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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs manager Joe Maddon discuss why Willson Contreras is sitting and Miguel Montero is batting fifth on Wednesday against the White Sox.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mets people say other teams are still asking for the moon in trade proposals. Perhaps there will be more progress this weekend, they speculate, once teams get more reasonable.

Katie Strang 

Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez was not available to pitch today because he was back home tending to a personal matter. According to manager Brad Ausmus, he will be back by Friday's game vs. HOU.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Jay Bruce homers 5th straight game 25th of year at perfect time for selling Cincinnati Reds. Best fits include: Orioles, Dodgers, Mariners, Indians.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is apparently not sentimental when it comes to birthdays. Alex Rodriguez turned 41 on Wednesday, but did not get a spot in the lineup against righty Lance McCullers. It is not a surprise as Girardi planned to DH Carlos Beltran all three games here in Houston. It is the fifth game in a row Rodriguez has been benched.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs catcher discuss hitting 5th on Wednesday against the White Sox. It's his third start batting fifth in the order this season.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Boxer Carl Frampton, 22-0, chats with James Loney in the home dugout during Mets batting practice at Citi Field. Frampton is fighting for the featherweight championship Saturday at Barclays Center.

Katie Strang 

Tigers sweep Red Sox with 4-3 win on Wednesday, improve to 54-48.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is shaking up the back end of his lineup a little bit. Struggling outfielder Jason Heyward is batting seventh for the first time this season while .200 hitter Miguel Montero will move up to fifth. The Cubs have slumped on offense over the past four games as they take on the White Sox tonight.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Don't ignore Stephen Strasburg in the NL Cy Young race. He's now 14-1 with a 2.68 ERA and while voters don't weigh wins as much as they used to, 14-1 does stand out. My biggest knock on him is he's pitched 8 innings just twice. But he's pitched fewer than 6 just once (5.1) and he is eighth in the NL in innings.

Katie Strang 

Tiger starter Michael Fulmer exits the game in the eighth inning after surrendering the tying run. Bruce Rondon, who had a stellar outing last night, on to pitch now. Tigers have voiced concern about his inconsistency. This will be a pretty good test for him here.

Bradford Doolittle @bbdoolittle

The wind is currently blowing in at Wrigley Field, which is good for the pitchers and good for sweaty sports writers in the press box.

Pedro Gomez MLB 

.@cubs OF Jason Heyward getting extra work in today, early afternoon, at Wrigley with hitting coach John Mallee.


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Some of the teams evaluating Andrew Cashner look at him for a swingman role -- rotation if needed, or bullpen if needed.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, the promising third prospect acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade, has undergone labrum surgery. Becerra was hitting .312/.341/.393 in 65 games with Class A St. Lucie.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Jose Reyes says he hopes the strained intercostal muscle on his left side only sidelines him for a short period. He injured it swinging on a comebacker to the pitcher in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader. Wilmer Flores will handle third base for the time being.