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Jon Lester, Cubs Pitcher

Cubs pitcher, Jon Lester, joins David Kaplan and Nick Friedell. He discusses the Cubs success so far, and how this team compares to the Red Sox teams he was a part of.

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Bulls hold line on ticket prices

Chicago isn't increasing its season-ticket prices for the first time since the 2010-11 season, K.C. Johnson reports. The decision follows the Bulls' first season missing the playoffs since 2007-08. Chicago Tribune

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon believes he loses little when he gives Addison Russell the day off in favor of Javier Baez who starts at short for the Cubs on Friday.

Cubs' pitching leads the way

Following Kyle Hendricks' six shutout innings against Washington on Thursday, Chicago's starting rotation has an MLB-best 2.12 ERA -- the second-lowest ERA through 27 games in franchise history, per Elias Sports Bureau.

  • 1918 - 2.05 ERA, 17-10 W-L record
  • 2016 - 2.12, 21-6
  • 1985 - 2.14, 18-9
  • 1963 - 2.14, 16-11

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4hDavid Schoenfield

Five teams where Tim Lincecum could end up

Heading into Tim Lincecum's long-awaited pitching "showcase," David Shoenfield identifies five fits for the two-time Cy Young winner.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward is back in the starting lineup for the Cubs on Friday as is Javier Baez who starts at SS. Heyward was nursing a sore wrist, Addison Russell gets a day off. Tommy La Stella is also in there after a 3-hit night on Thursday as the Cubs face Max Scherzer with John Lackey on the mound for the home team.

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4hBuster Olney

Cubs already looking like the 1998 Yankees

The 2016 Cubs, like the 1998 Yankees, are making their at-bats count and feasting on weak opponents, and they haven't necessarily hit full stride yet.

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Winners in the windy city

With the AL Central-leading White Sox hosting the AL East-leading Red Sox and NL East-leading Nationals visiting the NL Central-leading Cubs on Thursday, Chicago was the place to be for first-place teams.

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Biggest remaining holes for all 32 teams

The Colts still need depth behind RB Frank Gore, and the Bucs could use a receiver opposite Mike Evans. Football Outsiders analyzes the biggest post-draft needs for every team.

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12hJesse Rogers

Cubs' Ben Zobrist is happy right where he is

Ben Zobrist had several offseason suitors, but coming home to Illinois and reuniting with Joe Maddon in the Cubs' hot start is feeling just right.

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Chris Sale more confident now than ever (1:56)
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Red Sox go deep three times in win over White Sox (0:28)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist drove in 4 runs on Thursday helping the Cubs to a 5-2 win over the Nationals as he moved into second place on team in RBI.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Dexter Fowler explains why he got kicked out of Thursday's game against Nationals after striking out looking for the second time. He didn't like the strike zone of ump Vic Carapazza who tossed him.

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Cubs win showdown with Nats (1:11)
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Zobrist drives in four against Nationals (0:31)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After throwing 6 shutout innings on Thursday night against the Nationals starter Kyle Hendricks lowered the ERA of the Cubs starting staff to 2.12. That's tops in the majors breaking a tie with Washington. Both came in at 2.19 but Joe Ross gave up 2 runs while Hendricks kept them off the board.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Travis Shaw with a triple thanks to very generous scorekeeping. Austin Jackson was there in time at the warning track in deep center, but the ball clanked off his glove. Come on, this is the major leagues. That's an error. Let's see if it leads to a run.