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By JOHN DORN

You made it! The weekend is finally here, and a great sports weekend it shall be. Here are the top games to keep an eye on over the next few days.

Friday, June 5
Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals, 8:10 p.m. ET

You're probably confused as to why a seemingly random MLB game is the best way to spend your Friday evening. Well, familiarize yourself with Chi Chi Gonzalez.

Both NHL and NBA Finals series are on hiatus until Saturday, but this pitching matchup should be entertaining enough to hold you over. The man they call Chi Chi made his major league debut for Texas earlier this week, and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He was the team's top pitching prospect and seems to have earned himself a spot in the rotation—at least for the time being.

On the hill for Kansas City will be Edinson Volquez, who boasts a 2.95 ERA for the second-place Royals.

Saturday, June 6
Belmont Stakes, 6:50 p.m. ET


Even if horse racing typically isn't your thing, you'll want to keep an eye on the Belmont Stakes, just in case history is made. After winning the first two legs of the ever-elusive Triple Crown, American Pharoah is one victory away from accomplishing what no horse has since 1978.

Pharoah will race out of post lane No. 5 with jockey Victor Espinoza. At 2-3 odds, Vegas seems convinced that this year will finally break the Triple Crown drought.

Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:15 p.m. ET

Almost immediately after the Stakes, switch over to NBC for Stanley Cup Finals, as the Lightning try to even the series up at a game a piece. Chicago took Game 1 in thrilling fashion, on a Antoine Vermette goal to put the Blackhawks ahead 2-1 in the closing minutes.

In their home arena, Tampa now risks falling behind 2-0 before traveling to Chicago for Game 3 on Monday.

Sunday, June 7
NBA Finals Game 2: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors, 8 p.m. ET

After an exhilarating Game 1, the Cavs and Warriors face off for Game 2 on Sunday evening. And there's plenty to discuss in the days leading up.

After having to leave Game 1 with a knee issue, Kyrie Irving's status is far from certain. As the Cavs learned during the overtime period of Game 1, relying completely on LeBron James for offense can only take them so far. James exploded for 44 points on 38 shots on Thursday, with Irving accounting for 22 shots and 23 points. If Irving can't go, it'll make matters that much more daunting for Cleveland against Stephen Curry's Dubs.

Relive the action from Game 1 below:
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Here are this weekend's games you won't want to miss
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers takes part in pre-game cremonies for Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives against Timofey Mozgov #20 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives against Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) stands on the floor against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) reacts with forward Marreese Speights (5) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, bottom, is guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts next to Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts next to Cleveland Cavaliers forward James Jones (1) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up against Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Leandro Barbosa #19 of the Golden State Warriors drives against Iman Shumpert #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half against the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Stephen Curry (R) of the Golden State Warriors attempts to steal the ball from LeBron James (L) of the Cleveland Cavaliers during overtime in Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals in Oakland, California on June 4, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-100 in overtime. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts in overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Andrew Bogut #12 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by John G. Mabanglo Pool/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors goes up against James Jones #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second half during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors looks to pass under pressure from Matthew Dellavedova (R) and James Jones during Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals in Oakland, California, on June 4, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-100 in overtime. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (L) expresses displeasure during an overtime timeout against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals in Oakland, California on June 4, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-100 in overtime. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Draymond Green (L) of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James (R) of the Cleveland Cavaliers vie for the rebound during Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals in Oakland, California on June 4, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-100 in overtime. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half against the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, loses the ball between Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left, and forward Harrison Barnes during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. The Warriors won 108-100 in overtime. (John G. Mabanglo/EPA Pool via AP)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James answers questions after Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 4, 2015. The Warriors won 108-100. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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