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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Aroldis Chapman is attempting his first, 4+ out save this season and ninth of his career as he ended the eighth inning by striking out Melky Cabrera with the tying run at third base and the Cubs leading the White Sox, 2-1. Chapman has struck out 3 of 4 batters he's faced as a newly acquired Cub.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

John Lackey out pitched Chris Sale on Thursday night giving up just a first inning run over his six innings of work. At one point he retired 10 in a row while striking out four and walking just one in the outing. He left leading 2-1.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Rowengartner back on the mound for the Cubs! Watch actor Thomas Ian Nicholas reprise his role from 1993's "Rookie of the Year" as he throws out the first pitch at Wrigley Field. Check out how Miguel Montero plays along.

Lineup: Cubs (60-40) vs. White Sox (50-51)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Ben Zobrist, RF (S)
  • 5. Willson Contreras, C (R)
  • 6. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 7. Javier Baez, 2B (R)
  • 8. Matt Szczur, LF (R)
  • 9. John Lackey, RHP
  • Daily notes

Lineup: White Sox (50-51) at Cubs (60-40)

  • 1. Adam Eaton, RF (L)
  • 2. Tim Anderson, SS (R)
  • 3. Melky Cabrera, LF (S)
  • 4. Jose Abreu, 1B (R)
  • 5. Todd Frazier, 3B (R)
  • 6. J.B. Shuck, CF (L)
  • 7. Dioner Navarro, C (S)
  • 8. Salvador Sanchez, 2B (R)
  • 9. Chris Sale, LHP
  • Daily notes

Bears offensive line is in flux

The interior of the Bears' O-line has some question marks. The expectation is Chicago will not have its starting five finalized until around the third exhibition game against Kansas City, writes Jeff Dickerson. Under-the-radar storylines

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs manager Joe Maddon discuss Aroldis Chapman and the notion that everyone has to build a relationship with him including Maddon.

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Survey: Who'd you want coaching your kid?

According to 23 Big 12 and SEC coaches surveyed by ESPN.com, five coaches would want their son to play for Oklahoma's Bob Stoops.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Rain expected at Wrigley Field this afternoon but it should move out by game time as the Cubs and Sox play their 2016 finale.

AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles

Jose Abreu unfazed by homer drought

Abreu hasn't hit a home run since June 23, but he isn't concerned about the lack of power. "The most important thing for me right now is to be comfortable at home plate and I am," Abreu said through a translator. "We have two more months, and I know the homers will be there." Chicago Sun-Times

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Cooper on Sale: 'Forgive and move on'

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is ready to welcome ace Chris Sale back from his suspension on Thursday with open arms. "With all of the time and conversations we've had with Chris, it's easy for me to forgive and move on," Cooper said. Chicago Tribune

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

It's no surprise Cubs manager Joe Maddon has elected to go with 8 righties in his lineup when his team takes on Chris Sale on Thursday night. Matt Szczur will start in left field while Ben Zobrist is in right. Anthony Rizzo is the lone lefty in the lineup as left handers are hitting just .189 off Sale this year. Righties are hitting .221.