CHICAGO Teams

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Shayne Gostisbehere, Connor McDavid and Artemi Panarin named finalists for the Calder Trophy, NHL's rookie of the year. Panarin topped my ballot. Only way he doesn't win is if voters hold age and KHL time against him.

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McCutchen goes yard in first inning (0:20)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Dave O'Brien, Dallas Braden and Eduardo Pérez have today one the best views in baseball. Monday Night Baseball: Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Cubs GM Theo Epstein on both Chicago teams having MLB's best records: "Chicago fans more than deserve for both teams to be doing well. Not that we spend a lot of time rooting for them, but I'm glad they're doing well."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs are averaging six runs per game and a big reason why is they're drawing a lot of walks. They've walked in 13.5 percent of their plate appearances, something only 10 qualified hitters accomplished in 2015. The Cubs, however, don't lead the majors in OBP. That's their opponent tonight, the Pirates, who lead .375 to .359.

Ozzie nos cuenta lo bien que va Chicago

Los dos equipos de Chicago, Cachorros y Medias Blancas, se combinan para 35 victorias y 14 derrotas y encabezan sus respectivas divisiones. Mirar

Ozzie nos cuenta lo bien que va Chicago

Los dos equipos de Chicago, Cachorros y Medias Blancas, se combinan para 35 victorias y 14 derrotas y encabezan sus respectivas divisiones. Mirar

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon will rest Jason Heyward the next two nights as he has a sore right wrist. He is available off the bench.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward has a sore right wrist keeping him out of the lineup after going 0 for 17 on the last home stand. It's not a serious injury, per Joe Maddon.

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Lamarr Houston's hate for Aaron Rodgers is real (1:07)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Joe Maddon's T-Shirt Collection - All sales benefit his RESPECT 90 Foundation: "The Process is Fearless", "Embrace the Target", "Do Simple Better" and Busch Stadium favorite "Try Not to Suck"

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Jaylon and Zeke's special bond (0:25)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist has never played at PNC park. He came here with the Rays in 2007 but before taking the field Joe Maddon informed him he was being sent down.

ESPN Stats & Info

Sale showing big potential

Chris Sale is 6-0 with a 1.66 ERA through May 1. The last leftie to start 6-0 through that stretch of time was Randy Johnson in 2002, which turned out to be a Cy Young Award year for the Big Unit.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After plenty of rain lately in Pittsburgh AccuWeather forecast calls for a clear evening for Game 1 between the Cubs and Pirates on Monday. Game time temp should be around 66 degrees.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Heyward is getting the night off in the series opener between the first place Cubs and second place Pirates on Monday. Heyward went 0 for 17 on the just completed home stand. He's healthy but might need the breather. Matt Szczur starts in his place in right field while Kris Bryant is in left. Tommy La Stella gets another start at third base.

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Will Cubs-Pirates bad blood continue tonight? (0:29)
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Top stats to know: Cubs-Pirates

A look at the top stats to know as the first-place Cubs and second-place Pirates face off for the first time since last season's NL Wild Card game.

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Mel Kiper Jr, NFL Draft Analyst

ESPN NFL Draft Analyst, Mel Kiper Jr, joined Carmen and Jurko. He analyzed the Bears selections in the draft, and looked at the other major story lines from the weekend.

White Sox wind up two spots higher

Chicago moves from No. 6 to No. 4 in the rankings this week. The acquisition of Todd Frazier makes GM Rick Hahn look smarter and smarter everyday. Week 4 Power Rankings

Cubs stay No. 1

Chicago remains the king of the rankings this week. But you'd be surprised at which pitcher on the North Side leads the team in ERA. Week 4 Power Rankings

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Bears save money, get younger with Rolle's release (1:51)