CHICAGO Teams

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Aroldis Chapman discuss, via translator Henry Blanco, the kind of reception he expects to get from Cubs fans.

Lineup: Cubs (59-39) at White Sox (49-50)

  • 1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  • 2. Kris Bryant, DH (R)
  • 3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  • 4. Ben Zobrist, LF (S)
  • 5. Addison Russell, SS (R)
  • 6. Jason Heyward, RF (L)
  • 7. Javier Baez, 2B (R)
  • 8. Miguel Montero, C (L)
  • 9. Tommy La Stella, 3B (L)
  • SP: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
  • Daily notes

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon says new reliever Aroldis Chapman is available to pitch tonight against the White Sox if needed.

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Hendricks quietly leading way for Cubs

While All-Stars Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester get most of the attention in Chicago, Kyle Hendricks has actually been the team's best starter in terms of ERA.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

New Cubs pitcher Aroldis Chapman signs autographs before his first game.

Lineup: White Sox (49-50) vs. Cubs (59-39)

  • 1. Adam Eaton, RF (L)
  • 2. Tim Anderson, SS (R)
  • 3. Melky Cabrera, LF (S)
  • 4. Jose Abreu, 1B (R)
  • 5. Justin Morneau, DH (L)
  • 6. Todd Frazier, 3B (R)
  • 7. J.B. Shuck, CF (L)
  • 8. Dioner Navarro, C (S)
  • 9. Tyler Saladino, 2B (R)
  • SP: James Shields, RHP
  • Daily notes

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The best returner of all time?

According to the stats, nobody in history has matched Devin Hester's return production, either on a career or year-by-year basis.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs pitcher Clayton Richard was DFA on Tuesday to make room for Aroldis Chapman on the roster. The hope is Richard clears waivers and can be further stretched out in the minors.

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Small chance White Sox trade Quintana

If Chris Sale is going to bring a lot more on the market -- even though Jose Quintana has arguably outpitched him this year -- then trade him and add much-needed depth to a team stuck in mediocrity, writes David Schoenfield. Untouchable players for all 30 teams

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Devin Hester told me "yes sir" when asked if he wants to continue his NFL career. He politely declined to discuss his release from the Falcons.

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Small chance Cubs trade Kyle Schwarber

What we know: The Cubs kept Schwarber while trading away top prospect Gleyber Torres. What we don't know: Did the Yankees decline Schwarber and demand Torres? Schoenfield: Untouchable players for all 30 teams

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bears, Bucs coach Lovie Smith on whether Devin Hester is a Hall of Famer: "Yes. Absolutely. When you are the best to ever play that position in the NFL, you should end up in the Hall of Fame. He changed the way the game was played." Hester, 33, was released by the Falcons Tuesday, and his immediate plans remain unclear.

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Sale projected to earn #MLBRank spot

Chris Sale's 2.95 ERA over 135 starts puts him in baseball's clear elite, writes Dan Szymborski. ZiPS projects him to earn over 200 wins if he's able to stay healthy. That number would warrant inclusion. #MLBRank: Future top 100 candidates

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals are still in the bullpen market, but balking at including Lucas Giolito, Trey Turner, Reynaldo Lopez in any deals, rival clubs report.

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Bryant projected to earn #MLBRank spot

The 24-year-old Kris Bryant, currently in his second MLB season, didn't make our all-time top-100 list. ZiPS projects him to hit 400 career home runs, notes Dan Szymborski. That number would warrant inclusion. #MLBRank: Future top 100 candidates

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Jed Hoyer, Cubs General Manager

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer joins David Kaplan and Jesse Rogers. He discusses the trade for Aroldis Chapman, working with the Yankees on the deal and improving the team.

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Sale for Moncada? No way! (1:24)
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Cubs, White Sox starters make their pitches

Kyle Hendricks' changeup has been a key to his success this season, while James Shields' fastball has helped him turn things around with the White Sox

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Cubs need Arrieta to find his groove again

The Cubs lost another of Jake Arrieta's starts, and poor run support isn't the only thing to blame. The right-hander has just one quality start in his last six outings, and that came after 10 days of rest. Five things we learned Monday

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Will Cubs fans embrace Chapman? (0:40)
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Cubs, Arrieta in uncharted territory

The Cubs have lost four straight Jake Arrieta starts and seven of 10 after they won 23 of his starts in a row. The last time Arrieta's team lost four of his starts consecutively was when he was with the Orioles in 2012, ESPN Stats & Info notes.

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Vote: Is Devin Hester a Hall of Famer?

There is no doubt Devin Hester is the greatest return man in NFL history, but is that enough to earn him a spot in Canton?

White Sox keep the good times rolling

With their ninth-inning rally to beat the Cubs on Monday, the White Sox became the first team with three straight walk-off wins since the Cardinals in May of 2015 and first team in the franchise's history to accomplish that same feat since 1962, the Elias Sports Bureau reports.

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AL teams win in style on Monday

The Rangers, Orioles and White Sox all won courtesy of some late-game heroics. Things were straightforward for Texas and Chicago, while Baltimore walked off on a fielding error by Colorado's pitcher in the 10th inning.