CHICAGO Teams

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his first half after he earned his 12th win on Sunday. He has a nifty 2.58 ERA at the break.

Heyward pads Cubs' lead with two-run single (0:39)
Baez hits early go-ahead RBI single (0:30)
Moncada's dinger extends Chicago's lead (0:35)
Palka's smash opens scoring for White Sox (0:23)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon's first thought when he heard about the firing of Mike Matheny was of him and his family. He's also curious to see how the team reacts under interim guy Mike Schildt. The Cubs host the Cards in a 5 game series out of the all star break: "The personality of the team can change. What they're willing to do, willing to try to do, how they react to situations. All that stuff changes with a new guy. You have no idea how it's going to be. From my perspective I have to get used to a new guy.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs placed Albert Almora Jr on the family medical emergency leave list while calling up David Bote from Triple-A Iowa. He'll play third base on Sunday and bat eighth.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Schwarber praised Javy Baez for his work ethic after the latter player became the third since the all-star game began being played in 1933 to have at least 19 HR, 71 RBI and 18 SB prior to the break: "People see the flash and people see the style. In here, we see the toughness and the grit. That's something that he brings to all of us."

2:03

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Javy Baez discuss playing despite not feeling well on Saturday. He didn't want to sit out because the Cubs were already missing Albert Almora Jr (Bert) due to a family matter. Baez hit his 19th home run while driving in 5 in the Cubs 11-6 win.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs assured themselves of being alone in first place at the all-star break with an 11-6 win over the Padres on Saturday, giving them a 1.5 game lead on the Brewers with one more to play for both teams. Javy Baez continued the best half of his career hitting his 19th home run while driving in 5 for a total of 71 RBI. That's tied for tops in the NL.

Baez mashes 19th HR of season (0:21)
Baez widens Cubs lead with double (0:22)
Schwarber's 2-run HR puts Cubs ahead (0:20)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Yu Darvish (elbow impingement) says he's making progress and feeling better than earlier in his rehab process and his hopeful to be on a mound against next weekend. Meanwhile, Cubs GM Jed Hoyer reiterated Darvish's injury won't have a major impact on the trade deadline since the Cubs were looking for pitching anyway: “Every piece of information we can gather is helpful. No matter what happens we know we're going to need more pitching to get through the season effectively.”

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs placed Carl Edwards Jr on the paternity list and recalled lefty Rob Zastryzny as Edwards returns to South Carolina for the birth of his child.

Hutchison goes coast to coast for the slam (0:24)
Carter imitates MJ with tongue out after turnaround jumper (0:19)
Bulls G Blakeney scores 16 first-half points (0:15)