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Chapman makes Cubs the team to beat in NL

With Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs have the NL's best bullpen. It doesn't make them World Series locks, but they are now clear favorites to get to there.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch more of Cubs reliever Hector Rondon discuss the addition of Aroldis Chapman to the bullpen.

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How does Chapman help the Cubs? (0:44)
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Rondon fine with Cubs' acquisition of Chapman (1:08)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Hector Rondon discuss losing his closer's job to Aroldis Chapman who the Cubs traded for on Monday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs catcher David Ross discuss the addition of Aroldis Chapman to the team.

Lineup: White Sox (48-50) vs. Cubs (59-38)

  • 1. Adam Eaton, RF (L)
  • 2. Tim Anderson, SS (R)
  • 3. Melky Cabrera, LF (S)
  • 4. Jose Abreu, 1B (R)
  • 5. Justin Morneau, DH (L)
  • 6. Todd Frazier, 3B (R)
  • 7. J.B. Shuck, CF (L)
  • 8. Dioner Navarro, C (S)
  • 9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (R)
  • SP: Miguel Gonzalez, RHP
  • Daily notes

Lineup: Cubs (59-38) at White Sox (48-50)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, DH (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Ben Zobrist, RF (S)
  • 5. Willson Contreras, LF (R)
  • 6. Jason Heyward, CF (L)
  • 7. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 8. Miguel Montero, C (L)
  • 9. Javier Baez, 2B (R)
  • SP: Jake Arrieta, RHP
  • Daily notes

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

New Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman said he is "sad" to leave the Yankees, but winning a championship with the Cubs could be very special for him. Chapman reiterated he would be open to signing a new contract with the Yankees as a free agent. Yankees translator Marlon Abreu delivered Chapman's thoughts.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern All-Big Ten LB Anthony Walker had season tickets to Miami games growing up and hoped to play for the U. He even was coached by Hurricanes super fan Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell in an all-star game. "After seeing Sean Spence and guys like that, Miami always was the favorite team, but I didn't get a Miami offer," Walker said. "You can only go to one college, so as long as I was able to get one offer, I was OK with it."

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Rich Cubs get even richer

Already in possession of baseball's best rotation, the Cubs added a major piece to improve their middle-of-the-pack bullpen in Aroldis Chapman.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Aroldis Chapman is in the Yankees clubhouse at Houston's Minute Maid Park, giving handshakes and hugs to his ex-teammates. He arrived in a golf cart through the hallways with none another than Alex Rodriguez. When Chapman first entered the clubhouse, Andy Pettitte, who is from nearby Deer Park, told Chapman he regretted that Chapman had been traded and wished him luck.

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Chapman se va a salvar juegos a Chicago

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