CHICAGO (AP) — Jordan Lyles struck out 10 in six crisp innings to tie a career high, Francisco Cervelli and Starling Marte homered off Yu Darvish, and the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Chicago Cubs 5-2. Lyles improved to 1-0 after allowing three hits and was sharp again in his second start, with Jason Heyward’s solo shot in the fifth accounting for the lone run against him.
CHICAGO (AP) — Tommy Pham homered twice and extended his on-base streak to a club record 45 games, leading the Tampa Bay Rays over the White Sox 9-1 for their first series sweep in Chicago. Austin Meadows had a single, double, home run and three RBIs for the Rays, who outscored Chicago 24-7 over three games. Tampa Bay won its four straight game and the AL East-leading Rays improved to 10-3, their best start since 2010. Chicago lost its fifth consecutive game and at 3-8 is off to its worst opening since 1997.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jonathon Simmons scored 20 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 125-109 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night in the regular-season finale for both teams. In preparation for a first-round playoff matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, the 76ers rested all five starters. Philly GM Elton Brand says star center Joel Embiid’s status for the opener is in question.
CHICAGO (AP) — Left-hander Jon Lester was put on the 10-day injured list by the Chicago Cubs because of a strained left hamstring. Injured while scoring from second base on Ben Zobrist’s single in Monday’s home opener, the Cubs’ ace will miss at least one turn. The five-time All- Star is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts after going 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA last year.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ is trying to cut down on his strikeouts without thinking about cutting down on his strikeouts. Happ was optioned to Triple-A Iowa in late March after a terrible spring training at the plate. Happ totaled 39 home runs during the past two seasons but struck out 296 times. The 24-year-old utility player has struck out nine times in 27 at-bats so far for the I-Cubs, but has a team-high eight RBIs in six games.
MIAMI (AP) — By Thursday, Dwyane Wade will not be employed as a basketball player anymore. After 16 seasons as an NBA player, after three championships, a scoring title, three franchises, four children, an Olympic gold medal and 161 teammates, the end is arriving. Wade played his final home regular-season game when the Miami Heat hosted the Philadelphia 76ers, and their season ends in Brooklyn on Wednesday.