CHICAGO Teams

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the video montage the Rays played for him and the fan reaction in his return to Tampa/St.Pete on Tuesday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Mike Montgomery discuss getting a start after being told he would be in the bullpen. He gave up one hit over 6 innings in the Cubs 2-1 win over the Rays on Tuesday.

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Cubs extend win streak to seven (1:04)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs beat the Rays 2-1 behind a solid pitching performance by Mike Montgomery and three relievers including Wade Davis who pitched in his fourth consecutive game while earning his 32nd save in 32 tries. He struck out the side in the ninth in front of a heavily pro-Cubs crowd. Kyle Schwarber's second inning HR and Javier Baez' RBI double in the fifth were enough offense thanks mostly to Montgomery who threw a one hitter without walking anyone over six innings. Brad Miller took him deep to break up the no-no but the Cubs got the victory and reduced their magic number to win the division to just nine with 12 games remaining.

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Contreras nabs foul-tip strikeout (0:30)
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Abreu's RBI double opens scoring against Astros (0:26)
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Maddon receives standing ovation at Tropicana Field (0:26)
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Schwarber puts one on the board for Cubs (0:23)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Montgomery is through 5 innings and thrown 58 pitches without giving up a hit or walk. He's hit a batter while another reached via an error but that's all the Rays have achieved on offense so far.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Montgomery is pitching fantastic so far. He hit the first batter but since then has been near perfect. He just pitched around an error by Addison Russell inducing two ground balls to end the 4th inning. He has yet to allow a hit or walk.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rays honored Joe Maddon with a video montage set to "Good Vibrations" after the first inning on Tuesday night. It showed Maddon during various moments of success while he was their manager from 2006-2014. He took the Rays to the playoffs four times including the 2008 World Series.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the internal competition for playing time with a healthy Cubs roster.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss his return from a hamstring injury.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon meets reporters in his return to Tropicana Park after managing here from 2006-2014.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta (hamstring) begin his bullpen session on Tuesday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta (hamstring) will throw a light bullpen session today as the Cubs hopeful they'll have a final announcement on his return by tomorrow.

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Collins hire a sign of more changes for Bulls? (1:04)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears promoted safety DeAndre Houston-Carson from the practice squad to the active roster and waived wide receiver Tanner Gentry. Gentry caught 2 balls for 27 yards in Week 2, but Chicago clearly need someone with special teams experience on the roster this week. Don't be surprised to see Gentry resurface on Chicago's practice squad.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant has the day off on Tuesday so Javier Baez will play third while Kyle Schwarber will be the DH for the Cubs. Ben Zobrist is in left while Jon Jay leads off.