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Jake Arrieta stakes his claim for Cy Young

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta won his NL-leading 16th game on Tuesday, but manager Joe Maddon kept October in mind and held his ace to just 99 pitches.

Cubs first to 80 wins with victory over Padres (1:00)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant discuss his hot series in front of his college coaches and friends as he homered for an NL leading 33rd time in the Cubs 5-3 win over San Diego on Tuesday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the Cubs 5-3 win over the Padres and the decision to save some pitches for Jake Arrieta who pitched 8 innings.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss getting taken out after throwing 8 innings while giving up just two hits in the Cubs 5-3 win over the Padres. The organization has had a year long plan of saving arms for the playoffs.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta doesn't just excel at pitching. He's a pretty good hitter too. His triple on Tuesday night was the third of his career. That's the most among active pitchers. Arrieta also has four home runs since the start of last season. Only Madison Bumgarner of the Giants has more (8).

Kris Bryant can't stop hitting home runs (0:15)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs catchers picked off their league leading 8th runner of the season on Tuesday as rookie Willson Contreras caught Travis Jankowski of the Padres sleeping at first base. Contreras already ranks third among catchers with 3 pickoffs despite starting just his 26th game behind the plate. David Ross ranks first with 5 pick offs. (ESPN Stats and Info)

Abreu, Morneau go back-to-back for White Sox (0:30)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss giving Addison Russell a bottle of wine after making a highlight reel play on defense on Monday night against the Padres.

Lineup: Cubs (79-45) at Padres (53-72)

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

Akiem Hicks: Pleasure to play with Jay Cutler (0:46)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Summer of David Ross update: He swam with Beluga whales today and fed Polar Bears at Sea World.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Addison Russell was given a bottle of wine by Joe Maddon today with the hand written inscription 6 to 3 on it to honor his highlight reel play from Monday's game. Russell grabbed a one hop smash to his left which left Wil Myers bat at 110 mph before making the throw to first to nail Myers.

Lineup: White Sox (59-64) vs. Phillies (58-67)

  • 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. Omar Narvaez, C (L)
  • 8. Avisail Garcia, RF (R)
  • 9. Carlos Sanchez, 2B (S)
  • SP: Carlos Rodon, LHP
  • Daily lineups

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey says he's feeling fine after throwing on the side today. He's been out with a sore shoulder but says everything is "moving forward" for his return from the disabled list which can come at the end of the month.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Willson Contreras will catch Jake Arrieta for the second straight game on Tuesday against the Padres. Arrieta walked a career high 7 in his last start with Contreras behind the plate for the first time ever. The Cubs want all their catchers ready to catch all pitchers as the playoffs approach.

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos presumably are not surprised by Mark Sanchez this summer. Only JaMarcus Russell and Geno Smith have higher INT rates out 45 qualifying QBs since 2009. Only Rex Grossman, John Skelton and Kerry Collins have worse turnover-to-snaps ratios than Sanchez since Sanchez entered the league (min. 1000 snaps).