CHICAGO Teams

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Greeny: 'Space Jam' sequel will anger Jordan defenders (1:34)
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Is Nolan Arenado really that good? (4:09)
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Battle of struggling starters headlines Wednesday Night Baseball (1:35)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist was hit by a pitch on Monday by Kyle Lobstein not long after Starling Marte was nailed by Jason Hammel. The result was a warning to both benches.

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Cubs best Pirates in series opener (1:23)
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Ross: We have a lot of room to grow (0:57)
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Szczur steals home for Cubs (0:21)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs and Pirates were both issued warnings after players on both sides were hit by pitches in back to back innings on Monday. It resulted in the dugouts, along with Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, yelling at each other including Joe Maddon.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Szczur left Monday's game against the Pirates after his right hamstring tightened up on him.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second time in as many starts going back to last year the Cubs got to Pirates starter Gerrit Cole chasing him from the game early on Monday just as they did in the wild card affair last October when he lasted 5 innings. This time he couldn't get out of the fifth as the Cubs made him throw 105 pitches in 4.2.

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Ross' single gives Cubs breathing room (0:27)

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.