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This You Gotta See: Old, new Cubs Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish in Wrigley clash

Remember, fellas — it’s not a race to get to 100 pitches first. Also: Bears OTAs, White Sox-Twins, Sky opener.

Boos or “Yuuus” for Darvish against the Phils?
AP Photo/John Minchillo

SUN 19

PGA Championship (1 p.m., Ch. 2): Tiger Woods made history in 1999 and 2000 by becoming the first golfer to win the Wanamaker Trophy in consecutive years. In 2006 and ’07, Woods went back-to-back at the PGA again. He also has Masters and British Open repeats under his belt, but we’re not here merely to bloviate about the greatest player ever. Enter Brooks Koepka, who won the PGA in 2018 and is trying to become the next man to make it two in a row. Woods’ 2019 tournament rolled into the muck instantly with a double-bogey on his very first hole, but playing partner Koepka stormed to an opening-round 63 to set a course record at Bethpage Black and followed it up with a 65 on Friday. That’s what’s known throughout this noble sport as “not screwing around.”

MON 20

Phillies at Cubs (7:05 p.m., NBCSCH): Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish, how nice to see you both. Have fun out there, fellas. Try not to get too wrapped up in the cheers/boos/”Yuuuus.” Hey, most of the fans at Wrigley Field probably don’t even remember that one of you delivered a World Series to the North Side before being dumped for the other. And remember, it’s not a race to see who can get to 100 pitches first.

TUE 21

Bears OTAs: Organized team activities? More like organized chaos! (Sorry, that was a really lame joke about kickers.) The entire 90-man roster will be in Lake Forest for 10 practices, starting today, over a three-week span.

USA vs. Canada (1 p.m., NHL Network): It’s the last game — and, presumably, the toughest one yet — for Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat and the Americans before the world-championship medal rounds begin with Thursday’s quarterfinals.

WED 22

Phillies at Cubs (7:05 p.m., NBCSCH): Cole Hamels faces — for the first time ever — the team for which he started 294 games over 10 mostly outstanding seasons. The highlights: three All-Star selections, and an unforgettable 2008 playoff run during which he was named MVP of both the NLCS and World Series. It’s probably best if we don’t get into the ’08 Cubs’ playoff experience.

FRI 24

White Sox at Twins (7:10 p.m., Ch. 9): It’s the Sox’ first meeting of the year with big-boppin’ Eddie Rosario and the best-looking team in the AL Central. Assuming, that is, an apocalyptic snowfall doesn’t besiege Minneapolis as it did upon the Sox’ initial visit last season.

SAT 25

Sky at Lynx (7 p.m., CBSSN): No big deal, Katie Lou Samuelson — it’s only your career debut, on the road against the team that has won four of the last eight WNBA titles. First-time head coach James Wade no doubt has butterflies in his stomach, too.