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69-50, 1st in NL Cent

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

All signs are a go for Cubs righty Yu Darvish to pitch in a minor league game on Sunday as he rehabs an elbow injury, according to manager Joe Maddon. The Cubs did not announce where he will pitch but Class-A South Bend is at home that day and close enough to Chicago that Cubs brass can make the quick trip to watch him if they desire. That's where Darvish pitched his last rehab start before being shut down. Maddon wouldn't commit to a number of starts in the minors for Darvish but said he wouldn't expect more than three: "He came in and said he felt great so he's ready to roll on Sunday."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"There's a Neanderthal aspect to our game that needs to go away." –Joe Maddon on José Ureña plunking Ronald Acuña Jr.

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Rizzo leads Cubs past Brewers 8-4

Anthony Rizzo homered, drove in three runs and stole two bases in his return to the cleanup spot, and the Chicago Cubs restored their three-game lead in the NL Central by topping the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 on Wednesday.

Happ jumps into ivy to make catch (0:43)
Almora extends Cubs' lead with homer (0:25)
Rizzo goes the other way for 2-run homer (0:26)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Brewers pulled Ryan Braun before his third at-bat today because of some right-side tightness. It'll be a tough blow for Milwaukee if it turns into something, because after a slow first half, Braun has shown signs lately of going on a roll -- even beyond his two-homer game at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals for cash on Wednesday, assigning him to Triple-A Iowa. He'll likely be called up after Sept. 1 and serve as a pinch runner for the stretch run. It's the sort of move the Cubs have made in the past at this time of year. Gore has 309 career steals as a pro -- 21 in the majors in just 14 plate appearances.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Brewers are going with what Travis Shaw calls their "goal-line package" in today's game against the Cubs. Around the infield, it's Eric Thames (1B), Shaw (2B), Jonathan Schoop (SS) and Mike Moustakas (3B) against Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks. Craig Counsell also flipped the top of his lineup, with Christian Yelich batting leadoff and Lorenzo Cain hitting second.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Ben Zobrist talk about the conversation he had with umpire Phil Cuzzi about a bad strike 3 call before getting kicked out on Tuesday. Eventually, he told Cuzzi "that's why we want an electronic zone" which got him tossed.

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2dJesse Rogers

Zobrist ejected after lobbying for robot umps

A discussion of plate umpire Phil Cuzzi's strike zone led to Cubs veteran Ben Zobrist's first career ejection on Tuesday after he remarked that players would prefer an electronic strike zone.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Brewers skipper Craig Counsell discusses the outstanding outing of Jhoulys Chacin, who in a 7-0 win over the Cubs on Tuesday had his best outing yet for Milwaukee in the Brew Crew's biggest game of the year.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist was kicked out of the game between the bottom of the 8th and top of the 9th innings as he engaged home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi after Zobrist was being replaced in the lineup anyway. The two seemed to have a calm discussion but Zobrist was ejected anyway. He was on the end of a seemingly bad strike 3 call in the bottom of the 6th inning, where his manager was thrown out during the ensuing argument. Cuzzi also called a similar outside strike 3 pitch on Kyle Schwarber in the 7th.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon was kicked out of the game by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi after coming to the defense of Ben Zobrist who was upset with a strike 3 call in the 6th inning. Maddon got his money's worth after Zobrist threw his bat down as the pitch by Jhoulys Chacin looked outside. Zobrist survived the argument but Maddon did not. It was Maddon's third ejection this season.

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2dJesse Rogers

Cubs' Darvish near rehab stint in minors

Cubs' right-hander Yu Darvish, who hasn't pitched since May 20 due to an elbow injury, is close to beginning a minor league rehab assignment, according to team president Theo Epstein.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein on David Bote's grand slam: "Everyone of us, at some point, has said (to ourselves) 'down 3, 2 outs, ninth inning, bases loaded, 2 strikes, here we go.' I always roll over and hit a ground ball to short but Bote put a ridiculous swing on the ball. That would have been a noteworthy HR if that was a spring training game as far as that ball went."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein, on Sunday's improbable win where rookie David Bote hit a walk off grand slam with 2 outs and 2 strikes and the Cubs down 3-0: "That struck a chord with everyone. I probably got more texts after that game then some of our World Series games. There must have been nothing else on (tv) but that was one of my favorite regular season games."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein says if all checks out with Yu Darvish after his sim game he'll be ready for a rehab stint in the minors as he recovers from an elbow injury.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Yu Darvish (elbow) throw a couple pitches in his sim game on Tuesday. He faced David Bote and Victor Caratini.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.8512th
Quality Starts54Tied-20th
WHIP1.3419th
BAA.2399th
Runs5846th
Batting Average.2642nd
On Base Percentage.3431st
Slugging Percentage.42011th