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Five things we learned Wednesday: Where's Bryce?

Why is Bryce Harper getting a mental day off when the Nationals are facing the division-rival Mets? We question Dusty Baker in our Wednesday survey.

Freese's two-run shot gives Pirates the edge (0:25)
Healthy Kevin White shines at Bears' OTA practice (1:45)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Video: Kris Bryant hit a big 3-run HR in the Cubs 9-8 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Video: Jake Arrieta on his rough outing. He won but only lasted five innings giving up four runs for the first time since last June.

Bryant pads Cubs lead with three-run homer (0:24)
Chisenhall's triple plates two (0:27)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

It had been 384 days since Jake Arrieta had a Game Score as low or lower than his 40 today.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta has given up four earned runs for the first time since June 16 of last year, a span of 30 reg season starts. Cubs were up 6-1, now 6-4 over the Cardinals in the 4th.

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NBA Lockdown: Noah On The Way Out

Jorge Sedano, Amin Elhassan and Tom Haberstroh dissect Joakim Noah's announcement that he won't return to the Bulls and break down the most likely destination for him.

Proof that regular season records don't guarantee rings (0:44)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta gave up a first inning run on Wednesday for the first time since May 29, 2015. But the Cubs erased the 1-0 deficit to the Cardinals scoring six times in the second behind Ben Zobrist's two hits. He's batting .346 as he turns 35 tomorrow.

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Pace gets good marks in Year 2

In his second offseason at the helm in Chicago, Ryan Pace made some nice free-agent signings and added several rookies who should contribute early. Our panel approves. Offseason grades (Insider)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta takes the mound today seeking his 9th win while the Cubs are looking to tie a record streak of winning their 23rd straight reg season game when he takes the mound.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

In less than two years, the Bears have gone from the oldest roster in the NFL to one of the youngest. But are the Bears prepared for life without proven veterans such as Matt Forte and Matt Slauson? "Missing guys like Forte and Slauson, there are large voids to be filled," Kyle Long said. "But this team has been built on horizontal I don't think that will be an issue."


Jason Hammel, Cubs Pitcher

Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel joins Carmen and Jurko. He discusses his performance last night, the unwritten rules of the game and how this is the best team he's ever been on.

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Cubs a suitor for Andrew Miller?

If the Yankees decide to trade the dominant left-handed reliever this summer, Buster Olney expects the Cubs to show "significant interest," seeing as they are in win-now mode. Potential landing spots for Miller (Insider)

Cubs rally around org. member with trip

Since roving minor league consultant Mike Roberts lost his wife of 46 years prior to spring training, the Cubs have come together to support him. That includes taking him on their current road trip through San Francisco and St. Louis. "It's gotten me through, to be honest with you," Roberts said. "It's really gotten me through." Fox Sports