CHICAGO Teams

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers avoided an embarrassing four-game sweep in Philly with a 5-4 win, cutting their magic number to one. The Diamondbacks are off tonight, so the Dodgers can clinch the NL West on Friday with a win at home against the Giants or a Diamondbacks loss to Miami. Other magic numbers: Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card) Red Sox: 8 (to clinch AL East) Cubs: 8 (to clinch NL Central)

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears DC Vic Fangio thinks CB Kyle Fuller is playing better now than he did in 2015 -- Fangio and John Fox's first year in Chicago. Fangio isn't sure how it'll work in Chicago's secondary between Fuller and Prince Amukamara when Amukamara return from his ankle injury.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears DC Vic Fangio stopped short of declaring CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) ready to play on Sunday. Still trying to figure out if Amukamara is healed up enough to be active in Week 3.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears coach John Fox on Kyle Long's status for Sunday: "It's looking very encouraging."

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears guard Kyle Long (ankle), running back Benny Cunningham (high ankle sprain) and CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) had full participation on Thursday. RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) remains limited.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

DNP: Bears guard Josh Sitton (ribs), ILB Nick Kwiatkoski (chest) and TE Zach Miller (personal reasons).

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Future Power Rankings: Outlook dim for Bulls

From March 2010 through September 2015, the Bulls never ranked outside our top 10, but it has been a rapid fall since then that culminates in where Chicago stands this time around.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 100 forward Miller Kopp (No. 100) just committed to Northwestern, he tells ESPN.

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Nación ESPN: This day in history Miñoso is denied (1:03)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers had a chance to clinch the NL West on Wednesday, but instead suffered a third straight loss to the lowly Phillies, who will go for the series sweep on Thursday. The Dodgers are 5-20 over their past 25 games and their magic number remains at two. The Red Sox did clinch at least a wild-card spot with their win and the Angels' loss. Other magic numbers: Red Sox: 8 (to win AL East) Cubs: 8 (to win NL Central) Yankees: 3 (to clinch wild card) Diamondbacks: 4 (to clinch wild card)

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Lester struggles in Cubs' loss to Rays (0:56)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the struggles of lefty Jon Lester.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jon Lester discuss his struggles after falling to the Rays on Wednesday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost 8-1 to the Rays as once again Jon Lester had a very shaky outing. He didn't make it out of the fifth while giving up runs in three different innings including the first when Steven Souza Jr homered off him. Lester has now given up a league leading 8 home runs in the opening inning this year. His ERA is 5.11 since the all star break after 7 Rays crossed the plate on 8 hits, 3 walks and three stolen bases. He also didn't strike out anyone in 4.1 innings. The Cubs offense did next to nothing off lefty Blake Snell but Lester's subpar performance has the biggest meaning for the team.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN 100 forward Miller Kopp will announce his college decision tomorrow. Just visited Northwestern. Butler, Michigan, Texas A&M among others involved.

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Lester unravels in the 5th (1:12)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester gave up 7 runs on 8 hits, 3 walks and a hit batter on Wednesday over 4.1 innings without striking anyone out. The Rays also stole 3 bases on him. The Cubs lefty simply hasn't been sharp, especially to start games, as his second half ERA ballooned to 5.11.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester gave up two stolen bases to Steven Souza in the fifth inning, both on errant throws, to first base and third base, respectively. Neither were scored as errors but if either were on target Souza would have been nabbed. Its only the 18th and 19th stolen bases against Lester this year, down from a league high of 44 in 2015. He gave up 28 stolen bases last season.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester has tied teammate John Lackey for most first inning home runs given up in the NL as Steven Souza Jr took him deep early in Wednesday's game. Lester and Lackey have both given up eight home runs in the first inning this season which is also the same amount Gio Gonzalez has served as well.