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Zobrist drives in four against Nationals (0:31)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After throwing 6 shutout innings on Thursday night against the Nationals starter Kyle Hendricks lowered the ERA of the Cubs starting staff to 2.12. That's tops in the majors breaking a tie with Washington. Both came in at 2.19 but Joe Ross gave up 2 runs while Hendricks kept them off the board.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Travis Shaw with a triple thanks to very generous scorekeeping. Austin Jackson was there in time at the warning track in deep center, but the ball clanked off his glove. Come on, this is the major leagues. That's an error. Let's see if it leads to a run.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Chicago Cubs OF Dexter Fowler was ejected from tonight's game against the Washington Nationals at the end of the third inning after arguing a high strike 3 call by home plate ump Vic Carapazza. It was the second time tonight Fowler went down looking, Joe Maddon picked up the argument after Fowler as the outfielder headed to the clubhouse. Jason Heyward took over in center after missing the last 3 games with a sore wrist.

Notre Dame has notable draft prospects

It's highly unlikely that both QBs Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer would leave, but it's hard to say which would depart early without knowing who is going to win the starting job. The rest of the group projects to mostly midround depth, though tackle Mike McGlinchey is one to watch. Teams with most 2017 draft talent (Insider)

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Nationals Manager Dusty Baker returns to a different looking Wrigley Field.

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4 first-place teams, all in Chicago

Tonight marks the first time in history that four first-place teams are playing in the same city at the same time: Nationals-Cubs and Red Sox-White Sox. (via Elias)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

First line from former Cubs manager Dusty Baker: "This is different than the old interview room."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs recent call up Ryan Kalish gets a surprise start on Thursday night against the Nationals. Out of baseball last year he was ready to play independent ball but the Cubs called and here he is.

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Winds keep blowing in Chicago's favor

It can't get much better for Chicago, where the Cubs and the White Sox are both among baseball's elite in several key categories this season.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs RF Jason Heyward is hopeful he can start tomorrow as he rehabs a sore wrist. He addressed reporters while a Mariachi band started playing in the clubhouse in honor of Cinco de mayo.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs called up relief pitcher Spencer Patton on Thursday after placing righty Neil Ramirez on the bereavement list. Patton pitched very well in spring training and then threw 10 scoreless innings for Triple-A Iowa earning 4 saves before coming up. He's available tonight versus Washington and will wear No. 40.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs OF Jason Heyward won't start his fourth consecutive game as he nurses a sore wrist. Heyward said it bothers him more in cold weather so maybe Friday he'll return. Temps are expected to be 20 degrees warmer than Thursday night. Recent call up Ryan Kalish will start in LF as Joe Maddon elects a defense first mindset with pitcher Kyle Hendricks on the mound. He pitches to contact. Backups Tommy La Stella and Tim Federowicz also are in the lineup.

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Grab the popcorn, this is gonna be good

Prepare for a battle of pitchers as the Cubs take on the Nationals in a four-game series starting Thursday. Chicago ranks first in all four of these pitching categories, while Washington is right on its heels at No. 2.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Cubs v. Nats. Two best records in baseball. Chicago's sweep in Pittsburgh was impressive, but so was Washington taking five of six in St. Louis and KC. Here's a fun fact: If the Nats manage to take 3 of 4 at Wrigley, then despite having managed nearly 5,000 combined games, Dusty Baker and Joe Maddon will have the same exact winning percentage (.528).

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Bears will need protection next year

Chicago selected five defensive players in the first six picks the team had at their disposal in the 2016 draft. Offensive lineman Roderick Johnson would fit the bill if the Bears decide they need offense in the next draft. Way-too-early 2017 mock draft (Insider)

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Johnson-Teixeira fight announced for July event

A light heavyweight matchup between title contenders Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira will take place on the main card of a UFC on Fox event in July.