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Is Heyward MLB's top defensive outfielder?

Jason Heyward, the 2014 Platinum Glove winner, has still played stellar defense in Chicago despite going cold with the bat. Does Keith Law rank him No. 1 with the glove? Best fielding/throwing tools (Insider)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After giving up 2 runs over 6 innings Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks has gone 17 straight starts giving up 3 or fewer runs. That's the longest streak in baseball and tied for second longest since the beginning of last year. Only teammate Jake Arrieta had a longer stretch. (29 starts).

Lineup: White Sox (60-64) vs. Phillies (58-68)

  • 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. Dioner Navarro, C (S)
  • 9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (R)
  • SP: James Shields, RHP
  • Daily lineups

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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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How to define Charlie Weis

What words best describe the former Notre Dame and Kansas football coach? Through the ups and downs of his career, there are many options.

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New-look Bulls should continue to drop

Kevin Pelton writes that ESPN's real plus-minus has Chicago, even with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo coming aboard, remaining below .500 and remaining a lottery team. Projected W-L records for 2016-17 (Insider)

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Ernie Banks excelled on struggling Cubs

Banks won back-to-back MVP Awards in 1958 and '59, leading the majors in home runs in both seasons. The Cubs finished fifth in the eight-team NL both years. Banks' 2,528 regular-season games with the team are the most by any player who didn't reach the postseason. Great players on bad teams

No answer for Notre Dame at QB

Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish haven't made a decision on either DeShone Kizer or Malik Zaire, electing to play them both in the season opener against Texas. It's a good problem to have, but still a problem nonetheless. Most pressing questions (Insider)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears 3rd round pick DL Jonathan Bullard is expected to rejoin the team in time for Thursday's practice, coach John Fox said. Bullard has been excused for personal reasons since Sunday. Fox did not give any update on the status of RG Kyle Long, who sat out again with a shoulder injury.

Lineup: Cubs (80-45) at Padres (53-73)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, 1B (R)
  • 3. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  • 4. Jorge Soler, LF (R)
  • 5. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 6. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 7. Javier Baez, 3B (R)
  • 8. Willson Contreras, C (R)
  • 9. Kyle Hendricks, RHP
  • Daily lineups

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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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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