CUBS WIN, CUBS WIN—ROCKIES LOSE
CHICAGO (AP) – Travis Wood pitched seven scoreless innings and the Chicago Cubs came within two outs of their first shutout since last August in a 9-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Alfonso Soriano homered for Chicago, which has won three straight for the second time this season. The Cubs’ 14 hits were one short of a season high.
Josh Rutledge hit a home run off Carlos Marmol with one out in the ninth, ruining the Cubs’ bid for their first shutout win since they beat Colorado on Aug. 26. The Cubs have gone 74 games between shutouts, their longest streak since going 75 in a row from May 15 until Aug. 6, 1999, according to STATS. Wood (4-2) allowed two hits while striking out two for his major league-leading eighth quality start. He’s the first Cubs pitcher since Hippo Vaughn in 1919 to start with eight quality starts.
ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS…
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Knicks may be without guard Iman Shumpert for tonight’s critical Game 4 of their NBA playoff series with the Pacers. He’s been bothered by an injured knee and the Knicks have called for an orthopedic doctor to take a look. Indiana leads the series two-games-to-one.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Philadelphia 76ers have named former Houston Rockets executive Sam Hinkie team president and general manager. Hinkie was the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Rockets, and was the top choice by owner Joshua Harris to oversee the rebuilding of this beleaguered franchise. One of his primary tasks will be to hire a new coach following the resignation of Doug Collins after the season.
NEW YORK (AP) – The Yankees have activated Curtis Granderson who missed the last 2 1/2 months after suffering a broken right arm in spring training. Granderson had hoped to be ready to play by the first week in May, but instead will start in left field tonight against Seattle.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Top prep basketball prospect Andrew Wiggins has signed a letter of intent to attend Kansas, adding to the Jayhawks already strong recruiting class. The son of former NBA first round draft choice Mitchell Wiggins averaged 23.4 points and 11.2 rebounds this past season.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) – Former Saints and Chargers Pro Bowl running back Chuck Muncie has died from heart failure, a family spokesman says. Muncie was the Saints No. 1 draft pick in 1976 and went on to become the first 1000-yard rusher in franchise history. Muncie was 60.