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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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Fowler a new man since break

CF Dexter Fowler's hitting surge following the All-Star break has been a major factor in the Chicago Cubs remaining in postseason contention. MLB Power Rankings

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10 big storylines for the second half

The trade deadline has passed, now it's time to consider the final two months of the season. Here are 10 big storylines to watch.

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Cubs push to the playoffs begins

The schedule seems favorable, the rookies continue to make winning plays, and Joe Maddon has done a masterful job of bring it all together.

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Cubs entering crucial juncture

Chicago, tied for the 2nd wild card, starts a huge 3-game series tonight (7 p.m. ET on ESPN) with the Pirates, the 1st wild card holder. After that, the Cubs play 4 vs. the Giants, who are tied with Chicago for the 2nd wild card. Key stats

Haren's retirement fear? Pulling a Favre

Cubs SP Dan Haren is considering making his 13th season his last: "I would say right now the chances are this probably would be it. But I don't want to say this is it and then pull a Brett Favre."

Make or break week for the Cubs?

For the next 7 days, the Cubs will face the two teams they are chasing in the NL wild card race. The Cubs are 4 games back of the Pirates for the 1st spot and tied with the Giants for the 2nd spot.

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Rapid Reaction: Cubs 4, Brewers 3

The Cubs completed a four-game sweep of the Brewers behind a strong outing by Clayton Richard in what could be his last start for Chicago.

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs40022nd
Batting Average.23729th
On Base Percentage.31415th
Slugging Percentage.37228th
Earned Run Average3.436th
Quality Starts5315th
WHIP1.183rd
BAA.2383rd

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