CHICAGO Teams

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

The suspended Cubs-Pirates game has been declared a 1-1 tie by MLB. The ViewFromVegas is a straight bet is official after 5 innings (4.5 if home team leading), so money-line bets on both teams are refunds. The run line (where the favorite is -1.5 runs and the underdog is +1.5) and over/unders must go 9 innings (8.5 if home team leading) to be official for betting purposes, so those are no-action and also refunded. There was a 5-inning line on the game and that was also tied 1-1, so that's another refund, BUT the 5-inning over/under of 4 runs ended up being the only valid game wager as the under cashes.

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Rain forces Cubs-Pirates into tie (0:43)
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Mahtook crushes solo homer (0:24)
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Cubs, Pirates play to MLB's first tie since 2005

With no postseason implications, the Cubs-Pirates game on Thursday was declared a tie after a rain delay of 1 hour, 23 minutes in the sixth inning, the first tie in the majors since June 2005.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs and Pirates played to a 1-1 suspended game on Thursday meaning it will go down officially as a tie. The game has no meaning in the standings and the teams won't be able to make it up before the end of the reg season this Sunday. The last tie in MLB was 2005, the last time the Cubs played to a tie was in 1993. All stats count.

Lineup: White Sox (77-81) vs. Rays (65-93)

  • 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. Alex Avila, C (L)
  • 8. Carlos Sanchez, 2B (S)
  • 9. Leury Garcia, CF (S)
  • SP: Jose Quintana, LHP
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It's do-or-die time for winless teams

Per ESPN Stats & Info, only one team to start 0-4 (1992 Chargers) has reached the playoffs under the current format (since 1990). But 14 percent of 1-3 teams have done so in that span, including the Chiefs and Texans last year.

Lineup: Cubs (101-57) at Pirates (78-80)

  • 1. Tommy La Stella, 3B(L)
  • 2. Albert Almora, CF(R)
  • 3. Addison Russell, SS(R)
  • 4. W. Contreras, LF(R)
  • 5. Javier Baez, 1B(R)
  • 6. Matt Szczur, RF(R)
  • 7. Tim Federowicz, C(R)
  • 8. M. Kawasaki, 2B(L)
  • SP: Rob Zastryzny, RHP

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss his plans for this weekend. Relievers will be "choreographed" while his regulars will play but bench guys are still going to get some at bats.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon react to some complaints from players about the "spring feel" to games since the team clinched home field advantage. He starts by saying their 7-2 in their last 9 games.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Another Kris Bryant shot as Mike Ditka.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Kris Bryant wearing a Mike Ditka jersey.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon sporting his Lafayette College jersey.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Chris Coghlan discuss his ankle injury which he says is very mild.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs players are wearing football jerseys on getaway day in Pittsburgh. Addison Russell, Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist are wearing Walter Payton while Kris Bryant is sporting a Mike Ditka jersey. Chris Coghlan has Barry Sanders hanging in his locker stall.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Hammel will miss his final start on Friday as his elbow has been bothering him a bit for the past couple weeks. He stressed that he's fine and it's just a precautionary measure. The Cubs will use a combo of relievers in his place. Hammel believes he'll be fine for the postseason if he's needed.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

McDermott on what Dwyane Wade gave him for his number. Wade is wearing his customary #3 -- McDermott is now wearing #11. "He still hasn't given me anything," McDermott said. "He told me he's going to give me a lot of open shots. So that's the trade-off."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug McDermott, on if it has been strange coming to work and not seeing Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah: "It's weird," McDermott said after Thursday's practice. "It still doesn't quite feel real. But I think it's for the better. Not saying anything bad about those guys, obviously they meant a lot to this organization and helped me a lot. But I think we just needed a new vibe and I think we got it with these guys. And I just feel like everyone is -- the vibe is different. It's a much better better vibe. Obviously, wish those guys the best in New York."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Doug McDermott, on if coach Fred Hoiberg has treated players differently in his second season: "He's been much more demanding on us. He's really vocal out there and I've noticed a difference for sure. Obviously, he's real hard on himself about last year, as we are too. We don't want that to happen again so we're going to do everything we can right off the bat to try and fix it."