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Ian Happ and Jason Heyward sit vs. Indians starter Trevor Bauer

Despite a productive weekend, Ian Happ won’t start Tuesday night when the Cubs face the Indians and Trevor Bauer at Wrigley Field. Happ, who was 6-for-15 with five extra base hits in the Cubs’ recent six-game trip, is 0-for-2 lifetime against Bauer. Jason Heyward also will sit despite a four-RBI

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The new Travis Jankowski sticking to plan as Padres leadoff hitter

Travis Jankowski went 2-for-4 and scored a run on Friday night, raising his batting average to .370 and his on-base percentage to .460. And then he went back to the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh and stewed into the early morning. He sat in his …

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Do the White Sox really think Manny Machado would want to play for a team like theirs?

You know what’s worse than the White Sox not getting any better? The Sox not getting any smarter, that’s what. Bad and stupid is no way to go through the American League, even the AL Central. But bad and stupid were on display against the Orioles on Monday night, although it might be more accurate

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Baseball’s weirdest uniforms get shredded in ‘Winning Ugly’

Where were the baseball fashion police in the 1970s and ’80s when we really needed them? “Once upon a time,” writes sports design expert Todd Radom, “the Padres looked like tacos, the Astros wore tequila sunrises and the White Sox swathed themselves in leisure suits.” Looking back at some of those

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Baseball’s weirdest uniforms get shredded in ‘Winning Ugly’

Where were the baseball fashion police in the 1970s and ’80s when we really needed them? “Once upon a time,” writes sports design expert Todd Radom, “the Padres looked like tacos, the Astros wore tequila sunrises and the White Sox swathed themselves in leisure suits.” Looking back at some of those

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Trump praises NASCAR for its lack of protests during national anthem

President Donald Trump welcomed 2017 NASCAR Cup Series winner Martin Truex Jr. to the White House Monday, and while the nation’s commander in chief had plenty of praise for the first-time champion and stock-car racing in general, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a thinly veiled jab

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ESPN’s Alex Rodriguez stumbles on a new way to spoil a potential no-hitter

Despite the silly talk of how mentioning a no-hitter on a telecast imperils it on the field, there’s another way to spoil a potential no-hitter: That’s by being so intent on telling a story that you miss the base hit breaking it up, as Alex Rodriguez did on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.”

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Lots of buzz about Manny Machado, but the Cubs have bigger issues

In reminiscing about the 2016 World Series, manager Joe Maddon noted that the Cubs nearly went to the Fall Classic three consecutive seasons. “We have raised the bar, and it’s wonderful,” Maddon said. “The word ‘pressure,’ I think that’s wonderful, but we’re not at the zenith of our

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Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana get extra days before facing Giants

This time neither Kyle Hendricks nor Jose Quintana can blame the weather. Because of two scheduled days off this week, Hendricks and Quintana will get extra rest before their next starts Friday and Saturday, respectively, against the Giants. “That’s OK,” said Hendricks, who will make his sixth start

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Roger Goodell details NFL’s stance on sports gambling after ruling

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Congress should enact uniform standards for any states that plan to legislate sports betting. Goodell detailed the league’s position in a statement Monday that reiterated the NFL’s stance that legalized sports gambling in the United States should be governed

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We interrupt this Cubs season for a 2016 flashback

The 2016 season is a piece of Cubs history, a moment in time placed in a drawer that’s periodically opened to remind us it actually happened. But as the calendar flips and the championship roster gets smaller and smaller with each new year, you wonder what might’ve been had the old gang stayed

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Cubs’ Kris Bryant rebounds from beaning in a big way

Kris Bryant enjoyed a rare day off Sunday despite playing some of his best ball of the year after getting beaned four weeks ago. Bryant completed the Cubs’ recent six-game trip hitting .435 (10-for-23) with three doubles and three walks. He credits a flatter swing that has produced more line drives

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Chicago baseball saw four exciting starts this weekend, but Yu Darvish’s meant the most

Debate which weekend pitching performance meant the most for Chicago’s baseball teams until Steve Stone runs out of wisdom, but everyone can agree that back-to-back starts on both sides of town carried great significance for the Cubs and White Sox. Which pitcher gained the most from his outing? I

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Chicago baseball saw four exciting starts this weekend, but Yu Darvish’s meant the most

Debate which weekend pitching performance meant the most for Chicago’s baseball teams until Steve Stone runs out of wisdom, but everyone can agree that back-to-back starts on both sides of town carried great significance for the Cubs and White Sox. Which pitcher gained the most from his outing? I

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Steve Stone on White Sox prospects: Eloy Jimenez is ‘going to be special’ and Michael Kopech ‘has to become a pitcher’

Steve Stone got promoted to the big leagues in 1971, following Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry in the Giants rotation. Heady stuff, but Stone said he was not completely ready for the show. “I didn’t know a great deal about pitching at that point, although I thought I did,” Stone said before calling

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Steve Stone on White Sox prospects: Eloy Jimenez is ‘going to be special’ and Michael Kopech ‘has to become a pitcher’

Steve Stone got promoted to the big leagues in 1971, following Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry in the Giants rotation. Heady stuff, but Stone said he was not completely ready for the show. “I didn’t know a great deal about pitching at that point, although I thought I did,” Stone said before calling

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