Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said on Friday he knows his postseason rotation but he isn't revealing it yet. At this point it would be a surprise if Jon Lester wasn't the Game 1 starter followed by Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta and John Lackey.

Rodon fans first seven batters, ties AL record (0:35)
Anderson adds some insurance with two-run blast (0:31)
Zobrist hits two homers in Cubs' win (0:51)

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After their win tonight, the Cubs have out scored the Reds by 74 runs this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Cubs scored that many more runs than an opponent in a season was 1945, when they out scored the Reds by 78 runs. 1945 was the last season in which the Cubs made the World Series.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist has two home runs and three hits against the Reds on Friday. It's his second, 2 homer game of the season as he'll likely be Joe Maddon's clean up hitter heading into the postseason. The Cubs are routing the Reds 7-1.

Russell shows off reflexes with awesome play (0:20)

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.