PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell certainly looks ready for the Home Run Derby. Pittsburgh’s All-Star first baseman hit three home runs to boost his season total to 25, leading the Pirates to an 18-5 rout over the Chicago Cubs. Bell, who will be part of the eight-man derby field next week in Cleveland, hit a three-run shot off rookie Adbert Alzolay in the first, a two-run drive off Alzolay in the second and finished off a four-hit, seven-RBI night by taking new Chicago closer Craig Kimbrel deep in the eighth.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to free-agent deals with goaltender Robin Lehner and forward Ryan Carpenter. Lehner got a $5 million, one-year contract after he earned a career-high 25 wins last season with the New York Islanders. Carpenter agreed to a three-year deal, giving the Blackhawks another forward who can help on special teams after they finished last in the NHL with a 72.7 penalty-kill percentage.
CHICAGO (AP) — A White Sox official says it was “poor form” for the team to show a scoreboard graphic of “famous people from Chicagoland” that grouped lynching victim Emmett Till with game show host Pat Sajak and film icon Orson Welles. Scott Reifert, the team’s vice president of communications, says he told the staffer who created the graphic shown during Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins that listing Till next to the others “kind of minimalizes (that this) is a young man who lost his life.”