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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After plenty of rain lately in Pittsburgh AccuWeather forecast calls for a clear evening for Game 1 between the Cubs and Pirates on Monday. Game time temp should be around 66 degrees.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward is getting the night off in the series opener between the first place Cubs and second place Pirates on Monday. Heyward went 0 for 17 on the just completed home stand. He's healthy but might need the breather. Matt Szczur starts in his place in right field while Kris Bryant is in left. Tommy La Stella gets another start at third base.

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Top stats to know: Cubs-Pirates

A look at the top stats to know as the first-place Cubs and second-place Pirates face off for the first time since last season's NL Wild Card game.

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Mel Kiper Jr, NFL Draft Analyst

ESPN NFL Draft Analyst, Mel Kiper Jr, joined Carmen and Jurko. He analyzed the Bears selections in the draft, and looked at the other major story lines from the weekend.

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Bears earn high marks

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