Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT
CHICAGO (AP) - Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the game at 11:17 of overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night to even their first-round playoff series at two games apiece.
Kane carried the puck down the left side as teammates Ben Smith and Brandon Saad rushed toward the net, and beat Ryan Miller with a well-placed wrist shot for his 32nd career postseason goal.
Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell also scored for defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago, which blew a 2-0 second-period lead. Jonathan Toews had two assists and Corey Crawford made 30 saves.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in St. Louis.
Semien's slam lifts White Sox over Tigers 6-4
DETROIT (AP) - Marcus Semien's seventh-inning grand slam lifted the Chicago White Sox over the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Wednesday night.
Jose Abreu hit another long home run for the White Sox, but it was Semien's first career slam that turned around the game. Detroit starter Drew Smyly allowed two runs in six innings, but Evan Reed gave up two singles and a walk, and Ian Krol allowed the home run to Semien.
Andre Rienzo gave up four runs in the fourth inning but kept the Tigers quiet otherwise in his first start this season. He allowed five hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings, striking out three.
Matt Lindstrom pitched the ninth for his third save, but it wasn't easy. He allowed a single, a walk and two deep flyouts before retiring Alex Avila on a line drive to first with runners on second and third.
Cubs lose to Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley's 100th
CHICAGO (AP) - Fittingly, the Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field's 100th birthday with a loss - a dramatic, error-filled one, at that.
One out from victory, the Cubs allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to rally for five runs in the ninth inning in a 7-5 loss Wednesday.
After an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, Martin Prado hit a two-run single off Pedro Strop, Miguel Montero had a tying single against James Russell and Aaron Hill followed with a two-run triple off Justin Grimm.
Still, the Cubs are 4,076-3,621 during the regular season at Wrigley, according to STATS, and 7-20 in the postseason.
The beloved ballpark, the second-oldest in the major leagues behind 102-year-old Fenway Park in Boston, opened on April 23, 1914, when the Federal League's Chicago Federals beat the Kansas City Packers 9-1.
Mets cut down tying run, hold off Cardinals 3-2
NEW YORK (AP) - Lucas Duda hit a long home run and the New York Mets threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday night with a stiff wind whipping through Citi Field.
Jonathon Niese earned his first win of the season, and shortstop Ruben Tejada cut down Matt Carpenter for the second out of the ninth on a strong relay from center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny challenged the call, which was upheld following a replay review of 1 minute, 20 seconds that showed catcher Travis d'Arnaud nicked Carpenter with a sweep tag near his armpit.
Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha set career highs with 10 strikeouts and five walks in the shortest of his 14 regular-season starts in the majors. A bizarre outing if ever there was one - but it was that sort of night.
Blues C Backes scratched for Game 4
CHICAGO (AP) - St. Louis center David Backes has been scratched for Game 4 of the Blues' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks due to an upper-body injury.
Backes did not participate in St. Louis' morning skate, but coach Ken Hitchcock did not rule him out for Wednesday night's game. The final word came when Backes was on the list of scratches on the pregame roster report.
Forward Brenden Morrow also was scratched after Hitchcock said earlier in the day that he would miss the rest of the series. Morrow missed the final three games of the regular season with a foot injury. He played in Games 1 and 3 against the Blackhawks.
Backes missed Game 3 after he absorbed a big hit from Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the third period of the Blues' 4-3 overtime victory Saturday.
Chicago Bears begin season against Buffalo Bills
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Bears' 2014 schedule is set.
Chicago's second season under Marc Trestman begins at Soldier Field against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 7. The Bears then hit the road for four of their next five games. They play the 49ers in San Francisco then head east to play the Jets in New Jersey.
The Bears are home the following week for the Green Bay Packers, then head south to play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte and the Falcons in Atlanta.
The Bears host the Miami Dolphins before hitting the road again to play the New England Patriots and the Packers. The Bears play the Lions in Detroit on Thanksgiving.
Five of their last seven games will be at Soldier Field, including games against the Cowboys and the Saints.
Rams to play 49ers on Monday night
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Rams will open their 2014 schedule at home against the Minnesota Vikings and will host two prime-time games, including a Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 6.
The Rams also will play the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night in Week 15 at the Edward Jones Dome. They have a bye in Week 4.
For the fourth time in five years, the Rams open at home and wrap up the regular season at Seattle.
In addition to the NFC West schedule, the Rams will play the Vikings, Cowboys, Broncos, Raiders and Giants at home.
The Rams also announced dates and times Wednesday for preseason games. They host the Saints Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. and the Packers Aug. 16 at 3 p.m., with night games Aug. 23 at Cleveland and Aug. 28 at Miami.
Trumbo to miss extended time with stress fracture
CHICAGO (AP) - Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo will be sidelined for an extended period because of a stress fracture in his left foot.
Manager Kirk Gibson says Trumbo will get a second opinion from Dr. Michael Lee in Arizona before a timetable for his return is determined. An MRI Wednesday revealed the injury after an X-ray showed no structural damage.
The MRI also revealed some plantar fasciitis, which Trumbo had been dealing with since spring training. Trumbo wasn't sure how the stress fracture developed but thought he was overcompensating due to the plantar fasciitis.
Trumbo is hitting .210, though he was tied for the NL lead with seven home runs and was second with 19 RBIs before Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
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