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Cubs complete dominant sweep of Pirates

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

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

He's getting overlooked due to Jake Arrieta's incredible start to the season but Jon Lester has been really good as well. After throwing 5.2 shutout innings on Wednesday against the Pirates his ERA is now 1.58. He artfully escaped a bases loaded no outs jam in the fourth and had another highlight reel play in the field throwing his entire glove with the ball in it to first base. He got the out.

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What if MJ had played straight through?

For all of Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame accomplishments, it's intriguing to consider what he might have added to his legacy during the seasons that he skipped. Best even better

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon gives an update on Jason Heyward who is missing his third game of the series against the Pirates due to a sore wrist.

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ESPN 300: Where the Big Ten stands

After signing a top-five class in 2016, Ohio State has take the lead in the Big Ten with the 2017 class.

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Shades of Bob Gibson for Jake Arrieta

By shutting out the Pirates over seven innings on Tuesday, Arrieta became the first pitcher since Gibson in his 1968 MVP season to maintain a sub-1.00 ERA over a 25-start span, per Elias Sports Bureau.

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Plenty of support for Jake Arrieta

As if Arrieta needed it, the Cubs' offense is at its best when the reigning NL Cy Young is on the mound. Chicago has scored 48 runs for Arrieta compared to the four he has allowed all season.