DARVISH GETS BOOST FROM BATS AS TEXAS TOPS SOX: Yu Darvish overcame a shaky start for his fifth victory in April, and the Texas Rangers backed him with plenty of big hits Tuesday night in a 10-6 win over the White Sox.
Darvish (5-1) struck out nine in six innings, but the game was tied when he threw the last of his 108 pitches.
Texas scored six times in the sixth to break it open. Mitch Moreland, who had three hits, delivered a go-ahead double, and Adrian Beltre capped the burst with a two-run homer. The bases were loaded when Beltre got to the plate before two wild pitches by Nate Jones allowed two runs.
QUENTIN DRIVES IN 3 RUNS AS PADRES BEAT CUBS: Carlos Quentin homered and drove in three runs, and the San Diego Padres battered Cubs starter Edwin Jackson in a 13-7 win over Chicago on Tuesday night.
Edinson Volquez (2-3) was good enough to beat the Cubs for the fifth time in his career, working 5 2/3 innings and allowing four runs while striking out three in his first outing against Chicago while with San Diego. Volquez is 5-0 in seven career starts against the Cubs, including 3-0 at Wrigley Field.
Quentin was 3 for 4 with the home run and two doubles. He is 34 for 101 (.337) with nine homers against the Cubs in his career.
Jackson (0-4) went 4 2/3 innings, giving up 11 hits and eight runs.
BULLDOGS ADVANCE TO REGION IV-A CHAMPIONSHIP: After sweeping a doubleheader with Triton 12-0 and 5-1, the South Suburban College women's softball team advanced to the Region IV-A Championship against a to-be-determined opponent Friday.
Ashley DeLuca powered the Bulldogs (29-14) to the win in the first game with a three-run home run and four RBIs, while Rhiannan Cox struck out nine in seven innings to earn the win in the second game.
VALPARAISO SWEEPS WESTERN MICHIGAN: Taylor Weissenhofer picked up her sixth save in the opener and scattered seven hits in a complete-game win in the nightcap as Valparaiso swept a doubleheader from host Western Michigan, 4-3 and 1-0 on Tuesday.
Weissenhofer (14-10) had 10 strikeouts in the nightcap and picked up three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of relief in the opener for the Crusaders (26-22).
Janelle Bouchard was a combined 4-for-5 with doubles in each game and two runs scored in the opener. Amanda Korb was 4-for-6 combined with two runs scored in the opener. Angie Doerffler was 2-for-3 in the opener with three RBIs.
CRUSADERS PICK UP SIXTH CONSECUTIVE WIN: Two runs scored on a pair of wild pitches in the eighth inning helped Valparaiso defeat Western Michigan 5-3 on Tuesday for the Crusaders’ sixth consecutive win.
Chris Manning was 3-for-4 with a double and run scored for Valparaiso (20-23), while Tanner Vavra and Andrew Bynum doubled.
HAWKS HAVE MOMENTUM, BUT HISTORY NOT ON THEIR SIDE: The Atlanta Hawks headed back to Indiana today with plenty of momentum but carrying the weight of history.
Even after two impressive wins on their home court, the Hawks are still a definite underdog as they prepare to take on the Pacers in Game 5 of an opening-round series that, at the very least, suddenly looks a lot more intriguing.
Indiana figures to be a much tougher opponent with the crowd on its side. Remember, the Pacers averaged 110 points and a 16-point margin of victory in the first two games of the best-of-seven series.
The Hawks evened the series at Philips Arena, but this is a franchise that has never done very well in this situation. Since 1968, the team is a dismal 21-84 in road playoff games.
OMAHAN BEEF INDOOR TEAM OFFERS TEBOW CONTRACT: The Omaha Beef have a job waiting for Tim Tebow if he wants it — and the Nebraska indoor football team will even pay him $75 a game.
A day after Tebow was cut by the New York Jets, the Beef called the office of Tebow agent Jimmy Sexton to offer a standard player contract. Beef assistant general manager Andrew Mather said Tuesday that he doesn't expect to hear back, but he thought it was worth asking.
The Beef's current quarterback, James McNear, has led the team to a 5-1 start. He's completing 70 percent of his passes and has thrown for 21 touchdowns against just two interceptions.
McNear is anything but insulted by the Beef's wooing of Tebow. McNear said, "I think Tim can learn a lot from me."