CHICAGO Teams

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Hornets GM has Wade on the mind, not Bacon (0:19)
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Lester, Cubs top Marlins (1:05)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon was surprised by the huge ovation hometown guy Anthony Rizzo got from the Marlins crowd when he pinch hit in the ninth inning on Saturday: "I was looking around," Maddon said. "Did someone walk in the door? Was it ARod and JLo? I didn't know who came in at that point. No, it was Anthony. That was pretty cool."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his outing in the Cubs 5-3 win over the Marlins on Saturday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs beat the Marlins 5-3 as they've taken 2 of the first 3 in the weekend series. The big hit came in the sixth when Javier Baez went to right field for a 2 run double as Cubs hitters went the opposite way three times that inning off a righty. That hasn't happened often enough this season. Jon Lester gave up a 3 run home run in the first inning then retired 13 in a row before giving way to the bullpen which sealed the deal.

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White Sox joke with Buehrle after daughter's first pitch (0:25)
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Baez's double is the tiebreaker (0:41)
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Buehrle thanks White Sox fans (0:47)
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Olson hits two homers in A's victory (0:30)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Since giving up a first inning HR, Jon Lester has retired 13 batters in a row. It's taken him 35 pitches to get through the last 3 innings after needing 40 to get through the first two.

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Three A's rookies crank first career homers (0:44)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

In yet another indication how different this season is for the Cubs, Jon Lester just gave up his fourth multi run HR in 2017 which is one more than he gave up all of last year with men on base.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon said he doesn't expect Ben Zobrist (wrist) back in the lineup for their next series in Washington. He's in Chicago getting treatment right now and could go on a rehab assignment before returning.

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7hAlex Vigderman, Baseball Info Solutions

Ranking MLB defenses: Cubs

It has not been smooth sailing for the reigning champs, but the Cubs' defense still deserves respect. Surprisingly, one weak link this year has been reigning MVP Kris Bryant.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Anthony Rizzo discuss getting a day off on Saturday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs lefty Brett Anderson (back) to start a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo gets a day off on Saturday as Jon Jay will lead off for the Cubs. Kris Bryant plays first base with Javy Baez at third while Mark Zagunis gets a second start in right field. Willson Contreras is behind the plate for Jon Lester.

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10hCorey Pronman

2017 NHL draft grades

With the 2017 NHL draft in the books, Corey Pronman grades all 31 teams on their hauls. The Vegas Golden Knights hit the jackpot, adding four high-end prospects, but which other teams did well?

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Butler begins new chapter in Minnesota (2:06)
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White Sox to retire Buehrle's jersey (0:33)