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Arrieta improves to 6-0 as Cubs shut down Pirates (1:19)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

At the beginning of the season, FiveThirtyEight.com projected the Cubs to win 96 games with a +138 run differential. After beating the Pirates 7-1 they're now at +89. With 137 games to go. They're 19-6 ... that's 123-win pace.

two QBs offer coaching potential

Using Schlabach's top 25, our college football writers chose a player from each team who they think could fill the role as head coach. Matt Fortuna had a hard time deciding between DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire, who he says are neck-and-neck in their understanding of the game and in their leadership abilities. Coach 'em up

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Nothing about Hanley Ramirez's home run to end Jose Quintana's scoreless streak at 20 1/3 IP and get the Red Sox on the board was Cellular, that was hit over 380 feet to right field.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

So Jake Arrieta has a 6-run lead. He's allowed 6 ER in his last 14 regular-season starts combined. How safe does this lead look?

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Reminded that Harry Caray used to say, "one more biscuit for breakfast and that's outta here" as Red Sox DH David Ortiz sends White Sox CF Austin Jackson back to the wall in deepest center in the Cell with a second-inning fly out.

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Arrieta getting it done at the plate (0:26)

What could Prior have accomplished?

We tapped a panel of more than 60 ESPN experts to pick the top 25 instances of unfulfilled potential in sports. What could Mark Prior have accomplished if arm problems hadn't got in the way? The Could-Have-Beens

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Tonight's battle between the Red Sox and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field should be played under cloudy skies as temps drop into the low 50s, but if it goes long or into extras, late thunder storms could make things interesting.

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White Sox to release Danks on Thursday

Chicago will end the John Danks' 10-year run with the Sox after he dropped his first four starts this season. The Sox are responsible for the remaining portion of Danks' $14.25M salary this year, a little more than $11.9M.

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Injuries drastically cut Williams' career

We tapped a panel of more than 60 ESPN experts to identify the top 25 instances of unfulfilled potential in sports. What could have Jay Williams potentially accomplished had he not suffered traumatic injuries after his NBA rookie season? The Could-Have-Beens

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Javy Báez doing his part to convince Jake Arrieta to play for Team Puerto Rico in the WBC. Arrieta's paternal grandfather was born and raised in PR.

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Is bad blood good for baseball? (2:14)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon explains why Kris Bryant is in right tonight behind Jake Arrieta after playing in left in the wild card game. Jorge Soler bats second. Maddon explains that decision as well.

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Pau Gasol, con 'opciones tentadoras' de cara a la agencia libre

Después de haber pasado sus dos últimas temporadas en Chicago Bulls, el internacional español se plantea cambiar de ciudad en el que podría ser su último gran contrato como profesional. Leer

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Chicago es dueña y señora de los Power Rankings

Los Cachorros se ratificaron a la cabeza del Power Ranking semanal de ESPNDeportes.com, que vio a sus vecinos Medias Blancas ascender hasta el segundo lugar. Leer

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Ryan Kalish grateful for another opportunity (0:49)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After dealing with injuries yet again and taking 2015 off Ryan Kalish is back with the Cubs taking Matt Szczur's (hamstring) place on the roster.