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Starting pitching hurting the Cubs this season (0:54)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon called chasing Alex Wood after 5 innings on Friday night "somewhat of a victory" but the Cubs couldn't breakthrough against the Dodgers bullpen in their 4-0 loss. Maddon also admitted it's possible starter Jake Arrieta's velocity dip could be leading to a higher home run total. He averaged 92.4 mph on Friday and gave up two long balls in the loss: "Maybe the velocity not at 95 might bleed into that (home runs) a little bit," Maddon said.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss his performance on Friday including a diving tag of first base on a Chase Utley ground ball. The Cubs lost 4-0 while Arrieta gave up 2 home runs.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss the two home runs he gave up in the Cubs 4-0 loss to the Dodgers on Friday.

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Kershaw keeping up with the ever-changing game (2:10)
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Cabrera gives White Sox insurance with HR (0:29)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost to the Dodgers 4-0 behind another strong performance by Dodgers lefty Alex Wood. Meanwhile, Jake Arrieta continued a disturbing trend by giving up two more home runs. He's allowed ten this season, the same amount he gave up in all of 2015 and only 6 off his 2016 total. The Cubs had just two hits on the night, singles by Jason Heyward and Javier Baez.

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Gonzalez mashes first homer of the season (0:17)
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Bellinger slides across foul line for catch (0:29)
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Utley clears the wall with solo homer (0:23)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs hosted Hollywood celeb fans in a suite on Friday at Dodgers stadium including comedian Larry David, who said in a very Larry David - esque tone that he had "no rooting interest tonight." Bob Newhart was still glowing over the Cubs World Series victory telling people to break up the Cubs, "they're too good."

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Davidson stretches White Sox's lead with HR (0:26)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Before tonight's game agent Scott Boras downplayed a velocity drop in client Jake Arrieta's fastball dismissing it as too early to judge a "1 mph" drop: "I can't grade velocity in a month. I grade it over a two season period." Arrieta is avg 92.1 mph on his fastball this season as opposed to a 94.6 mph avg. in 2015. (ESPN Stats and Info).

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss what he's thinking regarding Kyle Schwarber who is hitting .190. He'll only play against righties for now.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon indicated he will continue to platoon Kyle Schwarber until he gets going against right handed pitching. Schwarber has been mired in a season long slump and won't start Friday (Wood) or Sunday (Kershaw) against the Dodgers when they pitch two lefties.