PIRATES’ GERRIT COLE: CUBS AREN’T THE BEST TEAM IN BASEBALL

Of course, the Cubs are currently the best team in baseball – the only team still in the single digits in the loss column halfway through May.

The Cubs sit at 27-9 overall with a +109 run differential. In fact, their run differential was higher than the next two teams (Red Sox +58) and Cardinals (+46) combined entering play Sunday.

Following Sunday’s loss, the Cubs have outscored the Pirates 38-13 in the six head-to-head games this season.

Cole had a rough go of it last time out against the Cubs, failing to go even five innings while allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and four walks. He was 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA and 0.947 WHIP in four starts against the Cubs during the 2015 regular season, but lost that one-game wild-card playoff when he surrendered four runs in five innings, including homers to Kyle Schwarber and Dexter Fowler.
“We’ve had discussions, and I don’t think the contract is going to be a challenge,” Bowman said. “I think we’re going to get that worked out. I think he’s going to be a part of it. We’re looking for him to take that next step in his career.”

Panik had six goals and two assists in 30 regular-season games since joining the Blackhawks in January via a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Jeremy Morin.

The 25-year-old forward also had three assists in six games against the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the postseason.

Up against the salary cap, Panik would give the Blackhawks a forward that can make an impact on any of the four lines at a cost-controlled price.

NEW YORK — No aspect of the White Sox performance Sunday afternoon was without its mistakes.

If any had been, they might have walked away a winner.

The White Sox didn’t catch the ball, their starting pitcher couldn’t command it, the offense missed several chances and the bullpen struggled yet again. All of that added up to a near-miss and a 7-5 loss to the New York Yankees in front of 41,979 at Yankee Stadium.

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