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Olson hits two homers in A's victory (0:30)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Since giving up a first inning HR, Jon Lester has retired 13 batters in a row. It's taken him 35 pitches to get through the last 3 innings after needing 40 to get through the first two.

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Three A's rookies crank first career homers (0:44)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

In yet another indication how different this season is for the Cubs, Jon Lester just gave up his fourth multi run HR in 2017 which is one more than he gave up all of last year with men on base.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said he doesn't expect Ben Zobrist (wrist) back in the lineup for their next series in Washington. He's in Chicago getting treatment right now and could go on a rehab assignment before returning.

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4hAlex Vigderman, Baseball Info Solutions

Ranking MLB defenses: Cubs

It has not been smooth sailing for the reigning champs, but the Cubs' defense still deserves respect. Surprisingly, one weak link this year has been reigning MVP Kris Bryant.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss getting a day off on Saturday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs lefty Brett Anderson (back) to start a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo gets a day off on Saturday as Jon Jay will lead off for the Cubs. Kris Bryant plays first base with Javy Baez at third while Mark Zagunis gets a second start in right field. Willson Contreras is behind the plate for Jon Lester.

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6hCorey Pronman

2017 NHL draft grades

With the 2017 NHL draft in the books, Corey Pronman grades all 31 teams on their hauls. The Vegas Golden Knights hit the jackpot, adding four high-end prospects, but which other teams did well?

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Butler begins new chapter in Minnesota (2:06)
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White Sox to retire Buehrle's jersey (0:33)
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A's pad lead with Joyce homer (0:29)
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Davis crushes early two-run dinger (0:21)
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Bell scores on solo shot (0:20)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch John Lackey discuss his outing against the Marlins on Friday. He tossed his second straight quality start in the 2-0 loss.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost to the Marlins 2-0 despite outhitting them 6 to 3 as a season long trend against right handed pitching continued. They mustered a couple rallies against starter Jose Urena but never got the big two out hit they needed. Giancarlo Stanton did produce a big one, though, as he crushed a HR off John Lackey for the first run of the game. The Cubs hit into three double plays including one to end the game.

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Stanton obliterates 458-foot homer (0:25)