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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."

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Denzel Valentine said he's been playing mostly on the wings in practice, a little at point. About "70/30" he said.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Besides Cutler, the Bears had five additional players miss practice on Thursday -- NT Eddie Goldman, RB Jeremy Langford, RB Ka'Deem Carey, ILB Danny Trevathan and CB Jacoby Glenn (personal reasons). Also, WR Alshon Jeffery was limited with knee and hamstring issues.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's what $2,700 buys you right now for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field, according to ticketing app Gametime

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears QB Jay Cutler did not practice on Thursday, increasing the likelihood Brian Hoyer remains Chicago's starting quarterback on Sunday vs. Detroit. Cutler had been limited on Wednesday, but coach John Fox said the team, "did not want to aggravate" Cutler's right thumb injury.

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Breaking down Notre Dame-Syracuse

Can the Irish rebound this week from a disappointing loss to Duke, or will the Orange keep rolling following their upset of UConn?

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Chapman poised for big contract?

Closers are worth more these days, and Aroldis Chapman is one of the best of the bunch. Expect him to be paid accordingly as a free agent this winter. Bowden: FA value watch (Insider)

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears head coach John Fox is back at practice on Thursday. Fox stayed home on Wednesday because of a bad stomach bug. He will probably be listed as questionable on tomorrow's final injury report.

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Kyle Hendricks surpassed expectations

Keith Law admits that he once wrote Hendricks off as a fifth starter. Now, the right-hander is a leading candidate for the NL Cy Young. Hendricks' pitch mix is better than expected, but it's unlikely that he can stay this good moving forward. Law: Players I was wrong about (Insider)

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Where Jordan Howard falls on Matthew Berry's Love/Hate list (1:01)
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Shades of Jim Thome for Todd Frazier

Frazier hit his 40th home run of the season on Wednesday. He's the second player to hit at least 40 homers in his first season with the White Sox, joining Jim Thome, who had 42 homers in his first go with Chicago in 2006, the Elias Sports Bureau notes.

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Jake Arrieta struggles in rare fashion

Arrieta allowed seven runs (all earned) on Wednesday, the most he's given up in a game since Aug. 6, 2014 at Colorado. The last time he allowed seven runs in a game not at Coors Field was June 8, 2012, when he pitched for the Orioles, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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Frazier smacks solo home run

Todd Frazier hits a solo home run in the seventh inning to boost the White Sox to a 1-0 lead on the Rays.

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Theo Epstein turned Cubs into winner

Epstein, awarded a five-year contract extension with the Cubs on Wednesday, inherited a mediocre club when he was named Chicago's president of baseball operations in 2011. In five short years, he's turned that group into the best team in baseball.