Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

Here is the latest Illinois sports news from The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Snell struck out 11 over six innings in another strong outing, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Monday afternoon. The Rays improved to 8-3 and kept pace with their best start since 2010 with Snell (2-1) dominating again.

CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer and Chicago’s beleaguered bullpen stepped up after Jon Lester departed with left hamstring tightness, leading the Cubs to a 10-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener. Brad Brach, Brandon Kintzler, Randy Rosario and Pedro Strop combined for seven innings of four-hit ball after Lester was removed with two on and none out in the third. Brach got his first win with the Cubs.

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs left-hander Jon Lester has left Chicago’s home opener against Pittsburgh because of left hamstring tightness. Lester hit an RBI double and scored from second on Ben Zobrist’s single during Chicago’s six-run second inning. He allowed consecutive singles in the third before manager Joe Maddon replaced him with Brad Brach.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers have hired Joel Quenneville as their coach. Quenneville is second on the NHL’s all-time coaching wins list and won three Stanley Cups as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks. The hiring also reunites him with Panthers general manager Dale Tallon. He brought Quenneville to Chicago. Quenneville replaces Bob Boughner. Boughner was fired Sunday after two seasons. Tallon says, “Fate is a wonderful thing in my life.”

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks missed out on the playoffs for the second straight year, doomed by an awful start and one of the NHL’s worst defenses. For a franchise that won three Stanley Cups during an impressive nine-year run that ended in 2017, it seems like a much longer absence from the postseason. But there is reason for optimism after the team finished strong under new coach Jeremy Colliton.

CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Vogelbach homered twice, hit a bases-clearing double and set a career high with six RBIs, helping the Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 12-5 to extend the best start in club history at 9-2. Edwin Encarnación had a two-run homer and three hits for the Mariners, who have the AL’s best record. Seattle has homered in each of its first 11 games to extend a franchise record and leads the major leagues with 26.