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Grichuk powers homer to center field (0:29)
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Carpenter out at home after great relay (0:25)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

With his second inning HR Randal Grichuk has 5 long balls this year against the Cubs and 7 against the rest of the league. He's now hitting .407 against them though he came in hitting .222 overall.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

A win against the Cardinals tonight would vault the Cubs into first place by a percentage point over the Milwaukee Brewers. It would be the first time the Cubs were in first place since the end of the day on May 26. A win would also push them to a season high 5 games over .500.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kyle Hendricks discuss his return to the rotation on Monday. He's been on the disabled list since early June with pain in his middle finger on his pitching hand.

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Merrifield, Bonifacio, Hosmer hit 3 straight homers (0:29)
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Cubs not finished with roster update (0:43)
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Saluting the Wrigley Bleacher Bums (3:09)
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South Side surge

The Cubs ended the first half under .500 and tied with the Cardinals for second in the NL Central, 5.5 games behind the Brewers. The reigning World Series champs have been hot since returning from the All-Star break and are now four games over .500 (50-46) and one game out of first.

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Royals hit four homers in win (2:08)
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Cubs top Cardinals in late rally (1:05)
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Quigley's All-Star debut was worth the wait

She was a second-round pick in 2008, but by 2012, Allie Quigley wasn't even in the WNBA. But in her All-Star debut Saturday, the Chicago Sky starter won the 3-point contest and scored 14 points off the bench for the East.

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The Cubs are 7-1 since the All-Star break. That's tied with the Pirates for the best record in MLB in the second half (Pittsburgh plays at 8:10 ET tonight in Colorado). Cubs starting pitchers have a 2.16 ERA in 8 second-half games (had 4.66 ERA in first half of season).

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Rizzo's go-ahead double scores Bryant from first (0:34)
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Ice Cube sings 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game' at Wrigley (0:43)
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DeJong and Grichuk go back to back (0:44)
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Lester silences Cardinals' bats early (0:28)

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Jon Lester's 10 strikeouts through 7 IP are tied for his most this season and are tied for his 2nd-most in a start as a member of the Cubs (14 against the Rockies on July 29, 2015).

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The Cardinals' Adam Wainwright is starting at the Cubs today. Wainwright is 4-4 with a 7.68 ERA on the road this season, compared to 7-1 with a 3.19 ERA at home.