How good is Alshon Jeffery?

When he was on the field in 2015, Jeffery was nearly unstoppable. But health has always been a challenge. Is the Bears' top wideout one of the league's best? Dan Graziano answers.

A look into the future for Denzel Valentine (0:17)
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Why isn't Happ on Futures roster?

Ian Happ, who has raked for the Cubs' high-A and Double-A teams this year in his first full season in pro ball, is a big miss and belongs in the game ahead Jeimer Candelario, Keith Law writes. Law: Futures roster reaction (Insider)

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How did Fulmer make Futures roster?

Carson Fulmer, the White Sox's first-round pick last year, has a 5.28 ERA in Double-A with a lot of walks. Keith Law wonders why he was chosen to the United States' team. Law: Futures roster reaction (Insider)


That was then

A number of high-profile NBA players struck deals at the beginning of last year's free-agency period to remain with their teams. This year's period will begin at 12 a.m. ET Friday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Travis Wood and Hector Rondon would but unavailable on Wednesday afternoon after Tuesday's 15 inning win. He's hopeful he can get at least 7 innings out of starter Kyle Hendricks in order to rest the bullpen while the Cubs continue a stretch of 24 games without a day off.

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Cubs go with revolving door in left

In the latest example of Joe Maddon's creative managing strategies, six different Cubs, including three relief pitchers, appeared in left field on Tuesday.

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Javier Baez's slam among latest ever

By inning, Baez's grand slam in the 15th on Tuesday fell one frame short of tying Clyde Vollmer's record set in 1951 for latest in a game, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Rangers, Cubs waiting on Giants

Texas reached 50 wins on Monday, while Chicago hit the mark on Tuesday. San Francisco is stuck at 49 wins after two straight losses to Oakland. The Giants will have two more chances to make 2016 the first year with three teams at 50 wins before July 1 since 2003.

Cubs having special season (1:06)
Kanell: Sports has lost humility and class (1:06)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs reliever Travis Wood discusses playing left field and pitching in the Cubs 7-2, 15 inning win over the Reds on Tuesday.

Cubs beat Reds in 15 (1:47)

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon jokes it would have been nice if a ball was hit out to set up man Pedro Strop who was needed to play left field in the Cubs 15 inning win over the Reds on Tuesday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon discusses using 3 pitchers in left field on Tuesday night in a 15 inning 7-2 win over the Reds. Two of them actually pitched including Travis Wood who was the hero.