SOX-CUBS TOPS AGENDA

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - STEVE GREEN­BERG sgreen­berg@sun­times.com | @SLGreen­berg

The NBA play­offs are here, even though the Bulls aren’t part of the fun. The Stan­ley Cup play­offs are rolling on, though, sadly, the Black­hawks haven’t done much rolling with them.

The Sky are in full swing, the Fire are about to get go­ing again and how about those Bears? No, re­ally, has any­body seen them? Their train­ing camp — with the first padded prac­tice Mon­day — has been all but in­vis­i­ble.

But the story of the week is what’s hap­pen­ing at Wrigley Field toward the end of it, and that’s the Cubs and White Sox meet­ing — let’s hope — for the first three games of the six sched­uled be­tween the teams in this (again, let’s hope) 60-game ma­jor­league sea­son.

‘‘It’s ex­cit­ing, right?’’ Cubs man­ager David Ross said last month as he pe­rused the sched­ule and looked ahead to the re­newal of the crosstown ri­valry.

Ex­cit­ing, for sure, though per­haps not as much as it would’ve been had the Sox held up their end of the bar­gain through the first third of the cam­paign. In­stead, deal­ing with in­juries and in­con­sis­tency across the board, they still are try­ing to get their bear­ings. Even the Cubs, off to a ter­rific start, en­tered the week hav­ing failed to win a se­ries — this one against the Brew­ers — for the first time.

But there’s no time for lamen­ta­tion in this ‘‘sprint’’ every­one in base­ball keeps talk­ing about. Be­sides, what is a Cub­sSox se­ries in the midst of a spir­it­bat­ter­ing 2020 if not a gift? We’ll take it, won’t we? We’d be crazy not to.

Here’s what’s hap­pen­ing:

AP, GETTY IMAGES

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