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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo had no doubts about his home run on Friday though it hugged the foul pole in right and needed to be reviewed. His was just one of four the Cubs hit in an 8-6 win over the Nationals on Friday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist is on fire collecting his 6th career multi homer game on Friday as he's gone deep four times in the last three games. He helped the Cubs to an 8-6 win.

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Cubs' bats break out in win over Nationals

The Cubs got four home runs -- two from Ben Zobrist -- as their offense stepped up, carrying them to another win over the Nationals on Friday.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Cubs run differential now plus-98. That's the best by any team in the World Series era. Think about that. They're pretty good apparently

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs starter John Lackey struck out 11 in an 8-6 win over the Nationals on Friday. One of those 11 was his 2000th career strikeout.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon reminds everyone Wrigley Field plays two different ways. On Friday it played small as the wind blew out for the first time this season in a Cubs 8-6 win over Washington.

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Javier Baez's future should be now

Cubs manager Joe Maddon makes it a point to play everyone, but he should make sure Baez is on the field every day, Eric Karabell writes. Hitters who deserve more playing time (Insider)

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Lackey gets 11 K's including his 2000th career strikeout (0:33)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After completing seven innings on Friday John Lackey now has 24 starts of seven or more since the start of last season. Only Clayton Kershaw has more over that time frame.

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Five teams Tim Lincecum could end up with

Heading into Tim Lincecum's long-awaited pitching "showcase," David Shoenfield identifies five fits for the two-time Cy Young winner.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist just launched his second HR of the game and 4th in 3 days. It's his 6th multi homer game. The Cubs have hit 4 HR's off of Max Scherzer tying a career high for the pitcher. They lead the Nats big in the 5th.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist tied a career high by homering in 3 straight games accomplishing that feat for the first time since 2009. (ESPN Stats)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey reached a milestone with his 2000th strikeout when he got Jayson Werth of the Nationals looking in the fourth inning on Friday afternoon. He's the fifth active pitcher to accomplish the feat. (ESPN Stats)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist hit back to back home runs in the third inning off of Max Scherzer of the Nationals giving the Cubs three for the game and the lead in it. It's the 10th time in Scherzer's career he's allowed three or more home runs in a game. He's given up four only once. (ESPN Stats)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs INF Tommy La Stella has doubled his career HR total already this year hitting his second of the season on Friday off former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. La Stella has been a find off the bench for Joe Maddon after an injury plagued year in 2015. He's hitting .357 after the second inning homer.

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Would the Angels trade Mike Trout?

With the loss of Garrett Richards to Tommy John surgery, it might be time for Los Angeles to consider trading star outfielder Mike Trout, David Schoenfield writes. Among teams with enough prospects to pull off a deal are the Dodgers, Cubs, Red Sox, Rangers and Rockies. Think the unthinkable

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Jon Lester, Cubs Pitcher

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester joins David Kaplan and Nick Friedell. He discusses the Cubs success so far and how this team compares to the Red Sox teams he was a part of.

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Bulls hold line on ticket prices

Chicago isn't increasing its season-ticket prices for the first time since the 2010-11 season, K.C. Johnson reports. The decision follows the Bulls' first season missing the playoffs since 2007-08. Chicago Tribune