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Russell: 'You don't get in front of a man and his nachos' (0:40)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester, on Nacho Man: "A guy (A.Russell) fell into him and got nacho cheese on his arm and now he's taking pictures and signing autographs so I guess that shows you where our society is at right now with all that stuff."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Javier Baez discuss taking a foul ball off his knee. He says he thinks can play tomorrow.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his improved outing on Monday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Addison Russell discuss his encounter with "Nacho Man" during Monday's game.

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Cubs roll past Cardinals (1:13)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Jon Lester's outing on Monday. It was better but there's still room for early improvement.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs beat the Cardinals 10-2 clinching at least a tie for the division as Jon Lester had a nice bounce back start giving up just a run and five hits over six innings. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez both homered while Jon Jay and Tommy La Stella added RBI hits late in the game as the Cubs pulled away. A win tomorrow OR a Milwaukee loss against Cincinnati will secure the Cubs a second consecutive division title.

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Bryant extends Cubs' lead with his 29th HR (0:21)
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Baez 's 3-run homer strengthens Cubs' lead (0:26)
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Delmonico's double puts White Sox on board (0:26)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Coming off several rough outings in a row, Jon Lester did his job on Monday, holding the Cardinals to a run over six innings on 5 hits and 4 strikeouts. He gave up some hard hit balls, including a HR, but he never gave in, proving himself playoff capable. Or as close to it as he can be this late in the year after some struggles.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Monday's game against the Cubs after taking two foul balls off his face mask on consecutive pitches in the seventh inning. Kris Bryant fouled both back causing Molina to go down to the ground twice. At that point he left the game.

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Nacho average foul ball (0:46)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's how a former Big Ten assistant assessed 12 of the visiting locker rooms in the league. It's definitely a problem. Illinois = pathetic. Purdue = pathetic. Nebraska = OK. Wisconsin = OK. Iowa = OK. Michigan = below average. Michigan State = pathetic. Minnesota = nice. Maryland = pathetic. Northwestern = pathetic. Penn State = OK. Ohio State = below average.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the situation with Jon Lester who has struggled most of the year.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"After we came together as a team, decided to lock arms to show we were together regardless of what's going on on the outside, after that, for me, it was done. Like I'm ready to focus on this game. Already was focused on the game, but it was good to make a stance as a team together and then come out there and get this win." Bears CB Sherrick McManis on whether the team experienced any lingering effects after yesterday's pregame protest.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

"Much like everybody else, I think it's really hard to say there's perfection. It's like the rest of our team — he played well enough for us to win." -- Bears coach John Fox on the play of QB Mike Glennon.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

“My favorite part about going out there is just the history. There's nowhere else that you take a bus up to play. You walk out of that tunnel, you can just feel the history. I compare it to visiting teams coming to Soldier Field for the first time, getting an opportunity to see the rich history and tradition the NFL has to offer and what better places than Green Bay and Chicago? Always a pleasure to play up there. The fans are passionate and we travel well up there. You can feel the rivalry when you're up there and it's always fun.” -- Bears guard Kyle Long on playing in Green Bay.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

LaVine says his agent has had some conversations with Bulls front office about a possible extension. He's confident they will get a deal done whether it happens before October deadline or next summer.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Explaining Al Villanueva standing alone during anthem, Ben Roethlisberger said team captains asked Villanueva to meet them at the top of the tunnel, and amid 'chaos' from Bears fans in the area and the music starting, the players stopped short. 'There was no division there,' Roethlisberger said.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Zach LaVine on when he will be back on the floor: "As soon as possible." Says his vertical is higher than it was before the injury.