Chicago Bears rookie center Hroniss Grasu is one step close to making his first career NFL start.
Kris Bryant slugs his way to the top
Among rookies, Bryant led in RBIs by a wide margin and tied Joc Pederson in home runs. Expect 35-40 homers a season in his future, but he'll have to lower his strikeout rate to get there. Prospect award winners (Insider)
Tony Reali and the national panel cover Jake Arrieta being thrown at intentionally, the Louisville basketball scandal, how concerning the Matt Barnes/Derek Fisher fight should be and more.
Fuller among nation's top skill players
Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl drafted the top skill players in the nation. Notre Dame WR Will Fuller was a top-10 pick. Were any other Irish players selected? Top 20 (Insider)
Dan Le Batard, Papi and Bomani Jones discuss the Pirates-Cubs bench clearing game, the Dolphins firing the defensive coordinator, the Derek Fisher /Matt Barnes conflict and Frank Thomas joins the show.
Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer
Joe Maddon announced a little surprise in his rotation as 2nd yr player Kyle Hendricks will start Gm.2 of the NLDS in St.Louis. Jon Lester has gm 1, Jake Arrieta takes gm 3. Jason Hammel could be the gm 4 starter if he isn't used up in the bullpen before then.
Did Jose Abreu disappoint in 2015?
While Abreu was still good this season, he regressed quite a bit from his utter domination in 2014. Is he still worth an early fantasy draft pick? Early top 25 in 2016 (Insider)
Sean Rodriguez tweeted an apology for his actions in Wednesday night's bench-clearing scuffle and added an apology to the cooler he pummeled in the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout after his ejection.
Commissioner Rob Manfred says reseeding playoff teams after the wild-card games is "an idea worth talking about" but added that postseason changes are unlikely.
Are you about to overdraft the Cubs?
Anthony Rizzo has been one of the NL's best first basemen for a couple years now. But Kris Bryant is a rookie, and, up until last year, Jake Arrieta was mostly subpar. Do all three deserve early fantasy draft picks? Early top 25 in 2016 (Insider)
Yadier Molina is on the St. Louis Cardinals roster for the NL division series against the Chicago Cubs and will play wearing a splint to protect a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Can Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah disprove the notion that they can't play together in Chicago? The star duo and coach Fred Hoiberg have high hopes.
ESPN MLB analyst Dan Shulman shares his thoughts on Jake Arrieta's performance against the Pirates, the atmosphere in Toronto, the upcoming Cubs-Cardinals matchup, if the Royals are still the best team in the postseason and more.
When the Pirates' Tony Watson plunked Cubs ace Jake Arrieta in Wednesday's NL wild-card game, the two teams nearly came to blows.
Who's your best bet?
Navy travels to South Bend this weekend to take on Notre Dame. The Midshipmen are getting 14.5 points in Vegas. Who is Phil Steele backing? Week 6 best bets (Insider)
Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer
Jay Cutler says it's been challenging dealing with all the injuries on offense, especially on offensive line. Bears may have to start rookie Hroniss Grasu at center on Sunday in Kansas City. Cutler says Grasu would be the youngest center he's ever worked with.
The fun-loving, homer-swatting, fist-pumping Cubs are more than ready for this moment, as quickly as it has come. Now are the Cardinals ready for the Cubs?
With the 2015 season in the books, Doug Padilla hands out some hardware (both good ... and bad) for the White Sox.
Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer
Bears are dangerously thin on the offensive line. Left tackle Jermon Bushrod, guard Patrick Omameh and right tackle Kyle Long did not participate in the open portion of practice on Thursday. Long is expected to play on Sunday, but it's not looking good for Bushrod and Omameh.
Five questions for Cubs-Cardinals NLDS
Tim Kurkjian says the health of St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina will loom large over who wins the series. Four other questions
Baseball fans converging on the city's downtown for the playoffs series between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs can expect a beefed-up police presence, St. Louis' police chief pledged Thursday