Kang drills Russell at home to save run

Cubs LF Chris Denorfia doubled to center in the second, and 2B Addison Russell tried to score on the hit -- but Andrew McCutchen slid to stop the ball and threw to SS Jung Ho Kang, who launched a perfect bouncing throw home to end the inning. The Cubs lead 1-0. Follow live

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Jorge Soler's defense under scrutiny

It doesn't take a sabermetrics expert to understand Chicago Cubs right fielder Jorge Soler hasn't had the best of years on defense.

Did Cubs get it wrong at deadline?

A statistical model developed by the folks at FiveThirtyEight suggests the Cubs should have been sellers at the deadline. Instead, Chicago added veteran right-hander Dan Haren to its rotation. To buy or to sell?

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Wild-card berth for Cubs?

Dan Szymborski's projections show Chicago will finish third in the NL Central but hold off San Francisco to earn the league's No. 2 wild-card slot. Updated ZiPS playoff percentages (Insider)

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Rapid Reaction: Cubs washed out

The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates were rained out after two delays totaling 3:29.

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Pirates answer back in bottom of 3rd

Bucs RF Gregory Polanco doubled to deep right to score 1B Michael Morse as the Pirates tied it at 1 vs. the Cubs. They missed a chance to plate any more as Andrew McCutchen grounded out with men on second and third to end the inning. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

After long rain delay, Cubs strike first

Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo's RBI single in the top of the third scored 2B Addison Russell as Chicago takes the 1-0 lead in Pittsburgh. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN


Yeah, those clouds look angry

The Cubs and Pirates only got to the bottom of the second inning before rain came in and delayed the scoreless game in Pittsburgh at 7:46 p.m. ET. The series opener is still in a delay.

Catcher throws out runner at first (0:18)

Rain delay in Pittsburgh

The skies really opened up in the bottom of the second and play has been suspended. The Pirates and Cubs are scoreless.

Not this time, Cutch

Entering the game, 30 of 36 baserunners have stolen successfully off Jon Lester. But Cubs C David Ross threw out Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen at second to end the first and keep it scoreless heading into the second inning. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN


Watch: Cubs at Pirates, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

Get a glimpse of two teams battling for postseason positioning as Pittsburgh (leads first wild card) hosts Chicago (tied for second wild card) tonight. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

In pursuit of the wild card

With Chicago tied with San Francisco for the second NL wild card, the next seven games are huge for the Cubs; they play three in Pittsburgh starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, then they go back home for a four-game series vs. the Giants.

The Cubs are still alive in August

The Cubs begin the week tied with the Giants for the second NL wild-card spot. The Giants visit Wrigley Field for four games this weekend. Schoenfield: 10 big storylines


Bryant in lineup, lesson learned

Kris Bryant left Sunday's game early with dizzyness after bumping his head into an opponent on a headfirst slide. Bryant is batting 3rd tonight vs. the Pirates (7 p.m. ET on ESPN), and said he won't be sliding headfirst in the future.

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.23729th
On Base Percentage.31415th
Slugging Percentage.37227th
Earned Run Average3.435th
Quality Starts5316th


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