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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs' Jorge Soler goes opposite field off Pirates closer Tony Watson and we are tied at 6.

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Saltalamacchia's two-run blast wins game for Tigers (0:35)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

One line from Theo Epstein's pregame chat in the Cubs' dugout, in response to a question about whether there is any hope for a Kyle Schwarber return this season: "No, he can't play this year." Okay, then.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Tarp is coming off at Wrigley Field, about an hour before game time. No announcement of a delay so we should be ready for an on-time first pitch.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Saw John Lackey headed out of the clubhouse to throw a side session during pregame access, but no word on how it went as Cubs manager Joe Maddon hadn't spoken to him before meeting with the media. We'll update that after the game. Suspicion here is that he "got after it".

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Want to know Cubs manager Joe Maddon's philosophy on the rust-or-rest dichotomy when making out his lineups this time of the year? Can't say whether it holds up syllogistically, but here it is.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Theo Epstein talking about what's happening with the Cubs' roster with Sept. 1 roster expansion looming this week.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Rest day for Addison Russell, who is 1 for 17 over his last four games. Javier Baez will start at short for the Cubs tonight against the Pirates.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The skies over Wrigley Field have darkened and the grounds crew has brought out the tarp with rain in the area. You may also be to spot the wear and tear out in center field from the concerts held at the ballpark while the Cubs were on the road.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas did not release a depth chart and did not name a starting quarterback today. Charlie Strong says he's trying to give Notre Dame as little info as possible. We'll see if that extra secrecy pays off on Sunday night.

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Siemian making history for Northwestern

No Northwestern quarterback has started an NFL season opener since 1955, when future Hall of Famer Otto Graham did so for the defending-champion Browns. Trevor Siemian is set to break the streak in Week 1 against the Panthers.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears TE Zach Miller and WR Eddie Royal have passed the NFL's concussion protocol and practiced without restrictions on Monday. John Fox would not say if Miller or Royal will play in Thursday's preseason finale vs. Cleveland.

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Better late than never for Kevin White

The 2015 first-round pick's debut will come a year later than expected, but that won't necessarily make it less dazzling. One of our experts pegs White as as this year's breakout star. Insider predictions

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White Sox rise in Power Rankings

The White Sox are up one spot following strong outings from Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Sale pitched a complete game with 14 K's in a loss to Seattle on Thursday, while Quintana got revenge with 7⅔ innings of two-run ball in a win over the M's on Friday. Power Rankings (Week 21)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs announced today a four-year extension of their agreement with Single-A Myrtle Beach, S.C., that will run through the 2020 baseball season. The Pelicans will be making their sixth straight postseason appearance next month.

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Cubs remain atop Power Rankings

It was yet another winning week for the Cubs, as they went 4-2 on the road against the Padres and Dodgers. Next up are home series against the Pirates and Giants. Week 21 Power Rankings

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