Dinich and McGee get animated about college football's Week 1 (1:56)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks departs for a pinch-hitter after seven shutout innings against the Pirates. He's allowed two runs or fewer in six straight starts, three or fewer in 18 straight, and no more than four all season. His 2.09 ERA now leads San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner by 0.40 for the MLB lead.


Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Cubs manager Joe Maddon explaining his rationale for flipping Jason Hammel and Mike Montgomery in his upcoming rotation.

Lineup: Cubs (83-47) vs. Pirates (67-62)

  • 1. Javier Baez, 2B (R)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Jorge Soler, LF (R)
  • 5. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 6. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 7. Miguel Montero, C (L)
  • 8. Matt Szczur, CF (R)
  • 9. Kyle Hendricks, RHP
  • Daily lineups


Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's outfielder Jason Heyward talking about how resilient the Cubs have been all season. Last night, the Cubs came from behind twice to knock off the Pirates on 13 innings.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Rain coming down hard right now at Wrigley Field. No word yet on a possible late start to tonight's Cubs-Pirates game.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears claimed cornerback K'Waun Williams off waivers from the Cleveland Browns, according to the NFL transaction wire. The Bears have not announced the move.

Kirk Herbstreit's Gameplan Breakdown: UNC, Texas could pull off upsets (1:21)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Another Cubs rotation note: John Lackey will throw another bullpen session Thursday. If that goes well, he'll likely start Sunday against San Francisco. For now, the team is listing Sunday's probable as TBD.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Not so friendly...

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon announced that he's flipping starter Jason Hammel and Mike Montgomery in the upcoming rotation. Hammel, coming off a short outing, will start Wednesday's series finale against Pittsburgh. Montgomery will go Thursday against San Francisco.

Lineup: White Sox (63-67) at Tigers (70-61)

  • 1. Adam Eaton, CF (L)
  • 2. Tim Anderson, SS (R)
  • 3. Melky Cabrera, LF (S)
  • 4. Jose Abreu, 1B (R)
  • 5. Justin Morneau, DH (L)
  • 6. Todd Frazier, 3B (R)
  • 7. Avisail Garcia, RF (R)
  • 8. Omar Narvaez, C (L)
  • 9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (R)
  • SP: Anthony Ranaudo, RHP
  • Daily lineups

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist and Dexter Fowler draw the rest days in Joe Maddon's lineup for Tuesday's Cubs-Pirates game. Javier Baez starts at second, batting leadoff while Matt Szczur is in center. Miguel Montero is catching Kyle Hendricks tonight.

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Is Kyle Hendricks key to Cubs' season?

How good the Cubs have been might not be a surprise, but Hendricks and his Cy Young-caliber season certainly is, David Schoenfield writes. Where would Chicago be without him? Players affecting team's 2016 hopes (Insider)

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Bucs bucking trend vs. Jake Arrieta

The Cubs ace has usually dominated the Pirates throughout his career, but his last two starts have been a struggle. Arrieta allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings against Pittsburgh on Monday.

Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer 

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says the four players who were arrested Aug. 19 that are still on the team -- Te'Von Coney, Kevin Stepherson, Dexter Williams, Ashton White -- will be ready to play for the opener at Texas, but the decision on whether they can play rests in the school's hands. Kelly also said he doesn't know which QB will take the first snap Sunday, but that isn't a concern.

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Will Michigan be B1G award winners?

Our Mark Schlabach thinks Michigan will make good on Jim Harbaugh's offseason antics and win the Big Ten. Schlabach also makes his picks for the rest of the conference's awards.

  • Offensive player of the year: J.T. Barrett, QB, Ohio State
  • Defensive player of the year: Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State
  • Coach of the year: Jim Harbaugh, Michigan
  • Freshman of the year: Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
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