CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester has tied teammate John Lackey for most first inning home runs given up in the NL as Steven Souza Jr took him deep early in Wednesday's game. Lester and Lackey have both given up eight home runs in the first inning this season which is also the same amount Gio Gonzalez has served as well.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

DNP on Wednesday: Tom Compton, Nick Kwiatkoski, Mark Sanchez and Josh Sitton. LTD: Prince Amukamara, Benny Cunningham, Akiem Hicks, Jordan Howard, Kyle Long and Kendall Wright. FULL: Markus Wheaton and Deon Bush.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Javier Baez hasn't talked to his family in Puerto Rico since last night. He thinks they are safe and should be able to reach them around game time.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"Yes, sir. I do think he is. I think he's running hard. We've got to do a better job up front and help him. It wasn't one guy. It was falling off the block here or there and not finishing the way that we need to up front to help him. When you get him to the second level he's a good back. He's going to break tackles. It's tough for people to tackle him for four quarters. The Atlanta game we were much better than we were against Tampa." -- Bears OC Dowell Loggains on if Jordan Howard is running the same way he did last year -- he's not.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

“I think he played eight snaps the first game, five or six the second. It's just the way the game has been playing out. In the first half, he played his five snaps. In the second half we were in 11 personnel and we're behind and we're throwing it and right now we're using Dion Sims and Zach Miller in those roles in 11 personnel more as a pass catcher. Adam's done a good job. We need to play him a little bit more and we will. As it keeps going on, his role will get better every week hopefully.” -- Bears OC Dowell Loggains on why 2nd round pick TE Adam Shaheen isn't playing much.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Let's talk magic numbers. The Astros, Indians and Nationals have already clinched division titles, and the Dodgers can join them tonight. Their number is two, so they need a win over the Phillies -- the Phillies won the first two games of the series -- and a Diamondbacks loss to the Padres to pop the champagne. Will they stay up in Philly to possibly celebrate? Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 9 Cubs: 9

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Three Steelers defensive starters begin Week 3 as limited practice participants.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs announced their rotation for their weekend series against the Brewers. Jake Arrieta will return from his hamstring injury on Thursday followed by John Lackey for Friday's game, Kyle Hendricks on Saturday and then Jose Quintana in the finale on Sunday. Going into Wednesday night's action the Cubs lead the Brewers by 3.5 games.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears QB Mike Glennon says he's not looking over his shoulder at Mitchell Trubisky.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears are definitely pumping up the expected return of WR Markus Wheaton, who hasn't practiced much since camp opened on July 26. Wheaton averaged 17.0 yards per catch for the Steelers in 2015.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears QB Mike Glennon: "Part of the NFL is moving on [from a bad game]. It's a week-to-week league."

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Is Mitchell Trubisky going to get any 1st team reps at practice? "Mike Glennon is the starter," Bears OC Dowell Loggains shot back.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains on running back Jordan Howard: "I haven't lost any faith in him." Howard is averaging 2.7 yards per carry in 2017.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Why does John Fox think QB Mike Glennon will bounce back on Sunday? "He's a competitor," Fox said.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox believes guard Kyle Long can still play at an elite level -- even though Long has been out since last year. Long may return from his ankle injury to face the Steelers Sunday at Soldier Field.

ESPN Stats & Info

Tuesday's longest home runs

It was a tight race at the top, with Kyle Schwarber's laser to right-center narrowly edging out Hunter Pence and Justin Upton. Oakland's Matt Chapman and Tampa Bay's Brad Miller round out the group.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

John Fox will not provide any real update on guard Josh Sitton, who left the Tampa game with a rib injury.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox says the team is still evaluating ILB Nick Kwiatkoski's pectoral injury.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"He's got a very good ability of using his hands. When you're trying to stretch the field, you've gotta have some little techniques to help you get open because DBs can run as much as receivers can. So you gotta be able to use your hands to swim, kinda, get some swiping, get the hands off, I thought that he really had some good technique when it came to the deep ball and getting away from DBs." -- Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on former teammate Bears WR Markus Wheaton, who has been inactive for both games.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"I thought he was a tremendous athlete. I thought he could throw the ball. I thought when he got out of the pocket and made throws on the run, his improvising. I got to watch some of his college tape. Just really impressed with the athleticism. The ease of throwing the ball; it just looked easy to him when he was on the run, when it wasn't supposed to be super easy. So I thought that those were the most impressive things that I got to see; obviously not sitting in a meeting room and knowing his smarts or things like that, but just the athleticism." -- Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger on working out pre-draft with Bears rookie Mitchell Trubisky.