CHICAGO Teams

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Butler begins new chapter in Minnesota (2:06)
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White Sox to retire Buehrle's jersey (0:33)
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A's pad lead with Joyce homer (0:29)
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Davis crushes early two-run dinger (0:21)
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Bell scores on solo shot (0:20)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch John Lackey discuss his outing against the Marlins on Friday. He tossed his second straight quality start in the 2-0 loss.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost to the Marlins 2-0 despite outhitting them 6 to 3 as a season long trend against right handed pitching continued. They mustered a couple rallies against starter Jose Urena but never got the big two out hit they needed. Giancarlo Stanton did produce a big one, though, as he crushed a HR off John Lackey for the first run of the game. The Cubs hit into three double plays including one to end the game.

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Stanton obliterates 458-foot homer (0:25)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey gave up his 22nd HR this season and it was no cheapie as Giancarlo Stanton crushed a ball with an exit velocity of 112.4 mph, yet its only Stanton's 6th hardest HR hit this year. It traveled 458 ft, according to statcast.

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Thibodeau says Butler is a 'perfect fit for us' (1:35)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks should throw either Saturday or Sunday as he recovers from tendinitis in his right hand. The Cubs want him pain free. They are hopeful he'll be back before the all-star break.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his lineup and the value of Jon Jay.

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Albert Almora vive días especiales en Miami

El jardinero de los Cachorros, nacido en el corazón del exilio cubano, regresa ahora al sur de la Florida por segunda vez, más calmado, más seguro de lo que significa jugar en la tierra donde bateó las primeras pelotas en su niñez.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Jay discuss all the S.Florida natives in the lineup tonight like himself, Albert Almora and Anthony Rizzo. Jay says he's cool with the "Miami Vice" outfield tonight.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo will lead off his 10th straight game on Friday as Joe Maddon has 4 lefties in the lineup against righty Jose Urena of the Marlins. Jon Jay is in LF with Ian Happ in right and Miguel Montero behind the plate. The Cubs are 29th in baseball against righties with a .234 batting average.

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Ranking the strengths of National League contenders

The Cubs haven't gotten off to the start everyone expected this season, but the defense has come through once again. And though the offense is struggling, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are still dangerous.