Anthony Rizzo says he went to Parkland to support victims

Saying he was there to lend support for victims and their families, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo chastised anyone who claimed he was making a political statement when he returned home to Parkland, Florida, in the aftermath of the school shooting there last week.

I thought the speech was important, to speak with the kids and families that were affected, Rizzo said Monday morning at a news conference from Cubs spring training. I’m really proud to see what Parkland is doing and what the kids are doing and speaking out. And trying to make a difference. I stand behind my community.

The Blackhawks have scored power play goals in six of the last seven games, yet they’re still just No. 29 in success rate at 15.9 percent. That’s how bad they’ve been with the man advantage this season: Even after arguably their best stretch of the season, they’re still among the league’s worst in those situations.

Team USA didn’t claim any additional medals on Thursday, with Mikaela Shiffrin (women’s skiing slalom) and Lindsey Jacobellis (women’s snowboard cross) both finishing just shy of the medal podium, in fourth place. That keeps them at No. 5 among medal-winning countries, but are now tied with Austria and the Olympic Athletes from Russia at eight total medals.

The United States is in position to add some hardware on Friday, though, with Adam Rippon continuing his quest for figure skating gold with the men’s free skate program (8 p.m. ET) and Lindsey Vonn hitting the slops for the women’s alpine skiing super-g medal (9 p.m. ET). The final event of the night could also result in a medal for an American, with Team USA sending a strong delegation to compete in the women’s freeski slopestyle event (11 p.m. ET).

Cordero was the most valuable player and rookie of the year in the Dominican winter league after hitting .323 with 25 RBI in 50 games with Escogido.

Jankowski missed much of last season with a fractured foot after stealing 30 bases in 131 games in 2016.

Szczur played on the Cubs’ 2016 World Series team. Pierla hit .288 with 25 doubles in 83 games after a midseason promotion last year.

This is relevant since the majority of Marte’s contact is of the medium variety. The possibility exists he’ll actually gain some hits. If Lovullo wants to play more small ball, Marte stands to benefit.bears_004