Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

The suspended Cubs-Pirates game has been declared a 1-1 tie by MLB. The ViewFromVegas is a straight bet is official after 5 innings (4.5 if home team leading), so money-line bets on both teams are refunds. The run line (where the favorite is -1.5 runs and the underdog is +1.5) and over/unders must go 9 innings (8.5 if home team leading) to be official for betting purposes, so those are no-action and also refunded. There was a 5-inning line on the game and that was also tied 1-1, so that's another refund, BUT the 5-inning over/under of 4 runs ended up being the only valid game wager as the under cashes.

Rain forces Cubs-Pirates into tie (0:43)
Mahtook crushes solo homer (0:24)
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Cubs, Pirates play to MLB's first tie since 2005

With no postseason implications, the Cubs-Pirates game on Thursday was declared a tie after a rain delay of 1 hour, 23 minutes in the sixth inning, the first tie in the majors since June 2005.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs and Pirates played to a 1-1 suspended game on Thursday meaning it will go down officially as a tie. The game has no meaning in the standings and the teams won't be able to make it up before the end of the reg season this Sunday. The last tie in MLB was 2005, the last time the Cubs played to a tie was in 1993. All stats count.

Lineup: White Sox (77-81) vs. Rays (65-93)

  • 1. Adam Eaton, RF (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. Alex Avila, C (L)
  • 8. Carlos Sanchez, 2B (S)
  • 9. Leury Garcia, CF (S)
  • SP: Jose Quintana, LHP
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It's do-or-die time for winless teams

Per ESPN Stats & Info, only one team to start 0-4 (1992 Chargers) has reached the playoffs under the current format (since 1990). But 14 percent of 1-3 teams have done so in that span, including the Chiefs and Texans last year.

Lineup: Cubs (101-57) at Pirates (78-80)

  • 1. Tommy La Stella, 3B(L)
  • 2. Albert Almora, CF(R)
  • 3. Addison Russell, SS(R)
  • 4. W. Contreras, LF(R)
  • 5. Javier Baez, 1B(R)
  • 6. Matt Szczur, RF(R)
  • 7. Tim Federowicz, C(R)
  • 8. M. Kawasaki, 2B(L)
  • SP: Rob Zastryzny, RHP


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his plans for this weekend. Relievers will be "choreographed" while his regulars will play but bench guys are still going to get some at bats.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon react to some complaints from players about the "spring feel" to games since the team clinched home field advantage. He starts by saying their 7-2 in their last 9 games.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Another Kris Bryant shot as Mike Ditka.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Kris Bryant wearing a Mike Ditka jersey.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon sporting his Lafayette College jersey.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Chris Coghlan discuss his ankle injury which he says is very mild.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs players are wearing football jerseys on getaway day in Pittsburgh. Addison Russell, Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist are wearing Walter Payton while Kris Bryant is sporting a Mike Ditka jersey. Chris Coghlan has Barry Sanders hanging in his locker stall.