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Saturday's power rankings

Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper provide the fireworks, Avisail Garcia the glovework and Clay Buchholz the handiwork on Independence Day.

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Central division showdown (1:26)
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Bryant's six-RBI night fuels Cubs (2:09)
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Kris Bryant's 4th of July fireworks

The Cubs' 3B is the first NL player with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs on the 4th of July since Willie McCovey in 1962 (via Elias).

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Rapid Reaction: Cubs 7, Marlins 2

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs broke out of their recent offensive slump in a big way in a 7-2 victory over the Miami MarlinsĀ on Saturday night at Wrigley Field.

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Final: Cubs 7, Marlins 2

Kris Bryant provided the early fireworks at Wrigley Field, hitting a pair of home runs -- including a grand slam -- and driving in six runs to lift the Cubs over the Marlins. It's the second 2-HR game of Bryant's young career. Box score

Scary scene in Chicago

A line drive off the bat of Addison Russell hit Cubs third base coach Gary Jones on the side and sent him to the ground. He stayed down for a couple minutes, but resumed his coaching duties immediately after getting up. Follow live

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Bryant lighting up the Marlins at Wrigley

Thanks to a 2-run homer and a grand slam, Kris Bryant is the seventh Cubs player to have 6 RBIs in a game at age 23 or younger and the first since Anthony Rizzo in 2012. Chicago leads Miami 7-1 in the 4th inning. Follow live

Bryant up to 6 RBIs through 2 innings

Kris Bryant's 1st-inning home run left Wrigley Field. His 2nd-inning grand slam didn't travel as far, but it ended Jarred Cosart's day and put the Cubs up 7-0. It's Bryant's 2nd career multi-HR game. Follow live

Bryant smashes Cubs ahead of Marlins

Kris Bryant smacked his 11th home run of the year over the left field bleachers at Wrigley Field to give Chicago an early 2-0 lead and snap his 9-game homerless streak. Follow live

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Cubs put Ross on 7-day DL for another concussion

The Cubs placed backup catcher David Ross, who has suffered from concussions in recent years, on the seven-day concussion DL and selected Taylor Teagarden's contract from Triple-A.

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Maddon rated most creative manager

In Jerry Crasnick's survey of 50 scouts, front-office executives, coaches and media analysts, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was chosen as the most creative. And 117 players polled by ESPN The Magazine picked Maddon as the skipper they'd most like to play for. Baseball's best managers

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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?

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs31224th
Batting Average.24126th
On Base Percentage.31715th
Slugging Percentage.38222nd
Earned Run Average3.364th
Quality Starts4018th
WHIP1.181st
BAA.2373rd

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