CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

According to ESPN Stats and Info, Jon Jay is the third player this year to foul off 11 pitches in an at-bat with all three ending with the player getting a hit. Shane Peterson and JD Martinez are the other two players that did it.

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Zobrist's comebacker puts Cubs on top (0:23)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

A 15 pitch at-bat by Jon Jay, which included 10 consecutive foul balls, may have changed the course of the game as three batters later Ben Zobrist drove in two runs with a single, giving the Cubs their first lead. The count wasn't even full yet when Jay finally singled to right, eventually scoring on the Zobrist hit.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey is pulling away from the pack in the NL as he's now given up 36 home runs on the year after Stephen Vogt and Bret Phillips went back to back in the second inning on Friday. No other pitcher has given up more than 30 home runs coming into the night. It's easily a career high off him for one season.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Javy Báez wrote the initials P.R. on his cap to honor those affected by Hurricane Maria in his homeland of Puerto Rico. This afternoon, two days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, Báez was finally able to speak to his youngest brother Gadiel. He told Báez that his mom and the rest of his family are safe, despite some flooding and having no water and no electricity.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Javy Baez discuss the effects of Hurricane Maria on his family in Puerto Rico.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss the Cubs newest thing: Venting as a team in the clubhouse during the game when called on from a player who needs it. Javier Baez originally let the secret out.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Avila starts behind the plate for the Cubs on Friday as Willson Contreras will get the night off. The Cubs and Brewers play an early Saturday game so Joe Maddon is splitting up the catching duties. Jon Jay leads off again with Ben Zobrist batting clean up.

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Trubisky reflects on pre-draft workout with Roethlisberger (0:55)
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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky reflects on his pre-draft workout with Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger.

Stats and Information

Sweep helped ignite Cubs

The defending champion Cubs got just the kick they needed after being swept by the Brewers in early September.

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Desperate Brewers continue series vs. Cubs

The Cubs are progressing towards another NL Central title, but the Brewers have a lot to play for one game behind for the second wild-card spot.

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FPI favors Steelers in Windy City

Big Ben has posted one of the NFL's best Total QBRs through two weeks, and ESPN's FPI gives him a good chance of improving Pittsburgh to 3-0, with odds north of a 70 percent chance to win on the road.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox says ILB Nick Kwiatkoski's pectoral injury is not as serious as the one Jerrell Freeman suffered. Fox says the Bears will not have to make a roster move with Kwiatkoski (OUT on Sunday) for now. Could be back at some point this year.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears RB Jordan Howard, WR Kendall Wright, DL Akiem Hicks and TE Zach Miller all had full participation on Friday.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Good news is that Bears G Kyle Long, WR Markus Wheaton and CB Prince Amukamara do not appear on the injury report.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears injury report for Sunday vs. Pittsburgh: ILB Nick Kwiatkoski OUT, G Josh Sitton DOUBTFUL, OL Tom Compton QUESTIONABLE.

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Irish, Spartans battle for Megaphone Trophy

Undefeated Michigan State (2-0) hosts Notre Dame (2-1) on Saturday. ESPN's FPI projects the Irish to hand their rivals their first loss.

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Riley raves about Wade, won't guess on future

Dwyane Wade is under contract with the Bulls, meaning other NBA clubs cannot openly talk about signing him until he is a free agent. As such, Heat president Pat Riley was cautious Friday when asked about Wade's future.