CHICAGO Teams

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Javier Baez just hit a grand slam for the Cubs in the fourth inning squarely putting the team's 100th victory in sight as they lead the Pirates 5-0 behind MLB ERA leader Kyle Hendricks.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks got out Josh Bell and Andrew McCutchen with 2 on in the third inning keeping the Pirates off the board while lowering his ERA to 2.03 after three innings. He'll need three more scoreless innings to lower it to below 2.00 as the Cubs lead the Pirates 1-0.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler is getting his right side checked out some more after moving gingerly in his last game. He missed time recently due to the injury. The Cubs should know more after tonight's game or tomorrow.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon indicated he would use his top relievers this week mainly when Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta pitch as they have personal milestones like the Cy Young award at stake. Hendricks starts tonight vs. Pittsburgh.

Lineup: Cubs (99-56) at Pirates (77-78)

  • 1. Chris Coghlan, LF (L)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Willson Contreras, C (R)
  • 5. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 6. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 7. Albert Almora Jr., CF (R)
  • 8. Javier Baez, 2B (R)
  • 9. Kyle Hendricks, RHP

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Jimmy Butler is still convinced he could be an NFL wide receiver, as good as anyone out there. Even Antonio Brown? "He's not better than me," Butler insists.

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Dwyane Wade at Chicago Bulls media day, on the Colin Kaepernick-led athlete protest movement: "I think it's great. I mean, I'm one of the athletes that stood on stage at the ESPYs and I asked the athletes to use their voice, a call to action for athletes to stand up. I think it's great when you see an athlete use his voice for something he believes in. I think Kaepernick educated a lot of us on things that we wasn't aware of. For me, for guys in this city, from what I've seen, we have a different kind of battle here in Chicago. A different focus. That's where my focus is on. My focus is on this city, and what am I capable of doing to help our youth in this city in a bigger way."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Rondo says Hoiberg is "really intelligent." Says he spoke to Hoiberg for three hours before he signed. Obviously the pair hit it off nicely.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Very clear from Wade's initial comments after he signed -- and his comments again today -- his focus off the floor will be trying to help Chicago be a more unified city.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade remains hopeful that Bosh will return to the basketball floor, but reiterates that as his friend he is happy Bosh is focusing on his health and taking care of his family.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade on Chris Bosh's situation: "It's another bump in the road in life." Happy that Bosh's quality of life is good.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade: "I think it's great when you see an athlete use his voice" while discussing what Colin Kaepernick has done.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Wade: "I'm like the new kid in class. I've got to find my one friend to talk to before I find new friends."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwyane Wade hits the podium for his first media day as a Bull.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug McDermott getting used to his new number -- 11.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler said he has a specific message for Hoiberg as the season opens. "As much as you can use me as an example." Butler wants to be the guy that young players can learn from.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Butler is excited to have Wade around. Says he can "model" his game after Wade's and can learn from him.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says he feels that McDermott and Mirotic are two "of the best shooters in the league." Outwardly confident that Bulls will have enough outside shooting.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Hoiberg says there will be a lot of "competition" in training camp over rotation spots. Keeps harping on "consistency" group needs to show over course of the year.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Fred Hoiberg says he's "really excited about this group." Says he is focused on getting his team to play more consistently.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears QB Jay Cutler is still "day to day" with a right thumb sprain, head coach John Fox said on Monday. The Bears will reevaluate Cutler on Wednesday in advance of Sunday's game vs. Detroit.