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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss John Lackey's final reg season start and his team's 6-4 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch John Lackey discuss his season with the Cubs.

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Cabrera blasts two-run homer (0:23)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey's first (reg) season with the Cubs is complete as he's in line for his 11th win after going 5 innings while giving up a run to the Pirates on 5 hits. His ERA is 3.35, a solid season for the 37 year old.

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Coghlan hits bases-clearing triple (0:39)
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Cubs' playoff roster starts to take shape

"It's probably going to be 11 [pitchers] and 14 [position players]," manager Joe Maddon said. "Probably the optimal situation to be in."

Lineup: White Sox (75-81) vs. Rays (65-91)

  • 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: Chris Sale, LHP
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Ogwumike is a winner in every sense

Statistically, Nneka Ogwumike was the right pick for this season's WNBA MVP. But don't overlook her fierce competitiveness and all the intangible things she brings to the Sparks.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jorge Soler had an MRI on his right side back in Chicago. It came back clean so he's day to day still. He missed a few days with the injury last week before playing over the weekend but was moving gingerly. He could rejoin the team in the coming days.

Lineup: Cubs (100-56) at Pirates (77-79)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Chris Coghlan, RF (L)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Ben Zobrist, LF (S)
  • 5. Miguel Montero, C (L)
  • 6. Tommy La Stella, 3B (L)
  • 7. Javier Baez, SS (R)
  • 8. Munenori Kawasaki, 2B (L)
  • 9. John Lackey, RHP
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Bryant doles out money for his 100th RBI (2:11)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant talk about following through by giving "all the money" in his wallet to Chris Coghlan after Coghlan scored the run which was Bryant's coveted 100th RBI.

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Galloway hopes other 'schools don't fire coaches in season' (2:11)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon continues to rotate his starters in and out of the lineup as Kris Bryant won't start one day after collecting his 100th RBI. Addison Russell is also off as Munenori Kawasaki, Tommy La Stella, Javier Baez, Chris Coghlan and Miguel Montero are all starting against the Pirates on Tuesday.

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Which Cubs have mastered spin rate?

Spin rate is a relatively new factor of pitching being explored, but those who do it best are finding success. Aroldis Chapman is among pitchers with the highest spin rate on fastballs, while Kyle Hendricks is doing it with the curveball. Why spin rate matters (Insider)