Minnesota’s Eddie Rosario, Bobby Wilson and Max Kepler all left early because of heat illness on a scorching afternoon, and the Cubs beat the Twins 14-9.
Jason Heyward had four of the Cubs’ 20 hits, Ben Zobrist had three RBI and Chicago had a pair of five-run innings. The Cubs rallied from 3-0 and 7-4 deficits and have scored at least 10 runs in three straight games for the first time since April 2003.
Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and drove in two runs as the Cubs won their third in a row. He exited in the fifth after experiencing leg cramps related to dehydration.
Choo matched the streak that the Philadelphia Phillies’ Odubel Herrera put together March 30-May 19.
Honestly, I don’t feel anything special, Choo said afterward. I’m just happy for winning the first game of a three-game series.
Yovani Gallardo (2-0), making his third start since joining Texas on June 17, retired his first 10 batters and allowed all three runs on four hits and one walk in 7 1/3 seven innings. Gallardo struck out seven.
The 32-year-old who grew up in nearby Fort Worth is in his second stint with the Rangers after being released by Milwaukee in March and designated for assignment by Cincinnati in April.
Quietly, Kornet played reasonably well for the Knicks over the past two months of the season. His 39.2 percent shooting is misleading because Kornet took nearly two-thirds of his shots from beyond the arc. His .516 true shooting percentage was much more solid, and Kornet was an above-average shot blocker, as well. So bringing Kornet back on a full NBA contract after he was on a two-way deal last season makes sense.
Signing Kornet to a one-year deal using his non-Bird rights protects New York’s cap space for the summer of 2019, when the Knicks hope to be in the bidding for Kyrie Irving. However, the money is small enough that a multiyear deal might have offered more upside without much additional risk for New York.
A two-year deal for Hezonja, by contrast, would have carried some risk given his higher salary. Nonetheless, signing the former No. 5 overall pick by the Orlando Magic to a one-year deal severely limits the upside for the Knicks if he develops as they hope. New York would then have to re-sign Hezonja using either cap space, the midlevel exception or non-Bird rights that would pay him a maximum of $7.8 million.