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Chapman makes Cubs the team to beat in NL

With Aroldis Chapman, the Cubs have the NL's best bullpen. It doesn't make them World Series locks, but they are now clear favorites to get there.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs starter Jake Arrieta discuss his night on Monday against the Sox where one pitch changed everything,

White Sox top Cubs in walk-off fashion (1:23)
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19mJesse Rogers

Cubs took long, hard look at Aroldis Chapman

Cubs honcho Theo Epstein says talking to Aroldis Chapman about his suspension for domestic violence was one of many factors before making the deal.

Saladino the walk-off hero for White Sox (0:37)
Cabrera robs Bryant of a homer (0:31)
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4hJ.A. Adande

Carmelo Anthony is bringing discourse back

Carmelo Anthony can't pinpoint what pressed him into action, but the NBA star is now front and center of a national crisis, J.A. Adande writes. And we're all better for it.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch more of Cubs reliever Hector Rondon discuss the addition of Aroldis Chapman to the bullpen.

How does Chapman help the Cubs? (0:44)
Rondon fine with Cubs' acquisition of Chapman (1:08)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Hector Rondon discuss losing his closer's job to Aroldis Chapman who the Cubs traded for on Monday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs catcher David Ross discuss the addition of Aroldis Chapman to the team.

Lineup: White Sox (48-50) vs. Cubs (59-38)

  • 1. Adam Eaton, RF (L)
  • 2. Tim Anderson, SS (R)
  • 3. Melky Cabrera, LF (S)
  • 4. Jose Abreu, 1B (R)
  • 5. Justin Morneau, DH (L)
  • 6. Todd Frazier, 3B (R)
  • 7. J.B. Shuck, CF (L)
  • 8. Dioner Navarro, C (S)
  • 9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (R)
  • SP: Miguel Gonzalez, RHP
  • Daily notes

Lineup: Cubs (59-38) at White Sox (48-50)

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


Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

New Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman said he is "sad" to leave the Yankees, but winning a championship with the Cubs could be very special for him. Chapman reiterated he would be open to signing a new contract with the Yankees as a free agent. Yankees translator Marlon Abreu delivered Chapman's thoughts.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern All-Big Ten LB Anthony Walker had season tickets to Miami games growing up and hoped to play for the U. He even was coached by Hurricanes super fan Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell in an all-star game. "After seeing Sean Spence and guys like that, Miami always was the favorite team, but I didn't get a Miami offer," Walker said. "You can only go to one college, so as long as I was able to get one offer, I was OK with it."


All eyes will be on Alshon Jeffery

Health has often been a concern for Jeffery, but it will be even more crucial this year as he plays on the franchise tag and seeks a long-term payday. Injury questions

Hector Rondon's fantasy value after the Aroldis Chapman trade (0:37)