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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Further making his case for league MVP Kris Bryant is 2 for 2 with a HR and 2 runs scored giving him 111 runs scored on the season. He's also made 3 good def plays in the field including a diving catch of a line drive to save a run. The Cubs lead the Pirates 2-0 in the 5th.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant knocked in his 90th run with his 36th home run on Wednesday, the most by a Cub since Aramis Ramirez (38) in 2006. It's also the second straight year Bryant has reached 90 runs driven in.

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Bryant's 36th HR of season gives Cubs early lead (0:25)
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Here's why week 1 matters (1:32)
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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Willson Contreras is ready for some Wednesday Night Baseball!

Lineup: Cubs (84-47) vs. Pirates (67-63)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Jorge Soler, LF (R)
  • 5. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 6. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 7. Tommy La Stella, 2B (L)
  • 8. Willson Contreras, C (R)
  • 9. Jason Hammel, RHP
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said Tommy La Stella addressed the team before Wed game and seemed to be accepting by his friends/teammates. Maddon called it the concept of a team working at its best.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs OF Matt Szczur on the return of Tommy La Stella: "It's like he never left."

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Can Texas take down Notre Dame?

Our Phil Steele sees Texas as his most improved team. ND enters the game as a four-point favorite, but with QB issues, Steele thinks the game will have a tight result. Week 1 CFB best bets (Insider)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs are sending top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Ian Happ to the Az fall league, it was announced on Wednesday. Also playing for the Mesa Solar Sox will be pitchers James Farris, Ryan McNeil, Stephen Perakslis and Duane Underwood Jr. Catcher Victor Caratini will join Cubs prospects there as well. The league plays games in October and November.

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Cubs with good odds to win it all?

In the aftermath of the trade deadline, the Cubs were seen as a virtual lock to win the NL Central. Now, those odds are even better. Should their fans start thinking World Series? Updated ZiPS playoff odds (Insider)

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella is in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Pirates as the team called him up from Triple-A Iowa several weeks after he failed to report to the minors. La Stella said he was contemplating his future in baseball but eventually returned to the organization. He's batting seventh and playing second base as pitcher Spencer Patton was sent down for a day. Rosters expand on Thursday.

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Anthony Rizzo, Cubs First Baseman

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo joins David Kaplan and Jurko. He discusses the team's great pitching, and their approach heading into the final month of the season.

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Hendricks leading the way since July

Like Jake Arrieta last year, Kyle Hendricks is pitching at a level in the second half of the season that no other pitcher has come close to matching.

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No comparison between Cubs, Rangers

Although the Rangers have the AL's best record, their plus-9 run differential is nowhere close to that of the NL-leading Cubs.

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Words and actions go hand-in-hand

Take Kyle Hendricks, for example. "He studies hitters and he went to Dartmouth and he has a really good education. So he out-tricks guys," Anthony Rizzo said of Hendricks. That was the case against the Pirates, as the right-hander dominated with an 88.8 mph fastball. What we learned Tuesday

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Lineup: White Sox (63-68) at Tigers (71-61)

  • 1. Adam Eaton, RF (L)
  • 2. Tim Anderson, SS (R)
  • 3. Justin Morneau, DH (L)
  • 4. Jose Abreu, 1B (R)
  • 5. Alex Avila, C (L)
  • 6. Todd Frazier, 3B (R)
  • 7. Avisail Garcia, LF (R)
  • 8. J.B. Shuck, CF (L)
  • 9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (R)
  • SP: Chris Sale, LHP
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Cubs' historic August in perspective

With their win on Tuesday night, the Cubs improved to 21-6 this month. The last time they won that many games in a calendar month was in May 1977, with a 21-7 record, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.