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CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam in the ninth inning off Ian Hamilton and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 4-1 win over the Chicago White. Kipnis hit a 3-2 pitch into the right field seats for his 1,000th career hit and was doused with buckets of water by his teammates as he conducted a postgame television interview.

PHOENIX (AP) - Christian Walker and Chris Owings homered off Cole Hamels, and Robbie Ray held the Chicago Cubs to one hit over six innings in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 9-0 win over the Cubs. Walker and Owings, mainly used off the Arizona bench, were part of a Diamondbacks lineup that featured only two regulars in the field players _ Nick Ahmed and Ketel Marte.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack has the team's defense thinking about forcing turnovers and returning them for touchdowns. Mack, acquired via trade from Oakland a week prior to the regular season, has produced one big play after another and has teammates thinking about how they can do the same.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and will miss the 2019 season. Kopech, the top pitching prospect in the organization, is expected to be ready for spring training in 2020. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu has been released from a Cleveland hospital after undergoing treatment for an infection in his right thigh. Abreu was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and released the next day. White Sox manager Rick Renteria says Abreu is resting at the team's hotel. He won't play in the series against the Indians.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - First-year offensive coordinator Rod Smith's spread offense has created some opportunities for Illinois. No one has benefited more than sophomore running back Mike Epstein. He is the first Illini player to rush for 100 yards or more in back-to-back games since 2013. He and his teammates are preparing for Friday night's Big Ten opener at home against No. 10 Penn State.

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