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Cubs' Bryant ejected for 1st time in career

After a series of hit-by-pitches between the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox on Tuesday afternoon, both benches were warned. In a separate incident, NL MVP Kris Bryant was ejected for the first time in his career.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Both benches have been warned after White Sox pitcher Chris Beck hit the lead off hitter, Ian Happ, the inning immediately after John Lackey hit three White Sox batters.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey is the second pitcher this year (Drew Storen) to hit 3 batters in an inning and the first to hit 4 in a game since 2015. (Josh Smith).

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

This is the kind of outing that makes Carlos Rodon a little maddening to watch. He allowed four runs, seven hits and three walks in four innings, burning through 98 pitches in the process. He's also struck out 11 -- the White Sox have recorded just one out on a ball in play so far. The last time a starter struck out 11 in four innings was Washington's Max Scherzer on June 6, according to ESPN Stats & Info. He went on to whiff 14 in seven frames. The Cubs' Jake Arrieta did it on June 5 of last season, and ended up with 12 Ks in five innings. Rodon, with that high pitch count, is done. Chris Beck is on to pitch the fifth for the White Sox.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant has been ejected from a game for the first time in his career after arguing a strike 3 call from home plate umpire Lance Barksdale. The 2-2 pitch from Carlos Rodon was clearly inside, as replays confirmed; Bryant argued the call, and as he was walking away he said enough to be ejected. Bryant left the game after going 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts, all with runners in scoring position.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant is now hitting .232 with runners in scoring position this season after starting Tuesday's game 0 for 2 with 2 strikeouts. He's also just 7 of 15 getting a runner home from third with less than two outs. He missed on a chance in the second inning today.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has seven home runs and 17 runs driven in this month, good for second and seventh in the NL in July. Four of his last five hits have been home runs as he belted his 16th in the first inning off White Sox starter Carlos Rondon.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras hanging out with Daniel Rodriguez who he met in spring training from Advocate Children's Hospital. Contreras presented him with batting gloves, a helmet and a jersey. Plus a big hug.


Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern's Justin Jackson on the possibility of finishing his career second on the Big Ten's all-time rushing list behind Wisconsin's Ron Dayne, the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner. He enters his senior year with 4,129 yards.

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Big Ten belongs to Buckeyes?

Vegas gives Ohio State the best odds to win the Big Ten in 2017. Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan are next in the running, according to Westgate.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Free agent guard Isaiah Canaan will participate in a group workout for the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the Cubs 3-1 loss to the White Sox on Monday including reliever Justin Grimm's struggles giving up home runs.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost to the White Sox 3-1 as they left 12 on base and went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position. It was a game they could have won but squandered chances including with 2 on and none out in the seventh down by a run. Maddon chose not to bunt Ian Happ who ended up striking out and the Cubs failed to score. Meanwhile, relievers Justin Grimm and Koji Uehara gave up solo home runs which turned out to be the difference in the game.

Davidson's solo shot gives the White Sox some insurance (0:31)
Engel puts White Sox up for good with solo HR (0:28)

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The White Sox and Cubs enter their matchup Monday on completely different paths. The White Sox have lost nine straight games, tied for the longest losing streak in MLB. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 8-1 since the All-Star Break and with a win Monday could take the lead in the NL Central for the first time since May 26.

Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois coach Lovie Smith said diversifying the candidate pool for head coaching hires is complicated. But he also said he's made an effort to elevate capable minority assistants on his staff and prepare them for a head coaching job. He said that's the only way to change the lack of diversity. "I know what I do with my program."