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Final: Marlins 2, Cubs 1

Marlins RHP Tom Koehler and the bullpen held the Cubs to just 1 run as Miami took the first game of the series in Chicago. Miami 1B Justin Bour homered for the fourth straight game in the win -- all 4 games Miami has won. Box score

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Cubs strand tying run, still trail

Kris Bryant walked and stole second, but Miguel Montero and Chris Denorfia struck out to end the 8th inning. Chicago enters the 9th trailing Miami 2-1. Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

Travis Wood lets young SS off hook

The lefty reliever earned a crucial bases-loaded strikeout to keep the Cubs' deficit at 2-1. Earlier in the at-bat, Addison Russell collided with Kris Bryant on an easy pop fly, allowing the ball to fall in foul territory. Live on ESPN2 & WatchESPN

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Cubs answer back in 1st

3B Kris Bryant lined a two-out double to deep left, and scored on the very next pitch when C Miguel Montero singled to right. Chicago and Miami are knotted at 1-1 entering the 2nd inning. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Watch: Marlins at Cubs

Chicago finished a road sweep of the Mets on Thursday, but is still just 9-for-65 with runners in scoring position over its last 9 games. Miami, meanwhile, has surprisingly gone 4-1 since losing Giancarlo Stanton. Live on ESPN2, WatchESPN

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Cubs look to get offense going at Wrigley

The Chicago Cubs have struggled offensively at home. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo look to turn things around Friday against the Marlins.

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How the Cubs landed Addison Russell

This weekend last year, the Cubs got the prospect from the A's. Said Theo Epstein: "[Billy] Beane and I re-connected sometime in mid-June and he said he wouldn't do Russell for just [Jeff] Samardzija. He asked if there was a way to get Samardzija without Russell? We said no." Then what?

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Rogers: How the Cubs landed Addison Russell

As the anniversary of what could be one of the great trades in Cubs history nears, revisit the process leading up to the July 4, 2014 deal that brought Addison Russell to Chicago.

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Full day of MLB on ESPN

Get a jump on your holiday weekend with a full slate of games today:

  • 2:10 p.m. ET: Marlins at Cubs (ESPN2)
  • 6 p.m. ET: Giants at Nationals (ESPN)
  • 10 p.m. ET: Mets at Dodgers (ESPN)

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Rapid Reaction: Cubs 6, Mets 1

For the fourth time in franchise history, the Cubs completed a season sweep of five games or more, allowing one run in the series over 29 innings.

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Cubs sweep Mets in series, season series

Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta dazzled in the 6-1 win today, striking out 7 and walking 0 through 8 innings. The Cubs swept the the season series vs. the Mets, and Jacob deGrom earned his first day-game loss. Box score

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Thursday's Mets-Cubs lineups

Here are the lineups for the series finale between the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

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Who is baseball's best manager?

ESPN surveyed 50 scouts, front-office executives, coaches and media analysts in a multitude of categories, and no manager ranked higher overall than the Giants' Bruce Bochy.

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs30524th
Batting Average.24225th
On Base Percentage.31714th
Slugging Percentage.38222nd
Earned Run Average3.385th
Quality Starts3920th
WHIP1.171st
BAA.2363rd

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