Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist just broke up Josh Smith's perfect game with a HR to lead off the fifth inning. It came on the Cubs 13th batter of the game which coincides how often they've hit a HR at Great American Ballpark this season: Every 13.6 at-bats, that's tops for a visiting team in any park (min 5 games). Cubs lead 1-0 Bot 5.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the end of the Reds game on Thursday when manager Bryan Price didn't hear the phone in the dugout to signal a replay challenge.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the Cubs extending the contracts of Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod.

Lineup: White Sox (77-82) vs. Twins (57-102)

  • 1. Adam Eaton, RF (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. Carlos Sanchez, 2B (S)
  • 8. Omar Narvaez, C (L)
  • 9. Leury Garcia, CF (S)
  • SP: Carlos Rodon, LHP

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said Jorge Soler could play as soon as Saturday but more than likely they'll target Sunday to get him on the field as he recovers from a an injury to his right side.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

David Ross was given a box of soaps from the Reds courtesy of the Grandpa Soap Co. (No joke). Includes Pine Tar Soap. The Reds will also play a mid game video tribute to him on Sunday. He had two of his best offensive years in a Reds uniform.

ESPN Stats & Info

Lions and Bears barely separated

ESPN's FPI has the Lions and the Bears neck-and-neck in this divisional matchup. The Lions get the slight edge from FPI on the road.

Lineup: Cubs (101-57) at Reds (67-92)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  • 5. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 6. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 7. Chris Coghlan, LF (L)
  • 8. Miguel Montero, C (L)
  • SP: Jake Buchanan, RHP

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs playing some pepper before taking on the Reds.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Coghlan is in the lineup for the Cubs on Friday after suffering a mild ankle sprain two nights ago. Joe Maddon has all his regulars starting in their series finale opener.

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Bears and Lions try to right the ship

The Bears have lost six straight to Detroit and are 1-8 at Soldier Field under John Fox. Both teams are banged up, but the Lions' injury picture is a little better. Is that enough to get the win? Our NFL Nation reporters make their picks. Week 4 predictions (Insider)

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Gibson said coaches haven't had to do as much talking early in camp because Dwyane Wade stops practice and curses guys out to get them back on track.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Taj Gibson, on the differences he sees in Fred Hoiberg as the young coach heads into his second season: "He's more talkative," Gibson said after Friday's practice. "He understands the game a lot more from an NBA coach's standpoint. He understands where he went wrong last year and this year already he's been going at guys. Right away -- he's been cursing a lot more [at] the early group, in early parts of practice than last year. But it's great. He really hasn't needed to say much because everything's been so smooth and everybody's been doing the right things. This year it's a great start to training camp, but we've still got ways to go."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says there is no clear-cut leader at the 4-spot yet. He said earlier this week that Mirotic, Gibson and Portis were all getting some run with the starting group.

Why Kevin White needs Alshon Jeffery (1:01)