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Cubs exec Epstein agrees to 5-year extension

The Chicago Cubs and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein have agreed to a five-year contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Inside Theo Epstein's master mind

Theo Epstein walks to and from Wrigley, eats lunch in the empty bleachers and wants Chicago to see the ivy turn red in October. The Cubs president may be nearing middle age, but his love of the game is shining through more than ever.

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Michael Fulmer starts for the Tigers against the Indians tonight (7 ET, ESPN). Fulmer leads the AL in ERA (2.95) and leads AL rookies in Wins Above Replacement (5.0). Fulmer and Justin Verlander are a combined 27-15 with a 3.04 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. All other Tigers starters are 28-38 with a 5.18 ERA.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' 30 victories from rookie pitchers are the franchise's most since 1952, when they had 51. Jose De Leon can make it 31 when he starts Wednesday night against the Padres. Dodgers rookies are 30-23 this season in 67 starts, with an impressive 3.61 ERA.

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Something to watch from Giants starter Jeff Samardzija tonight (vs Rockies, ESPN, 10 ET): Samardzija has thrown more than twice as many sinkers in 2016 (173) as he did in 2015 (82). He had 4 K with his sinker in his last start, his most in a game. He's also throwing a curve 15% of the time since the All-Star Break, after not throwing it at all before. Opponents are hitting .184 against it.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs owner Tom Ricketts explain what he's learned about Theo Epstein.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss more of his extension with the Cubs and what was important to him.

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David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

In what was essentially a must-win game for both teams, the Mariners beat the Astros 12-4 behind a three-run homer in the first from Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager's late blast to ice it. Now the Mariners turn to the scoreboard, rooting for the Blue Jays and Indians to win tonight, and head home probably needing to sweep all four from the A's.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs owner Tom Ricketts announce the 5 year extension of President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss signing a new 5 year extension with the Cubs.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Martin Prado and Marcell Ozuna have been chosen by Jose Fernandez's family to speak at the pitcher's funeral Thursday. They'll each read a Biblical verse and then share memories of their late friend. "I talked to Jose a lot about how to go about business and how to respect the game," Prado said. "He always listened to me."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs were going to announce Theo Epstein's extension on Sunday after hammering out the details on Saturday but the team waited a couple days due to the death of Jose Fernandez.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs release on Theo Epstein 5 yr contract extension includes statement from owner Tom Ricketts.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Since Bartolo Colon only threw 47 pitches on Monday in Miami, Terry Collins told reporters Colon may come back on short rest on Friday in Philadelphia. That would put Colon on the proper rest for next Wednesday's wild-card game if Noah Syndergaard is unavailable. Syndergaard is due to pitch the regular-season finale on Sunday in Philadelphia. Syndergaard would be limited to only 25 pitches if the Mets already have clinched and then pitch the wild-card game. But he'll go far longer if the Mets need that game.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Pomeranz on pitching out of bullpen for Red Sox in postseason: "I don't know if that's a sure thing." Bullpen session Thursday might help determine his role going forward. Soreness is localized to his forearm, he says, likely a result of career-high workload.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Left-hander John Kilichowski, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round out of Vanderbilt University in June, reacts to surrendering a homer on Tim Tebow's first swing in a formal game since the ex-quarterback's junior year of high school.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein are in Pittsburgh to announce a 5 year contract extension.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the Mets lineup for Wednesday's 7:10 p.m. ET rubber game at Marlins Park: Jose Reyes - 3B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Yoenis Cespedes - LF Curtis Granderson - CF Jay Bruce - RF T.J. Rivera - 2B Lucas Duda - 1B Rene Rivera - C Seth Lugo - RHP

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Tebow reacts after homering in the first at-bat of his first game since his junior year of high school. He finished 1-for-6 against Cardinals farmhands.

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Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees lineup vs the Red Sox and Clay Buchholz tonight: Gardner 7 Ellsbury 8 Sanchez 2 McCann dh Castro 4 Gregorius 6 Teixeira 3 Headley 5 Williams 9 Mitchell 1

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tim Tebow's day is complete in his first professional baseball game. Tebow, who homered on the first pitch he saw, finished 1-for-6 in the instructional league game. He logged five innings in left field. On his lone fielding play, Tebow cut off a grounder toward the line and held the Cardinals batter to a single.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Coghlan and Miguel Montero are in the lineup again for the Cubs as they continue to make noise heading into the playoffs. Montero is likely to catch Jake Arrieta next month while Coghlan is seeing more time due to Jorge Soler's latest ailment (right side). Both could be big parts of the postseason puzzle after struggling earlier in the year.