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12-10, 1st in NL Cent
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Curses no more in Chicago and Boston (0:47)
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6hJesse Rogers

Slow start dooms Cubs once again

With an MLB-worst 9.82 first-inning ERA, the Cubs have had to rally a lot his season. On Friday at Fenway, they couldn't complete the comeback.

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Red Sox take 5-4 win over Cubs (0:50)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant simply gave a smile when asked about 2 check swing 3rd strikes that went against him without the help of the first base umpire on either one. He said of the two he definitely felt he didn't swing on the first one.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Jake Arrieta discuss his first inning woes as he's given up a total of 9 runs in the first inning of his last two starts.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs starter Jake Arrieta discuss his first inning performance in the Cubs 5-4 loss to the Red Sox where all 5 runs were scored in the first inning off him.

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Benintendi sends long ball to right (0:28)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost 5-4 to the Red Sox after giving up 5 runs in the first inning raising their ERA in the opening inning to 9.82 on the season. Jake Arrieta wasn't sharp giving up 10 hits and 3 walks in just 4.2 innings though he managed not to give up any runs after the first. The Cubs actually led 1-0 after Kris Bryant homered but they were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position while Kyle Schwarber struck out 4 times, Jason Heyward 3 times.

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Vazquez tops off Boston's 5-run inning with RBI single (0:27)
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Hanley is still looking for his goal... the ring (1:40)

ESPN Stats and Information  

Cubs 3B Kris Bryant homered in his first career at-bat at Fenway Park, launching a 422-foot long ball over the Green Monster on Friday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta takes the mound for the second inning after giving up 5 ER in the first raising the Cubs first inning ERA to 9.82 on the season, highest in the majors. Included are 8 HR's in the first inning, the most in baseball.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The one bright spot to the start of the Cubs game was Kris Bryant's 422 ft home run, according to ESPN Stats and Info. His previous lone visit to Fenway Park, while in college, he only took batting practice and he says he never hit one out. His first real AB resulted in a long ball but the Cubs trail 5-1 early,

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta has now allowed at least 4 ER in the first inning in back to back starts for the first time in his career. (ESPN Stats)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein gave his 2004 World Series ring to his father, Leslie. He brought his 2016 ring to Boston so his father could put it on and take a picture with both. "It'll be pretty cool," Theo said. Leslie Epstein is director of the creative writing department at Boston University.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs-Red Sox brings back more than Theo Epstein, Jon Lester and John Lackey. Kevin Youkilis signing autographs for fans during batting practice.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Jon Lester is back at Fenway Park, albeit in the cramped quarters of the visiting dugout and clubhouse.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Now Jon Lester's turn with reporters.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein explain where his World Series rings were today as well as working for the Red Sox and Cubs.

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Epstein accidentally walked into closet at Fenway Park (1:36)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss returning to Fenway Park for the first time since leaving for the Cubs.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs brass reminisce with former co-workers.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant discuss his off day in Boston and playing at Fenway Park for the first time in his career.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

At his Foundation To Be Named Later charity event today, Theo Epstein laughed off a recent suggestion by political strategist David Axelrod that he could get into politics, calling such a thing "ridiculous." I think I need to go do something really ill-advised or commit a felony or something," Epstein said. "I can put a stop to it in a hurry."

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.737th
Quality Starts8Tied-24th
WHIP1.2813th
BAA.2346th
Runs1134th
Batting Average.2587th
On Base Percentage.3442nd
Slugging Percentage.41413th

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