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Grimm pulls off backwards catch on grounder (0:18)

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

43-pitch inning for Chris Sale in the third. Four. Three. Not a typo.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Two-out walk to Jose Ramirez bites Chris Sale as the Indians go up 2-1 after Mike Napoli's triple; Ramirez worked Sale for 10 pitches, getting three balls on sliders. Great AB with big repercussions.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Fun thing about Adam Eaton's fifth career lead off home run, I was talking to White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson about Eaton's power spike last season, and about how that's going to remain part of Eaton's game. Stay tuned.

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Diaz's one-handed backwards catch (0:22)

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Declining velocity? In the first inning, Chris Sale threw 11 fastballs, eight of them for 95 MPH or more.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Here at The Cell, Chris Sale will take the bump for the White Sox with a streak of 12 straight quality starts and six straight QS against the Indians.

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Grichuk just misses Ross' two-run double (0:34)

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.

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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

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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.

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)