time.

Also, with Monday being Jackie Robinson Day, Doug Glanville wrote an emotional essay on Robinson's legacy and his impact on Glanville's life, even after retirement.

White Sox

A series that started with Eloy Jimenez hitting his first two career home runs and leading the White Sox to a 9-6 rain-shortened win on Friday, ended with the Sox taking two out of three from the Yankees on the road.

Ivan Nova took a hard-luck loss on Saturday. Nova gave up one run in six-plus innings of work, but the White Sox managed just one hit in a 4-0 loss. Nova did have some good memories in returning to Yankee Stadium and facing his mentor, CC Sabathia, in a pitching duel.

On Sunday, Tim Anderson stayed hot with his first career grand slam in a 5-2 win in the rubber game. Carlos Rodon had a rough first few innings, but settled down thanks to some magic words from pitching coach Don Cooper.

Bears

Bears players return to Halas Hall on Monday with the team's offseason program beginning. With the NFL Draft later in April and rookie minicamp soon after that in early May, things are starting to roll around.

When everyone gets to Halas, they will find a renovated building that features a new locker room, weight room and other goodies. There's also new faces on the roster and in the coaching staff. How will Matt Nagy handle all the changes?

 

ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

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ICYMI: Eloy Jimenez making his return?; Javier Báez exits Sunday's game with minor injury; Time for Bulls to think outside the box?

Eloy Jimenez looks set to make his White Sox return this week, Javier Báez exited Sunday's game with a minor injury and is it time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft? Here's what you may have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

White Sox

All indications point towards Eloy Jimenez returning to the White Sox this week, as the rookie outfielder was not in Triple-A Charlotte's lineup on Sunday. Jimenez's return comes just in time, as the White Sox play two of the best teams in baseball this week.

Manny Banuelos went on the injured list last week, though his stay on the shelf might be brief. Who starts in Banuelos' place on Monday is still uncertain.

The White Sox aren't getting what they expected from Ivan Nova so far, but Lucas Giolito has been tremendous. Giolito spun another good start on Saturday; what's behind his resurgence?

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss James McCann's breakout season.

Cubs

Javier Báez exited Sunday's game against the Nationals with a right heel contusion, though he could be back in the lineup on Monday.

Jon Lester's hot streak came to an end on Saturday, though the bigger story from the game is the Cubs questioning if Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle's delivery is legal.

The Cubs put on a home run derby vs. the Nationals on Friday. The team also used the same 1-5 hitters all weekend; here's why the group is worth sticking with for the foreseeable future.

Former Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano made his return to the mound over the weekend with the independent Chicago Dogs.

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, Luke Stuckmeyer and NBC Sports Chicago producers Eric Strobel and Nate Poppen breakdown Monday's matchup between Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta.

Other

NBC Sports Chicago's Mark Schanowski wonders if it's time for the Bulls to think outside the box in the NBA Draft.

Mark Strotman breaks down potential options for the Bulls at No. 7 in Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver and Duke's Cam Reddish.

In the latest Blackhawks mailbag, Charlie Roumeliotis discusses Blackhawks trade probabilities and playoff chances in 2019-20.

ICYMI: Cubs continue winning ways; Eloy Jimenez making strides in injury recovery; potential Blackhawks offseason targets

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ICYMI: Cubs continue winning ways; Eloy Jimenez making strides in injury recovery; potential Blackhawks offseason targets

The Cubs won two of three games against the Brewers, Eloy Jimenez took a positive step in his recovery from a high ankle sprain and who might the Blackhawks target this offseason? Here's what you might have missed from the weekend in Chicago sports:

Cubs

The Cubs continued their winning ways, taking two of three games from the Brewers. Saturday's game took 15 innings to complete, highlighted by Willson Contreras' walk-off home run and Tyler Chatwood's performance out of the bullpen. The unsung hero of the game, though? David Bote.

Wrigley Field is still a special place for former Cubs coach and current Brewers hitting coach Andy Haines. Plus, are the Brewers better at shifting against the Cubs than other teams are?

Over the weekend, Daniel Descalso returned to the starting lineup and Xavier Cedeño made his Cubs debut. Here's how Cedeño's addition affects the Cubs bullpen. In other bullpen news, Carl Edwards Jr. seems to be a late-inning option for Joe Maddon again.

Friday, Jose Quintana pitched another solid game despite getting little support from the Cubs' offense. Before the game, though Addison Russell walked back his comments about how Cubs fans will/are reacting to his return to the team.

White Sox

Across town, Eloy Jimenez took a big step in his recovery from a high right ankle sprain. Jimenez went through baserunning drills during pregame on Friday and Saturday.

Tim Anderson and Randal Grichuk met on the field for the first time since their Twitter beef regarding bat flipping. Both players hit home runs, ironically.

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Frank Thomas and Bill Melton share real life stories about baseball, from on the field experiences to off of it.

Other

NBC Sports Chicago's Blackhawks beat writer Charlie Roumeliotis answers fan questions in the latest Blackhawks mailbag.

Fans should root for the Bulls to land the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, says Bulls Outsider Dave Watson. Watson and fellow Outsiders Matt Peck and John Sabine joined Mark Schanowski on the latest Bulls Talk Podcast.

One participant from the Bears' rookie minicamp kicking competition detailed what the experience was like.