CHICAGO Teams

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

We're through five quick innings and the Cubs righty-loaded lineup still hasn't managed a hit against Seattle lefty Wade Miley. Chicago's Jake Arrieta has been nearly as sharp, so we've got a scoreless pitcher's duel on our hands.

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Joe Maddon reconsidering Cubs' starter for Sunday

Kyle Hendricks is penciled in to start Sunday (on ESPN) against the Mariners, but Joe Maddon is considering a change to give his starter extra rest.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mariners have sandwiched a couple of singles around a double play against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, who has been intent on establishing his fastball early. Arrieta went with the hard stuff on 83 percent of his pitches to the first 12 Seattle hitters.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Nobody is getting good swings so far today against the Cubs' Jake Arrieta or the Mariners' Wade Miley. Sixteen batters, no hits, six strikeouts all told. Only batter to get on base was Seattle's Leonsys Martin, who reached on a strike three wild pitch in the first.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears OLB Willie Young is all-smiles after signing a two-year extension late Friday night. Young said he was never consumed with the idea of an extension, but thanked the Bears organization for believing in him following a ruptured Achilles' tendon injury at the end of 2014. Young finished second on the team with 6.5 sacks last season.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mariners are now 1-for-11 with RISP in their first 10 innings vs. Cubs pitchers.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't go penciling in Kyle Hendricks to start against the Mariners Sunday night. When asked during his pregame media session Saturday if he was considering mixing in a sixth starter that push the rest of the rotation back a day, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, "It is subject to change, yes." However, Maddon added that the Cubs weren't ready to announce anything but if it happens, the turn would be taken by a pitcher already in the organization.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon explains why he's got Cubs infielder Javier Baez batting clean-up today, but it can be summed up by Baez's slash-line against lefties: .377/.448/.597. His 1.046 OPS against southpaws ranks 17th among MLB qualifiers.

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Outlook on Kyle Long's calf strain is positive

Bears GM Ryan Pace said Kyle Long is coming along, and the Pro Bowl lineman wasn't in the walking boot on Saturday that he sported the past two days.

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Cubs manager Joe Maddon talking about his decision to give Anthony Rizzo the day off.

Lineup: Cubs (62-40) vs. Mariners (51-50)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  • 3. Ben Zobrist, LF (S)
  • 4. Javier Baez, 2B (R)
  • 5. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 6. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 7. Willson Contreras, 1B (R)
  • 8. Addison Russell, C (R)
  • 9. Jake Arrieta, RHP (R)
Daily notes

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is giving Anthony Rizzo the day off against Mariners lefty Wade Miley. Javier Baez will bat clean-up, the first time in his career he's starting a game in that lineup slot. Has been swinging well lately.

ESPN Stats & Info

Friday's Top 5 longest homers

The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez makes our list for the second time in just over a week with his MLB-best eighth homer of 440 feet or further Friday night. Jose Bautista's blast against the Orioles led the way.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Alineación de Marineros en Chicago

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Injured Bears RG Kyle Long (calf) is watching practice without the walking boot he's sported the last two days. GM Ryan Pace just told reporters the news is "positive" regarding Long's left calf strain. The injury is not serious.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears general manager Ryan Pace confirms that Willie Young has signed a two-year extension. Pace says the two sides worked late into the night to get the deal done.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears rookie Leonard Floyd - the ninth overall pick in '16 NFL draft - is back on the practice field after missing two days due to illness. RG Kyle Long remains sidelined with a left calf strain.

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