CHICAGO (AP) - Javier Baez and Jason Heyward each hit three-run homers in the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame a wild start by Cole Hamels to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 on Wednesday night. Baez chased Walker Buehler with a long, tying drive to left on an 0-2 pitch with two outs, watching for a few seconds before starting his trot.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Stevie Wilkerson hit his first major league homer, John Means pitched five effective innings on his birthday and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 to secure their second winning streak of the season. The two straight victories are the Orioles' most since a four-game run that began at Yankee Stadium on March 30.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs say ace left-hander Jon Lester is set to start Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers after being sidelined because of a strained left hamstring. Manager Joe Maddon says the veteran will be limited to about 75-to-80 pitches in his first outing since April 8, when he was hurt running the bases in the home opener against Pittsburgh. Lester is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois has signed prized big man Kofi Cockburn to a national letter of intent. The Fighting Illini announced Thursday the addition of the 7-foot, 290-pounder from Kingston, Jamaica _ the highest rated post player to join the program since Meyers Leonard in 2010. Cockburn averaged 14.8 points and 10.1 rebounds last season for prep powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.
NEW YORK (AP) - Valentín Castellanos scored in the ninth minute to help New York City FC beat the Chicago Fire 1-0. New York City (2-1-5) won its second straight game after opening the season with a six-match winless streak.
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