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Brandon Morrow switching sides adds juice to Cubs-Dodgers rivalry

Around the seventh inning every Cubs game, closer Brandon Morrow’s protocol calls for him to prick his finger in the bullpen just enough to produce a droplet of blood. Diagnosed at 18 as a Type 1 diabetic, Morrow views using a device to measure his daily blood-sugar level as much a part of his pregame

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Former first-round picks from Central Florida connect in minors

Not too long ago, Brendan Rodgers and Forrest Wall were among the best players on Central Florida’s high-school baseball fields. They were on separate teams — Rodgers at Lake Mary High School, Wall at Orangewood Christian — and became first-round draft picks a year apart by the same franchise, the

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Joe Maddon defends his decision to put Anthony Bass in over Steve Cishek

Left-hander Jose Quintana wanted to work out of his sixth-inning mess Sunday night, but the odds were stacked against him in another sign of the Cubs’ feast-or-famine offense. Quintana was pulled after allowing two hits to start the sixth in a scoreless game, but manager Joe Maddon stood firm by

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Cubs blanked 5-0 by Cardinals as Javier Baez leaves game with bruised elbow

Manager Joe Maddon believes the Cubs are as good as any team in the National League, but they might be without the services of valuable infielder Javier Baez for at least Monday night’s series opener against the defending NL champion Dodgers. Initial tests revealed Baez, who leads the Cubs with 14

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Jon Lester’s early success in 2018 is ahead of schedule

Is Jon Lester off to one of his best seasons, or is he peaking too soon? Lester often uses the 100-inning mark as a milepost for measuring his performance, but his 2.22 ERA in 77 innings suggests he’s already in midseason form. “I still feel that mark (100 innings) is an important mark,” said Lester

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Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr arrested on rape charges

Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has been arrested on charges of rape and other sex crimes on the day he was to appear in court on an unrelated burglary charge. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports sheriff’s deputies arrested Winslow on Thursday at his home in the San Diego suburb of Encinitas

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NL Central thoughts: Cubs-Brewers rivalry strengthens; will Jake Arrieta help out his former team?

The Brewers snatched first place back from the Cubs by taking the final two games of their three-game series at Miller Park, but no one is taking anything for granted. “We’ve started out doing well, but I’ve been through a lot and know we have to compete 162 games,” Brewers center fielder Lorenzo

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Chris Gimenez on the perils of pitching for position players: ‘The slope will do weird things to your arm’

Chris Gimenez’s memory of pitching in his first major-league game in 2014 is a painful reminder that catching remains his primary job. “The next seven days after that, I felt I needed Tommy John and several shoulder surgeries,” Gimenez said. “I decided from that point on I was going to throw it slow

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Cubs need a six-man rotation when Yu Darvish returns

That’s three straight quality starts and a 1.14 ERA in four starts for Mike Montgomery, the starting pitcher the Cubs already had on staff when they stuffed him in the bullpen as they forked over $164 million combined for Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood. To recap, Darvish has a repertoire that mixes

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Erik Jones: Winning Daytona would be huge

Yes, we know that a victory in the July 7 Coke Zero Sugar 400 doesn’t carry quite the cachet of the NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500, but winning a race at Daytona International Speedway — any race — is on the bucket list of every stock car driver. To 22-year-old Erik Jones, the Michigan native

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Erik Jones: Winning Daytona would be huge

Yes, we know that a victory in the July 7 Coke Zero Sugar 400 doesn’t carry quite the cachet of the NASCAR season-opening Daytona 500, but winning a race at Daytona International Speedway — any race — is on the bucket list of every stock car driver. To 22-year-old Erik Jones, the Michigan native

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Brad Keselowski trying again for elusive win at Michigan

Brad Keselowski has never won a NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan. For some drivers, that might be no big deal, but Keselowski is from Rochester Hills, about 90 miles from Michigan International Speedway. "A win here would be like winning the Day…

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Larson trying for 4 straight wins at Michigan

Kyle Larson is still seeking his first victory of the season. He may have come to the right place. Michigan International Speedway has been awfully good to Larson of late. He’s won the last three NASCAR Cup Series races there, including two in 2017. He’s ninth in the points standings this year

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While Warriors seek a rare NBA Finals sweep, LeBron James contemplates Cavaliers’ limitations

LeBron James didn’t hide from a truth that became especially clear Wednesday night. His team’s task is to take on a historical obstacle. There was no use pretending the talent levels of each team were equal. “How do you put together a group of talent but also a group of minds to be able to compete

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UF’s Jonathan India, Stetson’s Logan Gilbert selected in first round of MLB draft

Jonathan India was the first player from a state of Florida high school or college selected in the Major League Baseball draft Monday. Stetson’s Logan Gilbert, a Wekiva High alum, followed soon afterward and made history as the highest drafted pitcher from UCF or Stetson since the draft began in

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Yankees echo Joe Maddon’s ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ schedule gripe, weigh ESPN boycott

It was one thing when Cubs manager Joe Maddon complained about traveling to a day game on a Monday after appearing on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.” Now the Yankees are joining the chorus, adding that the world would in no way suffer if they had one fewer national TV appearance, a view many far

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