CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward, on hitting a 99 mph Jordan Hicks fastball for a home run, in the Cubs 6-3 win over the Cards: "My hands have to be free. Have to be able to use my hands. Can't try to hit that with my body. You try and do too much then you're not going to be able to make some good contact there and backspin the baseball."

Heyward's 2-run dinger pads Cubs' lead (0:31)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward went deep on a 99.1 mph fastball from Jordan Hicks, making it the hardest pitch he's hit a home run off of in his career. This coming not long after hitting a walk off grand slam at Wrigley Field off lefty Adam Morgan. Heyward has four home runs on the season but has been on a slugging tear of late.

Happ lines go-ahead RBI single (0:20)
Russell's solo shot brings Cubs even (0:22)
Thompson gets stuck trying to catch Castellanos' 3-run HR (0:32)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Former Cub/Ranger/Oriole Rafael Palmeiro homered for the 2nd time in 14 games Fri. for the independent Amer. Assn. Cleburne Railroaders, as he attempts a comeback at age 53. Pictured with his son Patrick, 28, a teammate, he'll be featured on E:60 Sun., 9a E on ESPN & 10a E on ESPN2.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Friday marked just the third time in his career that Javy Baez drew two walks in a game and neither were intentional. The last time he did it was on Aug. 19, 2014. The other time he did it was two days earlier, on Aug. 17, 2014. And then on Friday against the Cardinals. Here was Joe Maddon after the game: “Magnificent. I was calling for the ball after the first one. After the second ball, I thought it was going right to Cooperstown.”

Bryant leads Cubs past Cards (1:03)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant discuss breaking out of his slump after getting a couple days of rest. He hit a HR and drove in 4 in the Cubs blowout win over the Cardinals.

Schwarber crushes 439-ft homer (0:26)
Narvaez's 1st HR of season ties game (0:30)
Bryant snaps homerless streak (0:23)
Happ takes Wacha deep to right (0:19)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs broke out of a power slump with home runs by Ian Happ and Kris Bryant off Michael Wacha in the third inning tonight. Before those blasts, they had hit a total of two between June 7 and June 13. The Happ HR broke a 20 inning scoreless streak for the team. For Bryant, it snapped a 107 at-bat streak without a HR, longest of his career.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

It's never a surprise when a contender discusses wanting more pitching before the July 31 trade deadline and the Cubs are no different. The topic came up with GM Jed Hoyer when he announced top prospect Adbert Alzolay would not return from a lat injury this season. He was penciled in as depth on the mound for the second half. Hoyer: “We'll be on the lookout for rotation depth and in the bullpen, no matter what, but this underscores that a little bit.”

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs top pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay will not return this season as GM Jed Hoyer indicated his lat injury will prevent him from having enough time to pitch again in 2018.