Elias Stein

Vote: Cubs Confidence Meter

Will the stretch run bring any drama to Wrigley Field, or will the ride into -- and through -- October be a breezy one in the Windy City? Vote now!

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NFL preseason Week 3 winners, losers

With the most important week of the preseason complete, we salute the play of Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater but aren't buying in on the Jaguars yet.

Carlos Beltran did what to his hair? (1:41)
Cubs remain atop MLB power rankings (1:54)
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Russell, Edwards prove looks can deceive

Addison Russell, 22, and Carl Edwards Jr., 24, both look younger than they actually are but are finding success at the major league level. Russell started at shortstop in the All-Star game, while Edwards has 33 strikeouts in 24 innings. Baby-faced big leaguers


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his team's 1-0 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday which came down to a mental mistake by third baseman Javier Baez.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss the Cubs 1-0 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday wearing his onesie for the flight home from L.A.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Javy Baez discuss his 8th inning mistake on Sunday where he went to second base late on a force play instead of going to first for the easy out. It allowed the winning run to score for the Dodgers in their 1-0 win.

Sky at .500 with win over Wings (0:53)
Toles, Dodgers top Cubs in Los Angeles (1:04)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Onesie flight home has commenced for the Cubs. Miguel Montero headed to the plane.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs lose 1-0 but there might be more positives than negatives. Lester was great on the mound while Heyward was good at the plate and young CJ Edwards passed another test out of the bullpen.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon has stuck to his guns when it comes to his starting pitchers. Up by double digits in the central division he's been pulling his starters at about 100 pitches as he did again on Sunday with Jon Lester. Lester was at 98 after six innings when he got pinch hit for in a 0-0 game. Usually the pitchers will complain to the Cubs manager but understand Maddon is saving their arms for the playoffs. If this was October Lester would undoubtedly have continued.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward might be coming out of his season long slump. He was 5 for his last 5 before lining out hard (102.6 mph) to the end the sixth with the lead run at third base against the Dodgers. Heyward has had at least one hit in every game since getting four straight days off. The Cubs and Dodgers have yet to score a run through 6 innings.

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Dan Jennings knows how to deliver

Jennings is one of the fastest left-handers to the plate in the majors, second only to one other southpaw. Who has him beat? Baseball Info Solutions provides the answer. Measuring baseball skills (Insider)

Morneau gets White Sox on the board (0:24)