CHICAGO Teams

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

New Duke DL coach Ben Albert deserves plenty of credit this season, and today. The Blue Devils recorded their 15th sack of the year and pressured DeShone Kizer into a pick on back to back plays. Albert coached a great d-line at Boston College last season, and now the Blue Devils are in position to take the lead late.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke came to win, but the Blue Devils are now 0-2 on 4th downs after getting stuffed on a 4th and 1 run at the ND 19. The Blue Devils have struggled in the kicking game, but you wonder if they would've been better served passing it or running a bootleg with Daniel Jones. Notre Dame now gets the ball looking to break a 28-28 tie.

Lineup: White Sox (72-81) at Indians (90-63)

  • 1. Tim Anderson, SS (R)
  • 2. Melky Cabrera, LF (S)
  • 3. Jose Abreu, 1B (R)
  • 4. Justin Morneau, DH (L)
  • 5. Todd Frazier, 3B (R)
  • 6. Avisail Garcia, RF (R)
  • 7. Alex Avila, C (L)
  • 8. Carlos Sanchez, 2B (S)
  • 9. Leury Garcia, CF (S)
  • SP: Jose Quintana, LHP
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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starter Jason Hammel talks about his rough outing against the Cardinals on Saturday, one in which he wishes he had done things a little bit differently.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

The boo birds are out at Notre Dame Stadium at halftime, and why wouldn't they be? The Irish have been sloppy in all three phases so far, allowing redshirt freshman QB Daniel Jones to go 13 of 15 for 147 yards and 2 TDs in leading Duke to a 28-21 lead. The Irish have missed a field goal, given away a fumble and allowed a kick return TD. Additionally, Duke is without its best player in DeVon Edwards (leg). But the Blue Devils have bounced back from an early 14-0 hole, and they'll also get back safety Deondre Singleton, who had to sit the first half because of targeting last week.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses the on-again, off-again nature of Jason Hammel's outings of late.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke DB DeVon Edwards exited Saturday's game with a left knee injury after getting hurt while returning a kickoff and won't return. Edwards' left leg appeared to buckle as he returned Notre Dame's first kickoff 21 yards. The redshirt senior captain has earned numerous All-ACC and All-America mentions, as he has 6 career kickoff return touchdowns, one shy of the ACC record. Edwards also has 2 career interception returns for touchdowns.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals beat the Cubs 10-4 as Joe Maddon clears the bench by game's end. No biggie but it does mean if Chicago gets to 100 wins, it'll be on the road.

KC Joyner ESPN Insider 

Here are the top five teams in my good blocking rate (GBR) metric after Week 2. GBR measures how often an offense gives a ball carrier good run blocking (roughly defined as not allowing the defense to disrupt a rush attempt). Carolina 52.2% Oakland 49.0% Miami 48.4% Chicago 47.2% Kansas City 44.1%

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Alex Reyes helped the Cardinals stay in the middle of the wild card race with a laborious, but impressive outing Saturday in a 10-4 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Reyes pitched out of trouble, but still needed 115 pitches to get through five innings. The Cardinals chased Jason Hammel from the game in the third inning and kept adding against the Cubs' bullpen.The Cardinals pulled into a virtual tie with the Giants and trail the Mets by a game in the wild-card standings pending those teams' night games.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke just absolutely took it to Notre Dame on its last drive. Redshirt freshman QB Daniel Jones completed 6 straight passes to open the drive, then handed it off to Jela Duncan, who went untouched for an 18-yard TD rush. Just like that, Duke has tied the game at 14-all after falling behind 14-0 quickly. The Irish made several substitutions in the defensive backfield on that drive, and you have to wonder about that group's confidence moving forward.

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Piscotty's HR leaves Wrigley Field (0:23)

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Duke is set to kick off to Notre Dame here. We'll be looking to see if the Irish offense can get off to a hot start and establish the run, taking some pressure off DeShone Kizer. Defensively, can ND keep redshirt freshman QB Daniel Jones in check? Moreover, can the Irish get a sack? They are the only FBS team in the country without one.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Reyes had a far less-efficient outing today than in his previous start, which could have something to do with the opponent and location. Facing the slumping Giants at AT&T Park, Reyes needed just 84 pitches to breeze through seven scoreless innings. Facing the dangerous Cubs at Wrigley Field, he needed 115 pitches to get through five innings. Still, he's in line for his fourth major-league win.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Reyes pumped his fists and yelled something after throwing a sweeping curveball to strike out Kris Bryant and strand a runner at third in the fourth inning at Wrigley Field. Reyes, who is coming off a dominant outing in San Francisco, has in one way been more impressive today. He has been able to get out of jams and limit damage in all four of his innings so far. He had big strikeouts of Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo earlier in the game to limit the Cubs scoring.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Reyes very animated after striking out Kris Bryant to end the fourth. Not sure you won't to poke the bear like that.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Dexter Fowler triples to the wall in right-center. He has a single, double and triple his first three trips to the plate. The wind is working against any homer bid, but St. Louis' Stephen Piscotty got one out and you never know.

Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cardinals have scored five of their six runs with two outs against the Cubs today. That's a refreshing change to a season-long pattern. The Cardinals have batted .243 this year with runners in scoring position and two outs, 11th best in the league. As the Cardinals look for ways to score without the home run, today is a step forward.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Hammel is done in the third. Cards have two on with one out, up 5-3. Mike Montgomery comes on for what could be a protracted relief outing. If Hammel was trying to create as much doubt as possible in the Cubs' postseason roster decision-making, that wasn't the way to do it.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs get Dexter Fowler's RBI double in the second to trim St. Louis' lead to 5-3. However, in both innings Cardinals starter Alex Reyes has been able to limit what could have been much worse damage. He struck out Anthony Rizzo with two runners in scoring position to end that inning.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Rough first inning for Jason Hammel. The Cubs starter gives up four runs and walked two batters, both of whom scored, to put his team in an early hole. Good start for a Cardinals team that begins the game a half-game back of an NL wild-card spot no one seems to want to win.

Lineup: Cubs (98-55) vs. Cardinals (80-73)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  • 5. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 6. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 7. Jorge Soler, LF (R)
  • 8. Willson Contreras, C (R)
  • 9. Jason Hammel, RHP