CHICAGO Teams

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.

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Chargers get O-line help in new mock

It's never too early to start looking at the next draft. Todd McShay has the Chargers selecting Notre Dame product Mike McGlinchey, cousin of Atlanta QB Matt Ryan, with their first-round pick in his first 2017 mock draft. Way-too-early 2017 mock draft (Insider)

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Arrieta's stats are ludicrous, and Dallas Braden can't even handle it (2:51)
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Whitehair is a 'plug-and-play starter'

Mel Kiper Jr. sees Cody Whitehair as an instant starter for Chicago. He has plenty of experience at tackle, but the Bears should kick the rookie inside for now. Kiper: Impact rookies (Insider)

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Stephen A.: Barkley's no softy, but he's no Oakley (1:52)
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Wednesday's longest home runs

Nelson Cruz's upper-deck shot to dead center in Oakland traveled 446 feet, leading the way on a day filled with plenty of 400-foot-plus homers.

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Did You Know: Cubs and White Sox on top (0:18)
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MLB-best Cubs and Nationals set to face off (1:59)
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Buchholz finds something in win over White Sox (2:00)
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Ortiz: The guys are making this ride very fun (2:04)
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McCutchen can't quite haul in this fly ball (0:21)
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Cubs complete dominant sweep of Pirates

In what was viewed as a meeting of division contenders, the Cubs outscored the Pirates 20-5 in an impressive road sweep of their NL Central rival.