CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

According to ESPN Stats and Information, the avg age of the Cubs starting lineup tonight is 24.8. That's the youngest for any team's lineup in Major League Baseball this year and youngest since July 4 last season when the Cubs fielded a starting nine with an avg age of 24.4.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jason Heyward discuss his recovery from a really bad cut on his hand. He took more swings today.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Willson Contreras discuss leading off for the first time. He walked twice coming off the bench on Sunday but did a double take when he got the text this morning.

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NL All-Star voting coming down to the wire

With four days of balloting remaining, Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna, Reds SS Zack Cozart and Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman find themselves in tight races at their respective positions. Each league's starters will be announced on the Esurance All-Star Selection Show on Sunday, July 2 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon is at it again. He has catcher Willson Contreras leading off on Monday against the Nationals followed by Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. Rookies Ian Happ, Jeimer Candelario and Mark Zagunis are also starting, along with Albert Almora Jr. It's the first time in the last 12 games, in which he's played, Rizzo won't lead off.

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Power Rankings: Cubs climb a spot

At some point, the expectation that the Cubs will break out and go on a tear demands evaluation. A 13-10 June has them back over .500, but is that it?

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Washington cruises past Chicago (0:59)
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Ichiro scores Marlins' first run (0:23)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his best hitters coming up short in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Marlins.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Addison Russell discuss his shoulder ailment which caused him to leave Sunday's game against the Marlins. He's doubtful for Monday in Washington.