CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs admit they have to play better baseball but gave credit to the Reds for taking the first three games of the series this weekend. Cincinnati is now 28-30 under interim manager Jim Riggleman, after starting the season 3-15. Joe Maddon was asked about losing 3 straight to a last place team: “We went 0-6 on a road trip last year. It's called baseball. It's under the category of baseball but while you're saying that don't denigrate Cincinnati. This is an improved ball club and their pitching is way improved.” The Cubs have scored a total of 7 runs in the first three games, in a ballpark they usually put up big numbers in.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny left Saturday's game with back tightness but doesn't believe it's anything serious. It tightened up on him gradually, leading his catcher to come out to the mound before manager Joe Maddon pulled him.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras believes Saturday's home plate umpire, Greg Gibson, got personal with him which led to the ejection of bench coach Brandon Hyde while Contreras was at the plate: “It all happened because I asked for timeout and apparently I didn't thank him...I never argued a single ball or a strike. I kept my mouth shut. I wasn't arguing with him about anything else...He said something to me that I didn't think he needed to say. I'm here because I earned my spot here. I just didn't appreciate what he said..It was something that I felt was directed at me personally. I'm not going to repeat what he said because I'm being professional. He knows what he said to me.”

Rizzo says Cubs aren't 'clicking' at the moment (1:23)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss the Cubs 11-2 loss to Cincinnati, the team's third consecutive defeat to the Reds.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Including one today, Cubs relievers have allowed 41.1 percent of inherited runners to score in June, sixth most in the NL. It comes one month after allowing just 19 percent, which was fourth best in the league at that time. Brian Duensing allowed Joey Votto to score today after a 2 out walk in the third inning and then allowed 5 more runs, which were charged to him.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

One inning after the Cubs gave up six runs, bench coach Brandon Hyde was ejected after arguing with home plate umpire Greg Gibson while Willson Contreras was in the batter's box. After the ejection, manager Joe Maddon had a lengthy conversation with Gibson but he remained in the game. It's unclear what started the argument.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani hit a grand slam off Cubs reliever Brian Duensing in the third inning, part of a six run frame for Cincinnati. It was his first career home run and first grand slam by a Reds pitcher since Bob Purkey in 1959, also against the Cubs.

Anderson hits a 3-run HR for his birthday (0:25)
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Ex-Bear Barton indicted for assaulting deputy

A former Chicago Bears and Ohio State University football player who authorities say was ordered to leave a bar because he was intoxicated and stumbling has been indicted for allegedly slamming an Ohio sheriff's deputy arm with a van door.

Anderson tattoos ball into the stands (0:26)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant discuss the Cubs second consecutive loss to the Reds on Friday. He went 0 for 4 with 3 k's.

Schwarber smashes 15th homer (0:24)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs righty Yu Darvish (triceps) is getting closer to returning after another bullpen session on Friday, according to manager Joe Maddon: "Yu did really well today. We'll wait until tomorrow then plan the next step. The next step could be he goes out and pitches a minor league situation. If he comes in and feels great (Saturday), we'll let you know where the next step is going to occur."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs activated Brian Duensing from the bereavement list on Thursday while optioning Justin Hancock to Triple A-Iowa.

Gar Forman, Bulls GM

David Kaplan and Eddie Olczyk talk with Bulls GM Gar Forman about Wendell Carter, Chandler Hutchison and the direction of the organization.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, a 1996 alum of Northwestern Univ.'s McCormick School of Engineering, is to be back in Evanston Saturday morning to deliver its convocation address at Ryan Field, his alma mater's football stadium.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Loyola's Donte Ingram has agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bulls, per ESPN sources.