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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo has the day off on Wednesday as Cubs manager Joe Maddon promised rest for his stars down the stretch. Kris Bryant will play first, Javier Baez third against the Padres.

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Kris Bryant's hot stretch in perspective

Bryant has hit five home runs, driven in 13 runs and has 13 hits over his last six games. The last Cubs player with that many HRs, RBIs and hits over a six-game span was Alfonso Soriano in 2008, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

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Jake Arrieta, road warrior

Arrieta improved to 10-2 in 13 road starts this season with a win on Tuesday. He's the first Cubs pitcher to earn a win in 10 of his first 13 road starts of a season since Claude Passeau in 1942, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Arrieta a serious threat to win Cy Young (1:01)
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Dark-horse Heisman hopefuls

Five potential Heisman sleepers are given 20-1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy, per Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

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What does 80 wins mean for Cubs?

Chicago is just the 27th team since 1969 to win at least 80 of its first 125 games in a season. Of the previous 26, seven went on to win the World Series that year.

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Russell keeps his homer binge going

Addison Russell's 406-foot blast at Petco Park on Tuesday was his 19th of the season and fifth in his last five games.

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Devin Hester to teams: Call my agent now

Devin Hester, released by the Falcons in July, posted a video on social media to show potential suitors that he's ready for one more season.

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Jake Arrieta stakes his claim for Cy Young

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta won his NL-leading 16th game on Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon kept October in mind and held his ace to just 99 pitches.

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Bryant playing well in front of his college coaches (1:12)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant discuss his hot series in front of his college coaches and friends as he homered for an NL leading 33rd time in the Cubs 5-3 win over San Diego on Tuesday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the Cubs 5-3 win over the Padres and the decision to save some pitches for Jake Arrieta who pitched 8 innings.

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