Last year's NLCS was billed as a battle between the Mets' arms and the Cubs' bats, but it's Chicago's pitching that stands out as the teams meet again.
How good is Darius Slay?
The Lions' top cornerback has made a name for himself the past two years. Is he now the best corner in the NFC North? Dan Graziano explores.
White Sox follow formula in win
First baseman Todd Frazier, 2B Brett Lawrie and 3B Tyler Saladino all hit home runs in the White Sox's 9-6 win on Wednesday. It was the 12th time in team history that each of Chicago's starting “basemen” have homered in the same game, the Elias Sports Bureau reports. The ChiSox have won all 12 of those games.
Veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival and forward Brandon Mashinter agreed to 1-year deals with the Blackhawks.
Eric Karabell predicts the big fantasy X factors for the Bears, Vikings, Packers and Lions.
Kris Bryant's 5-for-5 game, pitchers playing the outfield and more from the Cubs' week.
Brandon Hyde answers questions about what happens after a hit, interactions with opposing first basemen, who punches the hardest and more.
Cubs infield an All-Star-worthy group
As it stands, Chicago's entire infield is still in line to start for the NL in the All-Star game. The group has been among the best in baseball offensively, as they showed against the Reds on Wednesday.
Wednesday's longest home runs
Miguel Cabrera cracks the list yet again, as his 451-foot blast on Wednesday was his fourth homer of at least 450 feet this season. Jake Lamb's 442-foot shot was his ninth home run in June.
As they enter New York to face the Mets for the first time since being swept in last year's NLCS, the Cubs aren't dwelling on the past.
Bills coach Rex Ryan, who said he was surprised by his father's death Tuesday, told The MMQB that Buddy Ryan was "one tough son of a gun."
ESPN writers put young cornerback Darius Slay up there with Green Bay's Sam Shields when citing the league's top ballhawks.
Dan Szymborski presents the new and improved Future Ranks, looking at how each team sets up for the next five years, plus an MVP over the span and the year it has the best chance to win a title.
Jimmy Butler had a feeling that he or Derrick Rose would be traded from the Chicago Bulls. But now that Rose is gone, Butler isn't sure he's staying.
Multiple teams interested in free agent Joakim Noah have all but conceded that the Knicks are his runaway preferred destination, sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Fun with Todd Frazier facts! He hit his 22nd home run and is on pace for 46. He's also hitting .202 with just six doubles. Only one player -- Mark Reynolds -- has hit 30-plus HRs while batting under .200. And the fewest doubles for a 40-homer guy was Harmon Killebrew's 11. It's shaping up as an all-time oddball season for Frazier.
The clock is ticking for contending teams to improve and non-contenders to acquire future assets. Jim Bowden breaks down each team's objective.
James Shields broke out of a slump with 6 2/3 innings against one of baseball's worst lineups, helping the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-6 on Wednesday night.