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Javier Baez (knee) could be back in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday.

Baez exited Monday's game after fouling a ball of his right knee. He'll surely be sore but it sounds like he'll be fine.
Sep 26 - 12:21 AM

Javier Baez finished 2-for-4 with a three-run homer Monday in the Cubs' 10-2 rout of the Cardinals.

Chicago's magic number to clinch the National League Central is now down to one. Baez went deep off Cardinals starter Luke Weaver in the top of the third inning and then tacked on a single in the top of the eighth before getting removed for late-sub Ian Happ. The 24-year-old infielder now has 23 home runs and 75 RBI in 141 games this season to go along with a .799 OPS.
Sep 25 - 11:50 PM

Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and two runs scored in the Cubs' win over the Cardinals on Monday.

Bryant singled and scored in the top of the first, belted a solo homer in the top of the second, and then added another single in the top of the seventh. The reigning National League MVP has a somewhat underwhelming RBI total (73) this season, but he's up to 29 home runs and his OPS sits at .954.
Sep 25 - 11:45 PM

Jon Lester tossed six innings of one-run ball Monday in the Cubs' defeat of the Cardinals.

Lester gave up a number of hard-hit balls, including a solo homer to Jedd Gyorko in the bottom of the second inning, but the overall results were far better than what they have been lately. He'll bring a 12-8 record and 4.46 ERA into his final regular-season start this weekend versus the Reds. That could be an abbreviated outing with the Cubs due to clinch the NL Central within the next couple days.
Sep 25 - 11:36 PM

Javier Baez was lifted from Monday's game against the Cardinals after fouling a ball off his right knee.

Baez fell to the ground in pain after fouling a 100 mph Sandy Alcantara offering off his knee. He initially stayed in and singled but was lifted for a pinch-runner. The Cubs will have more on Baez's status after the game. He had a three-run homer in addition to the single.
Sep 25 - 10:55 PM

Javier Baez is in Monday's lineup versus the Cardinals.

Baez was on the bench Sunday, but he'll start at second base while Ben Zobrist plays left. Jon Jay will start in center field Monday while Albert Almora, Jr. is on the bench.
Sep 25 - 3:36 PM

Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with a homer in the Cubs' win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Zobrist singled in the top of the second inning and launched a two-run homer off Brewers starter Chase Anderson in the top of the seventh as Chicago went on to blank Milwaukee 5-0. Zobrist is slashing .235/.323/.379 with 11 home runs and 49 RBI in his age-36 season.
Sep 24 - 5:21 PM

Jose Quintana pitched his first shutout since 2015 in the Cubs' 5-0 defeat of the Brewers on Sunday.

Quintana was absolutely terrific in this one, holding a dangerous Brewers offense to three singles and one walk while tallying 10 strikeouts. The 28-year-old left-hander now boasts a 3.50 ERA in 79 2/3 innings since joining the Cubs and Sunday's double-digit strikeout game helped him notch the first 200-strikeout season of his career. He'll wrap up the regular season with a start at home against the last-place Reds.
Sep 24 - 5:13 PM
Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Ian Happ went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI on Saturday as the Cubs fell to the Brewers.

Happ got the Cubs on the board with a run-scoring single in the second inning. He then doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning that gave them a 2-1 lead. After the Brewers had tied the score in the ninth, Happ led off the 10th with a walk, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Jon Jay. He's now hitting .253/.326/.503 with 22 homers and 63 RBI in what has been an impressive rookie campaign.
Sep 23 - 4:26 PM

Wade Davis suffered his first blown save of the 2017 season, serving up a game-tying solo homer to Orlando Arcia in the ninth inning on Saturday.

Davis had been a perfect 32-for-32 in save chances on the season. In a bit of a curious move, Davis was sent back out for the 10th inning after the Cubs had taken the lead in the top half of the frame, and he served up a two-run homer to Travis Shaw to take the loss in the game. Even with this hiccup, the right-hander owns a terrific 2.38 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on the season.
Sep 23 - 4:26 PM

Kyle Hendricks was terrific in a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday, surrendering just one run on eight hits over his six frames.

The Cubs' right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon and issued one free pass. He gave up an RBI single to Eric Thames in the first inning, then was able to keep the Brewers off the board for the next five frames. He'll enter his final regular season start on Thursday against the Cardinals in St. Louis with a 3.14 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 114/39 K/BB ratio through his 134 2/3 innings on the season.
Sep 23 - 4:26 PM

Hector Rondon (elbow) returned to the mound on Friday, striking out a pair in a scoreless inning of work.

Rondon had been shut down since early August due to bone chips in his pitching elbow. Getting him back and healthy would be a nice boost for the Cubs as they get ready for the postseason.
Sep 23 - 8:20 AM

John Lackey yielded three runs over four innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Friday.

Lackey gave up six hits, including two more homers. He has now allowed 36 homers on the year, tied with Boston’s Rick Porcello for the major league lead. The veteran right-hander has disappointed with a 4.67 ERA across 29 starts this season.
Sep 23 - 12:56 AM
Jon Jay - OF - Cubs

Jon Jay went 2-for-5 with an RBI double and two runs scored Friday versus the Brewers.

Most impressively, Jay fought through a 15-pitch at-bat against Brandon Woodruff by reaching on a single. He eventually scored on a single to center field from Ben Zobrist. Jay doesn’t provide enough pop or speed to be all that interesting in mixed leagues, but he’s hitting .290 with a .375 on-base percentage.
Sep 23 - 12:55 AM

Ben Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a two-run single and a walk in Friday’s win over the Brewers.

His fifth-inning single gave the Cubs a brief lead. The Brewers batted back in the bottom of the frame and the game remained tied until the Cubs pulled away in the 10th. Zobrist came into Friday’s game with just one hit in his last 20 at-bats. After posting an .831 OPS during his first season with Chicago, he’s at .694 this year.
Sep 23 - 12:54 AM


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