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Cubs have assembled a fearsome trio

With Aroldis Chapman now in tow, the back end of the Cubs' bullpen figures to be an absolute nightmare for opponents.

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Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman's photo/video session for the Wrigley Field scoreboard

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Blue Jays are pursuing Rich Hill of the A's as they still are planning on making what I think is a major mistake by moving their best starter Aaron Sanchez to the bullpen at some point in the 2nd half. Hill is scheduled to start Sunday for Oakland if blister is ok to go. Tick tock tick tock deadline Monday 4pm et

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Javier Baez says he's fine after fouling a ball off his leg last night. There's a little light bruising but he's in the lineup playing second base today for the Cubs.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has emphasized the importance of Carlos Beltran to this year's team. Girardi said the other day it is difficult to take any team's best hitter off a club and expect similar results. It is becoming increasingly clear that some decision-makers in the organization look at trading Beltran as essentially waving the white flag.

'Rookie of the Year' returns to Wrigley

Thomas Ian Nicholas threw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field Thursday, 23 years after starring in the film "Rookie of the Year."

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Padres and Marlins have confirmed with me that the final deal is: Marlins get Andrew Cashner, Colin Rea, Tyler Guerrero and Padres get: Josh Naylor, Jose Castillo, Jarred Cosart and Carter Capps pending medicals/physicals.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

No time to reacclimatize to the big leagues for the Cubs' Chris Coghlan. Here are his thoughts about what he'll bring as the leadoff hitter in today's game against Seattle.

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Boston should trade for Ryan Braun

ESPN's David Schoenfield says the Red Sox could just slug their way to a pennant.

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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

One major downside to saying offers for your players are scant, as the Reds have w/Jay Bruce: Your hand is revealed to interested teams.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Coghlan will be back with the Cubs today after completing a stint at Triple-A Iowa. Tommy LaStella is headed to Iowa to open a spot on the 25-man roster. Coughlan is in the lineup today, slated to leadoff.

Fan gets souvenir, smooch from d'Arnaud

Chase d'Arnaud couldn't reach a foul ball but got up close and personal with a fan in the first row.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Scratch one more team from the pursuit of Jonathan Lucroy. Sources say the Tigers are now out of that derby.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Indians could pursue a deal for Andrew Miller, or Jonathan Lucroy -- and presumably, ask from NYY, MIL would be on some of same players.