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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

From last night: Jason Heyward discusses his wrist injury which is keeping him out of a second straight game on Tuesday. Kris Bryant plays right field, Jorge Soler is in left for the Cubs.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jake Arrieta starts at PNC Park tonight for the first time since shutting out the Pirates in the wild card game last October. He does not expect the best reception.

Cubs lead the way in April All-Stars

The Cubs own David Schoenfield's April All-Stars lineup, with three players making the cut -- 1B Anthony Rizzo, OF Dexter Fowler and RHP Jake Arrieta. Schoenfield: April All-Stars

Will Northwestern ever win a tourney game?

The Wildcats have infamously never even been to the NCAA tournament, much less won a game in it. They may be trending upward, but that doesn't mean they'll be dancing next March. Teams with tourney struggles (Insider)

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Bears found what they sought

Lamarr Houston led the Bears in sacks with just 8.0 last season, so they were in desperate need of a pass-rusher at the top of the draft. After nabbing Leonard Floyd, Chicago landed on Todd McShay's list of most improved teams. Most improved teams (Insider)

Cubs continue their amazing start

With their 7-2 win over the Pirates on Monday, the Cubs improved to 18-6 this year, their best start after 24 games since the World Series-winning team of 1907. Chicago's plus-83 run differential is tied for 4th-highest through 24 games in the modern era (since 1900), per Elias Sport Bureau.

  • 1902 Pirates - 92
  • 1905 Giants - 90
  • 2003 Yankees - 85
  • 2016 Cubs - 83
  • 1939 Yankees - 83

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Battle of struggling starters headlines Wednesday Night Baseball (1:35)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Zobrist was hit by a pitch on Monday by Kyle Lobstein not long after Starling Marte was nailed by Jason Hammel. The result was a warning to both benches.

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Cubs best Pirates in series opener (1:23)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs and Pirates were both issued warnings after players on both sides were hit by pitches in back to back innings on Monday. It resulted in the dugouts, along with Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, yelling at each other including Joe Maddon.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Szczur left Monday's game against the Pirates after his right hamstring tightened up on him.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second time in as many starts going back to last year the Cubs got to Pirates starter Gerrit Cole chasing him from the game early on Monday just as they did in the wild card affair last October when he lasted 5 innings. This time he couldn't get out of the fifth as the Cubs made him throw 105 pitches in 4.2.