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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs scored six runs in the first inning off of Michael Wacha plating as many in one inning as they did in their previous three games combined.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Todd Frazier on Chris Sale: "Those lanky guys will get you. His arm just spins every which way and – boom! -- it's 96 or 89. He's mixing his speeds really well this year. That's the sign of a great pitcher."

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WATCH: Cubs (29-14) at Cardinals (24-21)

Despite losing six of their last eight games, the Cubs (29-14) still have the best record in baseball as they look to get back in the win column when they take on Michael Wacha and the Cardinals. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Robin Ventura on getting to watch Chris Sale pitch : "There is a guilty pleasure to it."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Video: Jason Heyward returns to the Cubs lineup after missing the last few days with a hip contusion.

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs-Cardinals rivalry even divides families in some of the nearby states, including Arkansas:

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Illinois is a border state. The southern portion typically pulls for the Cardinals while the north goes for the Cubs or, sometimes, White Sox:

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs and Cardinals draw a lot of fans from neighboring states. Several of them, including Indiana, are contested turf:

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Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer 

Even people born and raised in St. Louis are starting to get nervous this could be the year of the Cubs:

Cubs' top prospects gaining attention

SS Gleyber Torres had a slow start in April, but has garnered attention after hitting .320/.363/.533 so far in May. And while C Willson Contreras is considered by many to be a poor framer, it's an issue that can sometimes be corrected by good coaching, writes Keith Law. Law: Top 25 MLB prospects (Insider)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon told the Cubs flagship radio station Jason Heyward would return tonight after missing most of the last four games with a contusion on his right side after making a diving catch against San Francisco on Friday. Heyward did not look limited during batting practice on Monday.

Baines to rep White Sox at draft

Former White Sox DH/OF Harold Baines will represent the team at this year's MLB draft. Baines spent 14 of his 22 years in the majors with Chicago and was named to four AL All-Star teams in his time with the Sox.

Lilly to rep Cubs at draft

Former Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly will represent the team at this year's MLB draft. Lilly spent four years with the Cubs from 2007-10 and was named to the NL All-Star team in '09.

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Olney: How Fowler became a switch-hitter

In his Tuesday column, Buster Olney details how messing around in the batting cages one day in 2005 led Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler to take up switch-hitting. Olney's blog (Insider)

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Is Jeremy Langford ready to replace Matt Forte?

The Bears will have a new lead running back, but fans should temper expectations for Jeremy Langford, who started just two games last season.

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